Gratifly- The Heart Collection

Tribal Council is excited and humbled; to be invited to be a part of Gratifly Music and Arts Festival. Gratifly is the first festival of it’s kind in the South East. Promoting intelligent and compassionate music; as well as many workshops, yoga, healing, and visionary art! This festival is going to be very special and intimate community gathering. Focused on bringing this light family together in celebration of love, life, and creativity. With that in mind Gratifly asked a few of the artists performing at the festival in late July; to send their most heart centered song. This collection is an inspiring plethora of artists sharing a similar message.

Gratifly- The Heart Collection Volume 1

Gratifly- The Heart Collection Volume 1

Every song in The Heart Compilation has it’s own distinct sound. Each one is worth taking a moment to listen. It is extremely meditative, to listen to some truly intentional music during your day. The Desert Dwellers, Random Rab, Drumspyder, Akara, and Numatik all were kind enough to give the collection previously unreleased material! Dune’s Lullaby by Random Rab, was written for his son. Through sound, Rab perfectly captures the feeling of child curiosity. Akara’s song, The Sky Dancer; features their quintessential sound. This track features lush instrumentation with beautiful vocals, layered on top of electronic beats. Femke has a hauntingly beautiful quality to her voice, and it really shines through in this song.

Earthcry at Rootwire

Earthcry at Rootwire

Every time I have seen Earthcry (Anthony Thogmartin’s side project) his set has featured binaural beats mixed electronic dance beats. Barreling Towards the Galactic Equator is a very different feel from all the other Earthcry material I have heard. This song is delightfully spacey; but also has this lovely middle eastern feel. This track is one of my favorites off this compilation. Rising Appalachia and The Human Experience recently released an album called Soul Visions. One of the songs, SUNU, was given to Gratifly’s compilation. This song comes from the heart. Masterfully sung and played, David Block takes this earthy song and really adds some flavor. While I would love to talk in detail about every song on this album, the last track I will mention is hOMe Bass by itom Lab. This song is the perfect balance between, galactic techno and electronic dance music. The result is this funky song, with fun sounds that keep you moving throughout!

If you are interested in attending Gratifly, this album introduction to some of the artists on the lineup. Please support Gratifly and our community by taking a listen to The Heart Collection Volume 1. We can not wait to see you at Gratifly!

Council Talk: LEAF Spring 2013

Homies vibin' out to the legendary Steel Pulse to close out a magical LEAF weekend

Homies vibin’ out to the legendary Steel Pulse to close out a magical LEAF weekend

The spring of 2013 is blossoming and led the Tribal Council to our very first Lake Eden Arts Festival! (LEAF) May 9-12th hosted the 36th bi-annual gathering at the tried & true grounds of Camp Rockmont /Lake Eden outside of Asheville, NC. It was an honor to participate at a festival which structures itself differently than many gatherings these days. LEAF welcomes the whole family, with a focus on a worldwide diversity of art and educational programs.

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Talavya, high-energy Indian percussion that fostered some neural connections between this traditional music & the EDM we so often play

A night at LEAF might find one dancing to African Tribal Fusion, passing through an intimate sharing of poetry, hours of contra dance and running through the woods to an all-night drum circle. The result is a unique and uplifting experience that emphasizes global connection and the exchange of information and loving experiences that serves all peoples in all cultures . If youʼre looking to take your parents and siblings to their first festy, this might be the one!

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Dima Bear and Sir Summit sharing some thai massage

Tribal Council offered our dome as a community space in the Healing Arts area. We served tea, held space, cuddled, massaged and shared in the joy of the Geodesic communion, while yoga classes and workshops took place around us all day. The sweet blend of a gorgeous festival site and the ample opportunities to sing, dance, learn and play amazed us throughout the weekend, and left us all feeling super grateful to participate and serve at LEAF.

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Cheer Bear serving up tea to all the lovelies in the cozy dome home

All in all, the weekend felt like a throw-back to the best of summer camp, integrated with a globally cultured experience that would be hard to find anywhere else.

One of Tribal Council’s heroes, Buckminster Fuller, consistently cropped-up over weekend, being that our Geodesic dome was set up only yards away from where Bucky pioneered his first dome setup while he was teaching at Black Mountain College on the current Lake Eden site.  Stay posted for possibility of the Council connecting with Fuller’s work and philosophies at the upcoming fall LEAF.

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The consistently impressive & ever-evolving myriad of offerings we at TC are honored to support & work with

As Bucky once said: “There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all of humanity and doing what youre doing well.” Thank you all for supporting your Council and many blessings to everyone.

- WilSun

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Round 2: Kinnection Reflections

Whoa – the seriously swirling energies of 2013 have been keeping the TC labs consistently lively. We’re here.now taking a moment to ground after another installment of the Kinnection Series.

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This installment followed our Kinnection model in its offerings as we brought in three more world-class acts for three nights of heart-opening abun-dance parties. Desert Dwellers, The Human Experience, and Aligning Minds were the master-full minds blending & serving up the delicious beats this time around. Set after set, night after night, we were blown away. This ancient language of music is so powerful & beautiful; we are constantly inspired, empowered, and humbled all at once, by the infinitude of ways it is being tapped into & harnessed.

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Once again, TC power-teamed up with Vision Lab and the Infusion Tea Lounge for full-spectrum provisions to ensure that we were taken care of with soul-nourishing provisions from the Infusion Lounge warming our bellies and the Vision Lab providing pineal-expanding delights stretched on canvas. Their art gallery is constantly changing and updated with the newest pieces from the world’s leading visionary artists. Ceremony, and celebration, in a myriad of forms, to meet you wherever you are at in each moment. We set the space to meet everyone’s needs – if the day of the event comes and you aren’t feeling peak energy, or perhaps you are looking for conversation with new friends but don’t feel like yelling on the dance floor (and neither do the people dancing around you!) the tea lounge is holding space for you.

Speaking of ceremony… This installment we were graced with the ritual offerings of Dakini Puja, an Asheville-based moving prayer group. We at TC are honored to hold the space for so many individuals’ unique expressions of Life. The vision of the Kinnection Series, and of Tribal Council as a collective, is to encourage the blossoming of each of us in a way that serves ourSelves and the world. We vocalize this intention and send out the invitation to any & all, to share your visions & gifts with us as you see they/you can serve. For example, it was after our first Kinnection event that Dakini Puja reached out to us with their offerings- we all have gifts to share & receive; often all it takes is making that known.

Dakini Puja Moving Prayer at Desert Dwellers Kinnection AVL from Tribal Council on Vimeo.

In Athens, Kyle and Nelson facilitated an open dialogue on the Yamas & Niyamas, the yogic principles. David of The Human Experience then surprised us with a sneak peek into his latest project, Tha Cat’s Pajamas! Stay tuned for this one. We were also able to try out some asana yoga this round, which was met with great reception – yet another way we can meet the needs of the individual and the collective simultaneously, growing ever closer & stronger together. There are so many forms of movement to explore in this giant playground we are all on. (Not to mention The Human Experience treating us to downtempo sets for this practice all three nights.) Once again, all three nights and all three cities had something special to give & receive. We are loving the growth – in the strength and comeUnity of the tribe, “old” & “new” alike (though really we’re all old friends, just dancing into this remembrance together).

We continue to learn so much on the back-end through these installments (like how crucial coconut water and kombucha are!), and the process is getting smoother and grander with each event. As all-ways, this is an open invitation to stay kinnected – our next installment is on the horizon, and we need you to make the magic at the beginning of May.

And don’t forget to make & take that magic with you in each moment, out into the world.

In Love & Gratitude,
TC

Desert Dwellers and the Kinnection Series

Tribal Council is excited and honored to welcome the Desert Dwellers to our Kinnection series. Supported by The Human Experience and Aligning Minds, these shows are sure to excite ones’ senses. The Kinnection series not only focuses on conscious music, but we offer yoga, workshops, and a tea lounge all to build community and support creativity. Please feel free to read more about our intentions with the Kinnection Series here.

Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe

Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe

Composed of the DJs Amani Friend, Treavor Moontribe, and Rara Avis; the Desert Dwellers immerse you in a vibrant, ethnic soundscape. Pioneers and an integral part in the growth of this genre; sacred bass music, or as I like to call it “temple-step.” This genre fuses down-tempo yoga flow with electronic bass beats to make this wonderful ethno-techno sound. Weaving ancient sounds with modern technology the Desert Dwellers are not only pioneers of this genre, but are audio-shamans of our time. Interwoven with flute, sitar, tabala, and bell samples they also add inspirational poetry in some songs. Like the song Spinning out of Nothingness, “we come spinning out of nothingness, scattered like stardust.”

In the beginning this collaboration of musical minds was formed with help of the Moontribe. The Moontribe is a collective in Southern California: known for throwing underground dance gatherings deep in the deserts. We at Tribal Council take inspiration from the Moontribe and similar collectives; connecting community, co:creation, and conscious events.

Desert Dwellers enlightening us with their aural alchemy at Symbiosis 2012

Desert Dwellers enlightening us with their aural alchemy at Symbiosis 2012.

My first experience of The Desert Dwellers live was at Symbiosis 2012 at Pyramid Lake, NV. I was in no way ready for the experience I was about to embark upon. I remember being told by a music enthusiast friend that I NEEDED to see The Desert Dwellers no matter what time they were on. I scoured the schedule and to my slight dismay, found that they were on at seven AM! Dancing the night away seven quickly approached; while my friends disappeared to catch a couple hours of rest before it became blistering hot again. Sleepily I made my way towards the earth stage for the most eye-opening musical experience I have witnessed. Together the three DJs rocked my world infusing middle-eastern beats with deep bass heavy beats. A couple hundred beautiful souls and I welcomed the morning sunrise with dance and praise, swaying to the stunning ethereal music.

Needless to say I am hooked for life, this music is not only perfect for meditation/yoga but is also lively to dance to. To this day they are not only some of my favorite DJs; but a huge inspiration to me and my music. They taught me to strive for the sound and genre I feel in my heart; not to try and fit into a preconceived notion of what a classical singer should do. If you would like to hear the set from Symbiosis, you can find for free download on their souncloud, along with many other sets/mixes. Also please check their bandcamp out for other releases.

The Human Experience and the Kinnection Series

Tribal Council is very excited to welcome The Human Experience, David Block, to our Kinnection series! For those of you who are not sure what our Kinnection series is; Tribal Council does a three night run between Athens, Atlanta, and Ashville. Each night we offer yoga, workshops, a tea lounge, and a show provided by extremely conscious and talented musicians. We are focused on giving back to our commUNITY and supporting co:creation with this series. To read more about what the Kinnection series is about please follow this link. We are very excited for this upcoming run because David Block has been so kind as to not only play a downtempo set for our yoga class, but he is also offering a workshop about sound, melody, & music, as well as his normal set.

Recent release: The art of the way

Recent release: The art of the way

What excites me about The Human Experience is that he is a live electronic act; he plays instruments and composes live. Each album is a live soundscape in which he strives to portray the beauty of the human experience we call life. One of his more recent releases is The Art of the Way. The album starts with one of my favorite songs 11:11:11, it has this sultry dance feel while sharing the feeling of tranquility. More than we Know featuring Amae Love is probably the most famous song off this release. Amae Love has a powerful expressive voice that brings life to this track. Woven into this song is a simple guitar riff that adds depth and melody, and supports Ms. Love wonderfully. The last song I would like to touch upon is Ot Du Shi featuring Mindex. This tune incorporates ethereal vocals and lovely melody. The song about half way through blossoms into a harder crunchy electronic tune. I love the contrast between the two halves of the song and how masterfully he weaves them together to make this exquisite track. This album is free or by donation off bandcamp, please support this talented and exceptional musician. You can also enjoy music off his soundcloud and this link will bring you to his artist page.

Aligning Minds and the Kinnection series

Tribal Council is so excited to be hosting the second instillation of the kinnection series. This is a concert and workshop series that travels between Athens, Asheville, and Atlanta, promoting health and well-being amongst the community. We are more than happy to announce Aligning Minds, The Human Experience, and The Desert Dwellers are our artists for this upcoming run!

Aligning Minds newest release: My Heart is Love

Aligning Minds newest release: My Heart is Love

My Heart is Love is Aligning Minds’ Michael Folk and Daniel Merrill; newest album released on Gravitas Records. This album is beautiful, intelligent, and fun to dance to. The album begins with Streaming Live; with a dark and moody soundscape. The album quickly picks up, one of my favorite songs is A Noble Truth. I love the drum pad in this song, it is so sharp but keeps the song moving. Although the whole album is amazing, the last song I would like to touch upon is Bright Flames. I love that the song begins with ethereal vocals and is rather melancholy. Soon joined by the drum pad; the song develops more of a dance feel. The synth’s melody throughout helps bring the song together, and about halfway through they bring back the vocals. This whole album is put together very well, please listen to all of “My Heart is Love” here, also available for purchase.

We were very lucky to have Aligning Minds give Tribal Council an exclusive interview! We truly appreciate you taking some time out of your day to answer our questions! Thank you.

Laura Koznarek: What excites you about working with Tribal Council on their Kinnection series?
Aligning Minds: I’ve gotten to know the core Tribal Council crew through their presence and contributions at many festivals over the last year. I have nothing but love and good things to say about the people that make up Tribal Council, the work they do at festivals and in their event series. The community that they are building here in Asheville and abroad is by far one of my favorites in the area. Their hearts are in the right place and they have a fantastic vision that radiates throughout the work they do. I really resonate with the Kinnection series as it focuses on a broad spectrum experience, providing education through workshops earlier in the night then moving into meditation / yoga and finally into more movement oriented energy with a focus on music and visual stimulations. It’s a proper formula that I think more events and promoters should take note of. It’s very similar to what we strive to do with the X events that we help organize and throw, so I’m very excited to have Aligning Minds on board for this series!

LK: I see you have an east coast tour coming up! What are you looking forward to with your tour?
AM: We are just excited about getting back out on the road and sharing the music we have been working on. Excited that Matthias Sayour will be joining us on drums for specific dates, his contribution to our project is really expanding our realm of possibilities, so we’re excited to explore that on our travels. Very excited about this run with Desert Dwellers and The Human Experience, as well as the run with Papadosio. We will also be heading out to the West Coast in late April / early May, excited to reconnect with some of our musical family out there!

LK: How was putting together your most recent release? Any challenges? What came easily?
AM: Looking back on the process that went into creating “My Heart Is Love” it was a very natural progression. The whole concept and execution of it was really a working therapy in learning to allow things to become what they are meant to be. The tracks that we ended up including on it were written at various times from 2007-2012 so it’s really a snapshot of various points and states we were in throughout that time period. A lot of them were written and rewritten many times to get them to their current forms. We started choosing tracks to be included around November of 2011 and spent the next year fine tuning them, rewriting, getting the mixdowns right etc., to get them into their final forms. As with any album there were many challenges… I think once we figured out that we are our own biggest roadblock things fell into place quite naturally. I know we put an immense amount of work into each and every track and element on this album, but more than anything we worked harder at opening ourselves up to become a channel through which the music could flow. After that, it kind of finished itself. I think we learned a lot about how unrealistic our own expectations really are. We are both perfectionists when it comes to music and tend to be a little obsessive when it comes to calling something finished and letting it go, which is one of the reasons it took us so long to let go of this material and actually allow it to be released. We have a running joke about banishing tracks to the dark recesses of our hard drives when it’s not good enough. It may sound over the top to some, but this album really helped us get over that. For instance In the Wake of Forever was finished and in its current form over 4 years ago, since then it’s pretty much just sat on our hard drives. Almost like overprotective parents, the music we create becomes very personal and special to us, and sometimes it’s almost painful to share it as it truly bears pieces of our hearts that we don’t know how to communicate in any other way. So yeah, I think overall the album really embodies its name as it has taught us about loving things as they are, knowing when to relinquish control, and allowing the internal flow to the external.  Surrendering to this has allowed the true essence of the music to emerge and begin to radiate outward. One of my good friends once told me we can only go as fast as the music will allow, and I think that’s very true and has certainly held true in our experience with this release.

LK: How is working with Gravitas?
AM: Gravitas has been amazing, we feel very fortunate and honored to be working with them and have such a dedicated team behind us. One of the best things about it so far is the level of transparency that they give you as an artist.  It truly feels like we are all working together to make things happen -  they are there when you need them, but don’t try to interfere or make the music conform to any vision of their own. It’s been a breath of fresh air to say the least and we look forward to working with them as things progress. They just put out the new Goldrush album which I highly encourage checking out, he’s been one of my personal favorite artists for the last few years. It’s a beautiful thing to come together under one roof with people who inspire and encourage each other to move forward. Between Gravitas and Re:Evolution Media, we feel perfectly at home and excited about our team and affiliations.

LK: You constantly incorporate new musicians into the ensemble, how does that change your music?
AM: It helps keep things interesting. The people we incorporate are usually artists that happen to be in our lives and around us at the time. We’re constantly working on music and tend to surround ourselves with other musicians, instrumentalists, vocalists etc. It’s usually a pretty natural result of hanging out with another musician(s), playing around with an inspiring idea and vibing on it together, then recording their input or reaction.  Sometimes that will turn into a tune, simple as that… but alot of the time those recordings get re-interpreted and work their way into multiple ideas in the future.  After a while, there’s a resource built up of expressions, personalities and visions from all these people that have come into our lives and inspired us. More recently, endless possibilities and opportunities are opening up thanks to the addition of Matthias Sayour as the drummer and beat maestro for Aligning Minds. Matthias is one of the best drummers we’ve ever met, he really gets our music and knows when to go all out and when to just lay low and add flavor. We’ve worked with a few different drummers in the past and he is by far the most on point and honed in individual we’ve had the pleasure of working with, a true ancient beat shaman both on the kit and in his daily life.

LK: Who inspires you/your musical influences?
AM: We get asked this a lot and it becomes harder and harder to answer each time. Haha, alot of our influence honestly comes from everyday life, our sons/family, experiences, nature, books, conversation, music we find, film , the internet, etc. Living in such an abundant and beautiful world coupled with the amount of information, technology, art and music that is immediately available at our fingertips, it’s really hard to not be continually inspired these days, almost overwhelmingly so.

Musically, artists such as Leftfield, Orbital, Aphex Twin, Sasha, Tipper, Milosh, Polar, Prefuse 73, Boards of Canada, Telefon Tel Aviv, Ochre, Ulrich Schnauss, Hybrid, Shpongle etc. all played major roles early on. I could keep listing but you probably get the idea… we are just into anything that is ‘deep’ – explorative, melodic, ethereal, experimental or just plain weird. Currently it’s our friends and peers that are inspiring us the most musically, everyone on our agency @ Re:Evolution Media, our label mates at Gravitas, the artists we are fortunate enough to work with and share the stage with…That’s where we seem to be pulling the majority of our inspiration from these days.

LK: How do you find yourselves working into this new transformational festival scene?
AM: I think it’s a pretty natural fit for us. It feels like the reality of the “scene” is finally merging with what we have always envisioned is possible. Life isn’t just about 1 thing – whether it be music, art, spirituality, etc. Life is a full spectrum experience and that’s how events should be too. We see these festivals and temporal societies as experiments in moving towards more permanent living communities and feel like we are personally learning how to share our gifts and talents with the collective whole, in hopes of creating a sustainable reality for ourselves, our families and our community. We are all in this together, and we’re in love with the fact that every year this becomes more and more prevalent at the events we attend and play. I think we have a lot to contribute to the movement and I also think we have a lot to learn from it. We’re honestly just genuinely excited to be here and to have the opportunity to be involved.

LK: I love the intention and intelligence behind your music and beats, and I see in your biography that it says “All ideals aside, this is music from the imaginations, hearts and souls of producers who want to use music to unite people and assist in positive growth and change.” Could you talk a little bit about your vision with Tribal council?
AM: Tribal Council is a perfect example of the type of intention-based collective we initially envisioned being a part of when we started Aligning Minds. A melding of spirit, art, music, education, technology and action in an ever expanding community. When we imagined and conceived of Aligning Minds, our original vision was to create music that in itself would create an experience of truth, connectedness, unity, peace, understanding and growth. We had this intuition that if this was accomplished, it would attract a synergetic energy in many forms that would perpetuate it, tying it into an infinitely larger picture.  Seeing how true that is and continues to be is a beautifully thing to watch unfold. There is this major sense of actualization occurring right now that is growing in frequency at an almost contagious rate all over the world.  People are getting involved and really making things happen in order to realize this beautiful and inherent vision that seems to be awakening inside all of us.  So it’s quite an honor and a pleasure to be involved with collectives like Tribal Council who are actively creating this reality that is a powerful amalgamation of it’s working parts.  We’re just happy to be able to be one of those working parts that can serve this greater whole.

LK: How has your style developed since you first started Aligning minds?               AM:That’s a great question; our style has definitely come a long way since we started producing Aligning Minds material in 2003/2004, but overall our style as a whole has remained pretty similar. . Dan has always had more of a taste for faster, groove oriented stuff – and I have always been fond of the more experimental, idm, downtempo glitch sorts of vibes. We’ve always tried to find ways to fuse our tastes together into something new and unique that makes the most of the diversity we both bring to the table.  I think that stands true today as well, although as we both individually grow and develop over time the differences are sometimes more recognizable than others. It’s a constant growing process of embracing and utilizing that. Over the years we gain more of a sense of what Aligning Minds “sounds like”.  Although often we seem to like to rebel! Or try anyway, haha. Our tracks definitely have more cohesion and convey more of a story now, just a bit more realized I think. Our production quality has also evolved thanks to experience and also the evolution of the tools we use. I think playing out live and being involved in the ‘EDM’ scene over the years has given us more incentive to write material that has the potential to get a crowd moving as well. We definitely think about the dancefloor a bit more often now, although we never limit ourselves to it. I think we will always stay pretty rooted in creating head, heart and soul music.

LK: What other exciting projects are you working on?
AM:We have a lot in the queue; release wise we have a steady flow of remixes that we are working on that will be coming out at various times this year.  We’re working to put together a follow-up remix album of “My Heart is Love” featuring some of our favorite fellow producers, as well as another EP or two later this year.  We’ll also be doing some more events in and around Asheville, including another XAVL event, and will be contributing work to a charity cause through an organization called Groupees, along with Desert Dwellers and Random Rab.  Oh, and some official music videos are under way.  All that should keep us busy for a while! :)

LK: Where do you see your music/band in five years?
AM: We try not to look too far ahead, we just strive to be present in what we’re doing now or in the pretty near future… Five years is a long time! :) For us, even though having goals, ideals and a vision for the future can be helpful, we work best when we just let things unfold.  Staying in the flow. We intend to continue putting out music first and foremost – a steady stream of releases, collaborations and remixes are taking shape for 2013.  We’re also taking steps to take our live performance to the next level and are starting to work with some live visual designers to map out a proper stage / projection mapped system. The primary thing holding us back right now is funding, but once that hurdle is removed we can make that happen. Incorporating a live 3D projection mapped stage environment to create an immersive visual environment for the audience is intuitively the next step. Generally we’re interested in exploring new ways to create a perceptual experience that inspires new visions and realities in the perceiver. We would also like to create a portal for people to submit their own visions into the environment, such as user submitted video content.

They leave us with a truly poignant quote: “Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.” – Albert Camus

Earth Night 2012

“Inspired by the global unification offered by events such as Earth Day - Papadosio and Rootwire Music & Arts Festival are proud to present a unique 2-day celebration that roots its intention in a quest for environmental equilibrium by bringing together the wisdom of many different cultures and celebrating these ideas together – on the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year….

…It is a dream come true for us to host this event during this enigmatic time in human history. The main difference between Earth Day and Earth Night is that by honoring the wise words of our ancestors that encourage humanity to learn how to see in the darkness of night – we see the true power of light and learn how to cultivate it accordingly. December 21st is a mysterious day and there are many questions, and perhaps fewer definitive answers but WE FEEL that together, we can collectively re-imagine a more beautiful and courageous world and use this night as a launching point for towards a new dawn on the planet known as Earth.”  Earth Night 2012 Website

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Earth Night spanned two days, December 20th & 21st (the winter solstice) of 2012. This event was a model for other progressive music events to follow. The first night, Papadosio held sweet heart-space with an intimate acoustic set at Via Vecchia Winery. The space was cozy amidst the chaotic flurries whirling outside. The provisions of Via Vecchia certainly served to support the warm fuzzies, while maintaining a calm & comfortable atmosphere. The venue was in a class of its own- a pleasant change of pace from the typical bar rowdiness we all too often brave to see our favorite acts. The night was full of deep kin-nection and sing-a-longs, including a breakout cover of “Changes” by Stevie Wonder with Jason “Tupakashi” rapping the 2Pac verses flawlessly overtop the band. In the end, we all left satisfied, high off delicious wine, and with anticipation of tomorrow’s big day.

The following morning, TC crew held space in a grid around the city (and around the world!) for the global 11:11am meditation – 6:11am our time. This was a power-full time to ground and lock down our centers before stepping out into the high energies of the world (physically, energetically, socially, etc). After sneaking back under the covers for another hour of necessary rest, we made our way back to the winery to set the space for a day full of workshops. As we roamed behind the scenes, we began to notice what was referred to as the “om ghost”. To add to the class of this special winery, we could only conclude that they have a constant “om” loop playing to their wines as they patiently age – now that’s the kind of wine I want to put in my temple! TC was honored to set and hold space in the meditation & chill-out lounge. With the help of our new friend & co-creator Christy Thorndhill, the blank slate was transformed into a vibrant palace. The room became a safe container for the event-goers to take care of themselves throughout the day, along with fostering new & old connections.

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Our dear heartners Edwin and DraLion holding sacred altar-space.

While this day is traditionally recognized as the shortest of the year, the collective vortex was surely timeless, making the day feel more like the longest. This was necessary in order to create a capsule of appropriate proportions to encompass the vast expanse of workshop (play-shop) offerings! Earth Night hosted a dream team of collaborators who stepped up to share their passions, gifts, & wisdom. The turn-out for the day was inspiring, and participants faced one of the greatest “problems” of this culture – having to decide between so many amazing options. Meditations galore, a nice morning asana flow practice, and tons of toning characterized the day. As all-ways, SolPurpose held sacred space for our remembrance dance, serving the mission to shed light on the healing power of creative expression. The Rootwired talk brought the realness as it shifted our awareness beyond the walls of the winery for a more cradle-to-cradle perspective with a focus on environmental & cultural sustainability. Our beloved Liza Hunter brought her vital ability to act as conduit for source in a necessary & ancient manner, through shamanic journeying. Being such a rarity in our culture, and after being honored to host Liza at Rootwire, TC was sure to be present for this journey. The list of beloveds goes on & on. TC’s own Edwin Leskin led his communion catalyst meditation while Dixon ripped our hearts open with an epic violin meditation.

Workshop presenters: Ehren & Renee Cruz, Lindsay Nova, Jason Takahashi, Anthony Thogmartin, Anne Meshanko, Doe Heart, Liza Hunter, Julie North, Edwin Leskin, Dixon

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As the day turned to night, the events migrated to the LC Pavilion. This venue change was necessary in order to accommodate the sold-out show – a family 2200-strong! The night opened up with what is certainly my favorite music right now. As Anthony Thogmartin of Papadosio describes his project, “EarthCry is how I am choosing to respond to a calling to create music that heals the planet & its people.” He took us on a remarkable journey with the music from his forthcoming album, focused on ancient solfeggio frequencies that provide tangible & instantaneous healing. Needless to say, we are looking forward to 3 nights of this blissful experience (all in one week!) with our first installation of the Kinnection Series in the southeast, where we will be bringing our Earth Night-inspired model of event to Atlanta, Athens, and Asheville.

AnthonyWarriorOfLovePhoto Credit: B.Hockensmith Photography
An appropriate depiction of Anthony’s essence, warrior for Truth and Love

Following Anthony’s encouragements for all 2200 to om in harmony, Julie North stepped on-stage to lead a meditation. The courage and authentic compassion it takes to do something like this deserves recognition. It is this type of expression that is so crucial in these times – the willingness to face ridicule with the hope of touching the heart of even 1 of the 2200 present. The meditation was simple and accessible to all – providing a practical answer to one of the questions we have been asking ourselves recently: How do we make this culture, these events, more accessible to all demographics – to aptly quote the founders of this event – to end the illusion of separation?

ENJulie2Photo Credit: B.Hockensmith Photography

Next up was the classic Emancipator. As all-ways, his bliss-full beats served to lift the crowd into the realization of our purpose of Joyous Expansion. And of course the live collaboration with Ilya Goldberg gets better every time.

ENEmancipatorPhoto Credit: B.Hockensmith Photography

Papadosio’s vision includes all realms of creation – their events move beyond the old dualistic model of a band and its audience, into an intricate play-scape of live art. Earth Night thus placed emphasis on the integration of creative flow in the forms of live painting, aerial arts, and dancers.  In addition, the Tribal Council crew roamed the crowd in ceremonial white garb wafting delicious cleansing aromas of sweetgrass and sage to remind attendees of the ever-present ceremony that is life.

EarthNightHoopPhoto Credit: Thank Me Next Time

Jason Takahashi, founder of Earth Night and Papadosio visual extraordinaire, graced us with his gifts once again, illuminating & stimulating our optical experience. Dialing in ancient symbolism, ethereal elements, & psychedelic spiraling, Jason’s work served to draw us deep into the present moment, fully immersed in what was before, around, and within us. The integration of such visual art with the music deepens the meditative experience of the event.

ENDNAspiralPhoto Credit: B.Hockensmith Photography

With a sold-out pavilion, the energetics of the show would be wild enough. Pair that with the hype of the enigmatic date and Papadosio’s intent to bring the energy of Rootwire Festival to the city – and you get Earth Night. I think it’s safe to say that the energy of Earth Night enveloped the city of Columbus, Ohio for those few days – catalyzed by the flurry vortex and hotels full of kids ready to play.

EarthNight2 Photo Credit: B.Hockensmith Photography

These types of events are so vital to this music culture and to human-kind as a whole. Papadosio carries the high ideal of courage, integrity, & leadship that is more necessary in these times than ever. It is said that to lead by example is the best, if not the only, way to teach. Papadosio is a model of this truth for certain. Tribal Council is honored to co-create hand in hand, heart in heart, with these outstanding individuals – and this extraordinary band – in these critical times. We are grateful for the constant motivation, inspiration, and support of Papadosio, SolPurpose, and the whole Rootwire/Earth Night family, all 2200 of us. We look forward to the bright healthy future we are creating together, for ourselves and those to come

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Lespectacle 2012 Compilation

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This compilation album by Lespecial of Lost in Sound, is composed of an eclectic assortment of artists. The third song on the album is Futexture’s “The fragility in focus.” This song reminds me of the beautiful human who composed it, laid-back, fun, and thoughtful; intertwined through the whole song is amazing mandolin melodies. While Futexture’s song has elements of glitch, the song that follows is extremely so. Push/pull remixed a crystal method track, heavy in the bass like crystal method but far more stylized! Next a rework of “Paradise” by Bird of Prey! The original is down-tempo and definitely a reminder of ancient roots in all of us. The rework has new fleeting melodies and a vaguely psytrance feel. “Skizzo” by Blue boy productions is an interesting mix of sounds; middle eastern with this funky dance vibe underneath!

Supersillyus is usually a psychedelic aural experience. “Experience with eternity” by them does not disappoint, with a relaxed feel it is reminiscent of Shpongle. The beginning of Mr. Bill’s “Dreaming” greatly reminds me of early Aphex twin, but then it opens up. With a heavy bumping bass line and interesting snare; no one could mistake this track for Aphex. Srikalogy shares his poetry in Skytree’s “Keep it sacred, keep it safe.” I love the message Srikalogy shares, while Skytree throws down amazing beats. Skytree tends to use a wide variety of sound clips which always enriches his music to a higher form of consciousness. The album ends strongly with another four songs, some glitchy and down-tempo others grimy dubstep. The last song is notable, “Dubliminal messages” by Psyclic Nature; it is relaxed intelligent dubstep with a hauntingly beautiful flute solo! This compilation is a great sampler of new, up and coming artists; not to mention it is FREE on Lespectacle’s band camp!

Sacred Singularity EP released by Skytree

Skytree’s new EP Sacred Singularity, shares many uplifting messages to think about when listening. It is always a delight to experience something deeper than the perception of sound from an album. Iridescent Tesseract has many interesting samples seamlessly interwoven to create a beautiful sound-scape. Not only is Skytree an intelligent musician; but a truly wonderful and enlightened being. He shares his love through music and crystals, his song Crystalline Entity attests to this love. Let Skytree share his visionary beats with you on his upcoming tour. You will not be disappointed as he bathes you in an ambient world of sound. Please support our dear friend either on this tour or through his bandcamp!

Papadosio’s new album T.E.T.I.O.S

“To end the illusion of separation” is the title of Papadosio’s newest album. This album has twenty amazing tracks, and each one has an art piece that correlates! A visionary album filled with great thought-provoking lyrics and harmonies. This album really displays Papadosio’s new level of performance. Each member of the band is such a tight musician, the band synthesizes as one sound. They have some quick jams like ‘Puddles for oceans‘; but, as they do so well, some beautiful slow songs like ‘The oracle theme‘ and ‘The Sum’. This album uses much more electronics than they have used in the past. With this new sound and transcendent vision, I am excited to see the band progress over the next few years!

Papadosio has been on tour for a couple of weeks, and will continue on this tour until late December. So check out their website and see if they are in a city near you. Their live show is a magical experience filled with love and healing energy. Not to mention the crowd that follows Papadosio is a nice eclectic group of people.