The Truth, Love & Freedom
2006 Healing Arts Festival
2006 Artists, Performers & Djs
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- Shimshai & Friends
Born into the communal Love Israel family in washington state, and surrounded by music from birth, Shimshai was formally trained on piano by his father, and later took interest in guitar and flute, mainly studying classical and jazz. After abandoning any further formal training in high school, Shimshai pursued his own creative channel and formed the Seattle based reggae band "Spirit earth." Playing all original music, and developing a consistent following for several years, the band was a stepping stone that would ultimately lead to Shimshai's first solo recording, "I Sense Your Presence." Self composed and produced, and drawing on his Judeo-Christian spiritual roots, the album has grown to become something of an underground spiritual classic, worldwide.
In the three years since the release of his first record, Shimshai has continued to tour and support his music and mission with the Natural Mystiquensemble, expanding his fan base to a quite diverse audience, and performing with the likes of Cannon & the Lion of Judah Band, Jai Uttal & the Pagan Love Orchestra, Jah Levi, Ram Dass, who appeared on stage for a version of Shimshai's original, inspired song "Be Here Now," and more recent collaborations with a Peruvian shaman. Fusing an eclectic blend of reggae, soul, and jazz with a worldbeat influence, Shimshai delivers solid grooves layered with angelic harmonies and uplifting, spirited lyrics. Based on the west coast of America and Hawaii, Shimshai has established a devoted following from Seattle to San Diego, including the Hawaiian islands, as well as the U.K., Holland, South America, with fans calling his music, “pure”, “amazing” and “transcendent”.
- Suzanne Sterling
Suzanne Sterling is an ecstatic vocalist and songwriter whose devotional music has been called a "groove-loving and seductive journey into Spirit." She has received critical acclaim both as a performer and as a recording artist. Her debut album "Bhakti" reached #5 on the New Age/World radio charts; and her music has been commissioned for film, theatre and video - including "Gifting It", an award winning documentary film about Burning Man Festival. She also recently completed the music for the bestselling yoga DVD "Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Seane Corn" produced by Gaiam Inc.
Suzanne currently performs and records with innovative electronic dance act Alcyone and acoustic trio Kali's Angels. She led and produced her own band "Bhakti" through several successful years, performed internationally and recorded as lead vocalist with well-known electronic dance act Medicine Drum, and has recorded as a session vocalist on many album projects.
She also works extensively in the yoga and wellness communities, bringing a special blend of music, yoga, kirtan and sacred ceremony to a wide range of nationwide events such as retreats, emerging culture conferences, large festivals, dance parties and sacred gatherings.
Suzanne performs, teaches and facilitates at retreats and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. She has been a Reclaiming Tradition teacher and priestess for 17 years and has developed curriculums, teacher training programs and apprenticeships. She teaches workshops and classes on the yoga of sound, sacred singing and rhythm, devotional work with deity, and much more.
- Rara Avis
Hailed as a musical mastermind by LA Yoga Magazine, Rara Avis is known for weaving intricate tapestries of fluent world rhythms, melodies, and harmonies, into genre-defying music that ignites the heart and begs the body to explode into dance. Whether playing improvised world fusion music with the Shaman's Dream World Groove Ensemble or composing original electronic music with evocative guitar and vocals, Rara's sound is an ever-evolving palette of vibrational color full of soulful surprises from across the globe.
He is also trained as a sound healer - seeking to blend modern technology with ancient truth to bring vibrational healing to another level. From sound beds, (customized massage tables with vibrating plates attached to allow the body to truly feel sound), to water based sound journeys, with traditional toning instruments...
Waterjuice is the sonic brain-child of Cyril Kollock and Raven Tupling. Formed in 1999, our musical styles have evolved from deep funk to trance, electro and breaks and some good old rock and roll.
Based in the San Francisco bay area the studio is constantly churning audio and graphic creations and designing some of our own softwares. Releasing the funky sounds of San Francisco on our own label wih the international influences of trance, dub, breaks and life.
Fans have describes Shaffer as Michael Hedges and sitarist Ravi Shankar with a dose of psychedelics thrown in for good measure. For more info please visit Darin's site at http://darinshaffer.com
- Levi Chen
LEVI CHEN, whose last CD was #1 on New Age radio nationally, is a unique and mesmerizing troubadour. Beginning in '93, Levi began producing an album each year, touring the U.S. and Europe playing at festivals and as a street busker. In 1995, he complemented his spacey, meditative electric guitar sound with Chinese harp (Gu Zheng), and began to develop his unique "solo duets" technique. Levi, a charming and articulate performer, is incredibly impressive to watch, and his beautuiful and relaxing original songs will transport you to an ecstatic space. His new album, "Memory/Devotion", will be available at his show, along with his best-selling catalog ("Meditation of My Soul", "Celtic Zen", "Liquid Gardens" and "Alhambra").
- Karma Moffett
Karma's music features his exceptional set of twenty-four Tibetan Singing Bowls, Tibetan Longhorns, Hand Bells, Tingsha Cymbals, Conch Shells, Drums, and Bone Horn Trumpets. Karma has sifted through nearly five thousand bowls over a period of twenty-six years to accumulate twenty-four bowls. These were selected for their purity and clarity of sound, sublime sustained resonance, and their harmonic blending or pairing with the other bowls within the set. These bowls are hand-made, using from five through nine metals, including meteorite. The varying thickness of the metals, produces a variety of tones and harmonics, within each bowl. When the bowls are played in runs or struck as pairs, their harmonics enter the physical and subtle bodies of the listener, to unlock blockages and move energy. You hear the music of the bowls and internally experience their vibrations.
In addition to the recordings of his music, Karma has been performing up to three ceremonies per week at his studio in San Francisco. He has toured throughout the USA and Germany. Karma has been commissioned to perform at the Himalayan Fair for the past eight years, the Chinese Mood Festival, the Festival of Harps, Open Secret Bookstore, East West Bookstore, the Land of the Medicine Buddha, and has been featured at numerous Whole Life/Harmony Expos, weddings, birthday parties, and other celebrations. Karma usually opens and closes these ceremonies with innovative music from his international collection of instruments, including Native American flute, silver flute, keyboards, guitars, harp, drums, saxophone, coronet, sitar, Tamboura, and didgeridoo. His distinctive sounds have also appeared in the films "Dragon" and "Deep Rising" and in a television special aired twice on Channel 7, KGO TV
- Kimberly Bass
Jonjon Guitar, Osher Didgeridoo will take you into an hypnotic journey of world music, embracing the spirit and sounds of Africa, the Middle east, Australia, and beyond... woven in a global mix where cultures meet in unity and celebration of life....
Shakina's angelic voice and gentle rhythmic guitar touches the heart and uplifts the soul. Her simple rootsy style demonstrates her true musical nature why'll bringing a message of love for all. Shakina per performed singing harmonies with Jah levi, Sasha Butterfly, Shimshai, and Tina Malia, working with groups such as Satayuga, Fannah Fi allah, and performing in the One World Orchestra, a collaboration of many musicians including members of Hamsa Lila, Blane Lyon, and others. Shakina is currently working with The Living Alliance Of Love, an amazing fusion of electronic, and live percussion mixed with soulful lyrics, as well as performing with her Mama Anna, and Sister Sarah in an up and coming trio. Through the inspiration of Great Spirit, and all these incredible musicians Shakina has opened to recieve her own songs that she feels have come to uplift the soul and remind us who we really are, divine beings living as one on planet earth.
Avatara is a heartstring performer, sharing messages from spirit with joy. Her uplfiting lyricism and acoustic melodies create a pleasant ambience and allows for awakening divinity within love. Avatara and Zak are a romantic acoustic duo performing their original music together, from their soul's collection of songs. Enjoy the Mysticism and Magic of Avatara & Zak's muse, and the Acoustic Ambience of Zen Pagans
Confirmed DJs so far...
- Dragonfly (Groove Garden, Fairfax CA )
- Omer (Harbin Hot Springs)
Harbin's own amazing spin Shaman Omer is the founder of the Thursday Unconditional Dance.
- Alex Theory
Alex Theory has been using music as a tool to promote healing, spirituality and higher consciousness since moving to the Bay Area in 1992. Drawing upon extensive training in psychology, shamanic practice and sound design, he fuses ancient wisdom with cutting-edge technology. As director of the Sound Health Center at the California Institute of Psychoacoustics, he is responsible for researching and integrating new modalities in sound therapy. When he is not teaching, or conducting private therapy sessions, he can be found performing in yoga classes, workshops and music festivals. His music has received international airplay on film, radio and television commercials and he has published articles for numerous music industry magazines. Currently, Alex loves to travel and organizes a variety of sound healing retreats throughout the year to places such as India, Russia, Hawaii and Mexico.
Jacaranda is a DJ committed to the art of the turntables... mixing, fading and meshing sounds, textures and beats. Having lived and played in Hawaii, Seattle, Portland and now the Bay Area, Jacaranda has an enormous range of sounds and flavors to fit every mood - but always tends towards a sound that could best be described as beautiful, inspirational, psychedelic, and dubby. He has become a regular and a favorite at Harbin's Unconditional Dance. For the Healing Arts Festival, look for a more relaxed set filled with deep, slow beats and mind-expanding layers of sound drifting throughout...