Welcome to Universal Spirit Center
Music fills our souls, inspires us to fly and creates a world that works for all. I am glad to share incredible music from Sounds of Spirit Band and a loving choir. As music director I have the pleasure of working with talented musicians, artists and singers. It is our joy to explore Divine connection through energy and sound. I have been blessed to travel and tour sharing my gifts with all.
I am now Home, join us as we expand. Come dine in music with us Sunday Gathering and Wednesday.
Feel the power of our choir and experience the musical consciousness of our guest artist. We welcome new singers/ speakers & facilitators to contact us.
Gino Walker, Music Director
Universal Spirit Center's own
Myron Stam, guitar
Born and raised in Cardiff-by-the-Sea California, Myron Stam is an acoustic finger-style guitarist, singer, songwriter and session musician who performs regularly with Universal Spirit Center's house band and works with a variety of local and national performers and recording artists.
Linda Ele, piano
Over the years that Linda has played piano at Universal Spirit Center, she has heard many, many people say that when they first came through the door, they knew Universal Spirit Center was special and they had found their spiritual home. Linda says she feels that same way, starting on her first Sunday playing piano here and all the Sundays since! Although Linda has “tickled the ivories” for many years playing solo piano and with other bands, playing at Universal Spirit Center has been the most meaningful for her. She says, “It’s an honor for my music to be part of the process for the spiritual experiences that people have at Universal Spirit Center.”
Matt Bozone, drums
Matt Bozzone is a drummer and percussionist based in San Diego. He has been playing drums for over 20 years, and working full time as a drummer since 2011. He has experience playing many different styles including afro-beat, funk, reggae, rock, hip hop, blues, jazz, rockabilly, and more. Matt has toured extensively throughout the U.S. with a handful of different bands, performing at popular festivals, clubs, performing art centers, and universities. His main touring gigs are with San Diego based world beat band Elektric Voodoo, as well as San Francisco based afro-funk band Afrolicious. When Matt is not on tour, he performs with a variety of bands around the San Diego area, plays drum kit at Universal Spirit Center, and teaches drum lessons.
Oliver Shirley, bass
He received a BA in Music from SDSU and a MA in Music from UCSD, where he studied with world renowned double bassist Bertram Turetzky and was Principal Bassist with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra for five years.
Oliver toured the world for nine years with the US Navy Band playing bass and tuba. He has played for Presidents Carter, Ford, Reagan and Bush along with numerous dignitaries, domestic and foreign. He performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with jazz trumpet great Clark Terry.
Oliver has been a veteran of the San Diego musical theater scene for over thirty years. He is an Associate Artist at Lambs Players Theater with over one hundred productions. He played the world premiere of a jazzy "A Midsummer Nights Dream", written and directed by bebop drum legend Max Roach. Oliver has been heard in virtually ever theater in San Diego. He has also recorded and toured with numerous San Diego jazz, pop, country, rock and blues bands.