Music Composed or Performed by Michael Begay:

Michael Begay, “Daan” (Spring)

Performed by BoCoCelli
Please use headphones for the best spatial audio experience!
Enjoy this immersive, cinematic 360 recording of the original piece “Daan,” an experimental work for cello quartet written by Michael Begay of the Navajo Nation. “Daan” was performed by four members of BoCoCelli in Studio A at Power Station at BerkleeNYC. BoCoCelli is an octet of cellists from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, directed by Rhonda Rider.

Michael Begay, “Sandstone”

Performed by Shelter Music Boston
presented “Voices From The Land:” a series from Shelter Music Boston in collaboration with the Grand Canyon Music Festival and the Native American Composer Apprentice Project.

Michael Begay, “Adéihozhdílzin” (Know Who You Are; 2021 World Premiere

Performed by Emanuele Arciulli
presented by the Italian Academy, Columbia University Spring 2021. This recital is part of Carnegie Hall’s spring 2021 festival Voices of Hope: Art in Times of Oppression April 16 – 30.

Michael Begay, “Rain”

A solo experiment made during COVID-19. (I used a reverse saw-tooth effect on the rain sounds, with a heavy reverb to make this drum-like sound)

Michael Begay, “Hai” (Dine/English- Winter)

Performed by the Black Dog String Quartet.
This string quartet is my first experimental piece to date, some aspects of the piece were in development for over a year. This string quartet is an interpretation of the shift from fall to winter, the listener can then listen for the different textures that represent those changes.

Michael Begay- “Nahasdzaan Bikaa’gi Naasha” (I Walk The Earth)

Performed by Stefan Milenkovich (violin) and Renata Yazzie (piano) at Northern Arizona University’s Native American Cultural Center, as part of a two night community concert event, featuring works by classical and Dine composers for piano and violin.

Inspired by Dine language “Naasha” (I walk).

“The Road Remembers” – Where the Water Tastes Like Wine Soundtrack
Music Composed by Ryan Ike
Featuring: Michael Begay – Native Flute

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. Featuring illustrations by Kellan Jett, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine combines 2D visuals with a 3D overworld US map. Players wander through the United States – and through a century of history – to meet a variety of people, each with their own stories to tell.

Michael Begay – Great Gambler

Performed by Alexis Davis and Neilson Chen at ‘The Shrine of The Ages’ Grand Canyon, Arizona as part of the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composers Apprentice Project, and the Arizona Opera’s “The Stories We Tell” Series.

Inspired/Based on Dine Legend and the ‘Great Gambler story’ from “Between Sacred Mountains”– Rock Point Community School text.

Michael Begay- Cloak of Autumn

Performed by the Calder Quartet at The Shrine of The Ages, Grand Canyon, Arizona. September 2004.

As part of the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s, Native American Composer’s Apprentice Project (NACAP).