About John

A musician born and raised in North Carolina, John Westmoreland has been performing professionally for over a decade. He studied Jazz and Classical Composition at Berklee College of Music where he was a recipient of the BEST scholarship. In 2011 he expanded his musical landscape by becoming a founding member and lead guitarist for the West-African fusion band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, a group that performs throughout NC and across the nation. In 2014 Kaira Ba received a nomination for "Best African Group" by AFRIMA(the all africa music awards) upon the release of their second album "The Great Peace." As a solo performer he plays his own dynamic, and unique arrangements— interweaving Jazz, World Music, Blues, Bach, the American Songbook, and also his own original compositions. Outside of typical 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, relaxation music sessions for people with Alzheimers and Dementia, and also performs 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. Most recently John has formed a new group called WESTMORELAND, a band featuring an eclectic line up of musicians. The group performs original music by John and will be releasing their first Album "Cast Fire" in 2018