Robert ÆOLUS Myers
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Robert ÆOLUS Myers is a composer, performer and producer best known for his cinematic soundscapes incorporating flute, synthesizer, and percussion. These works utilizing western classical and indigenous compositional stylings draw readily from Asian, Arabic, and African influences. He has composed four albums—AEOLIAN MELODIES and RAYS, released by Global Pacific Records in conjunction with CBS/Sony Group Inc. and THE MAGICIAN and HIGH PRIESTESS as independent releases. He has additionally appeared on multiple album projects and most closely collaborated with musicians Nelson Hiu, Kit Ebersbach, Bob Kindler, Gerardo Maza, and Vima Lamura. ÆOLUS: A Retrospective, a compilation album featuring works from AEOLIAN MELODIES, RAYS, THE MAGICIAN, and HIGH PRIESTESS, was produced by Aloha Got Soul Records.
Robert ÆOLUS Myers has collaborated in performance art, experiential theatre, and modern dance presentations. He has worked with Cheryl Flaharty of Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Valerie Bergman of Rainbow Dance Theatre, and Earnest Morgan at Volcano and Kalani Honua Dance retreats. He has also performed with Tashi Leo Lightning. He was artist in residence at Volcano Arts Center on the Big Island of Hawaii, has been the recipient of multiple Meet the Composer grants, performed at Expo '92 in Seville, Spain, and was a participant in the New Music Across America concert series.
Robert has participated in devotional music for over 40 years. He has played harmonium and sung the Cosmic Chants of Yogananda for Self Realization services, drummed for Sufi Dhikrs, played flute and percussion for the Mevlevi Turn, and was a long time inner circle musician for the Dances of Universal Peace as led by Yakzan Hugo Valdez. Most recently Robert has been playing in support of kirtan wallahs.
Robert ÆOLUS Myers holds an undergraduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai'i, a master's degree in Counseling Psychology with emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is an initiate of Sheikh Yakzan Hugo Valdez a student of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan of the Sufi Order in the West, of Murshid Samuel L. Lewis of Sufi Islamia Ruhaniat Society, and Suleyman Hayati Dede, Sheikh of Konya of the Mevlevi Order.
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