PERFORMERS IN JAMLAND 2014
Thanks to all of the performers, you rocked in 2014!!
For a good time, sit next to the beat-happy, Krishna-crazed love magnet known as MC Yogi as he works his creative magic up in his Northern California studio, Photoshopping all kinds of dazzling personal India travel photos into wild collage art that will serve as backdrop for his “cosmic, electrifying” new shows with one hand, while simultaneously blasting tracks from his latest record, Pilgrimage, with the other.
Do this while Yogi casually spins the hip-hop, zig-zag, indie-flick story of his life to date. Do all this and be charmed, amazed and hooked.
Stringer’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel, and he is regarded as one of the most accomplished singers in the genre. His work intends to create a modern and participatory theatrical experience out of the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.
Initially trained as a visual artist, filmmaker and jazz musician, Stringer had his formative experiences with chanting when film editing work brought him to the Siddha Yoga ashram in Ganeshpuri, India in 1990. A subsequent period of residence at the ashram laid the foundation for his continuing study of the ideas, practices and music of yoga.
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. When he took up the piano at age six, the unifying power of music entered his life and brought him harmony. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born. Recently, Nahko discussed his successes, his philosophies, his music, and his life with Huffington Post, who called Nahko’s music “beautiful and stirring,” comparing him to Bob Marley and proclaiming him a “musical prophet.”
New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) are celebrated as one of the leading voices in western kirtan music, known for their dynamic sound that merges mantras, rock, funk, and world grooves. The band is a favorite headliner at festivals and conferences worldwide and they are the first kirtan band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. The band tours the U.S. and abroad playing music festivals, yoga studios, retreat centers, concert halls, and celebrations year-round.
Dirk Quinn Band
…is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style – one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.
The energy of multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle demands attention. She is the songwriter and front woman of the band, skillfully switching between violin, mandolin, accordion, banjo and percussion, all while dancing. Zindle wears an infectious smile and a positive message, always spun through a poetic loom. The Ragbirds albums have received local and national praise, hailed “Highly impressive!” by USA Today and touted as “Astounding international eclecticism” by Reveal Arts.
The Deer Run Drifters, a stringed quintet from a small mountain town in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. The group, playing an Americana ‐ Country sound, brings energy and strong songwriting to every stage they play. They recently released their debut, full length album, “Appalachian Blues”. The new CD brings much anticipation for the future of the band.
Now in their second year as a band. The Deer Run Drifters are quickly becoming a staple in Southwest Virginia, and are spreading beyond with confidence. The band has performed at Venues & Festivals in the SouthEast with acts such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Hackensaw Boys, Spirit Family Reunion, Big Daddy Love, The Lonesome River Band, Folk Soul Revival, This Mountain, The Wild Rumpus, The Deluge, JP Harris & The Tough Choices, Brushfire Stankgrass & many others.
Spoon Fight is an alternative rock band with roots inspired by blues. Brothers, Luke Thomas (lead vocals and guitar) and Jake Thomas (drums), moved from South Africa back to the US as children and soon joined forces with Isaac Wright (bass). All three were only just beginning their craft as musicians when they met, but they have been collaborating ever since. Speaking out from Floyd County Virginia, Spoon Fight brings a have fun, do it right, and don’t-forget-to-kill-it vibe to their shows, and it works well. Through blues heavy riffs, smooth vocals, and stimulating lyrics the band connects with their audience and leaves them in positive state of mind.
rama swells with the passion and drive of a rock n’ roll songsmith with the timeless heart of yogi. His music echoes with the raw energy of late 60’s and early 70’s acoustic guitar driven rock and roll. Imagine if the Rolling Stones had been on the spiritual path along with being “rockers”, or if Tom Petty’s lyrics had been infused with metaphors of eastern wisdom. This is the sort of synthesis one feels as rama’s acoustic guitar rhythms and poetic vocals move and groove the listener into a state of tambourine shakin’, revolution makin’, freedom filled ecstasy. It all hits home with pounding drum fills and crisply polished production making for a super fresh approach to the old saying, “peace, love, and rock and roll”…
Rachel Theo Maurelli, Jeff Tiebout, Cliff Dumais, and Rick Parrish formed Bhakti Kulani out of their love for singing and dancing the divine names. Bhakti Kulani means Bhakti Community. We lead universal Kirtan, singing the divine names of Love from many traditions in call and response style. When singing the names of Love in community we create a vibration that opens and entrains our hearts to the collective One heart. With knots of separation dissolving, Love can flow through us opening us ever deeper into the Oneness of Love that holds us all in the light of Love. We sing the names with joy, sorrow, laughter and play, sweet and deep.
A IndoFunkworld-music band,. featuring the 8-piece band, dancers, and visuals.
Central to the music is the melody of veena, the oldest fretted string instrument in the history of the world. In modern times it is played in classical music halls of South India showcasing carnatic music, and is associated with the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom, Saraswati.
Lobo Marino is a mix of tribal, folk and world music featuring the harmonium, drum and various other unique instruments and voices. At its core it is the musical response to the continuous travels and ongoing spiritual journey of its members. During one of their journeys, a year long trip in South America, they encountered one of their many spirit guides, the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, also known as “el lobo marino”. From its monstrous mouth came a low growl, a welcome into the world of animal and nature worship, an inspiration that carries through their music today.
The Blackberries, Eli Wildman and Aila Wildman, natives of Floyd, Va. have a busy performance schedule coming together for this spring and summer. These kids have played at the Crooked Road Youth Music Festival, Houstonfest, Chantilly Farm Bluegrass Festival and more, Aila was accepted into the Roanoke Youth Symphony program 2014. Looks like the future of Bluegrass is in good hands
Kristin “Luna” Ray is a singer-songwriter, workshop leader, and
advocate for wellness and spiritual growth. Over the last decade, she
has traveled extensively throughout the world sharing music through
performance, workshops, kirtans (call and response chanting), and
community work with hospice, and in schools with children.
When Bob Sima (pronounced sEYE-ma) opens his mouth to sing what comes out is far beyond the human sounds of a warm and soulful voice. Bob is a nationally touring singer-songwriter based in Annapolis, Maryland. He burst onto the singer-songwriter circuit by playing in coffee houses, listening rooms, living rooms, and music festivals.Starting out as an opener for acts such as Ellis Paul, David Wilcox, Vance Gilbert, and Jesse Harris, Bob quickly built his headlining capability with his incredibly moving and transformative live performance. Bob is a different kind of musician and songwriter, with distinctive dreams and aspirations for his audience. Bob is more influenced by the likes of Rumi and Gandhi than he is by Dylan and Springsteen.
Bill is a drummer/percussionist whose lifetime passion with sound and rhythm has taken him on an extraordinary musical journey. Early exposure to rock music and later jazz and 20th Century classical, greatly influenced his musical direction. Bill’s journey would soon take him down another path when he began listening to traditional music from various parts of the globe. In 2001 Bill began to experiment with improvisations and compositions on gongs singing bowls and other metal percussion. The sound of the gong is mysterious and otherworldly. The dynamic range of these glorious instruments can begin with a mere whisper and end with a thunderous roar. They are one of the oldest musical instruments and have been used for thousands of years by indigenous cultures in rituals and healing ceremonies as well as for entertainment in music and dance.
SPIRIT MOUNTAIN GYPSIES from Floyd County
Original Music and songs from the mountains, the European tradition with a gypsy flavor.
Starroot grew up in Southern Germany and performed folk music and her original songs since childhood. She plays accordion, guitar and sings.
Sam Kephart has played music from childhood. He worked professionally in NYC for 35 years. He was always drawn to the gypsy violin tradition, playing Viola.
The Wildlife is Richie Marso, Janiah Allen, Jamiel Allen, And Brian Mesco. Playing a mix of Soul, Reggae, R n B, World Beat and Original Music By Richie Marso, Jamiel Allen And Janiah Allen. Based In the Floyd and Roanoke area. ” Our goal is to play fun dance grooves with with a mix of good ol Soul and conscious roots based Lyrics for the dancing spirit that yearns to go wild.
Rapper Extraordinaire. Songwriter, Singer and Soccer player. Always there for you, no matter what your world view, he’s there listening. This young guy is going places, check him out in the Boogie Down Dance Hall.
Nada Yoga concert with Jagadisha
Jagadisha and friends ( Harish, Nancy, Sarah, and Jagadisha’s nephew Frank) will perform a Nada Yoga concert for meditation and devotion. Nada yoga is North Indian Classical Music and is the yoga of sound.
Jagadisha has been practicing Nada Yoga for over 30 years.He learned this oral tradition from Swami Nadabrahmananda of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, India. Swaiji was an extaordinary master who brought people all over the world closer to God through his divinely inspired music.
Joy weaves together a sonic quilt of harmonies, flute, percussion, and guitar live with a loop station to perform refreshing, catchy, intense, and introspective original indie folk pop songs. Most of her songs come from dreams, and they convey a message of love, compassion, tolerance, revolution, and empowerment. She sings like an angel or a banshee. Or both. She’s influenced by Andrew Bird, Radiohead, Zap Mama, Bobby McFerrin, Tori Amos, and Ani Difranco and the looping stylings of Kishi Bashi, Kimbra, and Reggie Watts. Her voice has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. She has shared shows with regional acts After Jack, Darrin Bradbury, and Alison Self.
Angela Blueskies is a musician, sound healer, songkeeper, and medicine woman who carries deep understanding of the healing powers of music and the Earth. A lifelong musician, she received her training as a classical flutist at the prestigious Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD. In her performing career, she began to long for a deeper sense of connection and presence with her audiences. It was while travelling in South America that Angela first encountered traditions that worked with songs and music for healing and transformation.
Sacred is -The air we breathe-The water we drink
The land we raise our children upon
As we claim the right to speak our minds and regain stewardship of the earth,
the path is sometimes painful,sometimes joyous as we rock forward-into the commons
Stephen Schmidt, Jesse Redford & Lawrence Nichols are the members of the band called Shogi. A Multi-Instrumental, Eclectic, Semi-Improvisational, Groovetronic, Electro-Rock Triumvirate Band from Floyd, VA
Flight of the Phoenix
Cortney Ostroky, Ji Hwang and Bethany Bubenzer come together to create Charleston’s Premier Yoga Performance Group, “Flight of the Phoenix.” Fueled by their shared love of yoga, music and dance, “Flight of the Phoenix” collaborates for an elegant and powerful display of yoga as art. Their performance is set to a mix of jazzy electric funk and they weave together an impressive collective of acro yoga, inversions and dance.
Emmanuel Anang inspires and opens hearts with his warm teaching style, beautiful voice, haunting flute melodies, and infectious drumming. His dance and drum workshops are thrilling to children and adults alike. At age 16 he was a founding member of the Pan African Orchestra, performing all over Ghana. Later he formed his own group, Adafi Tswalori, and has recorded two CD’s, “Nyon” (Slave), and “Freedom” Nii Anang toured internationally with the Kusun Ensemble from 2002 until 2008, when he came to Kauai as performer, dance and drumming teacher, and composer for Aloha Africa. He and his wife Polly live on an organic farm in FloydCounty. email@example.com