Lorrie Sarafin first heard the haunting sound of the Native American Flute played by R. Carlos Nakai in 1993 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and was instantly captivated by its beauty. She bought her first flute (which can be heard on the song “SHIFTING SANDS” from the MANY PATHS CD) in 1996 from a store in Old Town Scottsdale and took it out into the Arizona Sonoran Desert to learn how to play it. An avid hiker, Sarafin is fond of saying that it is the desert that taught her how to play; her teachers being the wind and all things in nature. Surprisingly, ten years later, Sarafin found herself being asked to play at the 2003 Scottsdale Arts Festival – the very venue where years before she had first heard the sound of the flute! Sarafin had come full circle on her musical journey.
Sarafin has released two music CD’s, SECOND WIND (2005) rated “5 star Excellent” by ZoneMusicReporter’s Bill Binkelman – and MANY PATHS (November 2010) – a 2011 Zone Music Reporter Award Winner for Best Native American Album.
Sarafin has performed throughout the USA, including:
- Zone Music Reporter First Annual Awards, Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA
- Steinway Hall, Scottsdale, AZ
- The Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, AZ
- Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale, AZ
- Scottsdale Artwalk, Old Town Scottsdale, AZ
- various Arts & Crafts Shows, Farmer’s Markets, and Weddings
Nature is what inspires Sarafin
“Being outside is like a balm for my soul. When I am in the desert and I can hear the quail, the doves, the cactus wrens, the coyotes, the hummingbirds and see javelina, jackrabbits, roadrunners, hawks, and all the various life forms which eke out their survival in this environment – I can feel the whole web of life and it’s interconnectedness.
What is reality? Is it the desert and nature? Or is it our daily working lives in the culture that has evolved around us? Do we all have a place and a path which will yet be revealed to us? Should we just blindly go through life not seeking out the mystery? Or do we take the chance and delve into the mystery? And what will happen if we do? What will happen if we don’t?
Life is a Great Mystery. Sometimes the veil parts a little and I think I can see and understand some. But then the veil closes and I feel like what I thought I understood wasn’t at all something that I understood and then I’m more confused than ever. I do believe that we are all greater than we think we are. That each of us has a part to play in this reality. That finding the balance is crucial to our survival and the planet’s survival. Then again, maybe all that is just wishful thinking and we are no more than a few carbon based units occupying a world which will go on with or without us. I don’t know. But I do know that on a clear night, away from the lights of civilization – I stare at the same stars which were viewed by my ancestors long ago and find myself pondering the Great Mystery and thinking about the reality of a small blue planet on the edge of a galaxy in an infinite universe…”
~ Lorrie Sarafin