Composed by Michael Wittgraf
For Solo Native American Flute
Published by JP Publications
Owakihi is the Lakota word for “I am able.” The composition is in three main sections, the first showcases the haunting expressiveness and melodic capability of the instrument in a rhythmically free setting, and within a pentatonic mode. The second uses elements of Lakota drum and singing circles. Here the flute is protraying a genre in which it is not traditionally used, and where rhythm and beat play a central role. The third section brings in elements of the blues, drawing upon other tonalities in addition to the pentatonic scale, demonstrating the instrument's ability to stretch its musical boundaries.
While the work demonstrates extended techniques and styles that explore the Native American flute's capacity for contemporary performance, the instrument's beautiful traditional musical values remain pleasurably embraced.
— Michael Wittgraf