Music at SYF2018
From kirtan, sound-healing, sacred music artists and DJ’s, Sedona Yoga Festival 2018 has something for everyone!
Featured Musicians at SYF2018
DREZ is a Journey into Sound
DJ Drez is in demand as a producer, musical director and sound ambassador. A master of his craft in the studio and on stage, Drez cuts and composes profoundly original tracks that facilitate body movement practice of all forms— be it dance, yoga asana or after-hours intimate/ecstatic. Drez transforms the vibe of any scene his sound is set upon. Rooted in underground L.A. hiphop, Dr. EZ applies precise turn-table skills to a cutting edge vision for truly universal music, intelligently integrating elements of hiphop, world music, soul, funk, jazz, and reggae into his trademark sound and production.
Alex King Harris (Rara Avis)
Known in the music world as Rara Avis (n. latin for Rare Bird), Alex King-Harris is a dedicated master of his craft with over 20 years experience in multi-instrumental live performance and music production with a core focus on where the electronic underground, yoga and ecstatic dance movements collide. He is also CEO and Co-Founder of YogiTunes.com, a world wide digital streaming and download music service that focuses on delivering top quality soundtracks for yoga and wellness activities.
Rara (as he is affectionately known) contributed many years of writing and performing with three well known and loved collaborative projects, Desert Dwellers, Shamans Dream and Liquid Bloom. While his solo work can be found on Six Degrees Records.
He delivers musical performances that are a mixture of guitar, vocals, flute, didgeridoo and dj techniques that combine pre-produced original studio music with live electronic elements to create a truly original, shamanic, heart felt transmission of music for embodiment. Styles range across a multitude of genres including Ambient, Downtempo, World groove, African, Middle Eastern, East Indian, Tribal, Funk, House, and Hip Hop. Whether it be in a yoga class, on an ecstatic dance floor or at a festival – Rara’s sounds are guaranteed to take you on a journey of blissful re-entry into the soul. YogiYunes.com
SYF will also be bringing back Ashana – one of the premiere healing music artists and New Age vocalists of our time. Ashana’s original sound is the forefront of an entirely new genre of healing music. Weaving together soaring, angelic vocals and the celestial sound of crystal singing bowls, Ashana is not to be missed!
DTO composes, performs, and teaches piano and electronic music for yoga, weddings, and inspirational events to heal and awaken. His songs combine him playing piano, digital music production, collaborations with several vocalists, and powerfully moving sanskrit mantra to further the awakening and expansion through their sacred sounds. He is part of a powerful crew of musicians known as Buddha Music Group who together all contribute to “raising the vibration of the planet through art and music.” Dave is a powerful vessel for changing lives, uplifting and awakening souls, and bringing ones closer to their healthiest, best self. Be sure to find him on the SYF schedule! www.dtomusic.com
DJ HyFi, nomadic DJ fusing fresh beats with vinyasa, will also be joining SYF this year! DJ Hyfi is a pioneer in the fusion of yoga and electronic music, performing live DJ sets for workshops, festivals, and events across the nation and internationally. DJ HyFi comes to SYF through Kate Swarm and Gordon Ogden. Look for him on the schedule!
Headlining the kirtan artists this year will be Mike Cohen, from the Boulder CO area. A life-long musician with 15 years experience developing leaders, Mike has released three critically acclaimed albums. For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at festivals. Mikes will be offering kirtan and some great workshops at SYF 2018.
Mental Physix is a DJ/Producer Duo consisting of Crisanto Santa Ana (Santosha) & Dru Ali (Hyphen-Select) and known for defying musical genres. The third eye is the invisible brow chakra thought to provide perception into esoteric, mystical domains. If there was a third ear, it would hear sounds similar to Mental Physix…They are a much loved duo and returning to SYF yet again! Be sure to find them in the schedule!
Porangui, another Sedona resident, was reared among the three cultures of Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., and was steeped in various traditional forms of music, healing and ceremony since birth. Poranguí has over fifteen years of international work experience as an artist, musician, educator, filmmaker, consultant and therapist, utilizing the healing properties of sound and movement to foster our individual and collective well being. As a performing musician, Poranguí weaves a sonic tapestry of ancestral songs to awaken the soul. Experience indigenous and modern sounds from around the world, offered to move your body, mind, and spirit. He will be offering sound-healing, a guided dance journey and a body percussion workshop! www.porangui.com
Sanjali, is a kirtan wallah, sound-healer and breathwork practitioner living in Sedona, AZ. She founded Bhakti Tribe Sedona in 2010, bringing kirtan and devotional music to the Red Rocks of Sedona. She has just finished recording her first cd, Devaprana “An Offering To the Gods”. Inspired by divine love, she is deeply grateful. Look for her kirtan and other offerings in the SYF schedule.
Secret Sessions is a Sedona based creative collective that creates music and art driven gatherings throughout Arizona and at festivals around the United States. Their whole-hearted love for music, art and community is what has created an ever-expanding attendance base and dedicated following to their events which are held both indoors and outdoors throughout the year.
Sukha is Southern California based husband/wife team Sukhmani and Sukhman. They play their own blend of unique and modern “rock inspired” mantra music for classes, events and they were on the 2016 Grammy® Ballot for Best New Age Album of The Year. Keep an eye out for their kirtan and Kundalini Yoga class at SYF!
The Band of Now
The Band of Now from Phoenix, AZ offers heartfelt devotional music in both English and Sanskit. Prem Vidu, Band leader, Composer and Director gained his BFA in Percussion Performance & Jazz Studies, and life eventually led him to share his devotion through song and prayer. Guided to facilitate spirit-medicine journeys, he combines 10 years of leading ceremony with an 8 year practice of chanting. Check out their kirtan, yoga and sound-healing offerings!
Three Trees is Sedona’s very own Healer, Teacher, Musician, Artist and the creator of ‘SoulMonic™ Sound Healing’. He holds a passion for deepening our connection to the Sacred through music and understands the mysteries of sound and rhythm. Following this path for the last 17 years as a sound healing practitioner and teacher (as well as being a craftsman of drums, didgeridoos, and native flutes), gives Three Trees a unique and profound understanding of the relationship between sound, Rhythm, Intention and Sacred Connection. Check the schedule for his sound healing and also his toning class!
Valerie Romanoff loves playing the electric guitar, sitar/guitar and bass and creating music; she lives mostly in New York and part-time in Sedona, Arizona; She co-founded Starlight Orchestras in 1998 and has spent many years producing and performing live music for upscale events around the country. She has an affinity for the path of self-discovery and awakening, metaphysical pursuits, and a life of spiritual connection. These different aspects of her life are now merging together in a most exciting way. Through sacred music, Valerie offers tools for upliftment and joins the global movement in creating a more compassionate world. www.valerieromanoffmusic.com