Featured Musicians at SYF2019
Music at SYF2019
From kirtan, sound-healing, sacred music artists and DJ’s, Sedona Yoga Festival 2019 has something for everyone!
Featured Musicians at SYF2019
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. DJDrez.com
The Band of NowThe 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!
Johanna BeekmanJohanna Beekman (RYT-500) is a multi-genre recording artist, sacred songstress, yoga teacher, and kirtan artist. She is loved for her rich, soulful voice, radiant spirit, and evocative, inspiring songs. Johanna’s devotional music springs from her roots in gospel, blue-eyed soul, mantra and world music.
Johanna has studied chanting with kirtan artists such as Gina Sala, Shantala, Jai Uttal, Krishna Das and Ram Dass; voice with renowned improvisational jazz singer Rhiannon and Grammy award-winning gospel artist Isaiah Jones Jr.; and songwriting with the mother of women’s music Chris Williamson. She holds a BS degree in Women’s Studies with a focus in improvisational and musical theater and is also an advanced registered yoga teacher, with specialties in therapeutic, gentle, restorative, yin, and meditation.
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.
Davin Youngs is a Chicago based singer, teacher and sound guide, leading individuals and groups into elevated sonic experiences. He uses improvised singing and intentional sound in performance, workshops and private sessions to hold space for change. He has brought improvised singing and sound experiences to companies and organizations like Coca-Cola, Google and Chicago Public Schools and has worked in the private voice studio with prominent artists hip-hop, punk and gospel. Davin is a Reiki level 2 practitioner and the music director at Grace Chicago Church.
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
The daughter of a jazz pianist, Marti Nikko spent her childhood in nightclubs, absorbing the art and wisdom of many great musicians. Enthralled by what she heard, she began to sing and perform her own music, infusing her innate grasp of jazz and soul into a warm, natural voice.
In addition to Marti’s talents as a singer, songwriter and performer, she teaches yoga and pilates around the world and in Los Angeles where she and DJ Drez live and love their 14-year-old son and 1-year-old baby girl.
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.
The Band of Now is more an idea than a group. Our focus is on sharing our gifts, Kirtan & Raja Yoga, with all who would receive them. And to recognize fully our equal-ness in our togetherness, and the power of co-creating when our focus is in the heart! Together we create as One, receive as One, pray as One, and sing as one. Separate as One was the point so we could experience “Together”.
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.
Revital is an internationally acclaimed performer and teacher of Classical Indian Dance. She is the founder of Shakti Bhakti School of Dance, author of Mudras of India Book and Mudras of Indian Dance Card Deck, and creator of the instructional DVDs: Temple Goddess Workout, Odissi Dance Foundations, and Odissi Dance Choreography. She studied in Odisha, India with some of the most eminent dance gurus on the subcontinent. Revital draws her inspiration from the elements of nature, the wisdom of her own body, and the rich spiritual heritage of India.
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.
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.
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!
Sukhmani is an advanced level kundalini yoga teacher, teacher trainer, mantra artist and sound healer and has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Her passion grew exponentially when she began practicing Kundalini Yoga. Being an accomplished singer and songwriter who studied at Berklee College of Music, she was hooked by the rhythms and energy of the postures, music, and mantras used in classes. As she went deeper into the practice, she realized that Kundalini Yoga can bring deep transformation and sharing the teachings with others seemed like the natural thing to do.
The Conscious Groove
The Conscious Groove is a band of harmonious gypsies that spread Loving vibrations through sound, ancient mysticism, rituals, and prayers for individual and global healing. Vibrating positive lyrics and mantra from many different traditions and belief systems, The Conscious Groove serves to spread the frequency of love and devotion, helping listeners connect to the Creative Life Force that lives within the heart. Move and groove to fun and uplifting rhythms, while chanting as One with commUNITY and raising your frequency to new heights with The Conscious Groove!
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 RomanoffValerie Romanoff is a musician, composer, and producer of music to uplift the spirit. Valerie travels around the globe creating musical environments and raising awareness of using music as a tool for healing. Her study of mind body spirit psychotherapy set her on a lifelong journey of self discovery. Valerie infuses her music with the vibration of love and upliftment. ” Crossing genres is one of Valerie’s specialties, harnessing the power of music and sound as tools of transformation. Valerie’s signatures are her positive and vibrant onstage presence, her compelling electric guitar playing, and her skill in crafting experiences for audiences.