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Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach

Tribe:Grande Rhonde (Kalapuya)
Location: Grande Rhonde, OR, USA
Genre: Flute, Blues, Alternative Rock


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Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach, native american flute playerJan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach is a multiple award winning native flute recording artist and performer. Looking Wolf is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and resides close to his reservation in Western Oregon. He is a Kalapuya Native with Celtic decent.

Looking Wolf has become an accomplished Native Flutist with 12 CDs and 2 DVDs recorded on various Indie Record Labels - earning 19 National Award Nominations. His prior work ranges from Solo Flute, blues, jazz, classical, to Indie Rock with a full band. In 2007, the CD Spreading Wings, climbed to no. 10 on the New Age Charts and he was a featured performer at the 2007 NAMMYS.

When not performing, Looking Wolf instructs native flute classes at Oregon State University where participants learn about the origins and history of native flutes from North America. This is the first class of its kind, making history and helping promote native culture. He also teaches “Native American Music”, a course that offers a look at the roots and journey of music from Native American people.

In 1994, Jan Michael Looking Wolf had a life altering experience. He suffered two large strokes from a very rare unknown genetic enzyme disorder and had blood clots pass through his heart and cause bleeding in the lungs. As a result from the strokes, he was paralyzed on the entire left side of his body. He received a miraculous healing and recovered 100% from the strokes.

Through lessons, workshops and university courses, Looking Wolf has taught over 1,000 people how to play the native flute. Even with all the success musically and the emergence as a nationally known performer, Jan Michael Looking Wolf maintains a focus on family and healing. For years, he studied the indigenous principles of One Heart, and now his life and music are founded on them.

Look for the debut of lead vocals by Jan Michael Looking Wolf on the 2008 album The Looking Wolf Project, due to be released in August of 2008. This highly anticipated Edgy Alternative Rock CD is being hailed as a breakthrough Album by the critics. Jan Michael’s flute playing has evolved and he takes it to the limits on this CD.

A true blend of an authentic hard hitting alternative rock band with the native flute, this music is more than groundbreaking. About half of the songs are instrumental with the flute singing the lead melodies and the other half premier Jan Michael as a lead vocalist, with several original songs. Jan Michael Looking Wolf also shares his talent as a lead guitarist on “Rise of the Phoenix.” This recording is the high point of Jan Michael’s music career thus far.

Jan Michael Looking Wolf Discography and Awards:

2008 - Silver Arrow Award Recipient
2007 - Silver Arrow Award Recipient
2007 - Best Flute Finalist (Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards)
2007 - Flutist of the Year Nominee (Native American Music Awards)
2007 - Debut Duo Nominee (Native American Music Awards)
2007 - Best Video Nominee (Native American Music Awards)
2007 - Best Instrumental Nominee (Indian Summer Music Awards)
2007 - Spiritual CD Nominee (Indian Summer Music Awards)
2007 - International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist
2007 - Finalist for Best New Age Song (Independent Music Awards)
2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 –Best Native American Flute Recording Artist Finalist (Indian Summer Music Awards)
2006 - Best New Age Album Finalist (Independent Music Awards)
2006 - Best Native American Recording Nominee (JPF Music Awards)
2006 - Best Spiritual Recording Finalist (Indian Summer Music Awards)
2005 - Best Music Video Nominee (Native American Music Awards)
2004 - Best Blues Recording Finalist (Native American Music Awards)
2004 - Best Blues/Jazz CD Nominee (Indian Summer Music Awards)

Critical reviews of Jan Michael Looking Wolf:

Jan Michael Looking Wolf on his music:

“I would like to thank all my family, Tribe, friends, and fans for the great support of the music. During the journey here, I have found that it is true that we are all related…It is important to respect all cultures, after all, everyone and everything is born to the earth and sky.”

Jan Michael Looking Wolf performance at 2008 NAMMYS

This article was published on Friday 20 June, 2008.
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