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Tunes for a Monday Morning

This morning: music from the American south-west, in a range of musical moods.

First, two pieces for Native American flute by the brilliant Ute/Navajo flautist and composer R. Carlos Nakai, who lives here in Tucson. Above, "Feather, Stone, and Light," performed by Nakai with his long-time collaborators William Clipman and William Easton, at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Below, a solo improvisation on the Native American flute, at the same performance.


The wonderful Mexican-American singer/songwriter Trish Hinojosa performing "Donde Voy," backed up by Marvin Dykhuis. Hinojosa hails from San Antonio, but performs here in Tucson quite a bit.

And last:

Tucson's own Calexico, performing "Crystal Frontier," their classic song about the Arizona/Mexico border.