Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette | Arctic Voices

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Arctic Voices

by Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette

2009 Best Song Winner! This CD is hauntingly beautiful, with the ability to take the listener on a spiritual emotional journey to their favorite place, and the power to summon the sounds of the wind in a canyon on the perfect summer day.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arctic Bird
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
2:02 $0.99
2. Cherokee Love Song
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
2:57 $0.99
3. Tarvarnauramken
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
2:57 $0.99
4. Tundra Flutterby
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
1:57 $0.99
5. Eagle Song
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
4:42 $0.99
6. Amazing Grace
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
2:38 $0.99
7. Tribute to Stella
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
1:59 $0.99
8. Arctic Wolf
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
2:06 $0.99
9. Long Cold Winter
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
1:56 $0.99
10. Raven Finds a Meal
Phillip John "Aarnaquq" Charette
2:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Aarnaquq 'Arctic Voices' (Sun Valley Recording Co.) features the compositions and work of Phillip John Charette (Yup'ik), better known for his amazing masks. Seven different flutes used on this 11-track CD provide a beautifully and subtly shifting tonal range, as on the traditional Yup'ik healing song 'Tarvarnauramken', performed with a myrtle wood flute" - Native Peoples Magazine, August 2008, pg.15,
Phillip Charette is an Oregon resident of Alaskan Native and French Canadian descent. He is a well-known artist who honors his Yup’ik culture through his music and art.

The track "Cherokee Love Song" recently won Best Song in the Native American Song Category, 2009 Just Plain Folks Category.

A Harvard graduate, Phillip left his career in education and began work as a full-time artist in 2001, when he established his art business featuring authentic contemporary Alaskan Native Yup'ik art. Phillip, also known to the Yup’ik people as Aarnaquq (“the dangerous one”), is a member of the Yupiit Nation in Southwestern Alaska. He is a widely recognized Native American artist known for his mixed-media sculptures, which are contemporary renditions of ancient Alaskan Native Yup’ik masks. His work has been in the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in New York, and the Eiteljorg, Heard, Hallie Ford, Washington State History, and Bishop Museums. In 2006, Phillip was honored with the Artists Choice award for one of his sculptures at the Sante Fe Indian Art Market. His art is on permanent display in the Portland Art Museum (Oregon), the Burke Museum (Seattle), the Coos Bay Museum (Coos Bay, OR), and the Hallie Ford Museum (Salem). Phillip was a participating artist with the Changing Hands 2: Art Without Reservation exhibit and is a 2009 SWAIA Fellowship Recipient. He has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat” for both his art and music.

In 1997, Phillip began making Native American wooden flutes. He has since mastered the art of making his own style of concert quality Native American flutes in hardwoods and low fire clays, specializing in large bass flutes. Phillip writes his own songs and has been performing for six years. He is a member of The International Native American Flute Association.

The CD was recorded at Big Woody Studios, Sun Valley Recording Company, Sun Valley, Idaho, owned by Bruce Innes, former member of “The Original Caste,” known for their 1972 hit single “One Tin Soldier,” Joe Fritsch, a mutual acquaintance of Charette and Innes, brought the two together because he believed that Phillip’s music “was so inspiring it had to be recorded.” All songs on the CD were written, arranged, and performed by Phillip (except Tarvarnauramken, a traditional healing song, and Amazing Grace by John Newton).

More information on Phillip’s art and music can be found at his YupikMask: Alaskan Native Fine Art website as can information and fees regarding performances and lectures. For inquiries regarding performances, CD sales, or art sales, contact Phillip Charette or Elizabeth Estabrooks at 541-523-7563.



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