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05/7/2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Iconic tribal - trance drummer, composer and recording artist Byron Metcalf makes his Wayfarer Records premiere with a collaborative effort entitled "Rituals of Passion” co-led by award-winning virtuoso violinist Ari Urban.


Passionate, evocative, and trance-inducing, Rituals of Passion is unlike anything you’ve ever heard and features guest performances by internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Dashmesh. Created over four days,the foundation of Rituals of Passion was born from a unique blend of meditation and improvising to truly capture the spirit of the moment. Basic percussion grooves and keys were laid down as foundations by Byron so that Ari’s stunning capacity for channeling could be optimized to create amazingly mystical and intuitive moments with her violin and viola.

Once Urban’s performances were completed, Byron added additional percussion and finalized arrangements before sending to Dashmesh for his creative contributions including various synthesizers and atmospheric elements, including his trademark didgeridoo work that he is widely known for. Then everything went back to Byron for masterful final mixing. Although Byron and Ari created each track as its own ‘ritual’-all nine tracks superbly weave together to form a deep and profound sonic ceremony. Combining the human element of passion, with the peace -filled ascended vibrations from higher realms, the synergy of these three world-class musicians has resulted in a creative musical odyssey that transports the listener to the deepest part of themselves and beyond.


Rituals of Passion premieres on Wayfarer Records on Friday, May 31st and will be available on major digital outlets worldwide. For more information, check out www.wayfarerecords.com

About the Artists: Byron Metcalf is one of the most recognizable names in trance, tribal, new age and ambient music. His decades-long career has been highlighted not only by his immense body of work as an artist but, also his experience as a transpersonal guide, educator, shamanic practitioner, researcher and has a Ph.D in Transpersonal Psychology.


Ari Urban is an award-winning violist, sound healing facilitator, and proud member of Miami’s very own Nu Deco Ensemble. Ari has worked with top musicians in the classical music world as well as in the recording industry, including playing on multiple Grammy winning/nominated albums with John Legend, Kirk Franklin, PJ Morton, and more. Ari holds two Grammy Certificates and is a member of the Recording Academy. Dashmesh is a musician, producer, sound healer and naturalistic philosopher who has worked with such renowned artists as Steve Roach and Grammy Award Winning producer Bill Laswell







04/29/2024

Wayfarer Records is pleased to anounce that Ari Urban is now part of the Wayfarer Records artist family. Ari Urban is a proud native of Miami, Florida and is a regular member of Miami’s 21st century chamber orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and her Master of Music from Depaul University of Chicago. During her studies in college, Ari started experiencing performance anxiety and did not have access to helpful tools through her university, so she embarked on finding solutions on her own through attending a mindfulness course at age 20. Ari learned how to use meditation to train the mind, regulate the nervous system and get in touch with her intuition; which was the exact medicine she needed not only to dissolve stage fright, but to also become the foundation of her life.


After graduating with her master’s degree in music, Ari was a violin fellow in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two years and had the opportunity to work with world renowned cellist Yo-yo Ma, who inspired and supported her vision of fusing mindfulness and music in a new way to help bring healing to herself and others. This marked the beginning of Ari's journey into entrepreneurship. Ari is also the co-founder of musicfreemyheart, a platform that utilizes the timeless power of music and meditation as vehicles for awakening; hosting workshops and retreats globally. Learn more and subscribe at musicfreemyheart.com.


As a performer, Ari holds a rich history of sharing the stage with world-renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Wyclef Jean, Jacob Collier, Joshua Bell, Michael Buble, Wyclef Jean, Yoshiki, Gloria Estefan, George Benson, Angelique Kidjo, Josh Groban, Richard Bona, Ben Folds, Johnny Mathis, Tank and the Bangas, Father John Misty, and Andrea Bocelli, among others. As a studio musician, Ari has played on multiple Grammy Winning and Nominated albums with John Legend, PJ Morton, Ledisi, Chronixx, and Jessie J. Ari holds two Grammy certificates and is a member of the Recording Academy.







03/29/2024

Over the past year, Wayfarer Records has seen considerable growth in the music industry. From our ever-growing presence on the charts to expanding our artist roster and staff, Wayfarer Records has quickly become one of the prominent names in contemporary instrumental music. We are excited about how far we’ve come since our humble beginnings in 2007 when our journey has only just begun. With that, we are extremely excited to announce the newest members of the Wayfarer Records family.


First, we are genuinely honored to add a musical legend to the Wayfarer family. Byron Metcalf’s career is one that most artists can only dream of. For decades, Byron has offered his multiple talents to projects for the biggest names in the industry and nurtured his highly successful career as one of the most recognizable solo artists in the genre. On top of that, Byron is a transpersonal guide, educator, shamanic practitioner, and researcher and holds a Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology. Byron Metcalf is one of the true pioneers of the genre and has inspired countless musicians to reach past themselves and discover who they truly can be. We are humbled that Byron chose Wayfarer Records as his new musical home.


The overwhelmingly talented Carl Rydlund has likely impacted everyone reading this without them even knowing it. From his work with Hans Zimmer, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Disney, EA, Sony, Lucas Arts, and countless others, Carl is easily one of the most prolific names in television and film music as both an orchestrator and virtuoso musician. Carl has been directly involved in a list of blockbuster films, including Men in Black, The Dark Knight, Life of Pi, Interstellar, Inception, Man of Steel, and many more. Carl currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is an Artist in Residence at the historic Ocean Way Studios and is a professor at Belmont University School of Music. Carl joins the Wayfarer family as a recording artist and serves on the Wayfarer Records’ newly formed Advisory Board.


Helping move Wayfarer Records to a new realm by joining our Advisory Board is highly successful corporate/entertainment lawyer Candice Gidney. Candice has served as General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Vice President for some of the top corporations in the country. Her extensive background in music and entertainment includes television production/distribution companies Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures TV, and Warner Brothers. She also works directly with some of the most iconic celebrities in the entertainment industry. We are incredibly excited to have Candice’s extensive knowledge of representing some of the world’s best-known recording artists and actors added to Wayfarer Records. Candice, you rock!!


Rich Krainak rounds out the Wayfarer Records Advisory Board. Professionally, Rich has served a highly successful double life. His expertise in finance led him to serve as Director of Credit for two of the country’s most iconic brands, Oreck and Gibson Guitars. As for his second life, Rich is a highly accomplished musician, arranger, and record producer. He co-founded the jazz label Groove Therapy Records in 2004 alongside Wayfarer Records’ own Sean O’Bryan Smith, and together they worked with such notable artists as Esperanza Spalding, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Albright, Randy Brecker, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and the late Chuck Loeb. Recently, Rich has been co-producing Wayfarer Records projects for Ambiente Solstice, Brannan Lane, and Sean O’Bryan Smith. Rich will add his vast expertise to our Advisory Board and serve as a Staff Producer.


For more on the rest of the Wayfarer Records family, check us out at www.wayfarerrecords.com




03/01/2024

Ambient musical icon Brannan Lane kicks off his latest musical chapter as a recording artist for Wayfarer Records with the release of his 30th full-length solo album entitled “The Sleep Album”. Since his 1998 premiere with Caribbean Dream, Lane has been regarded as one of the top names in ambient music. He is a multi-award-winning composer, and his music continues to be a radio mainstay all over the world including his Wayfarer Records premiere of his trio project with John Gregorius and Sean O’Bryan Smith entitled “Emergence” which is currently in heavy rotation on radio stations worldwide.


For his latest project “The Sleep Album”, Lane focuses on giving listeners a sonic experience to encourage rest and relaxation while taking the listener on a beautiful sonic journey that must be heard to be truly experienced. “The Sleep Album” releases worldwide on all major digital outlets this Friday, March 1st and is currently available for immediate add consideration.



01/01/2024

First, we are elated to announce that award-winning vocalist and composer Nacre has signed with Wayfarer as a recording artist. Nacre's angelic voice has been heard on radio worldwide and her sense of capturing raw emotion through non-lyrical music is awe-inspiring inspiring for anyone who hears her. Nacre has been actively collaborating with other Wayfarer artists and you'll be hearing a lot from her in the future including a brand-new solo album due out in 2024.


Our next artist has been one of the most well-known names in ambient music for decades. Brannan Lane is a multi-award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, and the consummate collaborator. His extensive catalog of music crosses multiple genres and is a constant mainstay on radio across the globe. Brannan's music has been heard on numerous television networks as well as popular video games for Sony PlayStation. We are ecstatic to have such an iconic artist join the Wayfarer family.


It is difficult to describe our next new artist in just a few words. Keith Medley is arguably one of the most talented guitarists, composers, and inventors alive today. The video for his single "Ancestors" featuring his self-built 27-string harp guitar has been viewed over one million times garnering Keith a cult following among countless musicians worldwide. Keith embodies the concept of innovative sonic artistry, and we are honored to welcome him aboard as part of the first wave of new Wayfarer artists.


Rounding out the Wayfarer family of artists is Grammy Award-Winning artist, musician, composer, and producer Richard Theisen. Theisen's body of work in the new age market has garnered him extensive praise from critics and fans alike including being awarded the Best Album of the Year Award for his album "Elysium" from New Age Music Planet. His music is constantly being featured on multiple radio shows and podcasts worldwide. Richard will be one of the first of the new Wayfarer artists to release new music for 2024.

Read the entire press release HERE



11/12/2023

Guitar World has included Jason Blake's “An Aversion to Fervor” on their Essential Guitar Tracks Playlist.


Read the article here: https://www.guitarworld.com/news/essential-guitar-tracks-layla-two-hand-tapping-spiritbox-megan-thee-stallion



10/31/2023

Wayfarer Records welcomes Billy Denk, Christopher Caoulette, and Dieter Spears.

Read the entire press release HERE



9/1/2023

Emergence, from Brannan Lane, John Gregorius, and Sean O-Bryan Smith will be arriving on September 29, 2023.

Ambient icon Brannan Lane, Spotted Peccary recording artist John Gregorius and world renowned bassist Sean O’Bryan Smith have come together to release their first full length collaboration enitiled “Emergence”. “Emergence” showcases Lane on keyboards and sound design, Gregorius on electric/acoustic guitars and Smith on basses/loop programming. “Emergence” captures the spirit of each of these artists’ diverse careers opening with an atmospheric landscape that transcends multiple genres that transports you in to an immense blend of rhythm and sonic exploration.

Read the review on Cultuurama HERE



7/21/2023

ELEON releases Daithi featuring David Helpling, John Gregorius, and Sean O'Bryan Smith

Daithi (pronounced “daw-hē”) is ELEON’s debut album on the Wayfarer Records label. Over two years in the making, Daithi is composed and created with a vast array of software synths and samples and consists of thirteen edgy groove tracks that take listeners to uncharted realms of the imagination. ELEON is joined by film composer, guitarist, and Grammy-nominated recording artist David Helpling on the track “The Dream Collider,” which was mixed and produced by Helpling. Also featured on Daithi are world-renowned guitarist John Gregorius and film composer and bass guitarist Sean O’Bryan Smith. Daithi was mastered by Dave Luxton at Cosmic Wave Studios. Enter into Daithi’s atmospheric worlds and divine dimensions and let go of earthly worries.

Learn more Here



4/25/2023

Jason Blake will be performing the opening set for Lateralus Tool Tribute, the ultimate TOOL experience LIVE Saturday, April 29th! Location: the PIAZZA in Aurora, IL, United States

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1/5/2023

Jason Blake interviewed by Damnation Vault. Read more...



8/20/2022

Jason Blake, Wayfarer Records artist and Warr guitarist with Azoila Cry will be sharing the stage with the Aristocrats at Chicago, IL, United States

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4/29/2022

Dave Luxton's and Jason Blake's "Ghost of a Small Child" single was released on Friday, 4/29/2022. The release features the orginal Dave Luxton Ghost of a Small Child remastered, and the Jason Blake remix, Ghost of a Small Child II (One Final Encounter).

The single is available on all major streaming services and for download on Bandcamp

Watch the video for Ghost of a Small Child II (One Final Encounter) The Jason Blake Remix, here.



01/28/2022

Liminal States Volume 1 was released on Friday, 1/28/2022. The album features minimal drum sequences, electric guitar, bass guitar, sythesizers, and the obscure Alesis Air Synth. The entire album was tracked live and impromptu over a couple of brief sessions in 2009.



Liminal States Volume 1 Track Listing:

  • 1. Defeat
  • 2. Call to Humanity
  • 3. Floatation
  • 4. Open Window
  • 5. Fretless Tension
  • 6. Cold Spell
  • 7. Rotten Apples
  • 8. Push and Pull
  • 9. Field at Night
  • 10. Last Call
  • 11. Diameter Six



11/27/2021

Boreal Taiga's new studio album, Nunavut: Arctic Drone Sessions will be available on December 7, 2021! Nunavut was recorded at Shaman Studios, Seattle, produced and written by JimD, and mastered by Dave Luxton at Wayfarer Records

Nunavut: Arctic Drone Sessions Track Listing:

  • 1. Sverdrup Basin
  • 2. Ellef Ringnes Island
  • 3. Haughton Crater
  • 4. Alert Ellesmere Island
  • 5. Arctic Cordillera
  • 6. Kugaaruk Echoes
  • 7. Meighen Island
  • 8. Boothia Peninsula
  • 9. Devon Ice Cap MOE



11/19/2021

Chicago-based Warr guitarist JASON BLAKE is set to release the album, The Perfect Fallacy, this Friday, November 19th. The album’s details including cover art and track listing have been issued.


Jason Blake plays the Warr Guitar, a twelve-string instrument incorporating the range of a guitar and bass. It is played by tapping the strings, a technique known as touchstyle guitar.


The Perfect Fallacy features nine songs that work as the soundtrack to a reoccurring dream. Blake explained of the album, “After recording, The Darkness Found in Shadows, I had this idea to further explore this sound, but make it a bit 'louder'. As a concept, I had this idea floating around for a long time based on a dream that comes to me every once in a while. I decided to compose the 'soundtrack' to this dream.” The Perfect Fallacy was mixed and mastered at Transient Sound by Tyler Rice. Artwork and design was handled by Hajo Müller.


The Perfect Fallacy Track Listing:

  • 1. Necessary Bait
  • 2. Uncertain Numbness
  • 3. Suspended Motion
  • 4. Eyes Above
  • 5. Blank Awareness
  • 6. Unheard and Unnoticed
  • 7. A Spectral Embrace
  • 8. Awakened by Repetition
  • 9. Inroads



8/1/2021

Dave Luxton will release his 15th studio album, Dream Sequence, on August 31st, 2021. The album's ten all new studio tracks feature a combination of digital and analog sysths along with classic Dave Luxton eBow guitar textures. The album will be available via all download and streaming services, and in limited run compact disc.



7/2/2021

Jason Blake premieres first video from Fictional Mirrors.



4/15/2021

Wayfarer Records welcomes Jason Blake.



1/21/2021

Soundtrack to the novel Behind the Machine, out now!

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6/2/2018

Dave Luxton performed at the Event Horizon Concert Series at the University of Pennslyvania campus on Saturday June 2, 2018.



2/22/2016

Boreal Taiga to participate in Golden Record: Sounds of Earth Immersive Multimedia Event in Seattle beginning on February 27th. "GOLDEN RECORD: The Sounds Of Earth" is a vivid, interactive, cutting-edge foray into the world of human expression - immediate, multifaceted sample of our own civilization. Collective as much as individual, it's a message in a bottle shot into the depths of space, carrying our identity: culture, expression, accomplishments and aspirations. Within and without us. By us and for us. And beyond.



12/1/2015

Wayfarer Records artist Dave Luxton has contributed a new track for Star's END Solstice Special.



9/30/2015

Dave Luxton has announced a Fall concert mini-tour: 10/25/2015 - Soundscapes Concert Series, Nazareth PA. 10/24/2015 - STAR'S END - Philadelphia 10/23/2015 - Event Horizons Concert Series - University of Penn 10/23/2015 - Music With Space/ 103.3 FM, 12:00pm EST (Stream on the web at WPRB)



5/20/2015

Boreal Taiga to perform at the Imagine Festival on Orcas Island. Other artists include Kaya Project, Bluetech and more