Gabrielle Roth

Gabrielle Roth is a musician, author, music director, dancer, philosopher and recording artist in the world music and trance dance genres, with a special interest in shamanism.

Known as the "urban shaman," she is music director of the theatre company The Mirrors, and has been a member of the Actor's Studio. She is the founder of the recording label Raven Recordings.

She has been a faculty member of both Kripalu [1] and the Esalen Institute, and offers classes at the Omega Institute, often joined by her son, Jonathan Horan. Her international institute, The Moving Center, oversees the teaching of her work through schools in New York, California, and Europe, and has certified over 250 teachers worldwide.

She is currently teaching experimental theater in New York based on The Roth 5Rhythms and training others to use shamanic methods within artistic, education, and healing contexts. Roth performs and records as Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors, and has produced over 15 albums and appeared on various compilations.

Longtime Mirrors regulars include drummers Sanga of the Valley (a student of master Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji) and Roth's husband and producer Robert Ansell.

Over the years, other contributors and collaborators have included composer/guitarist Lenny Kaye (of the Patti Smith Band); Allison Cornell on strings (of Joe Jackson and Pat Benatar); Jai Uttal (Indian fusion musician); space music composer Raphael; Boris Grebenshikov; and percussionists Gordy Ryan, Arthur Hull, Steven Scales (Talking Heads), and Cyro Baptista (of Paul Simon and Laurie Anderson and of the band Beat the Donkey).

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