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Colin Warren Plays Native American Flutes Feb. 22
Posting Date: 02/13/2014

By Linda Faas, MCJ Feature News Reporter

Colin Warren brings a musical and lyrical feast of poems, stories, and Native American flute music to the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery on February 22. A longtime resident of Mesquite, Warren is highly-regarded for his haunting flute music and his poetry, both poignant and comical. His performance starts at 6:30pm, with light refreshments served. His performance benefits the arts in Mesquite.

Caption: Colin Warren instructs his audience about Native American flute music. Photo by Linda Faas.

Warren is a long time member of the Academy of American Poets and the World Flute Society.

His artistry draws on his vast range of experiences in the American Southwest. Many of his tales come from his time spent piloting large boats on Lake Powell and working as a boatman on the Colorado River.

He met his wife Karen when she was a passenger on his river raft trip 32 years ago. He says, “For me, it was definitely love at first sight…32 years is a lifetime to an old hard partying boatman.”

Caption: Colin Warren plays his Native American flute. Photo by Linda Faas.

For many years, Warren worked as a cartographer, and some of his most memorable adventures occurred when he was with the U.S. Geological Survey. He worked on the reclaiming of the border line between Utah and Arizona that was first set in 1910 with sandstone monument markers, and he helped reclaim the high water boundary of Lake Powell, using old field notes from the original survey. His work required a great deal of hiking, horseback riding, and even allowed him to ride by helicopter to places like the top of Tower Butte and Battleship Butte, to stand where few other humans have ever stood.

Caption: Colin Warren practices his flute in preparation for his February 22 concert at Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. Photo by Linda Faas.

Warren is a member of flute circles, and he has played at the yearly Springdale, Utah gathering that features the finest flute musicians of the Southwest. He plays a variety of handmade flutes, and explains the craft of the flute makers during his concerts. Displaying his reverence for the wilderness, he says, “There is nowhere quite so symphonic as playing my flutes at canyon ends or in a large alcove with Lake Powell lapping at the shoreline.”

Caption: Colin Warren, surrounded by his collection of Native American flutes. Photo by Linda Faas.

As generous supporters of the arts in Mesquite, Colin and Karen Warren have hosted several concerts at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery to benefit the arts. Warren is a member of Virgin Valley Artists Association, and has exhibited both his artwork and poetry.

His poetry was named “Best of Show” in the “Artists and Poets” exhibitions in 2011 and 2012. Colin is always willing to add his musical magic to Gallery and City events, such as Art in the Yard and Gold Butte Days. He often calls upon his friends from local flute circles to join him in his concerts, and surprise guest appearances are always possible when he plays.

Caption: Popular Mesquite flutist Colin Warren entertains and enchants his audience. Photo by Linda Faas.

Tickets for Colin Warren’s February 22 concert are $5, available at Dr. Peggy Purner’s Mesquite Veterinary Clinic (702-346-2456), and at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery (702-346-1338), 10a-4p.

The gallery has limited seating for only 70 guests, so advance ticketing is highly recommended. The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is located at 15 West Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite Nevada. Doors open at 6pm.


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