Desert Dreams


"A beautiful meditation on nature's harmony in what is perhaps America's most under-appreciated landscape."
- Ken Burns

Dispelling the notion that deserts are deserted places, Desert Dreams immerses viewers in a world filled with life and beauty year-round. Using no narration, Desert Dreams combines natural sounds with a kaleidoscope of flute and percussion vignettes by Gary Stroutsos. Twenty-nine musical instruments with “earthy tones” can be heard in this film, including Chinese bamboo Dize & Xiao flutes, the African clay pot udu drum, a Cuban Marimbula thumb piano, a Middle Eastern frame drum, and Southwestern desert contemporary rim flutes.

Desert Dreams went national as a pledge drive program on Public Television in August 2015.  And before year’s end, the program grew rapidly in popularity among viewers — it had 630 telecasts on 155 stations/channels across 62 markets in 20 states covering 40% of the USA.