About John Sarantos
Chicago, IL, US
World, New Age/Ambient
One of the World's pre-eminent Native American flute instructors, John Sarantos has facilitated weekend and week-long contemporary Native American flute workshops from coast-to-coast for over 18 years. His introductory, intermediate, advanced and master classes have been available from New York City's prestigious Open Center, national cultural gatherings, intimate flute circles and one-on-one private lessons.
In 2012 and 2013, John was an instructor at the Zion Canyon Flute School in Springdale, UT. For 13 years, he facilitated with Ken Light and R. Carlos Nakai at the Renaissance of the Native American Flute workshop in Montana. In 2013, he was a performer and the emcee at Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation Gathering (an inaugural three-day event for the new Ken Light and R.Carlos Nakai not-for-profit) in TN. In 2006, 2008 & 2012 he was a main presenter and performer at the International Native American Flute Association convention. John has performed live in venues large and small; including New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
A respected educator, John has been accredited and licensed as a K-12 teacher in IL, KY, MI, MN, NY, OR, and WI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota. His professional teaching expertise covers many subjects; but he specializes in Drama, Art, and Music. He has sought to maximize each student’s emotional, physical and intellectual growth.
Recognized as a Native flute music historian, John has written six songbooks for the native flute:
A Kokopelli Christmas, 1st Edition - Songs for the Winter Seasons (Out Of Print). TAB w/out finger guides. Compiled and Arranged by Wayne McCleskey and John Sarantos.
A Kokopelli Christmas, 2nd Edition - Songs for the Winter Seasons. TAB w/5 and 6-hole finger guides. Compiled and Arranged by John Sarantos.
Under One Sky - Forty-One Native American Songs. TAB w/two versions: 5-hole or 6-hole finger guides. Transcribed by John Sarantos.
Under One Sky - Forty-One Native American Songs. TAB w/two versions: 5-hole or 6-hole finger guides. Transcribed by John Sarantos
A Kokopelli Songbook, Volume 1 - Finger Chart Songbook. No TAB provided. Only 6-hole finger guides. Compiled and Arranged by Wayne McCleskey and John Sarantos.
A Kokopelli Songbook, Volume 2 - Finger Chart Songbook. No TAB provided. Only 6-hole finger guides. Compiled and Arranged by John Sarantos.
John has recorded with Robert Lee Balderrama, aka Bobby Balderrama, renowned guitarist of Question Mark and the Mysterians and appears on, CITY OF SMOOTH JAZZ, released by Bobby Balderrama's award-winning smooth jazz band, Robert Lee Revue, released September 12th, 2012. He has also recorded with award-winning world fusion band, SUN SHADOWS, and appears on JOURNEY TO THE SUN, released February 22nd, 2013. "Welcome Home Brother”, John’s adaptation of “Taps”, is being well received on YouTube.
As a founding member of the New York based flute duo, NightDancers, with Gera Clark; their 2007 debut release, MONTANA CROSSINGS, was nominated for a 2008 Indian Summer Music Award in the Best Native Spirit Recording category.
MONTANA CROSSINGS - the debut studio recording from New York City based composer/flautists Gera Clark and John Sarantos is a well-crafted, melodic gem of an album featuring themes of exploration, transformation, interconnection and grace. Recorded at the world-famous AVATAR Studios in NYC by Jim Anderson, with mastering by Fred Kervorkian, CLARK and SARANTOS assembled a team which successfully captured the essence of NightDancers' vision. MONTANA CROSSINGS contains 15 instrumental tracks featuring twenty-five flutes representing eleven flute makers from coast-to-coast. No overdubbing or sound samplers were used on the recording. Montana Crossings/GENRE: Native - New Age – World; FORMAT: Instrumental - Public Radio - Variety – World; MUSIC STYLE: Contemporary Native American Flute; STREET DATE: May 29, 2007; LABEL: NightDancers Music/BMI
John also has an extensive background in the business of entertainment. He has acted in over 35 commercials, 5 feature films and created, produced and starred in 26 episodes of Mr. Moon's Magic Circus for CBS-TV. He has written, directed and starred in T-Bone's World of Clowning and received the Award of Excellence from the Hollywood Film Advisory Board for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming.