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Scott August

Fans of earthy American Indian flute music by artists R. Carlos Nakai or Douglas Spotted Eagle can add Scott August to their list of favorites, according to a review by Music Design.

August plays fipple-style wood flutes, as well as Anasazi rim-blown flutes, and layers his compositions with guitars, keyboards and percussion to move from world fusion to airy soundscapes.

August will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

His various recordings have earned a Native American Music Award, an Indian Summer Music Award and a New Age Reporter Life Style Music Award for best native new-age recording.

August's fifth recording, "Radiant Sky," which was released this year, features compositions for indigenous flutes (including Anasazi and Mojave), piano, electric and acoustic guitar and world instruments such as oud, charango, tabla, udu, kalimba, gamelan, zampoña and darbuka — all performed by August.

August discovered American Indian flutes in 1996 during a trip to the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. His research has led to duplicating such instruments discovered in the late 1920s at archeological digs in Arizona. He has written a book titled "Kokopelli's Flute: The Complete Guide to the Anasazi Flute."

August will offer an intermediate flute workshop at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Fellowship. The cost is $40. Call 541-535-3562 to register.

Advance tickets to the concert cost $18 and are available at Music Coop, online at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 541-535-3562. Tickets will cost $20 at the door, $10 for ages 12 through 17. Those 12 and younger will be admitted free.

Scott August - Photo courtesy of St. Clair Productions