Genre: Flute, World Music, New Age
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Native American Music Award winner, and three time nominee, Scott August is a nationally acclaimed composer, producer, keyboardist and Native American flute player know for his forays into World Music.
August began his musical training on cello and piano, and became interested in world music when he was given as African kalimba at age 10. He discovered Native American flutes in 1996 during a trip to the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. Its haunting sound captivated him, and he soon began adding native flutes to his recordings.
Echoes radio says "August has always been a cut or two above most native flute players... He layers guitars, keyboards and all kinds of percussion into his compositions, moving from world fusion to airy ambiences."
August has also composed music and sound design for hundreds of films, commercials and video projects, for clients such as NASA, The Discovery Channel, Lexus, Chevrolet, HBO, Nabisco, and Minolta. The Los Angeles Times has called his music "shimmering and luminous."
Scott August currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Scott August Discography and Awards:
2002 - His first album, Distant Spirits, was nominated for a 2002 Native American Music Award.
Augustís Native American Music Award winning CD Sacred Dreams, features quiet solos on Native American flutes from North American and clay flutes from Meso America, along with natural sounds of the southwest and native vocals.
2006 - His third CD, New Fire, was nominated for both a Native American Music Award and won a 2006 Indian Summer Music Award. August adds Aztec drums, African kalimbas, Indonesian gamelans, Australian didgeridoos and Mayan double flutes to his mixture of Native American flutes, guitars, pianos and evocative textures.
2007 - Lost Canyons, Augustís fourth CD, was chosen by the syndicated radio show Echoes as their Dec 2007 ďCD of the Month.Ē This recording adds the newly rediscovered, ancient Anasazi flute to his palette of Native American flutes. Lost for over a thousand years these mysterious instruments come to life with Augustís unique blend of Anasazi and Native American flutes, native percussion and world instruments.
2008 - Augustís DVD, Ancient Light, combines his stunning photography and award winning music from his first three recordings for an enchanting exploration of the American Southwest. Viewer can visit popular destinations like Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce and Canyonlands National Parks and the hidden, unknown treasures of the mystical lands of the Southwest set to Augustís tranquil and enthralling music. Ancient Light is scheduled for airplay on selected PBS affiliates for summer 2008.
Critical reviews of Scott August's work:
"August has always been a cut or two above most native flute players... He layers guitars, keyboards and all kinds of percussion into his compositions, moving from world fusion to airy ambiences."
~John Diliberto, Echoes Radio
"Voice of the Wind is ...engaging, rhythmic, and often mystical moments that captivate and mesmerize the listener. August has a smooth, clean, and polished style using Native American flutes and world instruments to produce a unique and soothing sound.
~Journal of The International Native American Flute Association
"Distant Spirits provides an excellent accompaniment for meditation or yoga, and it is transporting music for simple relaxation and quiet listening. Fans of the Southwest sound should get a kick out of this gorgeous album."
~New Age Retailer Magazine
"August is a superbly gifted multi-instrumentalist. Distant Spirits provides an excellent accompaniment for meditation or yoga, and it is transporting music for simple relaxation and quiet listening."
~New Age Retailer Magazine
"August has a style that is all his own that continues to evolve and grow over time. He has certainly become one of the finest composers for the Native flute on the scene today. "
-Voice of the Wind Magazine
Scott August comments on his music:
Scott August playing Sunrise from the Peaceful Journey album
This article was published on Friday 20 June, 2008.
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