Makus (Germany) and Angelika (USA & Mexico) have forged an engaging new style of world devotional music blending Gurmukhi mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition with original songs in English and Spanish that reflect a Native American influence and also draw words of wisdom from Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak and Yogi Bhajan. Their concerts are group celebrations for peace—joyous and loving occasions that embody the duo’s profound belief in music as a universal language uniting all the world’s peoples, cultures and traditions.
Tina Malia’s (USA) prodigious talent spans many musical genres and disciplines. As a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer she has distinguished herself in styles ranging from pop to world devotional to electronic. Her own diverse and growing catalog of albums is complemented by studio and live work with iconic artists such as Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jai Uttal, Kenny Loggins, India.Arie, Idan Raichel and Bassnectar.
Jai-Jagdeesh (USA) embodies a unique combination of sacred sounds and soulful authenticity which continues to connect deeply with audiences as she records, tours, plays festivals, and gives vocal workshops around the world. Her debut album, 'I Am Thine', a combination of sacred mantras and powerful English lyrics, was released in the summer of 2011 to record sales and acclaim. Her second full-length studio album, 'Of Heaven & Earth', climbed up to #6 on Billboard's New Age Music chart within the first few weeks of its release. Her two Kundalini mantra meditation CDs, 'The Expansive Spirit' (2012) and 'Miracles Abound' (2015) are designed as practices, and are full of deep, transformative resonance.
Almunis (Columbia) and Marcus (Sweden) offer a rich legacy from their stellar individual musical careers and spiritual journeys through Lulacruza and Kultiration / Markandeya respectively. Together, they create a profound sacred space for healing and remembrance of the heart. Their music is the loving confluence of two potent crystalline streams gushing with Nordic light purity, South American Earth medicine and the vision of the Vedas.
Brenda McMorrow(Canada) is known for her unique and warmly embracing style of mantra music, in which she blends elements of acoustic folk, world rhythms and ancient Indian chants with a sweetly introspective singer-songwriter’s sensibility. Yoga Journal describes Brenda as having “a knack for expressing the deepest realizations in the sparsest lyrics”. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass has said: “Brenda has a gift”, and her music has been touching people’s hearts as she shares it worldwide."
Susie (United Kingdom) grew up surrounded by music and has been singing all her life. Susie is a dynamic workshop leader as well as a talented singer-songwriter, voice tutor and composer for choirs. She tours internationally with her popular harmony singing workshops, improvisation weekends, teacher training courses and soulful concerts, sharing her heart-felt music and the joy of singing together in harmony wherever she goes.
Mitsch Kohn (Germany) is a sound mystic, composer, music producer and pianist. Mitsch’s highest intention is to feel and transmit the essence of music. As a heart musician, he is passionate about heart energy in the musical moment. Learning an instrument in childhood, he soon explored the freedom of improvisation writing songs to create his own organic, musical expression. When a piano teacher warned him, “You can´t play Beethoven like this” he cancelled his lessons and took the road less traveled, self-education, band experiences and the first steps in recording and engineering.
Camilo Poltronieri is a Costa Rican native musician, sound engineer, and audio and visual producer, who integrates powerful and beautiful ancient instruments with the latest modern technology to create a unique sound that is beyond time and space. Camilo has been an integral part of some of the must important bands in Costa Rica from jazz ensambles throw Reggae, Rock and others learning the language of sound and music. Live performances with live looping is the recording and playback of a piece of music in real- time “I play one instrument, record it and reproduce it in the moment, on top of this loop that I just created I take another instrument record it and reproduce it and so on” “I build a whole orchestration by myself, mixing sounds from all around the world to create a unique soundscape with each song”
Sarah Monette "DJ Journeyweaver"
What is ecstatic dance?
DJ Journey Weaver (USA) creates sets fueled by luscious melodies and brainwave beats to drop you into the rhythms of your soul and move your body in sweet delight. Journey fell in love with the dance and exploring the world in the ever evolving adventure of life. Inspired by a love of dance and connection, Journey moves your spirit and form through space with the push of beats and the invitation of melody. From organic world beats to ambient chill, deep house to global base... each set is nourishingly familiar yet cravingly unique.
Mose (USA) spends much of his time in Guatemala where cacao ceremonies, kirtan, and ecstatic dance have had a major influence on his productions and DJ style. It is here on Lake Atitlan that he founded the weekly SunSet Cacao Dances where members of the community have the opportunity to journey deep into dance in a container of deep intention free of alcohol. Having been nomadic since 2011, he has developed a sound all his own through interaction with cultures from around the world. He finds a way to fuse the organic elements of tribal traditions with modern production techniques in order to create an entrancing journey for both relaxed listeners and those eager to move their bodies.
Alvaro (Mexico) was born very close to the Pacific Ocean ... .. he started with music since he was a kid ... .. playing guitar ... .. and a little later he started with percussion ... first with drums and then African, Afro-Caribbean music and son jarocho, ... He started making harps in 2004 taught by his brother and a French friend who brought them from Gabon Africa .... There they are used for Ceremonies of medicinal plant ...Currently they are played for ceremonies ofmedicinal plants around the world.. they are very healing ....... And so.. naturally some people started asking for harps ... To this days He lives is in the Mexican Caribbean ... His music is about singing Mantras, Kirtans, Songs of Medicine ... in Sanskrit, Gurumuki, Tibetan Buddhist .... With Harp, guitar, Harmony, and invited musicians on bass, percussion and other instruments ... Mantras for joy ... !! Please visit his website for more details: www.ombalam.com
NEELAM & DAVID MAGES
Neelam & David Mages (Germany) got to know mantra singing in 2003. Since then, singing has been at the heart of their journey together and they share this love in a very touching way in song circles, concerts, retreats and gatherings. In September 2015 they released their first album "waves of bliss" and are currently working on the next album. Their music combines professionalism, emotion and dedication. Her love of Bhakti Yoga connects her with musical styles from around the world. Neelam is a passionate singer and Kundalini yoga teacher - she touches through the warm and clear sound of her voice and her open, authentic, heartfelt nature. David is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and has the extraordinary talent to be able to play countless instruments of diverse cultures in an emotional and expressive way It gives every music and every moment a very special magic. Please visit their website for more details: www.laeela.com
LALITA DEVI (Spain) is a Holistic dancer who conceives Dance as the language of the Soul and integrates it within its Mystical, Energetic and Ritual aspect. Her special way of embracing the art of dance, creates a union between the beauty of the tradition, the plasticity of the contemporary expression and the spirituality of the devotional dance. As a true passionate of the oriental culture and traditions she studies and delves into a variety of dance forms as Indian Dance, Persian Dance and Sufi whirling.
Lalita’s Dance offerings: MYSTICAL DANCE: Sacred, Ritual & Mystical Dance. The Divine Femenine. KUNDALINI DANCE : Sacred Ritual Dance, Holistic Femenine Movement, Women Circle. SACRED WHIRLING: Heart Centered Practices, Sacred Whirling, Sufi Poetry & Rituals. She travels freqently offering Courses, Trainings and Retreats for Women around the World, continuing her work, mission and vision, at the same time as expanding her knowledge and participating in projects and festivals with artists of international prestige. www.lalitadevidanza.com
MOON DANCE RITUAL
Vanessa (Costa Rica) will be directing: Moon Dance "The Journey Within, to the Realm of the Sacred Feminine" This touching performance (with a half dozen Costa Rican sisters) will take place under the full moon on the evening of March 20th, which also happens to be the Spring Equinox, quite possibly the most feminine day of the year.
The Moon Dance Ritual was born in Mexico, when the original grandmothers decoded and revived an old pre Colombian ceremony. It showed women dancing under the moon and praying with tobacco. Today there are circles in North, Central and South America. Led by female elders and held by a central pow wow drum, songs are sung to Creator, to the Moon, the Earth and all the elements to uplift and create a sacred safe circle to heal, to celebrate and to remember. Stories are shared, visions arrive, empowerment and healing happens and the mystical gates are opened. In the Moon Dance, the men have a very crucial role, they support the happening from the outside, keeping the central fire always burning, preparing the sweat lodges, serving tea and hot chocolate.
It is a very special and rewarding movement for all to be part of.