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Xavier's credentials include a BA degree in philosophy from Columbia University, and a
master's in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, focusing upon Jungian and depth psychology. His thirty years of spiritual training, shamanic, meditative and ritual experience includes three years at the Center for Personal Transformation in the experiential study of deep meditative techniques.
Xavier's work has fruitfully blended music and psychotherapeutic work. He has incorporated a love of ancient cultures into successful programs with coming-of-age youth, dedicated to helping young people make the successful transition into adulthood. He has designed, developed and implemented mentoring programs that include a combination of esoteric religious practices, principles of universal spirituality, and proven psychological approaches.
"All drumming consists of listening. It is the constant connection to the song carried within us that allows us to find our place in the rhythm again. This deep and active listening allows us to constantly refine what we play, and because the space between our notes cannot ever be perfect, drumming is an experience of constant listening, constant space, constant mistakes, and the dedication to find our place in the collective song again."
Peter's initiation into the path of healing began with his own struggle at a young age to overcome chronic illness. His long healing journey brought him through
the investigation of many healing modalities. He is thankful for all the experiences he has had on the road where arts, healing and communities meet.
He has studied and performed West African drum and dance for more than 20 years. His various teachers include members of Les Ballets Africans and Ballet Djoliba. He is currently active in the tradition of the great Djembefola Mamady D’Keita.
Peter is also active as a cellist and multi-instrumentalist. He began playing the cello at age four and has shared the stage with diverse acts such as the Latin
Jazz great Chuchito Valdez, superstar Macy Gray, members of the Parliament
Funkadelic and the famed rapper DJ Quick. He has also created and performed his own music for theater and dance productions. Peter’s recording credits include numerous independent films and albums as well as recording sessions for TV. .
As an educator, he has taught songwriting, music production, music of the African diaspora, West African drumming, and cello to students of all ages in settings such as school programs, juvenile detention facilities and community centers around the United States. He was formerly the Director of the strings program at the Boston Arts High School, a touring manager for Climb Theater Company, and a presenter for the international Arts Therapy Summit.
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