Ann Licater’s passion for the inspirational and healing music of the Native American flute was ignited at a powwow where she heard the beautiful call of a flute being played. Being an accomplished silver flutist herself, Ann followed that call to a booth where she purchased the first of many Native American and World flutes heard in her recordings Doorway to a Dream and Following the Call. On those albums, as in her healing concerts, Ann’s unique approach merges her intuition, spiritual perspective and traditional music background to create beautiful original melodies and inspired improvisational compositions. Her love of the wood and clay flutes led her to study with master flutist R. Carlos Nakai at the Renaissance of the Native American Flute, complementing her years of classical flute training at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN.
Doorway to a Dream, Ann’s second album, released to rave reviews at the International New Age Trade Show (INATS) in July 2010 and was chosen as AMAZON BEST MUSIC of 2010: Top Ten New Age Albums. It presents both solo and collaborative tracks featuring Native American, world and silver alto flutes. Ann’s first CD, Following the Call, released in 2007 and was nominated Best Native American Album by radio programmers for the New Age Reporter (NAR) LifeStyle Music Awards. Co-produced by GRAMMY®-nominee Gentle Thunder, it quickly became the #1-selling music CD at East West Bookstore, one of the largest body/mind/spirit bookstore in the United States. Ann’s music is featured on the nationally-syndicated radio show Hearts of Space, Echoes on Public Radio International, and nationwide on Soundscapes, a Music Choice cable radio channel.
For Ann, one of the most meaningful expressions of Native American and World flute music can be experienced beyond the concert hall. Ann created and facilitates “Flute for the Soul” workshops, in which participants explore how contemporary replicas of ancient wood and clay flutes can be used as tools for personal discovery, spiritual practice and relaxation. By journaling, meditating and reflecting on an issue while listening to the ancient sounds of Native American and World flute music, she believes it is possible to tap into one’s intuition to discover more about oneself and one’s journey. One of the nation’s largest health providers, based in California, has engaged Ann as an ongoing workshop facilitator and performer.
In concert, Ann performs on a dozen or more flutes made of wood and clay including a nose flute from Maui, a five-hole flute made from clay found in the Mayan region of Mexico, and a flute made of reclaimed redwood from a wine vat that once held Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. When Ann performs, she connects with her audience by incorporating stories of origin about each of her flutes using her warm style and engaging stage presence.
Ann enjoys performing in spiritual venues of all faiths such as Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA and Mission Santa Clara – one of the oldest missions in the U.S. – where she was a special guest artist of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and The Choral Project during a sold-out holiday concert in 2008. She has graced the stage at international musical events such as the World Flute Fest at Carnegie Hall and Utah’s Zion Canyon Art and Flute Festival, which honored Ann as a Rising Star in 2007.
Ann holds a B.A. from University of St. Thomas, and a M.L.A. in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University. She resides in the San Francisco Bay area in Northern California. For more information on Ann’s albums, workshops and performances, which are booked through her Cul de Sac Mystic Productions, please visit www.annlicater.com