Although Byron worked on THE SHAMAN’S HEART for almost 2 years, in a very real sense, this project represented his entire life’s journey and overriding quest – To develop the ability to live in the world and remain heart-centered – to stay connected to one’s compassionate core, no matter what the circumstances may be. Along with his music, Byron has chosen the shamanic path, “the path with heart” as don Juan referred to it, as a primary method to accomplish this most challenging and rewarding goal. THE SHAMAN’S HEART is a powerful and unique rhythmic and soundworlds trance experience based on the traditional structures of shamanic drumming. The entire journey is built using a collection of buffalo drums, frame drums and rattles. Presented as continuous unfolding rhythmic state starting with lone peyote rattles and eventually evolving into mandala like polyrhythmic ecstacy. Fellow traveler, friend and collaborator Steve Roach is also on board providing a shapeshifting undercurrent of essential soundworlds and didgeridoo specifically provided to create a balanced sense of support for the intrepid inner traveler. Adding to the experience is the sense that it is all occurring in a grounded, ceremonial space through the use of sounds from the natural world. This is unlike any of the solo or collaborations from Byron and Steve. A perfect example of the notion that the “music is the medicine.”
released January 21, 2005
Byron Metcalf – Buffalo drums, bear & peyote rattles, udu & clay pot, frame drums, hybrid toms, various shamanic percussion (seed pods, beads, shells, pottery & stone), spirit winds, hoasca sounds.
Steve Roach – Analog and digital soundworlds, didgeridoo, ocarinas, additional shamanic percussion.
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