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Alan Santiparro Scheurman is a musician, artist,writer, permaculturist, and student of the medicine path. His organization EcoZoic works to assist indigenous communities with permaculture education by fundraising and sales of traditional ceremonial art. The current campaign is focused on the Huichol villages of the Sierra Madre Occidental bringing resources to address the lack of water resulting from massive deforestation. He lives in Detroit, Michigan.
Santiparro signifies “the lens that sees many things not usually seen.” This was the name given to Scheurman by a Huichol ma’arakame while taking a pilgrimage to the sacred desert lands known as Wirikuta – the place where the very first peyote cactus appeared in the Earth. Like the name indicates, Santiparro’s songs are delicate weavings of stardust and spirit, ether and earth, bringing to light the invisible through a magnification of the subtle space in between the breath and the beat of the heart. He knows how to tap into that ancient source and bring out the truth of his experience in a song that teaches as much as it plays with the listener. If one thing has been consistent in his career, it has been that place of truth as it has evolved from his own dark depression to the light of indigenous spiritual wisdom, clearly resulting from Scheurman’s affinity for and time spent with many indigenous elders and wisdom keepers of the Americas. For at least a decade, Scheurman’s songwriting has been vital and influential throughout the Detroit music community and beyond. In 2008, after seven years of leading one of Detroit’s most beloved and missed indie rock bands, Rescue, he released his debut solo album “Old Patterns” as a free download. Produced by Warren Defever of His Name Is Alive, “Old Patterns,” with its jazzy brass, airy soundscapes, and crisp, clear, vintage vocals quickly became recognized as one of the best psychedelic folk records to ever come out of Detroit, and though still somewhat under the radar, carries the power and prowess to stand up to any of the genre’s current poster children (i.e. Devendra Banhart, Akron/Family, Mariee Sioux). After traveling extensively in 2009 in the United States and Mexico, he is currently at home working on his second solo album and debut full length as Santiparro. The new record, still untitled, will focus more on traditional instrumentation of the Americas with songs for the next age reflecting on his Castaneda-esque journeys with medicine people from Pine Ridge to Palenque. As a prelude Santiparro will release "Get Well Soon," a 5 song E.P. of lo-fi bedroom recordings for the Spirit on July 20th 2010 via santiparro.bandcamp.com.
Opening the Heart, Evolving the Consciousness, Connecting the Spirit, Singing the Songs, Being the Peace, Loving the All.