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  • 17 References 16 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Turkish
  • 47, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Musician/Composer/Teacher/Writer
  • Bachelor's Degree Music
  • From Portland
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


Spreading Sound All Around . . . the World


Fun-loving musician and naturalist type interested in doing and dreaming and doing some more, yoga, trekking, rock climbing, swimming in the sea, strange ethereal music, tea, extended morning brunches, street performance, organic sounds in hidden grottos and hushed concert halls, really good homecrafted beer and wine.

I play Turkish bowed tanbur (yaylı tanbur) as well as a few other instruments. I'm relaunching my website soon.


Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.


Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've been using couchsurfing since 2008 and plan on continuing. I had a wonderful and eye-opening time living in New Zealand recently, and it will always be a home for me, but I'm off again to Labyrinth Musical Workshops in Houdetsi, Crete. After that, I plan to visit friends in Turkey and look for a job there! Perhaps I can host again if I settle for a time.


I've had loads of experience surfing and hosting other travellers with beautiful Tawny (see Tawny's profile: but I just got around to creating my very own profile instead of a shared one. This website has facilitated countless life changing experiences and meetings with remarkable people for me.


Music (obviously), Trekking, Rock Climbing (beginner atm), People(there are so many amazing, weird, crazy, mad, creative, astute, genius, wizardly, kind, genuine, people in the world!) Nature, Landscapes, Permaculture, Water, Sleeping in hammocks, Smoothies, Juicing, Organic foods and gardening, Listening to the sounds of the Earth, Bathing in only Moonlight, Candles, Animals and Plants, Instrument making, and other random stuff.

  • animals
  • writing
  • performing arts
  • concerts
  • dancing
  • dining
  • recipes
  • wine
  • beer
  • organic food
  • yoga
  • gardening
  • music
  • surfing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming

Music, Movies, and Books

Books/Authors: Joseph Cambell, G.I. Gurdjieff, Arnold Lobel, Eleanor Cameron's "Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet", J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Paulo Coelho, Andrew Chumbley, James Hillman (Dream and the Underworld), C.J. Jung, etc. etc.

Music: Sadun Aksut, Ross Daly, Evgenios Voulgaris and other Mediterranean/Near Eastern/Central Asian master musicians , Tool, Dead can Dance, John Cage, Claude Debussy, Byzantine Liturgical Chant, Bjork, A Perfect Circle, Sigur Ros, Stella Mara, . . .

Movies: Howl's Moving Castle, Dead Poet's Society, Monty Python's Meaning of Life, Corpse Bride, The Prestige, Jacob's Ladder, A Beautiful Mind

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Eaten some of the best food in the whole world prepared by my friends near and far.

Met more touching and genuine people than I can ever count while playing music on the street, in venues, and my travels.

Summoned a black viper by playing bowed tanbur on the stage of the amphitheatre in the ruins of Aphrodisias, Turkey.

Teach, Learn, Share

Music, Laughter, Dancing, Life.

I teach and share and learn music, language, yoga, writing ...

Always keen to learn new ways of doing things, new recipes for food for belly and tongue, eyes, ears, nose, thought, and soul.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

New Zealand, United States

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