Music is Medicine
I’ve enjoyed a lifelong relationship with music, and have performed in almost every conceivable context: music competitions, rock bands, contemporary and classical instrumental ensembles, art-noise audio-visual performance, studio recordings and yoga classes.
Music has been my saviour, always inspiring and connecting me to the mystery of sound and healing vibration.
In the early 1990s I studied music theory extensively and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston MA as a guitar performance major. My focus more recently has been on the use of music and sound for ritual, healing and inner exploration. I credit my time with vocal teachers Silvia Nakkach, Anne Schaefer and Vedic Chant teachers Sonia Nelson and Danielle Tarantola in helping me to discover the healing power of my own voice. Currently, I’m exploring the use of singing and chanting by the healers of the Peruvian Amazon in their healing ceremonies with plant medicines.
I offer one-to-one sessions to learn chanting, develop your musical expression or explore music for meditation and healing, for yourself and others. $45/hour
Yoga & Sound Journeys
Since 2016 I’ve been offering yoga and sound journeys, solo and with my wife Debbie, a gifted vocalist and musician, and ocassionally other collaborators. In these journeys, it’s our intention to create an environment that allows for deep inward exploration by the participants. Whenever possible, we start the session with a simple breath and movement practice which serves to calm the mind and relax the body, allowing for greater receptivity and connection to one’s inner awareness. People have reported deep relaxation, insight and integration of past plant medicine experiences. One of my favourite testimonials was someone who exclaimed, “That was better than ayahuasca!”.
Along with my wife Debbie and other collaborators, I’ve offered yoga and sound journeys throughout the Pacific Northwest and in the jungles of the Peruvian Amazon.
A sample of a sound journey co-created with my wife, Debbie, captured live on a dirt floor in a solar-powered recording session on Vancouver Island in the summer of 2017.