He is a
drummer, percussionist, producer, shamanic practitioner and transpersonal
guide raised in Phoenix,
Arizona, who became a professional drummer when
he was 15 years old.
He worked in
clubs in Los
Angeles and Las Vegas as well as performing as a session musician. After doing a stint in Vietnam, where he also led a band, he returned
to the US but began working in Nashville
His career as
a musician since about the 1960s has seen him performing at many top venues
in the US and UK and events such as The Grammy Awards and the CMS Awards. He has also played at The Grand Ole Opry and on programs such as Hee Haw and The Tonight Show.
He has a Ph.D.
in transpersonal psychology and in 1988 he started using his music ability
to enable him to create music for shamanic drumming circles, healing arts
and Holotropic Breathwork
workshops along with other workshops.
He is also the creator of The Shamen’s
As a producer
he has work on several CDs of solo material as well as in collaboration
with other artists. In 1998 he
released Helpers, Guides and Allies
and he worked with Steve Roach on 2000’s The Serpent’s Lair.
2003 saw the release of Wachuma’s
Wave which he collaborated on with Mark Seelig. In 2005 he collaborated with The
Monroe Institute for the production of The
Shaman’s Heart which included tracks using the insitute’s Hemi-Sync technology. The recording
won the COVR 2006 Visionary Award for Best Inner Space/Mediation/Healing
CD. The following year he released
the meta music version of his Not
Without Risk. After working
with Steve Roach again Tales of the Ultra
Tribe/The Shaman’s Heart II was released and in 2010 he issued Medicine Work with the didgeridoo
player Rob Thomas.
career some of the albums by other artists he has worked on include The Journey: Destiny’s Child
by Waylon Jennings, Nata Raja by Shiva Rea, Fever Dreams by Steve Roach, The Gambler by Kenny Rogers, Badlands by Eric Tingstad
and RCA Country Legends by Dottie
Kenny Rogers recordings
The Gambler (Don Schlitz)
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