Mission Statement…To produce and perform music that uplifts the spirit of the listener,while
allowing for the natural ebb and flow of light and dark..Melodies channeled from within,Rhythms from around the world and Beats and Bass that sway the body into ecstatic release….Keeping it smooth and Sexy while tapping into the unlimited realms of Adventure,Beauty and Elevated States of Consciousness….Intentional dance music that traverses the many forms of midtempo and downtempo, while keeping it FUN!
Craig Kohland / Shamans Dream
Craig Kohland – Shamans Dream’s founder – is a music, festival and retreat producer, multi-percussionist, performer and DJ that is driven by the healing rhythm of the drum and the creative expression of the sacred.”
Shaman’s Dream, Craig’s multi-faceted music collective, has been at the forefront of the yoga, festival and ecstatic dance music scene since 1995.
Craig’s other projects included being the co-producer of the Desert Dwellers projects –Waves, Flames, Roots and several other Downtempo projects, co-founder of Yogitunes – www.yogitunes.com – an online digital music store that features a huge selection of yoga inspired music & Co-Producer of Ecstatic Dance Retreats – www.ecstaticretreat.com.
As a percussionist, Craig has performed with Bluetech, Desert Dwellers, Kaminanda, David Starfire, FreQ Nasty, 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, Craig is performing and helping to produce/stage manage for many of the Transformational festivals and yoga/ecstatic dance communities all over the world. Some events include– Lightning in a Bottle (running the temple of Consciousness Stage), Symbiosis, Sonic Bloom, Beloved (Stage manager & Performer), Enchanted Forest (Stage manager & Performer), Lucidity, Wanderlust, Oregon Country Fair, Hanuman, Bliss Camp, Tadasana, Mystic, Gaia, Hawaii Spirit Festival, Bhaktifest, Shaktifest, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Project Earth, Flow Festival, Prana Festival, Wakeup Festival, Earthdance, Harmony, Yoga Journal Conference, Midwest Yoga Conference, Hawaii Yoga Festival & Texas Yoga Conferences.
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.
Ryan is best known as co-creater and musical orchestrator for California based “YUM Sessions”. YUM Sessions started as the practice of combining live improvisational music with ecstatic dance and contact improv over 8 years ago touring up and down the west coast. A signature piece of the experience became the addition of traveling with their own dance floor, simply known as the FLOOR… a modular padded dance space that opens up an entirely new dimension for conscious movement practices. Since the formation of YUM Sessions and the FLOOR Ryan has dedicated his musical practices to venues and events that focus more on the healing qualities of sound and movement.
Ryan combines musical influences from around the world blending melodies and soundscapes from flamenco and classical to gypsy jazz and world beat creating sonic textures that breathe and inspire.
Take an eclectic music journey with Jesse Hendricks that will open up creative space in your mind, body and soul.
Timeless Gypsy explores solo looping of a variety of instruments including: steel drums, banjo, flutes, saxophone, kalimba, keyboards and a wide range of percussion . This music is perfect for contact dance, yoga, travels and more. The combination of tasty drum and bass grooves blended with heart-opening melodies gives the listener a foundation with the space to journey and explore their own soul song simultaneously.
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.
CUTTaRUGG fancies the bee’s knees melodies from across the silver seas. Keen renditions of toe-tapping numbers ensure all gents and dolls hustle their chassis. All schools of sound are fair game in this new-fangled escapade for the cochlea. Even palookas and pikers are putting on the Ritz when the hotsy totsy ditties hit the victrola. Strap on your rug cutters and slap on a gigglemug! Let’s sojourn in hodgepodge nostalgia and cut a rug to butter up the bacon.
CUTTaRUGG shares his love of the classics from many nations and generations. The funkiest remixes of your favorite hits ensure the dancefloor gets hot and sweaty. Any and all genres may arise during this electronically enhanced audible adventure. Even below average boxers and cowards find themselves stylish when these grooves rumble the Funktion-One subs. Put on your dancing shoes and a big smile and let’s journey together through the “new oldies” while we dance ourselves silly.