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Experiential Journey: The Power of Improv

Broadcast on September 14, 2022
With Mary Youngblood & Nick Westerlund

Nothing gets the musical fire burning between musicians like getting together for an improv jam session. This allows musicians to get their creative juices flowing and feed off the groove of the rhythm. Improv is one of the most important elements in your musical tool bag to bring your creativity to the next level. So join Mary Youngblood and her friend, percussionist Nick Westerlund, as they demonstrate the power of improv.

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Mary Youngblood

2XGrammy Winner & Criminal Justice Reform Advocate

Native American Mary Youngblood, half Seminole and half Aleut, is the first woman to professionally record the Native American flute, and the first woman to win not one, but two Grammy Awards for “Best Native American Music Album” in 2002 and 2006. 

As a music teacher she focuses on the meditative and sound healing powers of the Native flute, and how to learn Native flute for personal empowerment. For more than 10 years, Mary has been a volunteer with the California State Prison Sacramento, Arts in Corrections program.

Nick Westerlund


Nick Westerlund has been a drummer since the age of 5. Growing up, he played in various bands and did small fill in tours with many touring artists. When his children were young he used Mary's music to help put them to sleep. Nick met Mary while in school in 2012. A year or two later Nick began working with Mary to break her free from record labels and help her to take control of her music. Nick has been playing percussion with Mary for the past several years and is currently working on a new music album with her that they hope to release in spring of 2023.

Mary Youngblood & Nick Westerlund