Jan Seiden’s moving and soulful eloquence speaks the language of the heart. Evocative music of flutes from the ancient Anasazi people and other more contemporary indigenous nations flow with themes of nature and global unity. A 2006 recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and First Place winner of the 2002 Musical Echoes Native American Cultural Gathering’s national flute players’ competition, Seiden has performed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and many other concert stages across the U.S. Woodland Winds, Seiden’s solo CD, was a 2004 nominee for the Indian Summer Music Awards. Memory of Time, released in 2008, was nominated for the 2009 Indian Summer Music Awards and the NAMA (Native American Music Awards). This landmark recording is the first Anasazi flute release by a female artist. Her Te Ata Soundtrack project was funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation and Smithsonian’s NMAI.
Media appearances include interviews on CNN Headline News / Comcast for her healing work with the Native American flute and as representing the International Center for Artistic Development. Jan has appeared on Maryland Public TV on several occasions and was filmed in 2007 for a cable TV program on spirituality and healing in medicine. She has performed and presented programs at international peace through commerce and humanitarian conferences such as the InterAction Gala and at federal agencies including the U.S. Dept. of Treasury, U.S. Dept. of Justice, the DEA where she was 2008 Keynote Speaker, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Materiel Command Headquarters at Fort Belvoir, VA, and Andrews Air Force Base. Her cultural enrichment and educational programs have been featured at organizations such as the University of Virginia Art Museum, the Strathmore Arts Foundation (MD), Marylhurst University (OR), Montgomery College (MD) and Andrews Air Force Base (MD). Ms. Seiden received the honor of playing the national anthem at the U.S. Army Materiel Command Headquarters at Fort Belvoir (Virginia) for the 2007 and 2008 Native American Observances.
Ms. Seiden shares the healing power of her flutes at national medical and environmental health conferences and as featured speaker at medical centers. She has presented programs for the Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University’s Center for Integrative Medicine, The National Children’s Medical Center in DC, Kernan Hospital, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Workshop and concert programs in 2005 for inner city at-risk youth in Washington, DC were funded specifically for Ms. Seiden in conjunction with the Washington Parks and People Organization by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the D.C. Arts Initiative.
Ms. Seiden holds a Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and is owner, producer of FluteJourneyTM Records. She has served as producer and sound engineer for a variety of projects, including: Soundtrack for the DVD slideshow, Triloka, an honoring of the Nations by Marie Wray; Nurturing Mindfulness Meditation CD with Amy Bloom Connolly, MS; a Meditation CD with Dr. Gillilan, Chief of Cardiology, St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and soundtrack for the Chickasaw play, Te Ata. She served as Producer’s Consultant for “Two Trees” by Jewer/Mitran, who work for Harpo Productions (the Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz shows).
Ms. Seiden is composer, recording artist and producer of the soundtrack for the Chickasaw Indian play, Te Ata. Funding for Ms. Seiden’s work was provided by the Ford Foundation’s Expressive Arts Program in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and award-winning Chickasaw playwright JudyLee Oliva. Performances in 2012 included Oklahoma City University and the NMAI.