Root Flute :: Boulder, CO
Why I make flutes.
I believe that the flute is medicine, of a tool of self. In this day and age there are people who constantly disconnect from themselves with technology. The flute is ancient technology, a tool to reconnect with yourself on a daily basis. With the flute you have the ability to create a simple sound of inspiration, or breathe your stress and worries right below your fingers. Maybe even get to the root of yourself. The time spent slowing down, focusing on breath, and being at one with yourself to create melody is healing beyond words. I try my very best to walk the path of least resistance, it has brought me here. I am honored to keep this ancient tradition alive, and I thank all those who have supported me on my path. It is difficult to survive off of this art, the reward is not money. It's the look on a persons face when they find a new ability within.
Path of sound,
It all started with my Mom playing something from her massive music collection every day, Music surrounded me since day one. This led me to an interest in the saxophone at the age of 10. In 2001 I moved to a ski resort in Colorado and began teaching myself the guitar. Simple songs came next (which I still love to write). In 2004 I began playing in bands with the saxophone, and traveling to Hawaii and the Americas. While on my first trip to Kauai I met a man in the jungle who was making a basic version of the shakuhachi. This intrigued me, as the flutes were beautiful but tuned to there own song. I began to search for flutes that where pieces of art but tuned appropriately to play with my band. I went to the other islands with my eyes open, as well as 6 months in Central America. I continued to search at music festivals and shops in the states. I never found quite what I had imagined. I went back to Kauai in 2007 and was generously show some harvesting, curing, and building techniques from the same man (Thanks Ronny!). With a one day crash course I was off.
I have now harvested bamboo in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Kauai, and near New Orleans. The years of research, attention to detail, and patience have now paid off.
I thank all who have supported me, and send respect to my teachers.
Without you I would never have made it to where I am today.
Grateful and Growing,
Servant of Sound, and founder of "Root Flute"