Today we have a song premiere from Alan Scheurman who is goes by the name Santiparro which translates as “the lens that sees many things not usually seen”. It was a name given to him by the Huichol or Wixáritari – Native American people, living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range. During 2010 he joined a Wixáritari family on a pilgrimage to Wirikuta, their ancestral homeland in San Luís (in North-Central Mexico), where they journey back once yearly to perform “Mitote” Peyote ceremonies and to harvest peyote for the year ahead which is used in their sacred rituals.
The track below ‘Where We’re From’ is taken from ‘True Prayer’, his debut album under the moniker Santiparro. It features Adam Wills from Bear In Heaven on bass.
Scheurman’s brand of psychedelic folk is the direct result of total immersion into ceremonial living. In 2007 he contributed to the founding of an intentional community and educational center called the Golden Drum under the guidance of shaman and spiritual teacher Maestro Manuel Rufino. Scheurman spent the next seven years centering himself in shamanic rites and initiation making frequent pilgrimages to visit and study with elders in North, Central and South America.
The album features guest contributions from Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Adam Wills (Bear In Heaven), Melati Malay (Young Magic) and Ben Bromley (NewVillager).
True Prayer is released February 24 2015 via Gnome Life Records & Blue Crystal Fire
Upcoming US Tour Dates
2/24 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2
2/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Narnia Vintage
3/01 – Montpelier, VT – Buch Spieler Music
3/02 – Lancaster, PA – Lizard Lounge
3/05 – Asheville, NC – New Mountain Ridge Room
3/06 – Atlanta, GA – Kashi
3/08 – Nashville, TN – Queen Ave Art Collective
3/10 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
3/16 – Taos, NM – Healing Light Center
3/17 – Sedona, AZ – ChocolaTree
3/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Miols
3/21 – Ojai, CA – Ojai Rancho Inn
3/28 – Big Sur, CA – Grange Hall
3/29 – Bolinas, CA – Gospel Flat Farmstand
4/05 – Ashland, OR – Mix Downstairs