ABOUT JAN MICHAEL LOOKING WOLF
An enrolled Kalapuya Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde that resides within his indigenous homelands in Oregon, Jan Michael Looking Wolf is a renowned Native American flute player. Traveling a broad range of musical styles, his works have garnered over 52 awards and a top ten ranking in the new age charts. He is the winner of four Native American Music Awards – Artist of the Year, Flutist of the Year, Best Record and Best Music Video.
After years of research of the Native American Flute, Looking Wolf created a curriculum for accredited university courses that he has instructed since 2005. He has authored two books that are published – “One Heart and the Native American Flute” (High Spirits) which focuses on the flute’s history and technique. In a collaboration with number selling Aboriginal author David Bouchard, Looking Wolf co-authored the book “The First Flute”, which was published by Red Deer Press.
Looking Wolf’s lifeway and musical expressions are based on the tradition of ‘One Heart’. In short, it is a universal truth that we are equal regardless of the color of our skin, tribal affiliation, language we speak, income, gender, faith, nationality or personal beliefs. ‘One Heart’ is the recognition of Unity through Diversity. His music shares a message of hope for oneness of humanity. Jan’s music has been used to help several non-profit projects including for children with cancer, homeless shelters, earthquake survivors, and youth drug and alcohol prevention.
He frequently performs at festivals, conferences, concerts and other events as a solo performer and with his acoustic band ‘Looking Wolf” which include long-time friends and musicians Tim Yett – guitars/flutes, Nathan Myers – percussion/guitar/vocals, Mark Babson – Violin, and Neal Grandstaff – lead guitar. The band just finished a new CD entitled ‘ASCENSION’ that is slated to be released in January of 2017. ‘ASCENSION” is a beautiful, meditative, world sound with, of course, Native American Flutes in the forefront.