After a decade of mastering their crafts independently, longtime collaborators Native American flutist Carlos Nakai and pianist and composer Peter Kater have joined forces once again. In celebration of their recent joint album, Ritual, the pair will treat audiences at the Diana Wortham Theatre to two nights of world music dynamism.
Ritual‘s seven tracks fill an hour with subdued soundscapes that resonate beyond the ears, supplementing Nakai’s and Kater’s virtuosity with the musical talents of Paul McCandless (soprano sax, oboe, English horn), Jaques Morelenbaum (cello) and Trisha Bowden (vocals). Songs like “Meeting at Twilight,” “Invoking the Elements” and “Dream Dances” verbally suggest the sense of wonder and earthy tranquility that each piece conjures sonically.
Nakai’s and Kater’s career accomplishments are as impressive as their underlying music. Since 1983, Nakai has completed more than three dozen albums and performed with 15 symphony and chamber orchestras, while Kater’s catalog of work has appeared in more than 100 television programs and films and in 11 on- and off-Broadway productions. Collectively, the two boast 20 Grammy Award nominations, more than 10 million album sales worldwide and dozens of international accolades that highlight their musical prowess.
The duo’s 10th and 11th live performances in Asheville, produced in association with Green Sage Cafe, CityMac, Whole Foods Market and M.P. Fields & Associates, Realtors, take place at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $22-$55. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dwtheatre.com or call the box office at 257-4530.