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Michael Searching Bear

Michael Searching Bear, NAMA (Native American Music Awards) winner for Best World Recording
and nominated artist - 2009, Aboriginal People's Choice Award nominee and Just Plain Folks Music
Awards Album of the Year winner 2006, is an accomplished world musician whose love for music and
search for his Native heritage led him to the Native American wood flute.
Michael incorporates the Native flute with his love and education for many traditional world cultural
instruments including Celtic, Japanese, Native American and African, just to name a few, and creates
a fusion of world instrumentation with a familiar underlying rhythm Michael is known for. Michael adds
contemporary instrumentation when needed as well as modern dance and voice to give his audience
not only a sonic experience but a visual experience as well.
Michael is an accomplished studio and stage drummer as well as a flute player with a “traditional” or
“old” style sound. His flute playing incorporates many techniques that are unique to the traditional
Native style. Barks, chirps, trills and other techniques which often mimic sounds heard in nature are
not uncommon and weave their way through the melodies. ”I’ve always played the flute this way”,
Michael states. “It’s as if it has been inside of me all my life. This is how I have always heard the flute
in my mind. I have a vague memory of certain sounds from my childhood. One of those was the flute.
I searched for many years to find the instrument that was the sound I heard in my memories. Then
one day I happened to be doing a search on the Internet, of all places, and came across a sound clip.
I knew instantly that this was the sound I was looking for and so began my journey to find this
instrument. It was the Native American wood flute and I’ve been in love with this instrument ever
since.”
With over 35 years of experience in music as a drummer and percussionist, Michael has developed his talents
and perfected his gift for mastering intricate rhythms. Through private study, Michael increased his
knowledge of the electric, acoustic and classical guitars, as well as music theory and ethnomusicology.
With this knowledge, Michael incorporates as many different types of instruments into his recording
compositions – especially Native cultural instruments. Michael began incorporating the Native American
flute music in 1996. His original compositions can be heard in his CD’s, 2006 Just Plain Folks Award winning
album of the year Voice fromWithin (2003) and the 2006 Native American Music Awards (NAMA)
nominated Un earthed (2005). Fans can also enjoy Michael’s NAMA nominated concert DVD, Michael
Searching Bear Live in Concert (2007) along with his latest NAMAwinning CD for BestWorld Recording
release, Ceremony (2009). Michael’s latest release is his world fusion journey, The Mirror (2010).

Michael Searching Bear, NAMA (Native American Music Awards) winner for Best World Recording
and nominated artist - 2009, Aboriginal People's Choice Award nominee and Just Plain Folks Music
Awards Album of the Year winner 2006, is an accomplished world musician whose love for music and
search for his Native heritage led him to the Native American wood flute.
Michael incorporates the Native flute with his love and education for many traditional world cultural
instruments including Celtic, Japanese, Native American and African, just to name a few, and creates
a fusion of world instrumentation with a familiar underlying rhythm Michael is known for. Michael adds
contemporary instrumentation when needed as well as modern dance and voice to give his audience
not only a sonic experience but a visual experience as well.
Michael is an accomplished studio and stage drummer as well as a flute player with a “traditional” or
“old” style sound. His flute playing incorporates many techniques that are unique to the traditional
Native style. Barks, chirps, trills and other techniques which often mimic sounds heard in nature are
not uncommon and weave their way through the melodies. ”I’ve always played the flute this way”,
Michael states. “It’s as if it has been inside of me all my life. This is how I have always heard the flute
in my mind. I have a vague memory of certain sounds from my childhood. One of those was the flute.
I searched for many years to find the instrument that was the sound I heard in my memories. Then
one day I happened to be doing a search on the Internet, of all places, and came across a sound clip.
I knew instantly that this was the sound I was looking for and so began my journey to find this
instrument. It was the Native American wood flute and I’ve been in love with this instrument ever
since.”
With over 35 years of experience in music as a drummer and percussionist, Michael has developed his talents
and perfected his gift for mastering intricate rhythms. Through private study, Michael increased his
knowledge of the electric, acoustic and classical guitars, as well as music theory and ethnomusicology.
With this knowledge, Michael incorporates as many different types of instruments into his recording
compositions – especially Native cultural instruments. Michael began incorporating the Native American
flute music in 1996. His original compositions can be heard in his CD’s, 2006 Just Plain Folks Award winning
album of the year Voice fromWithin (2003) and the 2006 Native American Music Awards (NAMA)
nominated Un earthed (2005). Fans can also enjoy Michael’s NAMA nominated concert DVD, Michael
Searching Bear Live in Concert (2007) along with his latest NAMAwinning CD for BestWorld Recording
release, Ceremony (2009). Michael’s latest release is his world fusion journey, The Mirror (2010).