Mahaeo (Creator) knows me as Stephen Standing Owl of Northern Cheyenne Descent. I began playing the Native American flute about six years ago. I had never intended to play for the public. I just enjoyed the spirit of the flute. As I traveled to Pow Wows I was asked to play my flutes to fill in time during the drum breaks, the response from the public was overwhelming, and eventually I was asked to be part of the programs at many of the Pow wows in the New England area. Since that time I have played for audiences at schools, presentations on Native culture, library systems, campgrounds and historical societies. I had the honor of opening on stage for Jeff Ball on two occasions and to play on stage with Bill Miller on one.
Jeff nominated for best flutist of the year in 1998, by the Native American Music Awards, and in 2001 his recording Cedar Moon won an award. I thank Jeff for it was he who unleashed the gift that Mahaeo bestowed in me at birth.
Many people asked if I planned to make a recording. It was not until I met Tahakierente- Howard Lyons at a Pow Wow that I even considered it. Howard is of the Mohawk Nation and is a singer, songwriter and producer. His recording Hopes and Dreams nominated for best folk recording by the Native American Music Awards in 2001. Howard is the owner of Skydome Records. This is where Night Flight was created.
I have always respected Native Story Tellers for it is they who keep the past alive. Not being blessed with the gift of verbal story telling I choose to tell stories with my flutes. Each song on Night Flight brings you on a journey. Listen to the flutes voices and hear their stories. Relax and enjoy!