Following The Serpent's Lair (Projekt Records, 2000), the critically acclaimed collaboration with award winning recording artist and sonic innovator Steve Roach, NOT WITHOUT RISK is Byron Metcalf's second solo release. Byron's ability to combine his unique proficiency as a drummer/percussionist with his background as a psychologist and shamanic practitioner has been attracting fans and fellow voyagers worldwide since his 1998 debut release of Helpers, Guides & Allies. Byron's music is being used in a wide spectrum of contexts including experiential shamanism and journey work, various meditation practices, breathwork, trance dance, bodywork and other healing arts. Fusing layers of organic drums and percussion, didgeridoo, sound-worlds and sonic atmospheres, various indigenous instruments and voice, NOT WITHOUT RISK invites and challenges the listener to push the boundaries of their own reality... to risk venturing into new levels and depths of one's self...
Don Evangelino Murayay
Born in Cajamarca in the northern Peruvian Andes to a peasant family, the then young Evangelino inherited the vocation to become a curandero (healer) from his grandfather. But as a growing child between family and farm, his interest had not yet been awakened towards the teachings and practices of his healer grandfather and his plants.
In his adolescence, he left the Andean highlands to enter into the jungle, the Peruvian Amazon, in search of work and new frontiers. He became passionate about archaeology and participated in expeditions searching for clues to the puzzles of Peru's many ancient cultures.
While in the jungle he met a woman healer, and this curandera tried to make him understand that underneath his passion there was a hidden power. After some time, she initiated him in the way of the San Pedro, opening the doorway to a path of intense exploration of inner worlds and spaces. It was in this road that he met a physician who worked with the Ayahuasca plant and the Dieta. He received this new initiation, which led him to master healers Don Wilfredo Tuamana, Don Aquilino Chujandama, Don Solon Tello and Don Guillermo Ojanama. He spent many years of apprenticeship with these great masters, receiving their wisdom and experience, until he found his own path, his own teacher.
For more than twenty years he has traveled this path of effort, search and toil, helping and instructing people from all walks of life in the art of self knowledge through the Dieta and responsible use of the Plants of Wisdom.
Don Evangelino's work has taken him beyond the frontiers of his native Peru, awakening and guiding numerous spiritual beings to consciously locate themselves in the currents of existence here on earth.
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