One of my Favorite Stories – Laguna’s Native Flute Child Prodigy and Skate Board Speed Champion – Evren Ozan
Category : Laguna Beach Real Estate
I remember walking around the Oak St. area around 2000 and seeing this pre-teen kid skate boarding over homemade ramps like no one else before and I took note. Only a little later did I hear this great story and ended up watching him at local concerts and listening to his award winning CDs.
Evren was six years old when he discovered the native flute on a cross-country road trip. At the first stop, the Grand Canyon, Evren went straight to the native instruments counter and picked out a cedar flute. He paid for it with all of his trip allowance, and could naturally play Indian tunes and has been playing native flutes ever since.
He was recognized for his given talents and studied under the masters in short order. Evren has released three independent, instrumental albums: IMAGES OF WINTER (2001); AS THINGS COULD BE (2003) and ALLUVIA (2006).
Evren Ozan retrospective from age six to fifteen; 5.5 minutes of music, film and photography featuring the award-winning recording artist and performer, Evren Ozan
Hold on tight when you watch this – Speed, Power and Style! Here’s Evren unleashed with raw footy that captures his addiction. Filmed and edited by his LBDR homie … Nathan Bryant
Some highlights of his music career include a featured solo performance at the Native American Music Awards when he was eight, being named a Davidson Fellow in Music at eleven, performing throughout the continental US and in Alaska, Hawaii, England, Belgium and, in Germany, in affiliation with Doctors Without Borders. He has performed at events featuring Jane Goodall, Robert Kennedy, Jr., John McConnell, founder of Earth Day, and many, many environmental, charitable and educational venues, as well as concert halls, museums, schools, festivals, galleries and private events.
Evren has appeared in media such as National Geographic’s WORLD, News from Indian Country, Time for Kids, Scholastic, New Age Reporter, Body and Soul Magazine, Global Rhythms, Public Radio International’s, “The World,” and diverse public, independent, internet and international radio and satellite programs, newspapers and magazines. His music is also featured in numerous independent films.
Evren is a member of the Recording Academy and was named on the 50th Grammy Awards Entry List for “Best New Artist” and “Best New Age Album” for ALLUVIA. The Native American Music Awards named ALLUVIA “Best Instrumental Recording” for 2007, and recognized Evren as “Rising Star” in both 2001 and 2005.
Born in 1993, Evren is of Anglo, Osage and Turkish descent. He has studied music theory and improvisation with Berklee Music and Stanford University’s EPGY, native flute with traditional instrument maker and musician, Guillermo Martinez, and continues to study classical silver flute and theory. Mac Ritchey of Possum Hall Studios has produced all of Evren’s albums to date, and a fourth album is in pre-production. A homeschooler, Evren’s other interests include flying and downhill skateboarding. In 2009, Evren was named the IGSA Junior Downhill World Champion, and in the fall of 2011, Evren began college full-time. While majoring in pilot aviation training and logging time at a local airport, Evren continues to perform and demonstrate the Native American flute to audiences of all ages.