About Martin Ivanov

Martin Ivanov is a Bulgarian composer, conductor, percussionist and researcher who spent 15 years in the USA and Canada following his calling. He graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston (jazz composition and arranging/summa cum laude), University of Memphis and the University of Massachusetts (MA and Ph.D. degrees in fine arts and composition). From 2001 to 2004 Martin taught composition, harmony, arranging and jazz ensembles at the University of Memphis and University of Massachusetts. He has performed and composed for internationally acclaimed artists and orchestras. Having gained invaluable experience abroad he has now returned to his home country to devote his talents and experience to create something indispensable. On returning to Bulgaria, he founded the Institute of Contemporary Art and Therapy “Libera”. His primary motivation was to use his creative knowledge to create and develop social projects, therapies and to train other people. Martin is REMO Endorsed Drum Circle Facilitator. He is the founder of drum / rhythm therapy and facilitation in Bulgaria and Balkans region. He has created many programmes including: Rhythmology, Art Rhythm, Dance & Rhythm, Corporate Rhythm, Drum Into The Market, Happy Drum (Rhythmology for children), Rhythm Relax. He has organized many rhythm-based social, educational, corporate and therapeutic events based on rhythm, using a wide range of percussion instruments. The positive vibrations of his drums attempt to respond to cries for help and address the need for social support in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, day care centres for children with disabilities, and oncology clinics. Martin’s corporate rhythm-based trainings have proved very popular. Clients include global companies such as Microsoft, AVON, HP, Citibank, Shell, Deloitte, Nestlé, Heineken, Carlsberg, Renault Nissan, VMWare, SAP Labs, Bayer, and Konica Minolta. Martin Ivanov is a passionate motivational speaker and he uses the language of rhythm as a tool for personal and collective development. He is frequently interviewed on radio and television. Martin Ivanov is an author of Scottish publishing company Findhorn Press. His book “Rhythm Alchemy” was released on September 9th, 2014. His second book “Sounds from Silence” was world premiered on October 15, 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Back at Home (Therapeutic Drumming Chronicles)

The tears appear when the brain thinks and sweats too much…so the sweat
goes through eyes as tears.

– 11 years old child
“Hello Martin, I was a participant in Insight 4 Seminars. Before your rhythm session, something unleashed in me and I cried three days in a row. At your session also cried to a certain point, but after […]

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Rhythm and Autism

by Martin Ivanov
They have a sensitivity to sound and poor social interaction skills.I feel the most important thing in working with autistic kids is to meet them where they are. In their world, they are totally alone.

— Barry Bernstein
Over recent years I have presented the use of therapeutic drumming for autism in many towns in […]

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Rhythm Alchemy: In Search Of The Philosopher’s Stone

by Martin Ivanov

Drumming to transform negative emotional vibrations and create positive resonance with your surrounding reality
“Rhythm Alchemy” is full of insights from ancient times and from our deepest self. The book synthesizes the ancient knowledge of numbers, the heartbeat, the rhythm of breathing and our personal situation within the bigger, universal vibrations, as well […]

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Therapeutic Drumming for Reducing Levels of Aggression and Depression in Children Deprived of Parental Care

by Martin Ivanov

The Children from Doganovo
We are born with a need for rhythmic input. It affects how our brainwaves function and may play an important role in normal physical, emotional and intellectual development.

— D r. K A Y  R O S C A M , Director of the department of music therapy of Chapman University

It has […]

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