A native North Carolinian with deep roots in the blues, John Westmoreland is a multidimensional musician. He studied jazz and classical composition at Berklee College of Music where he was also a recipient of the BEST scholarship. In 2011 John became a founding member and lead guitarist of the West-African fusion band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba which performs locally in the triangle as well as across the nation. As a solo artist he plays his own dynamic, and sensitive interpretations— interweaving jazz, World Music, Blues, Bach, the American Songbook, and also his own original compositions. Outside of traditional performance contexts, John has a passion for exploring how music can facilitate deep relaxation and healing. He regularly provides music for yoga classes and meditation, and also plays music as part of UNC Hospital’s Door to Door music program. In 2013 he received an Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council to travel to Peru to study Icaros, a style of healing music from Amazonia.