Jan Michael Looking Wolf
Native American Flute
School of Arts & Communication: Music
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Jan Michael Looking Wolf is a Kalapuya Native American with a mix of Irish descent. He lives near his Indian reservation and plays the wooden native flute both in recording and traditional ceremony.
Looking Wolf has found a great success in the music industry, resulting in 17 CDs and three DVDs released internationally on six Indie record labels, garnering 43 national award recognitions, including Music Video of the Year, Record of the Year and Artist of the Year at the prestigious Native American Music Awards (2011, 2010, 2009 respectively). In 2008, he became the first to win Flutist of the Year by both national Native Music Organizations for his solo flute CD ‘Unity'. Looking Wolf's prior work with the native flute has spanned musical genres ranging from solo traditional flute to blues, jazz, classical, folk and contemporary rock with full accompaniment.
In spite of his success, Looking Wolf always maintains a center through his Native American roots, traditions, and humanity. He has performed in several projects for non-profit causes such as cancer treatments for children, homeless crisis, and most recently drug and alcohol prevent for Native American Youth.
In 1994 he suffered from a debilitating stroke as a result of a rare genetic disorder that is prone to Native Americans. After being a paraplegic for almost a year, Looking Wolf recovered completely. Now, he shares a message of hope, healing, and unity through his flute. Every note is played from the heart, every breath a celebration of the gift of life.
A seasoned performer and lecturer, Looking Wolf has appeared at over 400 events across the country as a soloist and with a full band. The message in his music sings loud and clear - Equity for ALL people regardless of color, ethnicity, gender, or income. Jan Michael Looking Wolf instructs three sections of Native Flute at OSU offered under Cultural Diversity in the Bac Core course listing fall, winter and spring. Participants learn history, theory, and application of the native flute in a context that transcends cultural boundaries.
"I am honored to be able to share this beautiful instrument of peace and healing with you. The Native American Flute's journey reflects the plight of the native people of North America." - JMLW
Personal Website - http://www.lookingwolf.com