Sahuna Love (aka Craig Kohland) – is a music, festival and retreat producer, multi-percussionist, performer and DJ that is driven by the healing power of the drum and the creative expression of the sacred. Sahuna is influenced and inspired by his world travels and studies of tribal cultures. He has been at the forefront of the yoga, festival and ecstatic dance music scene since 1995.
As the founder of Shamans Dream, Sahuna has directed the many expressions and collaborations of this ever-evolving music project. Shamans Dream produces and performs music as a prayer for healing, transformation, love, and happiness for all beings. Music and dance are the medicine of every album and live performance, each with a specific theme and intention and designed to be delivered as a seamless shamanic healing journey.
Besides performing as Shamans Dream, Sahuna currently plays as a percussionist for Desert Dwellers Live & Liquid Bloom Live. Sahuna’s other projects have included being the co-producer of several Desert Dwellers albums, co-founder of Yogitunes – www.yogitunes.com (an online digital music store that features a huge selection of yoga inspired music), and Co-Producer of the Hawaii Ecstatic Dance Retreats – www.ecstaticretreat.com.
Sahuna has also played percussion for: Bluetech, Desert Dwellers, Liquid Bloom, Kaminanda, David Starfire, Yaima, FreQ Nasty, Ayla Nereo, Jason Hann (EOTO), Chris Berry, Dub Kirtan Allstars, Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Dave Stringer, C.C. White, Donna De Lory, Suzanne Sterling, Tina Malia, Jaya Lakshmi, Michael Kang (String Cheese) and many others.
Presently, Sahuna is performing and involved with many of the transformational festivals and yoga/ecstatic dance communities all over the world, some events include– Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, Sonic Bloom, Beloved, Enchanted Forest, Lucidity, Envision, Imagine, Wanderlust, Blessed Coast, Bali Spirit Festival, New Earth Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Bhaktifest, Shaktifest, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Project Earth & Flow Festival Hawaii.
Ryan Herr has been weaving his mix of live and electronic music for festivals, events, ecstatic dances, and retreats throughout the world for nearly 20 years. His sets are loved for his synthesis of original and live elements and his uniquely designed blend of genres and cultures, both contemporary and classic, mixed with on-the-spot compositions and original remixes. Many have come to know his music through his collaborations and performances with The Polish Ambassador, Wildlight and Ayla Nereo. Ryan has become a featured artist/producer on many of their album releases and has produced several successful remixes for TPA’s label, Jumpsuit Records. He also recently produced the Wildlight – The Tide (Acoustic) album as well as co-produced Ayla Nereo’s “The Code of the Flowers”. He has a diverse and dynamic background of musical genres and styles and has been creating music for yoga, dance, film and meditation throughout his career. He has performed at many major festivals around the country, including Lightning in a Bottle, Hulaween, Symbiosis, Beloved, Lucidity, Arise, Imagine, and Phases of the Moon. He focuses much of his attention on the medicinal aspects of music and dance, and always incorporates a healthy dose of improvisation into his live sets.
Reared among the three cultures of Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., Poranguí was steeped in various traditional forms of music, healing and ceremony since birth. Drawing from his cross-cultural background and ethnomusicology training at Duke University, Poranguí has over twenty 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 live musician, world soul artist and one-man orchestra Poranguí weaves ancestral songs and indigenous rhythms from around the globe. Creating his performances from scratch using looping technology, Poranguí’s live grooves range from meditative to dance party, moving the body, lifting the spirit, and transcending the divide between performer and audience. An evening with Poranguí might take you on a journey from deep, earthy didgeridoo grooves to high-vibe ecstatic Brazilian beats to blissful African kalimba lullabies. Serenades and storytelling to beat boxing and booty shaking: Together, these make an unforgettable experience.
His World Soul concerts have been hosted by The Chopra Institute, Agape International Spiritual Center, and SXSW Yoga. He has performed for Lightning in a Bottle, Sonic Bloom, Sedona Yoga Festival, and Illuminate Film Festival and collaborated with Rising Appalachia, Desert Dwellers, Climbing PoeTree, Shaman’s Dream, Liquid Bloom, Ayla Nereo, and many others.
In sound design and media production, Poranguí recently worked with director Mitch Schultz (“DMT: The Spirit Molecule”) and executive producer, Aubrey Marcus on “Ayahuasca”, a documentary set in the Amazon. The soundtrack to this film, released in 2016, is Poranguí’s debut solo album. Fall of 2017 will see a Remix album of Ayahuasca presented by Shaman’s Dream and released under Desert Trax label, as well as a Live solo album in the spring of 2018.
In his parallel practice as a therapeutic bodyworker providing individual sessions in private practice, Poranguí draws on his academic background in neuroscience, his family legacy in the healing arts, and his training as a licensed massage therapist. His “Myorhythmic Release” technique combines the healing properties of sound, movement, and breath, supporting clients from all backgrounds and health conditions in finding freedom from the limitations and suffering of old patterns and trauma.
Grammy award winner Chris Berry is an eclectic singer and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, and high-energy performer and teacher. From his humble beginning during Robert Mugabe’s regime in Zimbabwe, he has blasted his powerful Afro-infused sound around the World for over twenty years; rocking audiences from NYC’s Irving Plaza to sold out stadiums in South Africa and Sydney Australia’s famous Opera House. He has released over a dozen albums; scored the soundtrack for three films; and has been collaborating and performing with some of the World’s best performers like Eminem, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Senegalese Afro-Pop sensation Yousoou N’dour, Cuban Legends Los Munequitos de Mantanzas, Jazz artist Paul Winter, Jamaican rhythm and production duo Sly (Dunbar) and Robbie (Shakespeare), Fugee’s producer Handel Tucker, and many more.
Avani (Tyler Blank) is the coFounder of Ecstatic Dance in the Bay Area, and an Ecstatic Dance DJ wherever and whenever they arise. His journey into sound invites a deep engagement with Life; with our emotions, patterns, and tendencies; and encourages exploration into unique ways we may express the longing of our hidden selves. Ecstatic Dance is a time to uncover, understand, and untie the past we have packed away, celebrating a free flow of inspired movement, and a new way of being in accordance with the Brilliance of this ever evolving Now Moment! Expect music both fresh and ancient, organic and electronic, sensations dark and light, masculine and feminine, with all tempos and genres as fair game, from sexy to silly, serene to chaotic, robotic to funkadelic… The Music plays as a Guide, to the dancing experience of our own inner landscape. May this Movement be Medicine. With many Blessings on the Journey…
You can hear Avani’s previous sets at: www.SoundCloud.com/mrblank
Prepare for a true Ecstatic Journey! Oliver’s passion for creating soulful dance sets has made him a favorite of the Big Island ecstatic dance community for 7 years. His unique style provides the grace that moves dancers on all levels from lower chakra shaking rhythms to crown chakra chants. Drawing from exotic rhythms, legendary anthems, and beautiful analog instrumentals, his music will lift, turn on, and inspire.
Lifetime musician, DJ, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, record producer, music-blogger, botanical beverage entrepreneur and ravenous music devourer, Rama moved to California to escape a career in rock music. While in grad school for Sustainable Business, Brandon began DJ’ing to afford life in San Francisco (eg: parking tickets, rent & costumes) and got hooked. Amidst a blossoming career serving his alcohol-free social-drinks at Ecstatic Dance in Oakland, Rama found his art. Applying his insatiable pursuit of new music to a purpose: sharing his favorite musical finds with his fellow dancers in an inspiring, thematic flow.
Rama has performed his engaging blends at Lightning in a Bottle and Enchanted Forest as well as Ecstatic Dances around California. Though his career highlight is tag-team DJ’ing with MC Hammer at the 2012 AirBnB holiday party.
Growing up composing music from punk rock & metal to ambient & acoustic, Rama has broad musical enjoyment. DJ’ing corporate events & weddings widdled away his rock-music-snobbery and expanded his appreciation for many new genres. With these influences combined, he fell in love with electronic music, pop classics and his penchant, remixes of the two.
Rama coined the term “NuNostalgia” to illustrate his newfound obsession with remixed classics. Renditions of songs we recall, love or even despise, reimagined with the immense sonic expansiveness of our exciting electronic age. In Rama’s mind, “you can’t beat a classic, but you can certainly breathe new life into one from time to time.”