Reibach receives three Native American Music Awards nominations

Tribal member Jan Looking Wolf Reibach received three Native American Music Awards nominations when they were announced Thursday, Sept. 7, in New York City.

Reibach was nominated as Flutist of the Year for his contemplative compact disc “Ascension,” which was released earlier this year. In addition, the Looking Wolf Band of Brothers was nominated for Duo/Group of the Year and the video filmed for the CD’s title track was nominated for Best Music Video – Performance.

Jan Looking Wolf Reibach

The Looking Wolf Band of Brothers on “Ascension” included guitarist Nathan Myers, percussionist George Bobnett and guitarist/flutist Tim Yett.

“Ascension” is Reibach’s 18th release. The three new nominations bring his total to 27 Native American Music Awards nods over the last 14 years. He has won four times.

“This is a great honor to be nominated among such talented Native American musicians,” Reibach said. “Through the process of recording ‘Ascension,’ I really reconnected with why I make music to begin with. It’s to share love and inspiration in a good way. This is a gift to be able to share it on an international level.

“From the beginning, my music is inspired by our Tribe. These nominations belong to every Grand Ronde Tribal member. It is a blessing to stand with you.”

“Ascension” marked Reibach’s return to recording music after his December 2015 retirement.

The 17th annual Native American Music Awards will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

General public voting on the nominees is open at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NATIVEMUSICAWARDS. Public voting will determine the winner of each category.

Music tracks from all nominees also are featured at the awards’ website www.NAMALIVE.com.