|Music bio of... Arlie Neskahi
Arlie is Dine' (Navajo), born within the Dine' Nation of New Mexico.
His Dine' name is Hataali Chee,"Red Singer", and his
vocal and native flute music is noted for it's melodic and soulful
style. Currently living in Seattle, Washington, he is well known
throughout the Indian Nations for his performance, composition
and knowledge of traditional music. In addition, he is an excellent
storyteller and lecturer on Native American culture and spirituality.
Arlie has won many awards and has numerous song commissions from
the Gathering of Nations Song to the Mayor’s Honor Song of
Seattle. His band, Songcatchers, album, Dreaming in Color was awarded
the First Americans in the Arts; Outstanding Musical Achievement
for 1994. His composition and performance, Round Dance, was featured
on the 1995 Grammy Award winning Prayer for the Wild Things; by
Paul Winter and the Earth Band.
|In 2002, Arlie completed a commissioned song for the
Office of the Mayor of Seattle. Then in 2003, he was appointed to
the Seattle Arts Commission by Mayor Greg Nichols. The Mayor Song’s
documentary was chosen for screening at the NAFTA filmfest in LA,
Nov. 2002, and won first place in it’s category at the National
Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Awards, 2003.
He wrote "Kinji's Suite" for the Third Angle ensemble of
the Oregon Symphony, which was debuted in November 1999 and performed
again in February 2001. His music has been featured on four Spirit
Mountain Casino ads promoting the Grand Ronde’s Tribe’s
community fund. In 1999, Two Rivers, a native flute/electric guitar
duo, was released on Sounds of Portland. This CD, produced by KXL
FM 95.5, and the Portland Visitor's Association, featured some of
the finest of Portland's musicians. His native singing group the
White Eagle Singers are known throughout North America as one of
the finest "powwow drums" today. They are winners of numerous
singing competitions in both the US and Canada.
- Appointed by mayor Greg Nichols to Seattle Arts Commission,
- Member of Recording Academy (Grammy Association),
Voting Member, Pacific NW Branch, since 2002.
- First American in the Arts; Outstanding Musical Achievement,
1994. Songcatchers; Dreaming in Color, A&M/Horizon
- Featured Artist, 1995 Grammy Winning; Prayer for the Wild
Things, written and produced by Paul Winter.
- Singing Champions; White Eagle Singers. Winners
of numerous singing championships, too many to list, all over
the US and Canada.
Rainbow Walker, 1995-present
Internet site specializing in information, awareness and
promotion of North American Native Music through the World Wide Web.
Arlie built his own website from scratch and now has visitors from throughout
Writes articles on history, traditions, and spirituality of Native Music.
Provides technical assistance, soundtracks, and scores for recording,
video, theatre and film projects. Identifies and locates Native Music
talent for the same.
Composer/Musician 1990 Ė present
- July 2004, Arlie Neskahi Ensemble performed closing concert for the
LaConner Summer Water Music Festival in LaConner, WA. Featuring native
traditional to funky native fusion as well as an arrangement of Kinji's
- November 2003, Eagle's Jump in concert, University of Washington Native
American Week, Seattle, WA.
- February 2003, Eagle's Jump in concert, American Bar Assocation, Spirit
of Excellence Awards, Seattle, WA.
- February 2003, Vocalist on Showtime Movie “Shiprock”,
directed by Chris Eyre, music by B.C. Smith.
- July 2002, Commissioned by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
of Seattle, WA to compose a song for the office of the mayor of Seattle,
WA. Mayor Song was presented July 2002 and a video documentary aired
on local TV.
- August 2001, Composed and performed with Oregon Symphony Cellist,
Steve Price, original traditional songs.
- November 1999; wrote original music for and performed with Third
Angle of the Oregon Symphony, Kinji's Suite..
- October 1999, composer/musician, Spirit Mountain Casino, Coastal
- March 1999; composer/musician, Spirit Mountain Casino, Steelhead
- Summer 1998; Musical Director; Oregon Trail Pageantís new production.
Responsible for composition and arrangement of music for theatrical
production. Advising producers on proper cultural protocol and
traditions to enhance the collaborative process. Oregon City,
- May 1998, Composer, musician for the play, Celilo! Involving
history and music of the fishing people of the Columbia River.
Produced by Ross Productions; owner, Marvin Ross of Quarterflash fame.
- On the concert front he is co-producing the Native Music concert
stage of the Painted Sky Music and Arts Festival, set for Summer, 1999
in Portland, OR.
- November 1997; Composer, musician, Oregon Native American Business
Entrepreneurial Network Video.
- August 1997; Composer, musician, consultant for Tears of Joy Puppet
Theatre production of Bridge of the Gods.
- June 1997; Composer, musician, University of Oklahoma Native American
Health Promotion Aerobics Fitness Music.
- February, 1997, composed and recorded music for Grande Ronde Tribe's
Spirit Mountain Casino TV advertisement which aired on major local networks.
- 1997 Arlie appeared in and Rainbow Walker music site was featured
on a national TV ad for AT&T Worldnet, both a 60 second spot and
30 minute infomercial.
- 1991 Back to the Blanket by Gary Hill. Directed by Roberta Levitow,
Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, CO.
- 1990 Independence of Eddie Rose by Bill Yellow Robe. Directed by
Tim Bond, Group Theatre Company, Seattle WA.
- 1987-89 Musical Director, American Indian Dance Theatre Company,
New York City. Responsible for direction and performance of traditional
music for dance production. Also was company lead singer and soloist.
Toured Japan, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, and 2 US tours of the
West and East Coasts.
Artist and Teacher, 1995-present
Arlie has been sharing his music
and cultural knowledge with the local community and schools through performances,
workshops and assemblies. Some of his latest projects include;
Lead Singer 1974-present
- 2003 & 2004, Host for national NPR radio show, Wisdom of the elders.
- Jingle Dress Healing Class singer and teacher, 2004 United Indians
of All Tribes Foundation.
- Lake WA School District, 2002-2004, Kirkland WA, youth powwow singing
and cultural history of song.
- Everett Community College, Spring 2003 & 2004, Shoreline WA, music
and culture of the powwow tradition.
- EMP Summer Music Camp; Summer 2002, native fusion trio, Seattle, WA.
Jump; Native Acoustic ensemble, featuring Native
American voice, flute and contemporary jazz, rock/fusion. http://www.rainbowwalker.net/eaglesjump
- Native Traditional Flute Class, October 199-99, Vancouver, WA School
- Lena Taku Washte Native Art Opening; Portland Art Museum; July 1997
- Fabric of Life Aids Annual Benefit; Portland Art Museum; July 1997
- Raven Wind Singers; multicultural singing group, Portland, OR, Winter
- Powwow Singing and Drum Traditions Class, Vancouver, WA School District,
- Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians Annual Art Auction; Winter 1996
White Eagle Singers, powwow singers for life.
International native powwow singing champions, awards too numerous to
list. Their music is heard all over North America, and they remain a strong
influence in the creation and development of the Music of the Native People.
- September 1999, Head Singing Judge, Northern Original Style, 1999
Schemitzun Day World Singing Championships.
- September 1999, Host Drum, 1999 Schemitzun Day World Singing Championships.
- September 1998, Top Ten finishers in the Northern Original singing
contest at the 1998 Schemitzun Day World Singing Championships.
- September 1997; Top Ten finishers in both the Northern Original
and Hand-Drum singing contest at the 1997 Schemitzun Days World Class
Music Projects 1994 - present
- 1998-present, Eagle’s Jump, Arlie’s newest musical
project collaborating with keyboardist Marc Cardenas, combining
native song, flute and melody with contemporary rock, jazz, and
classical accompaniment; duet or quartet.
- 1994 to present, Songcatchers, a
pop/rock and traditional band. A musical collaboration between
Arlie Neskahi, Lara Lavi, Mark Cardenas and Charles Neville. Their
debut album "Dreaming in Color" released summer of 1994
on A&M Records, has won numerous awards including the First
American in the Arts; Outstanding
Musical Achievement Award, 1994. It is recognized as a landmark
Native contemporary recording, and has inspired many Native musicians
towards contemporary musical collaboration. http://www.rainbowwalker.net/songcatchers
Recording Artist 1987 - present
- 1999, Rain or Shine, CD of flute, guitar and voice, Rainbow
- 1999, Two Rivers, flute/electric guitar duo, single released
on Sounds of Portland, produced by KXL FM 95.5, and the Portland Visitorís
Association. Featuring some of the finest of Portlandís musicians.
Funds benefit OMSI. Arlie Neskahi and Eagleís Jump guitarist,
- 1987-1991, Canyon Records, Phoenix, AZ. Six albums of intertribal
pow-wow music recorded.
- 1994, A&M Records, The Songcatchers, Dreaming in Color.
- 1994, Round Dance, was featured on the Paul Winter & The
Earth Band's, Prayer for the Wild Things.
- 1987, White Eagle Singers, Vol III chosen for the Library
of Congress Preferred Listening List, 1988.
Musical Director 1987-89
Indian Dance Theatre Company, New York City. Responsible for direction
and performance of traditional music for dance production. Also was company
lead singer and soloist. Toured Japan, Europe, Middle East, North Africa,
and 2 US tours of the West and East Coasts.
Educator/Presenter 1980 - present
Universities and Colleges; Elementary and Secondary Schools; Teacher
of traditional style, vocal coach, musical traditions; Conference and
Banquet presentations; Multicultural educator and trainer
Available on request
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