Flutemaker Billy Crowbeak Plays Native American-Style Music @ Kent’s North Water Street Gallery

Sat 11/30 @ 8PM

Medina resident Billy Crowbeak Faluski makes handcrafted wooden flutes, which he calls Native American-style flutes. Although he claims Cherokee (and Russian) heritage, he emphasizes he is not an enrolled member of any Native American tribe. But for more than 30 years he has been inspired by their music and, as a lifelong carpenter and woodworker, making flutes felt natural to him. He crafts his instruments — each one unique — form woods such as cedar, cherry, poplar, sycamore and redwood, sometimes adorning them with pewter, turquoise, gourd or bone.

He also plays them, performing improvisations in the style of the music the instruments were intended to play.

He says, “The music, being primitive in nature, tends to take listeners and  performers to a subliminal place perhaps from distant portions of our past — a sense maybe of life in a simpler, easier time. Improvising with this type of flute, called playing from the  heart, is easy, as each flute created has its own unique voice. The flute will teach you its song.”

He’ll be performing at Kent’s Standing Rock Cultural Arts North Water Street Gallery to celebrate Native American Heritage month. It’s part of their “Around the World” music series, bringing it back close to home.

The evening starts with a meet-and-greet, with light food and drinks at 7:30pm. Crowbeak performs at 8. After his set, at 9:30, there’ll be a screening of The Authorized Biography of Crazy Horse. Part 1: Creation, Spirituality, and The Family Tree.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation, or pay what you can.

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