River Guerguerian

 River Guerguerian

River Guerguerian is a multi-percussionist, composer, and educator who has been inspiring audiences with his ecstatic and versatile percussion for over 25 years. Whether playing with world-class symphonies or studio musicians, partnering with Grammy-award winning composers, or creating dynamic plays of rhythm for his own projects, River’s passion and attention to the vibrant life of the drum reverberates throughout the crowd. The New York Times wrote of River, “Guerguerian’s composition, sensationally performed, devoted itself even more religiously to the possibilities of pure sound."

Born in Canada of Armenian-Egyptian extraction, River’s successful and prolific career started at an early age. In 1989, he received his bachelor of music from the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory and graduated with the school’s award for Most Outstanding Percussionist. In 1988, he began creating works with Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun. Over the next several years he toured internationally with other artists, performing in concert halls in Tokyo, Moscow, Rome, Berlin, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul, and London. They performed in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Lincoln Center.

In 1994, River sold all his possessions, left civilization for five years, and lived in a wildlife sanctuary in the Himalayas. The raw power of nature initiated intense research and experimentation into the physiological effect of sound on brainwaves states. River continued his investigations into trance-inducing instrumentation as he traveled to different cultures and learned unique methods and techniques.

Drawing on this diverse background, River plays all genres of music, pulling original sound from frame drums, drum set, marimba, tabla, kanjira, cajon, gongs, singing bowls, loopers, and various found objects. He also plays Middle Eastern and Afro-Cuban percussion. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by chamber ensembles, universities, modern dance companies, and new music festivals.

As a studio musician, he has recorded over 120 albums and film soundtracks, including John Cage's documentary film I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It. He has also performed and/or recorded with such groups as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, New Music Consort, Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Paul Winter Consort, and Talujon Percussion Ensemble. He has also performed with Chuck Berry, Sophie B. Hawkins, Ziggy Marley, and The Gipsy Kings.

Currently, he travels internationally with Turkish master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek. River's lyrical style can also be heard with his world-fusion jazz trio Free Planet Radio and his solo project The River Guerguerian Experience. A respected music educator, he conducts rhythm and sound exploration workshops, and enjoys teaching privately. Since 1999, River has been living in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters.

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Wake Up Festival 2014

August 20-24, 2014

Various Presenters

5 Days of Transformation
Live In-Person Event: US $795.00
US $995.00 20% Off
Main Festival Childcare: US $289.00
Pre-Festival Intensive: US $245.00
Pre-Festival Childcare: US $129.00

A Day with David Whyte

A Robust Vulnerability: The essence of what we are as the foundation of what we can become

David Whyte

David Whyte on the courage to bridge our inner and outer worlds.
Live In-Person Event: US $125.00

Cello and Piano Meditations

Music for Relaxation and Healing

David Darling

Jacqueline Tschabold Bhuyan

Soothing duets create a tranquil atmosphere for meditation, reflection, and relaxation.
CD: US $12.74
US $16.98 25% Off

The Meditation Music of Peter Kater

Peter Kater

Evocative, expressive instrumental music hand-selected and sequenced by Peter Kater.
CD: US $12.74
US $16.98 25% Off

Through a Dog's Ear

Music to Calm Your Puppy, Volume 2

Lisa Spector

Joshua Leeds

Volume two of Leeds and Spector’s bioacoustically arranged classical music for young canine relaxation.
CD: US $23.73
US $24.98 5% Off

Building Emotional Intelligence

Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children

Daniel Goleman

Linda Lantieri

For parents and educators, a breakthrough book-and-CD program to boost kids' resiliency.
Softcover Book/CD: US $12.71
US $16.95 25% Off

Original Mind

Uncovering Your Natural Brilliance

Dee Coulter

Uncommon insights and practices to awaken the full potential of your mind.
Hardcover Book: US $18.71
US $24.95 25% Off
Digital Book: US $16.22
US $24.95 35% Off

Yoga of Awakening, The: Body-Mind Flow

Foundational Practices for Transformation

Seane Corn

The first of Seane Corn's three-DVD series on the deeper dimensions of yoga practice.
DVD: US $18.71
US $24.95 25% Off

The Psychology of Loving Awareness

A Two-Day Training in Transforming Difficulty into Ease and Well-Being

Jack Kornfield

Join Jack Kornfield live for a two-day workshop on the Buddhist psychology of well-being.
Live In-Person Event: US $249.00
CE Credits for Live In-Person Event: US $40.00

Mantras, Beats & Meditations

MC Yogi

The soul of yoga meets hip-hop genius for moving, reveling, and revelation.
CD: US $13.49
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Plant Spirit Medicine

A Journey into the Healing Wisdom of Plants

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Newly updated, Eliot Cowan’s exploration into the wisdom and energy of plant spirits.
Softcover Book: US $12.71
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