We're in the twilight time in the Northern hemisphere. As the autumn shadows grow longer and the light dims out on the western mesas, the sound of the Native American cedar flute once again drifts across the canyons. Soft and reverent, with an atmosphere of sweet melancholy, it echoes a quiet, reflective space within us.
For centuries, the cedar flute was used for courtship and healing by the southwestern tribes. Today it's part of the Native American music genre, and the core instrument of a much-loved subgenre of Ambient music, made by native and western musicians, with its own summer music festival in Zion Canyon National Park.
On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, we revisit the southwestern soundscape and the cedar flute, on a program called TWILIGHT EARTH 4. Music is by SCOTT AUGUST, DEBORAH MARTIN & ERIK WØLLO, CHAD KETTERING, ANN LICATER, PAUL ADAMS, RANDY GRANGER, and COYOTE OLDMAN.