Experience a musical quest with the Healing Winds Native American Flute Ensemble

Experience an uplifting and soothing musical experience provided by the Healing Winds Native American Flute Ensemble on Saturday, April 26 at 10 am in the Main Meeting Room of the Fountaindale Public Library!

The performance will include traditional elements of Native American music, newer compositions, a flamingo dance performance, storytelling, and interactive audience participation.

Healing Winds Native American Flute Ensemble is based at Wellness House in Hinsdale, which provides information, support, and a community to help families living with cancer.  The group was founded as a healing activity for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

Several members of the group have recently released their first album of music

Bolingbrook resident and ensemble member Pat Smith began her own healing musical journey with the group in 2005.

“I was looking for something new to do,” Pat said, “So I tried it out and fell in love with it.  Every member of flute circle is a cancer survivor or caregiver.  On average 15-20 people meet once a week and people of all experience levels participate.”

Pat had been attending Wellness House classes on Meditation, Spirituality and Cancer when she met the founding members of the flute circle.  “I joined right away,” Pat said.  “And it became a weekly event.  My husband Chuck is a participating member now.”

Although she has experience playing other musical instruments, Pat says playing Native American flute is less about a repetitive melody but focuses more on free-form expression.  “With Native American flute you improvise and learn to play the music that comes from inside.  You can find inspiration in nature, cats, horses, pictures, an emotion,  a feeling or experience that triggers music.  It’s a freeing expression of emotion I’ve never had before.  It’s like being liberated musically.”

Late last year, the Healing Winds Native American Flute Ensemble released their first album entitled Spirits on the Wind.  It was recorded in the spring of 2011 with Pat Smith, Arlene Bennett, Margery Keller, and Skip Ruhnke.

After talking about making a CD for a year, the group took an inventory of their work and  recorded their album in the basement of their friend Ed Zajda.  Pat sat in on the editing sessions and helped produce the CD by adding sound effects and putting the track sequence together. 

Pat said the group enjoyed recording their songs for a wider listening audience.  “There is a different dynamic when you’re recording.” Pat said. “We knew what music we were going to put on the CD because all four of us had music pieces which had been evolving.  It’s still from the heart, but they were reflective of experiences.  Each of us has had an experience that has gelled into a particular motief for a song.  We wanted to share these reflections through music.”

Spirits On The Wind is available for download from six digital outlets including iTunes, CD Baby, Verizon MP3, and Amazon.  The digital album is $9.99  and individual tracks are 99 cents.  Physical CDs can be purchased for $12 from CD Baby or from group members during their library performance on Saturday.  A percentage of the proceeds are donation to cancer support programs.

The CD is also available for checkout in the New Age CD area of the Fountaindale Public Library.

Spirits on the Wind – Native American Flute Concert is free and open to the public.

This is an all-ages program, however, as a courtesy to our performers and attendees, parents and caregivers are asked to supervise children at all times. Should children cause a disturbance, parents and caregivers are asked to be courteous to attendees and vacate the performance with their children promptly.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic performance!

ALSO: Don’t miss out on FPLD’s lineup of great Dia de Los Libro programing on Saturday, April 28!  Stick around after the Healing Winds Native American Flute Ensemble performance for great crafts, storytime, and other great activities!

  • Multicultural Craft in the Children’s Creativity Park from 11 am to 1 pm
  • Spanish-English Bilingual Storytime (Cuentos en espanol e ingles) in the Storytime Room at 1:30 pm
  • Multicultural Craft in the Children’s Creativity Park from 2 to 3:30 pm
  • Special performance by the McNulty Irish Dancers in Meeting Room A from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

See you at the Library!



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