Louise writes, "Playing the flute is a spiritual journey for me. The songs we play are healing and soothing at many levels. It is a way for me to reconnect with nature and all the beauty she gives us through the gift of the wood the flute is made of as well as the artistry of the flute maker.
I am very blessed to be part of a community of Native American flute players who bring healing to the world. The music we create makes my heart and soul sing and radiate with joy. To share this gift with others is truly a privilege."
De Luna, Musician, CMP
De Luna is a spirited professional musician. Usually harp and flutes are her main instruments, but tonight she is being called by the ancestors to join you with the drum. Come and celebrate life with us.
Susan Bradstreet Englert, Graphic Designer
Susan has done all the branding for both Kokopelli Groove and Ami Sarasvati's Native American Flute courses (see www.learntoplaynaf.com). Susan is a graphic designer with almost 35 years experience in print design and in areas integral to design such as writing/editing, photography, illustration, and speaking on graphic design. Music has played a large part in her life since childhood. She had piano lessons as a child, played recorder for fun during her high school and college years, and sang in the church choir from the age of 10. Learning how to play the Native American style flute was a natural progression of her love of music, and she especially loves improvisation on her flutes. There is a freedom and sense of peace in playing the flute that she doesn't find anywhere else. Visit Susan's website at www.SandpiperArtisans.com.
My desire to facilitate enjoyable and accessible group musical experiences inspired me to create Kokopelli Groove.
There’s something universal and uniting about playing music together unlike anything else. Some music programs can be intimidating to those who have not had formal musical training. In contrast, Kokopelli Groove is designed to be an empowering and enjoyable experience through the participants' access and choice of indigenous instruments including rattles, drums, and flutes. While flutes do take some training (which is available), rattles and drums can be played right away.
Training and certification includes:
Being part of a group musical experience in a supportive setting is simply wonderful! Novice players and trained musicians, playing side by side, are invited to relax and enjoy a primitive musical experience. Kokopelli Groove exists to bring joy, harmony, and fellowship to communities.
I’m a real beach-lover. All year long I look forward to spending a week in Maine with my grandchildren, wriggling my toes in the sand and riding the waves. Playing my flute with nature is a favorite pastime, whether beside the ocean listening to the waves, or in my back yard with the birds. Being part of Kokopelli Groove has brought me joy. I am blessed to part of this positive, fun-loving group.
Sue had the honor of playing while on a tour of the Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde, but she mostly enjoys playing in my own backyard.
Having spent more than 30 years in a high-pressure corporate environment, I realized something was missing. My journey to find peace and joy led me to the Kokopelli Groove and the sensational energy that comes from playing music and interacting with such a positive group.
If you have never experienced the joyful flow of energy around a drum circle, please come and join us. If you’re already a circle junkie, come and join us. If you play the Native American flute and would love an opportunity to play with rhythm backing and with other flute players, come and join us.
Kokopelli Groove is community music-making at its best. Throughout the evening, the mother drum carries the basic, underlying heartbeat. I will lead three volunteers at a time, playing the mother drum to provide the foundation for djembes, dumbeks, frame drums, rattles and other percussion instruments. The combined percussion provides the framework for the flutes to weave their magic tones in and out and over the beat. And drummers - we will also have an opportunity to let loose on our own.
If you don’t have your own percussion instrument, I will be bringing djembes, tubanos, frame drums and an assortment of rattles to share. Come and make music with us.