Featured Musicians at SYF2020
Music at SYF2020
From kirtan, sound-healing, sacred music artists and DJ’s, Sedona Yoga Festival 2020 has something for everyone!
Featured Musicians at SYF2020
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 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
Secret Sessions is a Sedona based creative collective that creates environments where all walks of life can gather and enjoy good music together. Their dedicated 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 in Arizona and at events and festivals across the United States. They believe art plays a major role in human connectivity, and they offer their art in hopes to help make their community better for us all.
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!