Renowned flutist performing in MV
June 22, 2012 · Meghan Hunter, Sun intern
Award-winning Native American flutist Mark Holland will perform at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Known as the "Jimi Hendrix of Native American flute players," Holland is highly regarded for the heartfelt sound of his music.
"(Holland) connects with people through his music and it's accessible to everyone since he plays such a wide variety of music," said Shelly Stenzel, co-owner of Lisbon's Feather Ridge Flutes.
Demonstrating Holland's versatility, his songs range from the relaxing nature of "Sacred Refuge" to the 1960s throwback cover of The Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin." Generally, his playing is described as "weaving a tapestry of sound color."
Holland has released a combination of 16 solo and collaborative albums, his newest being "Instruments of Peace" (2012), which his solo performance is intended to promote. Holland has recorded with N. Scott Robinson, Cory Edwards, and his four-member band, Autumn's Child.
Holland is coming to Mount Vernon due to sponsorship of Shelly and Randy Stenzel. Holland has three Feather Ridge Flutes in his flute artillery and remains friends with the Stenzels. "Mark's music, him as a person and his wife just make him an all-around great guy," said Shelly.
The Stenzels cited an example of Holland's good character - his willingness to interact with his audience.
"He does what he calls 'in-house concerts' and he'll get people playing on stage at times," Randy said.
Holland has been described as a "master teacher" who jumps at the opportunity to share his gift. Accordingly, Holland plans to give lessons to fellow Native American flute player and United Methodist Church minister Rev. Bill Daylong.
Spirituality and Holland's dedication to the Christian faith bring Holland to the United Methodist Church, and his performance provides a cultural opportunity to hear renowned Native American flute playing.
Tickets are available for $15 at the door at the United Methodist Church located at 304 First. St. S.W. Tickets can also be preordered by contacting Randy and Shelly Stenzel at 455-2562.