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Black Hills Press Forum Presentation, 2016
Inspired by his Anishinabe culture and homeland, the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Nation, The Song of Flower is a collection of Thompson's original compositions, "in-studio" improvisations, and an expression of Native American flute music, both past and present. Many years of dedication and perseverance have culminated with the release of this debut album, "The Song of Flower", from one of Indian Country's most talented young artists.
"Rich tones and inspirational melodies comprise this album of contemporary and traditional flute songs sure to please all listeners. Excellent for relaxation or easy listening." Amazon.com
Between Earth and Sky represents a rich diversity of Native American flute music including the performance of long lost instruments reintroduced through museum studies as well as songs recorded in the early 1900's.
Bibigwan - The Flute
Darren's 3rd studio recording features additional historical flutes, songs and collaborations with other Native musicians. An expansion of Darren's artistry, it is a reflection of creativity, tradition and expression of one of the oldest instruments in the world.
"Darren is a young and dynamic artist and educator. Trickster Art Gallery is proud to work with Darren to share his Native culture though his teachings and music. He is a must have for your schools or communities cultural experience." - Joseph Podlasek, CEO Trickster Art Gallery, LCO-Ojibwe/Polish, VP- National Urban Indian Family Coalition
"Darren Thompson is one of the most talented and engaging entertainers coming out of Wisconsin..." - Indian Summer Festival
"The overwhelming beauty of the songs played cannot adequately be conveyed in words, and Mr. Thompson's performances closed the ceremony with joy and harmony." - University of Wisconsin - Madison
"The students at both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have benefited immensely from your insight and experience..." - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
"His music is oh-so breathtaking..." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal
"He offers a rare and often intimate glimpse at the resilience and perseverance of American Indians who are positively making change for our communities. He is an informed and important voice." University of Colorado at Denver
"We were so pleased to bring Darren Thompson’s unique musical style to the West Coast for a performance at The Evergreen State College Longhouse last winter. His ability to engage with people of all cultures has already led to his work being shared on national and international stages. We look forward to his continued success!" Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, J.D., Director, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Evergreen State College
- Solo Concert (60 minutes)
- Concert w/ Accompaniment (1 hour, 30 minutes)
- Motivational/Inspirational Speaking
- Fund Raising Events
- Festivals and Fairs
- Art Gallery Receptions
- Museum Appearances
- American Indian Heritage Events
- Conference Receptions
- Private House Concerts
- Corporate Events
- Television Films/Musical Scores and Composition
- Private Flute Lessons
The Sounds of Darren Thompson
Among many American Indian people, the flute is a highly-revered instrument that has many uses. For ceremony. For healing. For love. For pleasure.
Native peoples preserved their history in the form of stories that were passed from generation to generation. How the people came to be. Who they are. Where they are. How they acquired different aspects of their cultural heritage. Many of these stories were in the form of song.
In addition to sharing traditional songs, Darren Thompson reflects on his people's rich and tragic history to compose his music. Self-taught, he shares his music with people from all over the world. His music pays homage to his heritage and America's original people's testament to thrive.
Because of its haunting and captivating sound, the Native American Flute has become recognized world-wide for its sound. It appeals to peoples of all corners of the world and continues to break cultural and musical boundaries.Having no teacher or musical background, he has reintroduced American Indian flutes that have been long lost. His music and performances include historical instruments and sounds that date back hundreds of years. He pays respect to the many tribes who have struggled to preserve America's original flute and its music.
He has released one album, "The Song of Flower", with widespread praise among American Indian communities with Bear Tracks Digital Media, an American Indian owned label. In 2015, Darren released his second album, "Between Earth and Sky: Native American Flute Music Recorded in the Black Hills," with Drumhop Productions. His intention was to preserve history and he earned a nomination with the Native American Music Awards at "Flutist of the Year".