Thomas Workman is a multi-instrumentalist, certified sound healer, instrument builder, visual artist, teacher and founder of Ancient2Future Sound Healing. He brings together unique musical instruments, compositional and improvisational skills, shamanic practices, and practical knowledge of the healing power of music.
For some years music became avocational, while teaching, primarily in early childhood educational settings, and developing as a visual artist took the forefront. During this period, Thomas earned a master’s degree in art education and began exhibiting his unique wire sculptures in Boston and New York City. After moving to the Mid-Hudson Valley in 1988, his work was exhibited primarily at the Donskoj and Co gallery in Kingston.
In 1993 music came to the foreground when Thomas began performing with Arm-of-the-Sea Theater. As musical director of this mask and puppet company, he was the “voice” of the characters, but also created sound effects for their actions. learned to expand his sound palette with unique instruments and sound making devices, sometimes creating them.
As artist in residence for many years in school settings, Thomas presented assembly programs featuring musical instruments from all around the world. He also helped countless children construct their own instruments. This work extended from New York's Hudson Valley to Virginia to Montana to Oregon.
In 2010 Thomas completed the certification course for Sound Healing at the Sound & Music Institute at The Open Center in NYC. In 2012, he founded Ancient2Future Sound Healing.
Thomas conducts sound healing sessions for individuals and groups, working with a wide variety of instruments, such as didgeridoo, conch shells, fujara, bamboo flutes, bone flutes, nose flutes, hulusi, kamale n'goni, various drums and percussion, and much more.
Thomas performs with the quartet, “Levanta”, including Gabriel Dresdale on cello, Timothy Hill on guitars and voice, with Ev Mann and Roberto Rodriguez on percussion. Levanta’s repertoire includes original compositions and original arrangements of music by Hermeto Pascoal, Abdullah Ibrahim and Dave Holland.
Thomas also plays with Sonark Trio, with Gabriel Dresdale: cello, and Joakim Lartey: percussion. Sonark focuses on original and spontaneous compositions, utilizing a deep collective rapport and guided intuition.