Music with R. Carlos Nakai and Tsering Lodoe: Uniting Cultures at Feathered Pipe


At the Feathered Pipe Ranch, there are often spontaneously creative experiences that occur. You may be hanging out visiting and be surprised by the arrival of a group of Tibetan monks, firedancers, or hearing awe inspiring music out of the blue. Tsering Lodoe is someone who surprises us fairly often when he pops over for a visit. He never travels light and is usually accompanied by his Tibetan instruments. Whether he performs Tibetan prayers at the Stupa or sings on the lawn, he shares treasured moments with us.

Uniting Cultures

Attracting and being influenced by many world cultures, the Ranch provides fertile ground for intersection of cultures.

On June 30, 2021 as the culmination of a Native American Flute workshop at Feathered Pipe Ranch, members of the Flute Tree Foundation including R. Carlos Nakai performed a concert open to the public. Aside from solo performances, there were several joint performances. One particularly amazing one, was the magical impromptu performance with R. Carlos and Lodoe. R. Carlos with his Navajo and Ute heritage and Lodoe being Tibetan born in exile in India, brought their cultures and talents together on stage under the aspen trees on the beautiful summer day. Music unites people.


R. Carlos Nakai - Renaissance of the Native American Flute

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it.

Nakai began playing the traditional Native American flute in the early 1980s and released more than 50 albums in his career. In 2014, Canyon Trilogy reached Platinum (over 1 million units sold), the first ever for a Native American artist performing traditional solo flute music. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras.

While well-grounded in the traditional uses of the flute, Nakai has explored new musical settings including new age, world-beat jazz and classical. His cross-cultural collaborations have included an album with the Wind Travelin’ Band, a Japanese folk ensemble and Tibetan flutist and singer Nawang Khechog on several productions including “In A Distant Place.” Nakai has earned two gold records for “Canyon Trilogy” and “Earth Spirit” and has received eleven GRAMMY nominations in four different categories and earned a Governor’s Arts Award. Nakai’s career has been shaped by a desire to communicate a sense of Native American culture and society that transcends the common stereotypes presented in mass media.

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R. Carlos Nakai and Tsering Lodoe: Uniting CulturesTsering Lodoe was born in India and studied in Dharamsala at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), which was established under His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s guidance in 1959 and is the leading center for the study of Tibetan traditional art and music. Lodoe is still involved with TIPA and has toured far and wide performing with them.

Lodoe has produced several CDs and has also performed in film soundtracks for Himalaya and Seven Years in Tibet, which starred Brad Pitt. Lodoe has sung for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Pope John Paul. And at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, Lodoe did an impromptu performance with Grammy award winner R.Carlos Nakai.

Lodoe currently lives in Montana and is a frequent surprise guest at Feathered Pipe Ranch.

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