Born and raised in Taos Pueblo, Robert Mirabal began playing the flute at the age of 18, influenced by the traditional music of his people, and with the noble purpose of honoring the land, his family, his ancestors and his tribe.
Mirabal creates his own blend of traditional and popular music, also influenced by music from West Africa, Haiti, Japanese Taiko drumming, Celtic music, rock and hip-hop. The result is a sound that the Village Voice described as "ancestral drumming and ritualistic chanting that create an intoxicating swirl as they intermingle with contemporary ideas and sounds.”
In song, chant and music, Robert Mirabal tells stories of the land and culture of Taos Pueblo. Haunting and spirited, the words of his Tiwa language ring forth in a powerful and evocative musical setting highlighted by Native flute, cello, guitar and percussion.
Music from a Painted Cave
The exciting and dynamic live concert recording from the nationally broadcast PBS-TV special features new songs and fresh versions of Mirabal's greatest hits in a stunning live performance by this talented singer and flutist, along with his band, The Rare Tribal Mob.
The alchemical magic of Mirabal's solo flute melodies intertwined with percussion, didjeridoo, ambient keyboards and guitar. "...exquisitely nuanced flute playing...captivating birdlike melodies." The New York Times
Robert Mirabal brings forth the voices of Mother Earth and Father Sky in these authentic Native American flute recordings, subtly enhanced with sounds of nature and Native percussion.
Heartfelt and humorous stories, songs, and music about the people and cultures that surround him. This provocative recording will make you laugh and sometimes bring tears. "...an incredibly gifted writer, vocalist, musician, dancer and storyteller... an artist for all seasons and all cultures.” Billboard.