Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CONSUMER ALERT - Don't Buy these CD's!

It has come to my attention that there are some artists who have pirated Native American Flute music and are illegally selling these albums. This was brought to my attention by Mary Youngblood, who owns the rights to several of the songs records on the albums.

For those of you who do not know how the music business functions, here's a quick education. The songwriter/composer owns the song when they create it. Once it's recorded, the publisher owns the reproduction rights. In some cases the songwriter can also be the publisher, but in most cases the songwriter 'sells' the publication rights to a record company to duplicate and distribute the recording. Depending upon the deal, the orginal composers may own the rights for others to cover their tunes. It's up the new artists to get a license from the composer to re-record their song.

But it goes deeper than that, I am one who believes that we need to honor all who've come before us, especially when it comes to performing others music. There are plenty of legal recourses to make things right, but it has to start by honoring the songwriter by asking for permission to play or record their music. If you don't do that, then I don't know where your heart is, and I am not really interested at all at listening to your music.

The CD's in question include a CD titled Sacred Ashes (2007) from a South American flute player named 'Amayna', who's real name is Boris Serrano. And another CD by Jamie Rodriguez AKA Earth Spirit. Mary Youngblood owns the rights to several of the songs on these CD's, and serveral other songs were written by flute players we know, and they have also been notified.

If you come across either of these albums or these artists (below) at any flute events this year, please do not purchase them and (if you're up to it) feel free to confront the seller and/or the festival organizers to the pirated wares being sold. If that doesn't work, feel free to call the local police and report the vendor.

These are the "Albums" we are aware of, with the pirated songs:

Here's the album cover and list of songs:

WAYRA- Earth Spirit (Jamie Rodriguez)
1. Earth Spirit
2. Cama ('Aleut Greetings' spelled wrong)
3. Caress the Smile
4. Walk WIth me
5. Beneath the Raven Moon
6. And We Will Fly
7. Calling the Rain
8. Yuba
9. Heart's Desire
10.Starry Night
11. Bonus Video- Earth Spirit

Sacred Ashes- By "AMAYNA" (Boris Serrano)
1. Caress the Smile
2. Circle of Light
3. The Wolf Dance
4. Love Mountain
5. Starry Night
6. Trails of our Fathers
7. Cherokee River
8. Closer to Far Away
9. Voices of the WInd
10. Smoke SIgnals
11. Earth Spirit
12. Stone Change

For additional information:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Weekend Event: Feb 13-16 2009

NOTE: We now have the new calendar online, you can check out the calendar here: Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mary Youngblood live on KVMR TODAY!

Be sure to catch Mary Youngblood and Jim Brock live on KVMR 89.5 FM radio on the “Native American” program with Skip Allan Smith and Michael Ben.

WHEN: February 12, 2009
TIEM: 10:00 am to Noon
WHERE: Listen live via the internet at

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Potomac Native American Flute Festival

The sixth Potomac Native American Flute Festival, "Winds of Change,"
is a great opportunity to hear, learn about and play the beautiful
Native American flute.

The weekend features dual-track workshops and fantastic evening and
afternoon concerts. A free-entry vendor hall will feature more than
20 flute and fine Native craft vendors. The three main-stage concerts
are: Scott August and Autumn's Child featuring Mark Holland on Friday
night; and Mark "Thunderwalker" Camden and The Jeff Ball Band on
Saturday night. There will also be a 90 minute Saturday afternoon
concert featuring three artists: Jan Seiden and Jeff Kuhn, Jonny
Lipford, and the duo of David Landis and Diana Sunday (from the DC-
local group KIVA).

Workshops include beginning flute playing, intermediate flute
playing, Anasazi flute, drumming, flute making and more! Also, a
Flute Tasting, Flute Raffle, Private Lesson Bookings, Flute Makers
Competition and Open Mic.

Full registration is only $100 before March 8 and $125 after
(includes all concerts, snacks, lunches). Concert tickets also
available for advance and at-the-door purchase. PayPal option
available for all items. All details at: