Thomas Schroyer began playing in the early 90s after discovering world music while working and traveling in SE Asia. His passion for percussion lead him to study abroad in India and Cuba and work with several middle eastern teachers in the US . Through the years, he expanded his repertoire playing the hammer dulcimer, marimba, Persian santoor, piano, and other percussion instruments.
Thomas’ work also includes being music director for “Theater of the Invisible”, and composing music for several travel films. He has also performed in venues such as Portland Art Museum, Oregon Country Faire, Beloved Festival, Imagine Festival, Breitenbush Retreat Center, and yoga studios/retreats in Mexico and throughout the US.
After a random virus took his hearing in his left ear in 2009, he transitioned to performing silent physical theater but continued to use music as a catalyst for his work. All changed in 2018 when he was transported ;) by a “spaceship" ~ a rare steel percussion like xylophone called a handpan. This instrument had a life changing effect since he could return back to music by feeling the vibrations of the steel instruments to compliment what he could still hear from his right ear.
His spiritual work was inspired by Vipassana meditation in India and Nepal which led Thomas to create “The WAVE”, a sound bath like/ecstatic dance event in the 90’s which he played throughout the NW and also worked as a musician for ecstatic poetry concerts. His daily yoga practice begin in 2001 when he became a certified Sivananda yoga teacher and then later in life, Thomas dove deep in working with sound healing instruments.
Feeling quite fortunate to return back to his musical passion, Thomas now devotes the majority of his time playing handpan while traveling and being in nature. His vision is to take the listener into a deep meditative state through the eastern tunings of his songs and improvised trance rhythms.