JOSEPH FIRE CROW
“The Natural Beauty of the flute evokes very powerful emotions. The traditional flute is social, not ceremonial, in nature, and should always be treated with that in mind and spirit.”
In 1992, FireCrow recorded the album, The Mist. Two years later, he released a second self-produced recording, Rising Bird. These recordings were sold only at concerts.
In 1995 FireCrow’s songs, “Creator’s Prayer” and “Wind in My Mind” were selected to open and close the best selling album Tribal Winds: Music from Native American Flutes on the Earthbeat label. Ken Burns also chose some of FireCrow’s music to be included on the soundtrack for his documentary “Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.”
In April of 1996, his self-titled release, FIRECROW, was one of the first recordings to be launched nationally on the Makoche label, and is one of the label’s best sellers. Echodisc said in a review of FireCrow, “Joseph FireCrow is quite simply one of the most gifted players of the Native American flute, this is beautifully recorded. Another reviewer described Fire Crow as a “national treasure.”
FireCrow’s follow-up CHEYENNE NATION in 2001 is a soulful mixture of traditional flute and contemporary instrumentation promoting the unity of the Cheyenne people, was a GRAMMY nominee at the 43rd Annual Awards.
FireCrow’s collaborative effort in 2002 with Jim Cockey lead to the composition of “Parmly’s Dream,” from the CD SIGNATURE. This release won FireCrow the “Best Instrumental Recording” Award at the 7th Annual Native American Music Awards.
FireCrow’s third effort, LEGEND OF THE WARRIOR earned him the Native American Music Award for Songwriter of the Year in November 2003.
RED BEADS , was released in late August of 2005. Red Beads comes full circle with a return to the traditional. This recording includes Fire Crow’s mother, Elva Stands In Timber. Joseph was honored to have her join him. This release won FireCrow the “Flutist of the Year” Award at the 8th Annual Native American Music Awards.
In 2006 FireCrow’s music was featured on Public Broadcasting Service’s THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA film.
FireCrow was also a guest artist on Peter Kater’s 2007 album, FACES OF THE SUN, which earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Age Music Album at the 50th Annual Awards
September 2009, PBS aired Ken Burns documentary “THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA” which also features FireCrow’s music
FACE THE MUSIC, released in 2009 brings the traditional together with modern stylings for a must have collection of contemporary Native American Music! This recording was honored at the Native American Music Awards with both ARTIST OF THE YEAR, as well as FLUTIST OF THE YEAR awards
FireCrow was featured on PRAYER FOR COMPASSION with David Darling, which WON a GRAMMY in the New Age Category on January 31, 2010!
In 2012, NIGHT WALK, a meditative, relaxing collection of solo flute music, based on tradition, was released. This recording nurtures the spirit. NAMA liked it so much that they awarded it FLUTIST OF THE YEAR in 2013.
It’s been said of FireCrow’s playing that when he plays and sings, centuries of his people’s heritage – their pain and suffering, their love and happiness, their pride and accomplishments, and most of all, their honor, shine brightly throughout.
1999 Telly Award, Elfie’s Eye/Creator’s Prayer (Fire Crow)
2000 Best of Short Takes, Today’s Librarian (Cheyenne Nation)
2003 NAMA Songwriter of the Year (Legend of the Warrior)
2004 Flutist of the Year, Indian Summer Music Awards (Legend of the Warrior)
2005 NAMA Best Instrumental Recording/ Parmly’s Dream 2005 (Signature)
2006 NAMA Flutist of the Year (Red Beads)
2010 Best New Age Album, 52nd Annual GRAMMYTM Awards (Prayer for Compassion, David Darling)
2010 NAMA Flutist of the Year (Face the Music)
2010 Artist of the Year (Face the Music)
2011 NAMA Song/Single of the Year (Out of Many, We Are One) 2013 NAMA Best Flute Recording (Night Walk)
2016 NAMA Lifetime Achievement Award`