Markus & Angelika (Germany & USA) 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.
Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Sweden & Senegal) are an award-winning duo crossing borders in their music just like in their life together. Constantly on the move with musical and human meetings as their principal driving force. Maher was born to play kora and Sousou is one of very few female kora players in the world. Sousou & Maher Cissoko, both grew up in families of musicians and it was the interest and love for the West African kora (a harp lute) that brought them together. An important guideline for the troubadour culture which the kora is part of is the preservation of the musical heritage through its musicians’ continuously finding new ways. In the interpretation of Sousou & Maher Cissoko it means magnificent kora playing and soulful singing combined with a rhythmic energy and influences from reggae, folk, soul and jazz. As follows from the heritage of the Cissoko family of West African storytellers, the songs bring about an important message of coming together and creating links instead of boundaries between countries and people. This is further stressed by the duo singing in five different languages. For More on Sousou & Maher: https://www.sousoumaher.com/
Australia’s own Internationally renown Mantra Artists Sacred Earth (Prem & Jethro Williams) Uplifting. Expansive. Music from the heart. Ancient Mantra's, soaring flutes, beautiful soothing melodies & harmonies that transport you to a state of deep peaceful bliss. Prem & Jethro travel the world with the intention to share music that touches the heart of the listener in the deepest place and to offer a space in which we can all listen deeply to the wisdom of our hearts and remember our purpose on this beautiful earth.
Having sold more than a quarter of a million albums, they’re Australia’s top-selling artists in the ambient music genre. Anyone who’s ever experienced Sacred Earth perform live knows it’s something special. It’s more than just an ambient music concert – it’s an exceptionally moving event. Tears flow, smiles spread and a profound sense of peace pervades the entire space. It’s a rare occurrence in today’s stressful society, which is why Sacred Earth’s concerts are often sold out. People return again and again to be transported back to that place of tranquility, to feel a connectedness with the deepest aspects of the self and all things through the expansive nature of the music. Sacred Earth’s music truly is like balm for the spirit.
Carrie (UK) has toured and/or collaborated with the likes of Damien Rice, Fink, Duke Special, Rumer, Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, Martha Tilston - even the prog rock band Marillion! She has been a known name on the UK alternative/green festival scene for several years playing regularly at festivals like Glastonbury, Sunrise, Shambala and Buddhafields, has travelled through many parts of the world with her music and regularly tours in parts of Europe. 'Delicate, soulful melodies with poetic lyrics, that embrace the room with waves of emotion.' For More on Carrie: http://carrietree.co.uk/
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.
Susie Ro (UK) 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.
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.
Darren (Canada) is a sound healer, ceremonial musician and spiritual teacher. He tours internationally, sharing his healing music with the crystal singing bowls and his array of spirituality and wellness workshops and courses. His performances, workshops and teachings are devoted to evolving human consciousness and inspiring a sense of universal truth and unity as well as invoking spiritual activism. He was a featured performer at the TEDx Conference in Toronto and is a writer of the blog called The Druid and is contributor to many online zines, as well as being a spoken word poet. He is a recording artist and his new album ‘Songs of Source’ features his work with the crystal singing bowls and his unique ‘source-singing’. He is also co-founder, DJ and co-facilitator of The Big Love Ecstatic Dance & Cacao Ceremony as well as his own Shaking Medicine Ecstatic Movement offerings. Darren is also the founder of Conscious Masculinity Toronto and facilitates a men’s group devoted to raising the consciousness of the masculine. He is the creator and facilitator of the 75HR Source Resonance Training in Sound Healing, Sacred Music & Vibrational Philosophy. Darren has also trained with indigenous elders and wisdom keepers the world over and has been on an odyssey reclaiming his own European indigenous heritage. He is devotee of the wisdom of nature, tales of the Goddess and is committed to regenerating ancient eco-spiritual wisdom to help guide humanity toward a new age of great peace and harmony with the Earth. He is currently at work on a series of books on spiritual philosophy and tantric writings and poetry to be released soon.
Ellaya Ayal Mor (Israel) Performing: "And Love Said to Me" A Rumi Performance Ellaya is an Israeli storyteller, spoken word artist, psychotherapist and workshop leader. She performs and leads workshops throughout Israel and abroad. She is the co-creator of "Come Whoever You Are"-- a journey into the spiritand soul of Jallauddin Rumi and additional productions that celebrate spiritual poetry including her own. She lives and breathes Rumi and Hafiz poetry, is maker of the Religion of Love Rumi Cards and has translated many of Rumi's poems from English to Hebrew. She is also a dharma (Buddhist teachings) teacher and certified mindfulness teacher, forever drawing her inspiration from the wells of silence from which all words and music arise.
Alexander Sascha Vaymer (Siberia) offers an invitation to close your eyes and surrender to yourself in the moment. In his solo concerts, Alexander takes the listener on a sound journey. With cello and live looping, he creates sounds that are sometimes effervescent, rhythmic and expressive, sometimes gentle, fragile and floating. Harmony surfaces that are evolving like plants and mix with electronic beats. From this, new impulses flow again and again and fill the room with spherical, lively music. Alexander's music is intuitive - so each time his concerts create new melodies that make every performance unique.