The music of Trevor Stewart and Earthlines has been hailed as groundbreaking: the unique combination of sounds of traditional instruments from around the world such as the Native American flute, didgeridoo, viola and djembe mixed with modern instruments such as the Chapman Stick and steel drums.  Their innovative approach to composition and improvisational interplay is inspired from spiritual and healing traditions from around the world (and beyond). The name Earthlines itself derives from the idea that music can exist at the line between Heaven and Earth, while also being the lines that connect us all as human beings.

Rik Stevenson has been a Kansas Acoustic Art's Association member since moving to Wichita in 1999 where he served on the board for several years. Immediately being drawn to this organization's passion for acoustic music of all genres, but also for being progressive enough to allow for the new and unusual. He was originally a singer-songwriter deep into folk and acoustic roots blues, but also happened to play the didgeridoo where he was accepted into various Irish jams wholeheartedly.

Rik's relationship with Trevor grew as a result of Trevor's understanding and proficiency in playing music of a more meditative and healing aspect. Rik had previously studied music therapy used particularly by ancient cultures for healing and mood altering qualities. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2006, his music took on a whole new urgency. Rik then took up the Native American flute. His first flute was built especially for him in the healing key of F# and blessed by a Lakota Shaman. The blessing given to this flute is that it heal the hearts of all who hear it. From there, Rik and Trevor recorded the album 'Healing River' finished the day before brain surgery. Although he was given a poor prognosis, he has recovered and Rik's musical evolution has blossomed into the 'Earthlines' experience.

Terry Corbett is known in Wichita largely for his tile and other visual arts, but comes from a family with a very strong musical background. His unique style of songwriting and steel drumming is peaceful and ethereal. Terry's wise sense of improvisation and counterpoint is the glue to the different elements of the group.

Dennis Balderes started playing music at age 11. He was playing guitar and percussion as a teenager with latin, rock and gospel groups in venues around Wichita. Dennis performed at Jerry Garcia's wake. He currently plays with a local group called Infusion. In any musical situation he always plays with great love, so it's no wonder why his vast, warm sound on the djembe is the heartbeat of 'Earthlines'. 

 

 


"I don't know if it was that blessing or something else, but the music {of Trevor Stewart and Earthlines} washed over me like baptism water".

 Bill Tammeus (faith columnist of the Kansas City Star)