MC YOGI is a world renowned performing artists. From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming one of the most well known and beloved yogis in America, MC YOGI is on a mission to bring good music and good energy into the world.
His latest collaboration, RITUAL MYSTICAL (feat East Forest), made history by going #1 on iTunes Electronic charts — Aug. 2016. In 2015, his ONLY LOVE IS REAL album debuted #12 Billboard Heatseekers + #24 iTunes Hiphop — featuring guest performances from Matisyahu and Trevor Hall. MC YOGI is on tour throughout 2016, which includes headlining all Wanderlust Festivals & 108 events—teaching and performing to over 200,000. To date he and his wife Amanda Giacomini (founder of the 10,000 Buddhas Project) have taught yoga and performed to over half a million people world wide.
Recently, MC YOGI signed with HarperOne to release his first book “Spiritual Graffiti” (April 2017).
Adam Bauer travels the globe sharing the heart-expanding beauty of Kirtan. From Bhakti Fest and Wanderlust to more intimate festivals, ashrams and yoga studios, Adam enchants and inspires listeners with his deep, soulful presence wherever he goes. Adam was blessed to spend many years playing bass in support of sacred chant pioneer Krishna Das, and later with Bhakti Yoga legend Shyamdas, both of whom nourished his love of sacred sound and the yoga of devotion. His critically-acclaimed first solo record, Shyam Lila, debuted on Mantralogy Records in 2014. His new album Wonderville is set for release on September 22.
featuring the Ahimsa wallahs
Ajeet Kaur is a fresh new presence in the world of sacred chant. Growing up in a musical and spiritual home, her discovery of sacred music and yoga practice to heal began at a young age. Inspired by her practice of yoga, music and healing, Ajeet has released three albums of sacred music. Her most recent album Darshan was celebrated as #1 on the iTunes world music chart, and her music has been featuring on the Billboard Top 10 for new age music, reaching many hearts and bringing with it a sense of healing and peace.
KIRTAN SOUL REVIVAL
Kirtan Soul Revival (KSR) is New York City’s funkiest devotional mantra music experience. Since 2011 they have been fusing traditional Sanskrit mantras, original music, and music from around the world to create a unique, dynamic sound that merges guitar-driven funk, rock, gospel, rhythm and blues, world grooves, and chants. Soul-stirring vocals and three part harmony add fullness and depth to their sound. Calia Marshall, Helen Styring Tocci, and Todd Keller with drummer Terrence Pompey, are all longtime yoga practitioners and musicians. They have created a singular sound in the growing genre of mantra music. KSR brings the connecting power of harmony and a fusion of Eastern and Western sounds to a public craving more positivity, love and community in its music and life.
AYA and TYLER
Aya and Tyler fuse elements of jazz, R&B, soul, and electronica in a multilayered soundscape for meditation, yoga asana, and ecstatic dance. Aya has collaborated with Blue Six, Sade, and Lenny Kravitz. Tyler is co-founder of Didge Project and has performed at Wanderlust Festivals.
Aya and Tyler released their first album "Oshuns of Love" in 2015 which was recorded live in collaboration with Elena Brower, Kevin Courtney, Tara Glazier and Eric Stoneberg.
Strong advocates of the transformational power of sound, Aya and Tyler have created Sing.Yoga, a program that empowers individuals to connect with their voice and use it for self expression and healing.
Aya and Tyler host the weekly event Friday Night Sacred Soundbath Meditation at ISHTA Yoga NYC.
Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das' business manager and assistant, often touring with him playing cymbals and singing. In 2007, she recorded the track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das' CD "Flow of Grace " and in January 2013, she released her debut album, "Antarayaami - Knower of All Hearts". Nina regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa, and sings for yoga classes in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and beyond.
Sol Rising's original soundscapes evoke feelings of bliss throughout an eclectic mix of electronic music and hip-hop.
Born in Vancouver BC, Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired him on the spiritual path he walks today. As a teenager, he became a hip hop fanatic.
His rooted interest in hip hop led him to learning the art of scratching — using turntables as musical instruments. Sol Rising soon became one of America’s top scratch DJs, winning second place at the DMC, the world’s most prestigious DJ competition.
After graduating in the top 5% of his accounting class at University of Iowa, he realized accounting was not his path. A journey to India illuminated his true calling — to light up people’s awareness of their true nature through music. This lead him to study audio engineering and production at Pyramind Studios in San Francisco and produce his first album, "I AM Soul."
Now a successful Producer/DJ, with over 5 albums released, Sol Rising plays major events across the United States, including Wanderlust Yoga Festival, Burning Man, Symbiosis and Lightning in a Bottle. He has opened for major acts such as Steel Pulse, and produced official remixes for artists including Jai Uttal, Wildlight, Mochipet, David Starfire, Delhi 2 Dublin, Kirtaniyas, and more. He has also joined forces with Yoga powerhouse MC Yogi and has a fervent following in the global Ecstatic Dance scene. Sol Rising has been featured in major media outlets including the Yoga Journal, Washington Post, and his music has been enjoyed by over one million viewers in a viral YouTube video.
Lana is a kirtan artist and yoga teacher based in Toronto, Canada. Lana began her study of Sanskrit and sound in 2004. Inspired by Marla Meenakshi Joy of Swaha, her first kirtan with Bhagavan Das, years of practice at Jivamukti Toronto, and the many traveling artists who shared their music, she began to lead kirtan throughout Canada.
She has been teaching Jivamukti and Yin Yoga since 2009, and leads annual retreats.
Lana's music has been described as 'a sweet and sultry dose of heart opening mantra music.' Her first album, Invocation, was released in 2013, and her second, Reverence, in spring of 2017. She has had the opportunity to sing and play with Brenda McMorrow, Dave Stringer, David Newman, Girish, Adam Bauer, Mike Cohen, Narada Wise, and many other traveling kirtanwallahs. When not chanting her heart out, Lana works as an actor in Canadian theatre in both musical and classical productions.
Radharani fell in love with kirtan 14 years ago, and is now emerging as a performer and teacher of sacred music. Through the years, she has shared a stage with many beloved musician friends, including Sri Kirtan, Kritan Rabbi, Prema Hara, Gina Sala and Lee Mirabai Harrington, and also Krishna Das as a member of the a cappella group Prana.
Radharani's debut album "Just One Drop" received acclaim around the globe, reviewed in several of Yoga Journal's partner magazines worldwide. The unique sound has been called "one of exceptional purity, a mirror of the crystalline voice of the artist." - Yoga Magazine, France
Radharani has spent many years traversing the Himalayas, learning from wise teachers, and studying the ancient science of sound through Indian music. She loves helping people open to new horizons through the process of discovering their authentic voice in private lessons and group workshops. She also guides pilgrimages to her favorite places in India.
Johanna Beekman is a multi-genre recording artist, songstress, and kirtan leader who is loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her evocative, inspiring songs and devotional chants that tap deep into the collective soul. She is equally comfortable performing sacred kirtan music for yoga festivals and classes, rhythmic world-beat grooves for dancers, and soulful ballads for concert audiences. Johanna’s music is central to movement-meditation-based RhythmAsana workshops and her own unique Lullaby Yoga classes.
Vincent Boyce(BLQLAB) is an innovative and creative guitarist who creates expansive, lush, and socially rich ambient compositions to support/enhance meditation and yoga sessions. He produces his music under the name blqlab [‘blak-lab’].
A New Jersey native, Vincent spent his early adult years in Santa Cruz, CA., studying Art/Design and surfing, while developing a deep connection between yoga, meditation, nature and music.
Upon relocating home to New Jersey, he’s forged these interests into a terrifically rewarding form of self-expression, playing ambient guitar in support of yoga/meditation sessions. Over the last several years he has slowly shared this passion with a broader audience to great reception. His network has since grown, and he is currently very active in collaborating with many talented, passionate, and visionary members of the yoga/meditation community.
Much of Vincent’s work is inspired by “spacious minimalism”, where the tonal qualities of notes played offer the listener an affordance of relaxation and exploration, reflection and focus. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, and NYU, music, composition and sound design were integral components of his Undergraduate and Master degree curriculum.
He constantly challenges himself to play live ambient compositions that are simultaneously very apparent as well as nearly invisible, resonating to those that “tune-in”, and unnoticeable to those that do not. He characterizes this as a magical journey, creating something that is both "there" and "not there" at the same time. He thrives in live studio settings, where his playing is informed/transformed by the energy and activity present in the room.
Transcend // [ Anjali Project, YOUniverSOUL Tribe-USA]
John Tran aka Transcend is a Music maker, Love Bomber, DJ, Yogi, Sound traveler, Ecstatic Dancer & a Lover of all beings. He began his DJ journey in 1997 playing at various events & festivals across North America in the electronic music scene. His recent love for Yoga was the catalyst that evolved his passion for music towards his highest purpose: to awaken the spirit of humanity through music & movement. His style of DJing with the UFOdrum will Transcend your experience to a Cosmic bliss!
Johnny Scifo, RYT-500, has been a devoted yogi for over 10 years. Founder of THAT.YOGA, his musicianship and passion for yoga create powerful, mystical experiences for his students. A mixture of modern science, ancient wisdom, and raw love, Johnny is a living example of the power of yoga for positive change and the ability to fulfill one’s dreams and dharma.
A lifelong musician, Johnny released an album of meditation music entitled Meditation EP in April 2016. Inspiring thousands of meditations worldwide, his 10-minute instrumental meditation Saturn received a 4.5 star rating on the meditation app Insight Timer; and the album has been featured as a teacher’s resource on Elena Brower’s TEACH.YOGA.
Johnny currently teaches workshops and immersions in New Jersey and New York, as well as classes at Ramapo College and Yoga Synthesis in New Jersey.
Performers and schedule subject to change without warning.