Santiparro means “the lens that sees many things not usually seen.” It is a name that was given to Alan Scheurman in 2010 during a pilgrimage with a Wixatari (Huichol) family to Wirikuta – the sacred desert where Peyote originates.
Scheurman grew up in the Detroit indie music scene and moved to Brooklyn following a spiritual awakening in 2007. There, he contributed to the founding of an intentional community and educational center and spent the next seven years centering himself in shamanic rites and initiation making frequent pilgrimages to visit and study with elders in North, Central and South America. Now Scheurman regularly travels across the country sharing ceremony and music inspired and informed by his work with ancestral cultures. He currently resides in Joshua Tree, California.
In 2014 he released his debut album “True Prayer” on Gnome Life Records. The songs that form the record bubbled up after deep dives into the Spirit World, they were gathered from the outer reaches of our ever expanding collective consciousness. And although sojourns into the shamanic realms are intense in nature, the music collected here does not overpower. “True Prayer” is accessible and fertile, sincere and extraordinary pop & folk music – sparkling with the light of Wisdom.
The album is blessed with guest contributions from Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Adam Wills (Bear In Heaven), Melati Malay (Young Magic) and Ben Bromley (NewVillager). “True Prayer” is an emergent work, ancient teachings and timeless visions, transmitted through the artistry of a modern man.
SPIN MAGAZINE: “Pretty heavy stuff… but light and lovely enough not to collapse under the weight of Santiparro’s spirituality. With an assist from folk great Will Oldham… Santiparro solutes the value of introspection.”
IMPOSE MAGAZINE: “A spiritual journey to understand the true meaning of pure, unbridled liberty of the spirit and being… So relax your mind, open the blinds, enjoy the great outdoors, tune in, turn on, drop out of the world’s superficial systems and seek the determination to discover the real worth of life’s own inherent, perpetual consciousness.”