Music has the power to hurt and heal, flutist Joseph Fire Crow says. "And the music I play is the type that, I hope, heals."
Grammy Award-nominee and former Utahn Fire Crow will take part in a Sound Healing Workshop Saturday in the Provo Marriott Hotel's Aspen Room. He will be joined by pianist John Dobson, guitarist Dave Peterson and percussionist Virl Osmond.
"I'm excited that I get to work with these talented musicians," Fire Crow said during a phone interview from his home in northern Connecticut. "It's a merging of our cultures."
The workshop, produced by Pamela Mayes, is a way for people to find solace in their hectic lives.
"We are driven by a transcendent impulse to play, dance, to sing all in the quest for ecstasy," Mayes said in a statement. "In a four-hour sound healing intensive, we can allow our spiritual volcano, which is continually seething and nearly erupting in our material world, to release into something holy and healing."
"It's going to be a continual flow of music and meditation," Fire Crow said. "We may or may not take breaks. But it will be wonderful."
Fire Crow, a member of the Cheyenne Nation, is no stranger to Provo. He attended Brigham Young University in the '70s.
"I took a class on Native American music," he said. "My first goal was to meet other Native Americans. Back then, I had never met anyone who was Navajo, Pueblo, Zuni or Ute. And I wanted to compare our music."
After college, however, Fire Crow decided to give his music a rest and focus on raising a family.
"But I remembered writing two songs when I was in college and when I thought about them, I decided to try music again," he said.
Fire Crow picked up his flute again during the resurgence of Native American Music in the late '80s.
"At that time R. Carlos Nakai and Joanne Shenandoah were recording their music," said Fire Crow. "In fact, it was a CD recorded by R. Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater that made me want to play music again."
It took a bit of courage "and a lot of passion" to pick up the flute, Fire Crow said. But it was meant to be.
In 2001, his CD "Cheyenne Nation" was nominated for a Grammy. That same year, he garnered Native American Music Awards nominations for Artist of the Year, Flutist of the Year.
Since then, he has received an array of other nominations and awards, including another Grammy nomination in connection with his appearance on Kater's 2007 album "Faces of the Sun."
If you go
What: Sound Healing Workshop, Joseph Fire Crow
Where: Aspen Room, Provo Marriott, 101 W. 100 North, Provo
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
How much: $100
E-mail: [email protected]