William Ruiz's main instrument is the tongue drum and the Mayahuacan of Native American/ Taino Indian origin. Logdrums are played all over the world by indigenous peoples of Native American, African, and Asian cultures.
His CD recordings Cipriani, In New York, & Taino (all registered works in the Library of Congress) demonstrate group, solo, and ensemble music situations combining Improvisation, Jazz, & World Music forming undestracting, tranquil, medicinal relaxing music. His music has been described as serene, minimalist, rhythmic, meditational, & trance-like. By combining various percussion instruments with the 12 tongue logdrum hr creates a unique style of music that has been enjoyed on tours all over the United States, Europe, Puerto Rico, the virgin Islands, South East Asia, and the Middle East.
William has performed , recorded, and worked on stage with/ for world renowned musicians such as Reggie Workman, William Cepeda, Victor Bailey, J.T.Lewis, Yossi Fine, Jay Rodriguez, Abdou Mboup, Sam Newsome, Joe Exley, Jojo Kuo, Josh Roseman, Groove Collective, Osunlade, Uli Geissandorfer to name a few.
He has headlined events at Madison Square Garden was featured on the MSG Channel TV Series NYC Soundtracks, performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center Outdoors, the United Nations, CNN, has been interviewed/ performed live on Hot 97, WBAI 99.5 - NYC radio. Ruiz has performed for Kofi Annan, Mayor Bloomberg & Tavis Smiley as well as for the International Health Coalition.
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thanks for asking to be friends on this network. I find amazing (but nothing happens by chance) that you wrote to me just when I was talking to a person that organize sacred circle with drumming circles in shamanic practices. I mentioned that I am interested in deepening my knowledge in Native American drumming so that I can better facilitate their drumming circles and also getting involved with the shamanic approach (I already practice spiritual (Kryia) and Hata Yoga, and Taichi). And there you appear! It will be nice if we could do some exchanges of experiences (I lived in Africa for 12 years and 11 in the Caribbean), or just for me to come close to where you live, learn from you and come back possibly with a good 12 tongue logdrum and a bit of knowledge. I will be happy to hear from you. Mario
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