Updated: August 7th, 2014
Take a walk with Tygel Pinto into the vibrant streets of downtown Tucson as he and his flute guide you through some of the highlights of this rapidly expanding cultural epicenter. This video, made by trans-media marketing company Sparc Interactive, covers a lot of ground in just one minute. You’ll see several shots of the Tucson Modern Streetcar, which began transporting passengers on July 25th after nearly 3 years of construction and testing. You will be served a virtual drink before being swept into the center of a colorful celebration, get a glimpse of the revolving Joe Pagac murals and dance with an astronaut in what has been considered the astronomy capital of the world. Take a look!——————————————————————————————————————————————————– Feb 10, 2014 Written by: Lisa Jo Roden “This is for you, I will not always be here to make sure you keep your heritage alive, but this will help you…” Tygel‘s grandfather told him as he handed him his first flute. As a young Navajo boy, Tygel was told to be quiet more then he was encouraged to play, so he went on hikes and played for the trees and the mountains and for himself. Here he found solace as the sounds became airborne to the wind, connecting him to his ancestors who had played the same notes before him. Tygel is completely self taught and was inseparable from his flute until the age of thirteen, when it was accidentally smashed. He was flute-less until the age of twenty-one, when he saw a flute at a friends house and asked if he could play it. He began to play and his friend was astonished at what he heard, “I think that belongs to you,” his friend told him, and gave him the flute that re-fueled Tygel’s drive for playing music. From that day forward playing flute was Tygel’s main priority and he began busking and playing publicly wherever he could. “Playing at open mics, parties and busking brought me out of my reclusive lifestyle, I gained so much knowledge from the people I met and I grew so much as a person. That’s when I made my first YouTube Video and people who I’d never met started coming up to me and telling me they really enjoyed my music.” During the time that Tygel didn’t have an instrument, he used what he did have, his voice. He would beatbox and freestyle all the time and when he got his new flute, he decided to combine the two. This mix of ancient Navajo flute playing and modern beat boxing created the image of a 21st Century Native American, which is a title that Tygel wears proudly and wants to influence others with his heritage to fuse their roots with today’s culture. Tygel has recorded three CD’s independently and is currently teaming up with ArtFire’s social media director, Victoria Rendon, to create a Kickstarter campaign. This campaign will raise money for Tygel to travel abroad to share his music with a new part of the world. He has contacts in Europe, venues are ready to book him and he plans on sharing an online diary with updates and videos along his journey. Tygel’s self titled CD is now available for your listening pleasure on the free-play juke box featuring all local music at Maker House! Tygel is always perfecting his craft, searching for how he can make a career as a touring musician. Part of his strategy is, “I keep an open mind, check my ego at the door and maintain my humility.” He also finds opportunities to make himself known, this weekend he is set to audition for America’s Got Talent, we wish him luck & congratulate him on all his hard work getting his music out to the world.