PERFORMERS IN JAMLAND 2015
Thanks to all of the performers for the bliss created in 2014,
Trevor Hall realized at a very young age that music was more than just a passion. As an eleven year old, playing harmonica beside his father in the cradle of the weeping willows of South Carolina, music quickly became his most intimate companion, guide and creative outlet. In his elementary years, he began to write his own songs and perform them locally. At sixteen he recorded his first record, and the following year he left South Carolina to study classical guitar at Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international boarding school east of Los Angeles. There, Trevor was introduced to yoga and certain spiritual practices found in India, which greatly influenced his music and his life journey. During his senior year, Trevor signed a record deal with Geffen Records and his career as a musician formally began.
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.
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.
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.