a world of healing sounds

Creator’s Note:

Humble in demeanor John’s magic lies in the moving rhythms that form the depths of the realm. The healing vibrations simply emanate from him when he plays there is no other way to describe it, truly something to be experienced. It was an honor and privilege to witness first hand the skills of a true master at play with his craft.


JOHN K. GALM, Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, has studied with master musicians in India, Indonesia, West Africa, Turkey, Morocco and Ireland.

He holds a B.M. and an M.M.Musicology degree from Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Ph.D. Studies at Catholic University of America, Washington D. C. and U.C.L.A. in Ethnomusicology.

He has studied and taught in Senegal, TAMA – talking drum; Gansa, melody elaboration instrument in the Balinese Gamelon; Mrdangam, drumming technique of South India; Afro-Cuban music in Cuba; Brazilian Batucada in Brazil; and Andean music in Peru and Bolivia.

Professor Galm retired from the University of Colorado College of Music in May 2000 after 35 years as a faculty member and founder of the Department of Ethno-musicology. Since retiring from the University of Colorado, he has led healing drums circles at the Jonathan Goldman Sound Healing Institutes and gives visiting lectures and performances at various universities.

As part of the project, John provided soundscapes as a background for the spoken words and the interludes. Drawing on his vast world music collection of instruments and performance techniques,

John was able carry the ideas of the project through the soundings

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