Alonso del Rio is a powerful maestro who interweaves Shipibo and other icaros with sacred music of his own to lead you on your journey; he is both a talented musician and an inspiring communicator of the Amazonian shamanic world. He first came into contact with ayahuasca in 1979 after spending three years working with huachuma (San Pedro). This was when he met Don Benito Arevalo, a grand Shipibo shaman with whom he developed a long relationship, and who gave him his first teachings in ayahuasca and other medicinal plants.
Later, taking ayahuasca alone as part of his traditional teaching, he says: "I didn't feel comfortable reproducing the chants that I'd learned with my maestro, so one night I picked up my guitar and began to play what came to me and the result was surprising. From then on I was never without my guitar at ceremonies and over the years many songs came to me, set to different rhythms for ceremonies and incorporating teachings and revelations from the medicine itself." He has published three CDs to date. Alonso lives in the sacred valley of Cusco where he runs a healing centre and a primary school for local children. Excerpted from an article by Howard G Charing; read full article here.
The second CD of medicine songs from don Alonso. Songs feature the voice of don Alonso playing his guitar as he does in his exquisite ayahuasca ceremonies in Taray Peru. Many songs are accompanied by tradition wind and string instruments of Peru. The songs have more of a folk style than a traditional icaro. Refreshing, melodic and intriguing!
The album covers are all hand made by the family and feature 10 pages of beautiful art along with the words to each song.
Songs and album cover are in Spanish.Learn More
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