Electronic ambient music artist, ceremony leader
Trevor Oswalt (a.k.a. East Forest) creates shamanic ambient electropop that occupies a unique place in the world of electronic music. Drawing from indigenous traditions and source recordings from sound healings and mushroom ceremonies, the fundamental mission of his project is to create sonic architecture for others to explore their own inner space and deep meditation. This process of opening doorways for the listener to walk through takes patience. Patience, while typically thought of as kryptonite in the instant gratification, hyper-speed world of music, might just be the medicine we need.
Inspired by the natural world and the psychedelic experience, the sound of East Forest emerged across the decades that Oswalt spent leading underground ceremonies and private performances. This emotional and spacious lexicon is a vivid mix of digital and analog realms with a social and spiritual underpinning. As his diverse catalogue emerged, the music evolved from ambient jams to more structured material with vocals.
East Forest has received glowing reviews from the likes of NPR and Wired, completed multiple tours across the United States and Europe, shared his message from the stage of TEDx, and played on diverse stages from SXSW and Lightning in a Bottle Festival to Grace Cathedral, as well as private parties for the likes of Google.