Sedona Yoga Festival
Music @ SYF2020
From kirtan, sound-healing, sacred music artists and DJ’s, Sedona Yoga Festival 2020 has something for everyone! Chewck out full access to musical line-up with this year’s Kirtan Pass!
Wah! is a world renowned musician bringing healing through sound and the teachings of yoga.
“Less Stress More Wah!” is a bumper sticker her fans made. It sums up what people are feeling about Wah! and her music, books, and lectures. After 20 years touring and performing throughout the world, she wants to get at the root of helping people relax and destress.
First, the music. If you’ve been in a yoga class in the last five years, you have no doubt heard her music. The first female to bring kirtan music [call-and-response chanting performed in India’s devotional traditions] to the West in the 1990’s, Wah! has been playing bass guitar with her wildly joyful rock band at yoga festivals and centers around the U.S. since 1997. She has also consistently offered music and albums to the therapeutic market; her Savasana CDs have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.
A few years ago Wah! took time to sit with people – just sitting, and singing, toning, and leading simple meditative exercises. This, combined with many years leading yoga and creating relaxation music led to healing workshops, healing retreats and the Healing Concert, a multi-media concert using projections, slow moving laser lights and live music by Wah! to inspire world peace and peace within.
“Our lives are filled with distractions and disruptions that take us away from ourselves; we end up feeling stressed and disconnected.” Wah! feels a new kind of experience is necessary. “I want to improve how we live our lives on this planet and create events which inspire peace and cooperation.”
Her new book, Healing: A Vibrational Exchange introduces audiences to the concepts behind her music, focusing on ways you can create more space and healing in your life. Her lectures have been welcomed at Princeton University, Loyola Marymount University and at EXPOs and conferences around the country. Her workshops help people develop tools for self-healing and communication.
Girish is an internationally touring world music artist, teacher, and author. He began his music career as a jazz drummer, spent five years as a monk in a Hindu monastery, returned to music as a session tabla player on more than a hundred world music albums, and for the past twelve years has written, recorded, and performed his own original music and taught Sanskrit mantras and chanting in music festivals and yoga studios all over the world. His six albums have received critical acclaim from O, The Oprah Magazine, Yoga Journal, and The Guardian, among others. Girish’s book, Music and Mantras, continues Girish’s mission to share the art of meditation through music and mantra with the world.
Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
When most people see the words ‘yoga’ and ‘music’ in the same sentence they might think of wind chimes, crystal bowls, synth pads, and dolphin sounds. But for the last thirteen years New Orleans-based Sean Johnson And The Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) have been changing this perception– reinventing the yoga soundtrack and putting a New Orleans and American stamp on kirtan by merging ancient mantras, rock, funk, gospel and world grooves. Brought together in September 2005 initially as a creative, philanthropic touring music project in response to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, they have become one of the guiding voices of kirtan music in America- a genre of spiritual music that originates in the yoga traditions of India, and is being reinvented by a growing number of western artists. Their dynamic music has opened peoples’ ears and hearts within and beyond the yoga world.
Sean, Alvin, and Gwendolyn tour extensively as a trio and are a favorite headliner at yoga and music festivals nationwide.
Kavita Kat MacMillan
Kavita Kat Macmillan is a yoga instructor, musician & performer with a deep study of Indian Classical vocal music and love for Kirtan & chanting. Kat brings over 20 years of yogic teaching, sharing kirtan & study of nada (sound) yoga to her classes, and participates in Kirtan & yoga festivals and holds workshops and retreats Internationally.
Now living in Portland, Oregon, Kavita guides students in harmonium and chanting & sound yoga. Kavita’s ‘Open Your Heart ~ Open Your Voice’ workshops offer safe space for practitioners to let go of limiting beliefs around music and step into vocal practice as a path of healing.
Kavita’s involvement in yoga and music have given her the opportunity to play and share the stage regularly with great Kirtan musicians. She recently released her first studio recording, the single “Take My Hand” co produced by Ben Leinbach and featuring accompanying vocals from Jai Uttal, with the rest of the album due this May! Kavita is an open nurturing guide for those who are interested in exploring this path.
Sonic love travels in many dimensions and as it relates to music, Marques Wyatt is a seminal pioneer and is undoubtedly one of the most respected DJ’s in the United States and a West Coast legend. In addition to producing some of LA’s most legendary clubs/events, many associate him with “DEEP,” the illustrious event that he nurtured in his hometown of Los Angeles – thriving and continuing today for well over 21 years. He is one of the few DJ’s that have managed to cross pollinate audiences and merge at least two generations of music fans on his dance floors. Thus, he is in demand at clubs, as well as on the festival circuit alike, stateside and abroad. Marques’ unerring, knowledgeable selections are sure to stir up some emotions and known to turn huge dance floors into intimate rituals.
Crisanto Santa Ana
Crisanto Santa Ana is a DJ and Music Producer hailing out of Orange County, California. From DJing clubs to festivals and other conscious gatherings, Crisanto continues to spread good music and positive vibes. He innovatively spins at major music & yoga festivals such as Lightning In A Bottle, Shakti & Bhakti Festival, Lucidity Festival. Crisanto instantly transforms any party into a dancing marathon for all ages. His array of music selection is boundless, crossing musical genres as he intuitively reads what the crowd is craving for. Crisanto is currently working with world renowned music artist MC YOGI producing music in the studio and touring the globe.
DJ Dexx is a Sedona based DJ that creates environments where all walks of life can gather and enjoy good music together. His dedicated love for music and community is what has created an ever-expanding attendance base and dedicated following to his events which are held both indoors and outdoors throughout the year in Arizona.
Offerings at SYF2020
2. Happiness Can Be Learned – Breath and Mantra Meditation Experience with Live Music
3. Music for Ravi & Ana’s class
SUKHA is a mantra band and a musical yoga duo from Southern California. Comprised of Sukhmani, a KRI Level II Kundalini Yoga graduate, E-RYT, 500, and her husband yogi/guitarist, Sukhman. SUKHA
exists to open the doors for others to fall in love with the elevating effects and healing powers of mantra music, yoga & meditation. They produce & compose their own blend of unique and “folk & rock-inspired” mantra music blending their unique writing style, Sukhman’s expressive and masterful guitar and Sukhmani’s powerful and buttery voice. SUKHA music is weaved into Sukhmani’s Kundalini Yoga classes, trainings and workshops. They also regularly lead Kirtan and support other yoga teachers with mantra music for various yoga. SUKHA’s international and national tours often include an eclectic mix of world-class musicians. They are known for their high-vibration & heart centered delivery. Sukha’s dynamic full-length albums include their award winning debut mantra album (2016) RISE, “a concept album inspired by the root chakra”, and their (2018) critically acclaimed album CUSP “a concept album inspired by the sacral chakra”. Their 3rd album FIRE, is currently in pre-production with an expected release date in 2020.
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!
Aks & Lakshmi
Aks & Lakshmi are a composer and vocalist duo who specialize in Electronic Bhakti Music. They are pioneers in blending Raga influences with electronic and pop genres to create powerful spiritual experiences. In their live performances, EDM chants, bhajans and stotras (devotional song and hymn) interconnect with storytelling and visual media in a celebration of ecstatic devotion. Based in California, Aks & Lakshmi perform across North America and beyond. Audiences describe their music as “healing”, “meditative” and “transforming”.
The Band of Now
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! 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!
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
Rebecca Sabine is a master Violinist/meditation facilitator, currently presenting her Violin Sound Healings workshops at world-renowned spas, including the Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, the Well and Being Spas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, and many other spiritual centers, yoga studios and sanctuaries throughout the Western US. A life-long yogi, first-chair professional violinist, concert and recording artist featured on Pandora Internet Radio, Sabine plays for Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Valerie Sanjali Irons is an artist, sound alchemist and kirtan wallah living in Sedona, AZ. She founded Bhakti Tribe Sedona in 2010, bringing kirtan and devotional music to the Red Rocks of Sedona. She offers kirtan with her devotional music project “Sanjali Kirtan” and finished recording her first cd in 2016. As a sound alchemist, she is immersed in the world of sacred sound. She offers private sessions – “Soundwave Journeys” – using her Soundwave Bed™, as well as Shamanic Breathwork and group breathwork/sound healing journeys. She continues to paint, sculpt, and teach “Sacred Creativity” workshops. She is dedicated to divine healing through the arts. Inspired by divine love, she is deeply grateful.