Michael was born in Chicago, IL in December of 1955. He was raised in southern California. In 1997 he was drawn to the mountains and scenic beauty of Idaho were he found his niche. Michael and his wife live near Mackay, ID surrounded by what used to be Shoshone land. Since his youth, Michael has had strong ties to Native American traditions and beliefs. Much of his inspiration comes while walking through the Shoshone land where the spirits of the Ancient Ones dwell.
His interest in the Native American flute started several years ago when he received a small cedar flute as a gift. Michael enjoys sharing his passion and hopes to impart this to all who listen to his music. He enjoys exploring all aspects of the Native American flute-traditional, jazz, blues, etc.
Since the release of his first CD-VISION QUEST Songs of the Native Flute-Michael has been the featured guest on NBC's Channel 6 Morning Show in Pocatello, ID three times. His first appearance, according to Tyeson Raye, one of the show's producers, raised their ratings 5 points. They gave away twoVISION QUEST CDs on each show and received record amounts of calls for them. Michael also appeared on NBC in Boise, ID and CBS in Eugene , OR.
While on tour in Oregon in 2001, Michael was honored by an invitation from Geronimo Swift Eagle to perform at the graduation ceremony of "Native Warriors Guardians of Tomorrow's Youth" at the Salem Men's Correctional Facility. N.W.G.T.Y. is a program whose teachings and guidance help young Native Americans make wise decisions in their day to day living.
Michael has performed at weddings, our community barbecue, which draws thousands of people, and has done performances and signings at several locations in eastern Idaho. He has also performed at parks and special events throughout Oregon and Washington.
At the International New Age Trade Show in Denver in 2001, Michael was a selected performer.
Michael composed all the songs and produced VISION QUEST himself. Jeff Beers at "The Sound Factory" in Boise did the digital master. Each melody on the CD creates an image in your mind and takes you to a far off place. The blending of nature sounds, native drums and other accompanying instruments produces a hauntingly beautiful mix of traditional and contemporary pieces.
Michael's second CD - WIND WHO SINGS Native Flute for Meditation - was released in November of 2002. For more information about this CD, check out-
"From the moment I started "Loon's
Lament" I knew I had something special coming to my ears....my soul is attracted by great NA music....and yours pulls at me. It was hard to find a cut that didn't grab my attention. As I listen I can visualize myself in the outdoors, walking alone, either over the plains, or through a forest of trees. I can see myself sitting, looking out over the landscape, feeling a great reverence for my ancestors and the earth around me.... Thank you for taking the time to develop your talents."
"...an album for the top of your ambient music stack; your spiritual music stack; and your meditation music stack. This reviewer had goose bumps listening to Michael Weinstein playing the Native American flute. Soothing and exciting, transportive and healing!"
"...playing it in our store the complements have poured in and my customers are trying to buy our demo. The overwhelming reception has been wonderful. The music is so soothing and welcoming that they (the customers) don't want to leave. Our customers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Mr. Weinstein's music in our store."
Mike's Place Smoke & Gift Shoppe
"The hauntingly beautiful music of Michael Weinstein's "Vision Quest" transcends time, space and cultures. The synchronicity of melodies and natures' sounds is an exquisite experience for body, mind and Spirit."
Brooks, Alberta, Canada
"Michael Weinstein has proven to be one of our most popular guests. The response we have received after his appearances is some of the strongest and most positive that we have gotten in the last two years."
Matt P. Oliver
NBC Newschannel 6 Today
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9. Brave`s Rite
10. Jake`s Jungle
11. Day`s Catch