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 displays an uncommon ability to traverse a variety of musical soundscapes with amazing ease and virtuosity. From the opening "The Last Buffalo" … to the breezy jazz leanings of the closing title track, Sarafin navigates ambient, Native flute, jazz fusion, new age, and ethno-tribal territory as if musical boundaries simply didn't exist for her. It is her startling versatility of talent which elevated the CD to the point where it made my best of 2010 list. Ambient fans, in particular, should sit up and pay notice. If Sarafin ever commits to an entire album of ethno-tribal music; well, as Neo once opined, "Whoa!"
"…a rich emotional landscape of songs that runs the gamut from tribal beats to the soothing sounds of her flute offering us refuge from the stress of the every day world that we all face. And when I say runs the gamut I do mean that literally. Check out the song Arrival which starts off simply enough with an acoustic guitar and Lorrie's flute being played hauntingly in the background and then sit in amazement as it shifts into a smooth jazz piece that doesn't lose the listener but pulls them along without missing a beat. A tricky move to be sure but Lorrie was able to pull it off…It is a refreshing approach to her signature Native American flute sound and through her skillful and imaginative handling of the songs she is able to express more of the emotions that live behind the songs that she composes…"
The opening track, entitled “The Last Buffalo,” paints an expansive desert vista that blends atmospheric ambience with tribal beats, which draws the listener in right from the start. For Lorrie, the symbolism of the last buffalo goes beyond the animal itself to all forms of life currently on our planet – including us, if we are not careful. The second track, “Arrival” is one of my favorites and showcases Lorrie’s collaboration with Rod Ibieta on a jazzy tune that has just the right combination of movement and mellowness to keep your toe tapping while you are chilling out to it. And speaking of collaborations, on “Celestial Seas” Lorrie is joined by Fiona Joy Hawkins who adds her elegant and eloquent grand piano accompaniment to Lorrie’s electronically processed flute, synthesizer, and ocean sounds to create a dreamy soundscape reminiscent of the classic new age music of Steven Halpern. On “Shifting Sands,” the crystalline arpeggios of Susan River’s Celtic harp sparkle and dance as Lorrie’s soulful flute glides above like a hawk circling on the wind.
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..."