Brule & AIRO - American Indian Rock Opera Amazing Native American Performances!
"AIROS is The "Beatles" Of Contemporary Native American Music!",
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About Brule & AIRO
Brule & AIRO is a family group that started approx. 14 years ago. All this came to pass from a unexpected life journey for Paul/Brule. An adopted child at birth off a reservation, into a middle class family in southwest Minnesota. His whole life growing up never to be told of his true heritage, only of the truth of adoption. This secret only hidden to provide all opportunities of a full life to Paul. Which he had. He enjoyed many years of musical ventures all though childhood, teenage, and young adulthood. Unexpectedly one year his adopted parents passed away, leaving Paul mourning, and his wife, Kathy, searching for the lost answers to his true heritage. Adoption papers were found when the family home was gone through, which helped the search begin.
In 1995 he received a call from his long lost biological family, his brother. Which set into course a whirlwind of adventures to this place, so close to his childhood home. Within the first few seconds of setting foot onto this new home, Paul heard what was to become Brule inside himself. A combination of all the musical ventures in his past, and the new ones, all a part of him combined.
This is where the idea of this conteporary/native American music began. "If the sounds from all places can come together and make good music, than we as people can too!" This message of peace and reconciliation is the driving force, and purpose for this group.
The members of AIRO, which is the rest of the family/group are, Nicole- Daughter (Flutes)-Started with her father on the first live performance of the group, and has been along ever since. Shane- Son (Guitars)-Finished out college, then joined the group right after. Moses- Friend (Traditional Drums, percussion & vocals)-Joined in the spring of 2006 Kurt- Friend (Drum kit)-Newest member of the group from Minneapolis The group travels part of the time as a big show with traditional dancers, light show, video, and many other visual effects. The name for the regular traveling group and the big shows is AIRO, the American Indian Rock Opera.
Brule & AIRO
Brule 'N Airo "We The People"
Brule: We The People $21.95
Musician, arranger and producer Paul La Roche discovered at the age of 38 that he had been adopted from the Lower Brulé Lakota Reservation. Now united with his Lakota family, the influence on his music is fascinating. Most songs have a flute as the lead instrument and are backed up by his sweeping piano arrangements and a mellow rock beat. Almost all of the songs have chanting interwoven in them by artists from various nations: Diné, Lakota, Kiowa, Comanche and Arawak. This is a modern interpretation of native song that is like a mellow version of the Sacred Spirit album.
Sample Songs Click to hear an MP3 of track 3 Buffalo Moon. Click to hear an MP3 of track 8 We the People. Click to hear an MP3 of track 9 A Warrior's Song.
Brule: Star People $21.95
Paul LaRoche continues to merge the Lakota world with his early years in a white world. The title refers to the Lakota belief that humans are descendants of the "star people" of the constellation Pleiades and were first placed below the earth and were born from a place called Wind Cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The musical journey includes daughter Nicole on flute, Earl Bullhead, Cornel Pewewardy, Jay Begaye, Alexander Santos, Wil Numkena and Robby Bee. Chanting with modern musical interpretations are Brulé's signature sound.
Sample Songs Click to hear an MP3 of track 1 Star People. Click to hear an MP3 of track 6 Sky Offerings. Click to hear an MP3 of track 10 Sacred Direction.
AIRO: Tribal Rhythm $21.95
Yes, this is Paul LaRoche's band. A slight name change is confusing to people but that's show biz. That's why we've filed them under Brulé as well as AIRO. Flute driven jazz with a tribal beat accompanied by piano, electric guitars and driving drums make this CD a pleasant listen.
Sample Songs Click to hear an MP3 of track 1 Dance in the Sky. Click to hear an MP3 Thunder Across the Plains. Click to hear an MP3 of track 6 Lakota Lullabye. Click to hear an MP3 of track 9 Long Hard Road
Brule: The Collection $21.95
This collection of tracks from all four Brulé cds makes a great gift for someone unfamiliar with his work. Fifteen tracks includes three from We the People, three from Lakota Piano, five from One Nation and four from his last recording, Star People.
Sample Songs Click to hear an MP3 of track 1 All My Relations. Click to hear an MP3 of track 2 Spirit Horses. Click to hear an MP3 of track 4 Peace is All Around Me. Click to hear an MP3 of track 11 Dakota Stardust.
Nicole: Night Tree $21.95
The Brulé sound is one of the indications of this generation's interpretation of the Native expression. Although Nicole (daughter of Paul LaRoche) plays a silver flute and is classically trained her true heritage comes through in her soaring melodies. Backed by the steady rock beat of the Brulé band she is able to express all of her musical talent within a framework both familiar and adventuresome. Most tracks are fast-paced but several are anthem-like in their deliberate slowness.
Sample Songs Click to hear an MP3 of track 1 Night Tree. Click to hear an MP3 of track 4 Liquid Dusk. Click to hear an MP3 of track 6 Saddened Rain. Click to hear an MP3 of track 10 Cool Fire.
Brule: : One Nation $21.95
A steady rock beat accompanied by driving piano rhythms with vocal chanting and spoken word. Guest artists include Navajo Elder, Kee Chee Jake, James Bilagody, Red Elk, Brian Akipa, Cornel Pewewardy and the Otter Trail Singers to name a few. All vocals weave seamlessly together in a cross-cultural contemporary format. The feeling is sometimes bright and whimsical as in "One World, One Nation" and "Stomp Dance," dramatic as in "Sunrise Offering," or majestic and melodic as in "All My Relations."
Sample Songs Click to hear an MP3 of track 1 Fast Horse. Click to hear an MP3 of track 4 The Morning Star. Click to hear an MP3 of track 5 Sunrise Offering. Click to hear an MP3 of track 7 And Justice for All.
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Brulé & AIRO -Spring Tour Video Preview
Accross Indian Lands $21.95
An excellent selection of traditional music from the SOAR label brings together songs from the following nations: Mik-Maq, Kiowa (southern Gourd dance included), Blackfoot, Dakota Sioux, Navajo Dineh, Ute, Comanche, Hopi, Aztec, Southern Ute and Lakota Sioux. Some of the better known artists are Brian Akipa, Whitewind, Black Lodge Singers, Cornel Pewewardy, Paul Guy, Earl Bullhead and Jay Begaye. Outstanding liner notes give a history of the persecution of Natives back to colonial times to the present day. A fine educational tool.
Click to hear an MP3 of track 1 Grandfather's Song. Click to hear an MP3 of track 6 Alter Song. Click to hear an MP3 of track 8 Song for Mother Earth. Click to hear an MP3 of track 9 Hopi Ribbon Song.
Brule' and AIRO
Live At Mt. Rushmnore (DVD) $29.95
Brule' and AIRO (American Indian Rock Opera) filmed live at Mt. Rushmore for the "Concert For Reconciliation Of The Cultures." Featuring 13 songs from 6 of the group's award-winning cds.
The Brule' (Paul LaRoche) and AIRO (American Indian Rock Opera) DVD "Live at Mt.Rushmore Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures" features footage from one of the largest Native American concerts to ever take place. This DVD was filmed in front of an audience of over 11,000 people at Mt. Rushmore National Monument in July of 2007. 129 minutes. Playable in ALL REGIONS.