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Available CD Recordings:
2006 Tribute to the Flute Makers
2005 A NEW DAY
2004 "Looking Wolf" High Spirit Label, Phoenix, AZ
2004 One Heart-One Spirit
2003 Native Blues
2002 Peaceful Journey
2005 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) Best Flute Nominee
2004 Native American Music Award Nominee (NAMMYS)
2004 ISMA Best Flute Recording Nominee
2004 ISMA Best Blues Nominee
* Tillamook Treasures: A movie to be released in theatres in 2006, flute soundtrack and songs from One Heart CD used in movie
* Tribute to the Native Flute DVD: A DVD for retail that includes concert footage, a brief presentation of the native flute, and music videos
* BIA, Northwest Region Video: Provided the background music for the production
* Clackamas County Condor: Composed and performed flute music for video
* Wisdom of the Elders: Provided music for the radio talk show based out of Portland, OR
* Story Teller CD: Composed and recorded a flute rack for this CD by Roger Mcgee
* Dreamcatcher CD: Composed and recorded flute tracks for this CD by Standing Elk
Jan Michael Looking Wolf is a Kalapuya Native American from the Grande Ronde Tribes in NW Oregon. He lives on the reservation with his family and is committed to the path of the native flute. Recording artist, performer, teacher, songwriter, and flute historian, are all descriptions of Looking Wolf's involvement with this ancient instrument. He plays 7 other instruments and has been a musician for over 20 years. With a wide range of styles, Looking Wolf travels from pure solo traditional flute to complex contemporary compilations with multiple instrument accompaniment and vocals.
Each of Looking Wolf's recordings are very different from one another. They range from solo traditional flute, blues and jazz, classical, and flute with contemporary accompaniment. However, always maintaining the focus on the native flute, earning national recognition.
Looking Wolf performs many times a year at various events. Solo flute and presentations with a full band of world instruments. Large concerts, festivals, personal appearances at schools, and non-profit fundraisers. From 2002 to 2005, he has performed at over 200 appearances including: Events with Grammy Winner Mary Youngblood, Carlos R. Nakai, Robert Mirabal, Charles Littleleaf, and for the Oregon Governor, the EPA, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal Government Agencies, Tribal Leaders at the Oregon Tribal Summit, ONABEN, and a 7,000 person environmental conference in Portland, Oregon.
He has a five piece world instrument group that sometimes plays at concerts with him called, "Rainbow Tribe". This provides for a dynamic presentation designed for larger audiences. Looking Wolf is frequently requested to perform as a solo act as well, with songs and traditional stories.
When not performing, Looking Wolf instructs 'Introduction and History of the Native American Flute', a 3 credit course at Oregon State University where participants learn about the origins and history of native flutes from North America and also learn how to play.
Native Flute music by Looking Wolf is being featured in the motion picture TILLAMOOK TREASURE that will be released into theatres in 2006! He also has a part in the movie as a native flutist which was filmed in fall of 2005. In the modern day scene, Looking Wolf is playing on the beach with Floyd Red Crow Westerman (from the movie Dances with Wolves). For more information about the movie visit www.tillamooktreasure.com.
Even though his first recordings were not until early 2002, Looking Wolf has been involved in music since he was 11 years old when he learned to play classical guitar. After that he moved on to other instruments - the piano, bass guitar, and percussion. In 1994, he suffered two large strokes from a rare genetic disorder prone to Native Americans and was a paraplegic for almost a year. After a miraculous 100% healing, he focused on native spiritual practices and traditions. During this period he received his first native flute as a gift.
He reflects, "From the first time I played it, I knew that this was the reason I survived the strokes. I could actually hear my ancestors through it. Every breath we have is a gift from Creator, so the songs also belong to him."
If you are interested in more information, Jan Michael Looking Wolf is available for interviews and appearances. Contact Cedarfeather Productions for scheduling and touring information - www.cedarfeather.com or by phone 503 474-0975.
LOOKING WOLF - a path of healing.
My name is Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach and I have a very rare blood condition named Protein Enzyme C (and S) Deficiency that is prone to Native Americans. This genetic condition is deadly, and until the early 1980's it was not detectable. Protein Enzyme C Deficiency is a thrombotic disorder that can result in most the human body filling up with blood clots. These blood clots, if undetected, will ultimately cause death.
In Spring of 1994, I suffered two large strokes from the disorder and had blood clots pass through my heart and cause bleeding in the lungs. As a result from the strokes, I was paralyzed on the entire left side of my body. I had titanium screens surgically implanted in my blood vessels and was in the hospital for over 64 days.
My faithful wife had stayed by my side and slept in a chair during this whole episode. It was made clear by every doctor involved that I was very fortunate to be alive. However, it was also made clear that I would never walk again or use my left side. I would stay paralyzed because the extent of the damage caused by the stroke was too extensive. There was an unbearable amount of pain in my un-paralyzed leg, caused from the blood clots damaging the tissue and a pulled muscle. I was on morphine and could not move it because of the blood clots. I would only sleep a short time, awaking in extreme pain. After about a week of this I decided that I had enough. I told the nurse that I would take no more morphine or any other drug for pain. "It is in your hands God!" I yelled. Two days later the pain went away. My wife and I prayed night and day through this time, mostly just thanking God for getting us through everything. Even the doctors called me the "miracle man". They asked my permission to do a medical journal on my condition. The medical team said that it is rare for someone to survive such a large episode of blood clots and a huge stroke. Even though I was thankful for being alive, I still did not have complete faith in the Creator. One morning, I started thinking about my son and all the things I would not be able to do with him. I was angry because I was still paralyzed and it looked like I was going to have to live in an assisted care facility. There was no way that my wife could take care of the baby, work a job, and take care of me. I failed understand why I did not die. I shouted, "I will never walk with my son or teach him how to run and play!" My wife said, " If you believe in the Lord anything is possible, after all, you are alive aren't you?" I replied, "I wish I wasn't. I will never walk again. The doctors are right!" I started weeping. I was tired. It had been over five weeks that I was in the hospital. Then my wife jumped up and said, "How dare you, after everything that God has done for you! Where is your faith? I know in my heart that you will walk again. You would not have survived for nothing." The sun was just starting to rise and the light was coming in through the window behind my bed, shining into the room. Her blue eyes were bright from her tears and reflection of the light. She picked up my paralyzed foot and started rubbing it. "You will walk again." She cried again, while holding my limp foot. A tear- drop fell of her face and landed on my paralyzed foot. At that exact time my foot started to move - first the toes, then up to the ankle. She ran out to the nurse station and they all hurried back into the room. By that time I could lift my leg up off the bed and bend the knee. "It's a miracle!" The nurse shouted. The neurologist performed an examination a short time later. His expression was one of shock as I lifted my left leg off the bed. The doctors could not explain the recovery in my leg. They called it a "fluke" and told me that it could go away. Another picture was immediately taken of my brain - it still showed a large area of dead tissue from stroke. With help from a physical therapist, I took my first step about a week later. I looked at my wife and said "Thank you for your faith in God. Thank you for your faith in me."
Since then, I have recovered 100% and am so grateful for every day. For the complete story, visit www.cedarfeather.com.
If you are interested in more information, Jan Michael Looking Wolf is available for interviews and appearances. Contact Cedarfeather Productions for scheduling and touring information - www.cedarfeather.com or by phone 503 474-0975. Press kits are available.
Check out the artist's website:
1. 30 minutes of live concert footage
2. music videos with images of nature and flute music
3. A brief presentation of native flute history