Infinite Geometry

Most people know Andy Reed as an amazing visionary artist. Less people recognize that Infinite Geometry is synonymous with his DJ work as well as his art! With an intelligent ear and an eclectic taste, he produces wonderful down-tempo mixes. Andy is one of Tribal Council’s resident DJs, and we feel very blessed to have him co-create with us.

Remembering the FutureRemembering the Future is the title to his latest mix, which can be found here. With ease he mixes tracks by Kaminanda, Bird of Prey, Androcell, Skytree, Aligning Minds and others. Andy has released two other mixes; opening your eyes for the first time and aligning pyramids. Links for downloads to both these mixes can be found here.

A recent painting by Andy Reed

A recent painting by Andy Reed

Please check out Andy’s amazing visionary artwork on his page Infinite Geometry: The Artwork of Andy Reed. Not only does he mix some cognizant beats but he shares enlightened visions. He is definitely an artist you should keep an eye on. If you are interested in purchasing any of his prints he also has an Etsy account.

Kalya Scintilla remixed and beyond

With down-tempo middle-eastern inspired music; Kalya Scintilla delights your ears with sonic bliss and is undoubtedly Tribal Council’s favorite producer of 2012 (and Clayton’s favorite of all time). No matter what TC party you have been to, you are guaranteed to have heard at least one Kalya track. Being from Australia, his music carries a different, exotic, and galactic feel. Generally absent of lyrics; this helps display the interesting melodic lines and sound clips interwoven into the soundscape. This ambiance and music is perfect for belly dancing, yoga, and even meditation.

dance the spiral never endingTantilizing to the ears, Dance the Spiral Never Ending was released in January 2012. This whole album has this lovely yet groovy dance feel throughout! He loves to add these wonderful alien sounds into his songs; one that sticks out in my mind is ‘Bone and Stone‘. This song has some gangster beats with intergalactic filters layered on this amazing track. Another memorable song is ‘Break Belief Bounce‘ featuring Alice Spacedoll with exotic vocals. With a very bouncy beat, this song incorporates what I would consider the “essential” Kalya Scintilla sound; middle eastern inspired, galactic, activation beats. The last track I want to mention is ‘Dance the Spiral Never Ending‘ featuring Alice Spacedoll; the title track of the album. This song is really funky and has violin and guitar samples strewn through-out. The lyrics to this song are inspiring “Dance the Spiral Never Ending. Dance the air, the earth, the water; by your dance you hope can give us…” I love when artists use spoken word poetry or uplifting messages in their music. This idea of sharing more than just music, helps plant the seeds of self transformation and love.

Dance the never ending spiral remixedKalyaScintilla released a remix album fall of 2012, featuring select tracks off of Dance the Spiral Never Ending. On the original album, Rises in the East is the first track. Remixed by The Human Experience, the version is super quirky. They added some light vocals, and a beautiful violin solo to make the track dynamic and their own. The Desert Dewllers remixed Break Belief Bounce, it has much more of a trance sound than the original. The vocals and main melody are woven in and out of this track. Instead of the normal flow, the vocals are worked in as smaller glitchy clips broken up. Whitebear also offers a remix of the same track, his take is very trance-like. He layers a lot of the sounds on top of each other, creating a larger sound palette. I really enjoy how he breaks up the original rhythm and creates his own idea. Dance the Spiral Never Ending is remixed by Kaminanda, he gives this song a very alien sound. Adding some of his own melodies through the song, he leaves the spoken poetry. This version is very groovy and galactic, with less of the middle eastern sound that Kalya uses. There are a few versions of Whomp Shanti on the remix album, but I think Bird of Paradise’s remix is the best. There is this forward motion in the track, that is also present in other sets and songs of Bird of Paradise. At the end he speeds up the whole track and gives it a break beats feel.

Galactic OhmMerkaba is a side project that Kalya Scintilla has; the sound he uses is much more progressive psytrance. Galactic Ohm is the latest release under this name. First track is the title Galactic Ohm, and has many elements of Kalya Scintila’s style. With many glitchy, alien sounds and a constant fast-paced rhythm beneath it all; he creates the psytrance sound. The second and last track is titled Heart Math, and is my favorite track of the album! He starts this wonderful groove with a singing bowl and bells being rung, which are rung through-out the song. He takes the track to a new level by doubling the bass beat again creating the psytrance sound. What makes this track stand out to me is the simplicity through-out, ending with a sound clip of Bashar spreading his wisdom and light. (That is around 10:15 in the track) “Your heart has memory, your heart has wisdom, your heart has consciousness, your heart actually thinks… and when you can develop a balanced dialogue between the heart mind and the head mind, that’s when everything falls into alignment!”

Needless to say Kalya Scintilla is a beautiful, intelligent, transcended master of sound. He is currently trying to raise money for a visa to tour America in 2013. Please take a moment and donate to his campaign here. I cannot think of another artist I would like to see more during this upcoming festival season! Also feel free to check out his soundcloud for some other great remixes.

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!

The Temple of Sound and Light, Akira Chan

Whether or not you’re interested in sound healing, there’s no denying how cool this video is. Akira Chan did a great job with the production on this video, and I am very much looking forward to the four part documentary on transformational festivals that he is filming around the country as we speak with Jeet-Kei Leung.  Check the kickstarter page for that amazing project and be sure to check the final product out. In the meantime, enjoy this video, learn something about the nature of sound healing vibrations, and imagine receiving a sound healing session in this guy’s yurt in California. Blessit!

The Temple of Sound and Light from Akira Chan Arts on Vimeo.

“Whether we are aware of it or not, information is constantly being transmitted and received through sound waves.”

This film presents master intuitive energy healer, Richard Learmont, and his practice of channeling Synergetic Forces of healing energies and transmitting them through instruments of Sound.

for more information, visit: resttherapy.com
*If you are in San Diego, or plan to visit, I encourage you to schedule a session at this exciting new space.

filmed and edited by Akira Chan
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Sweet Fruition Goodness at AURA Music and Arts Festival

AURA Festival Sanctuary Timelapse from Tribal Council on Vimeo.

Tribal Council was honored when AURA Music and Arts Festival asked us to set up our dome as the festival sanctuary. We gleefully held sacred space all weekend for festival goers in the Ohm Dome, which looked fresh with the debut of the white flower of life patterned covering. Synchronicities were happening at a “wow” rate and collaborations with visual artists (CLVR ATL) and musicians (Anthony Thogmartin from Papadosio, Sound Duo, Andy Reed) happened organically. Fruition was the key word of the weekend! Perhaps the following blog quote best describes the success of the sanctuary:

“When folks needed respite from the flashing lights and loud sounds, they entered the dome–a beautiful chill space created by the Tribal Council. Inside, healing crystals, incense, and Buddha statues sat atop tables, cushions covered the ground, and spiritual texts were scattered about. DJs spun chill music and transportational visuals were projected onto the ceiling. People spoke, recited poetry, exchanged massages, read, meditated, and relaxed together. The dome was a key element to the overall vibe of the fest.”
-County Grind, The Broward and Palm Beach Music Spin

LED hooping is becoming more popular! Photo: http://www.calderwilson.com/

Thirty-six hours after flying back into the country from Envision Festival, I was assembling with fellow councilors for our official festival debut of our newly remodeled dome.  It’s unbelievable how much stuff you can fit into a Toyota 4-Runner.

Looking fierce after packing up the black beast in Atlanta.

After meeting Sir Edwin Leskin in the Wal-Mart parking lot in St. Cloud, Florida, we caravaned the remaining miles to Forever Florida, a 4,700 acre eco-ranch and wildlife conservation area where AURA Music and Arts Festival is held.  When we arrived, the festival grounds were nearly empty and the stages were hardly set up.  After brief introductions with the festival organizers, Daryl and Cameron of AURA Music Events, we retired to our tents in the Florida Everglade habitat in preparation for the long build day to follow.

Kelsey and Edwin enjoying the build day.

It was a full day of setup and it was joyful!  The crew that stepped up to the plate and signed on for our AURA assignment was a powerful group of movers and shakers that could get things done efficiently while laughing and enjoying each other’s company.  It was our first time installing our white “flower of life” triangle pattern on the dome, and after a bit of experimentation, it went up quick and easy…and boy did it look good! A huge thanks to my parents, true loving, wise elders and integral chieftains of the Tribal Council, who slaved laboriously for hours to finish fabricating these triangles while I was sipping mojitos in Costa Rica.

Peeking through the sanctuary entrance. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Tim Coffey, Art Director of Brotherly Love Productions, hooked us up with a sweet spot right next to the main stage and we were pumped on his vision.  It allowed for people to take a quick respite from the dance floor rage-a-thon, relax on soft pillows and blankets and then be back to boogyin’ in no time.  From years of experience, I certainly know what it’s like to need a break but not want to hike all the way back to the campsite. Usually you end up laying down in the dirt or the cold dew-covered grass in the back of the crowd.  The carpeted dome is a much cozier alternative.

Opening circle to set intentions for the weekend. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Friday afternoon before the music started, the dome crew and some other councilors who had arrived, like the one and only visionary artist Andy Reed, circled up for an opening ceremony.  Edwin led us in a beautifully guided meditation to begin the communion and connect our heart space.  Opening ceremonies are a great way to set intentions and get grounded before the expansive blast off that we experience throughout the weekend at these gatherings.

Preparing for rain. Photo: Clayton Gaar

When a minor monsoon blew in on Friday, we were glad to have a house-sized agricultural tarp with which to cover the sanctuary.  The lightning forced the main stage to stop for about an hour or so, which was fine by us because Cameron, aka the best sound guy ever, began playing a perfectly suited selection of tunes during the rain delay – STS9′s Artifact and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Fahrenheit Fair Enough – and we in the dome were practically the only people still by the main stage to enjoy it!

The TC crew waiting out the monsoon with poetry and sacred texts. Photo: Clayton Gaar

The sanctuary was perfectly safe and dry, so we passed the time dancing to Artifact and taking turns reading aloud our favorite passages of sacred texts and poetry from our massive book collection spread around the altars.

Photo: Caulder Wilson, http://www.calderwilson.com/

Big thanks to Calder Wilson for snapping this sweet wide-angle shot of us during the rain storm. It really helps show the flower of life pattern on the dome. Our silly faces seemed to have proved too wild for the long exposure.

Queen of The Headspace. Photo: Caulder Wilson, http://www.calderwilson.com/

It was an exciting weekend for our friends at The Headspace who, like us, were enjoying their official festival debut appearance vending.  Brett and Taylor are wonderful human beings making big moves in the scene while they strive to provide tons of high-quality art to the community.  They are living proof that good things happen to those who work hard, have good intentions, and spread positive energy.

Photo: Clayton Gaar

Although we TC crew held a constant presence in and around the dome, one of the most beautiful unfoldings of the sanctuary experience was the fact that all the visitors to the dome treated it with the utmost respect.  In essence, everyone became stewards of the space.  There was a sign greeting domies with the message that “This is your sanctuary,” and it was obvious that this sense of ownership was internalized by all.  On the occasion that an unknowing friend walked in with shoes on, another domie would kindly remind them to remove their shoes before we had the chance to open our mouth.  Most noticed on their own accord.  It became clear that people picked up on the sacred vibe of the space immediately and adjusted their mindset and awareness to this fact.  For us, it was extremely rewarding to see this happen and it touched us deeply.

Getting ready to do another smudge stroll through the crowd. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Spontaneity is one of the defining characteristics of Tribal Council.  Whether it was strolling through the crowd at the main stage smudging the sweaty dancers with sage, running into the dome to count off a loud collective “MEEEEOOOOW,” or circling everyone up for a period of OHMing, Tribal Council did what we do best: We serve to remind “our selves,” that is to say your self, my self, and the collective self, that we are gathered here today to honor the miracle of life by fully rejoicing in seriously silly sacred celebration and loving our selves.

The bright full moon was shining down on us all weekend.

Andy Reed, visionary artist and sick DJ. Photo: Clayton Gaar

All the way from the mountains of Asheville, NC, Andy Reed was holding it down as a member of the live painting artist panel all weekend.  His work is truly multidimensional, layering natural landscapes, intergalactic portals, and sacred geometry.  He has also become one of TC’s staple sunrise DJs with his impeccable taste in downtempo and psychedelic ambient music. Andy threw down a lovely sunrise set Saturday morning at the sanctuary after all the stages shut down.

The sanctuary got packed late night with friendly faces. Photo: Clayton Gaar

The dome was always packed in the late night as everyone was looking for a comfortable dry place to give each other back massages and stretch their weary legs.  It was great to see the space get used so much and all the shenanigans were a blast!

The firespinning area was thankfully right in front of the dome so we had front row seats all weekend for the talented performers.

Dear friend and lead guitarist from Papadosio, Anthony Thogmartin, providing sweet lullabies for our ears for sunrise. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Huge props go to Anthony Thogmartin, lead guitarist of Papadosio, who brought his sound to the dome and spun both an original Earth Cry set and a sweet sunrise DJ set Friday and Saturday. It was a beautiful way to end the night, and er…start the new day.

CLVR ATL projected visuals. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Another beautiful synchronicity that manifested on site was the sweet projection visuals from CLVR ATL, which really took the sanctuary to another level.  Anthony’s music and CLVR ATL’s visuals are exactly the type of organic collaborations that Tribal Council is looking for.  Look at what can be accomplished when people come together for the purpose of intentional co:creation?  Yes, it is possible and beautiful in the microcosm of our music and art communities, which appears to be one of the main focuses of TC. However, I’d like expand this idea and ask, “Is this sort of co:creation, this pooling of resources, possible in the macrocosm of our everyday community and, to take it a step further, in our larger community of human civilization?”  The answer is yes, and our civilization is hungrier than ever for it.  Tribal Council seeks to facilitate this shift in every way, shape, and form.  Let us remember our oneness.

Councilors communing in morning meditation. Photo: Caroline Rose

After some early morning cleaning and organization, there was a rare lull in the action for us councilors.  It was the perfect time for our personal practice.  This was the least I’ve ever slept at a music festival but the most energy I’ve ever experienced at a gathering.  I felt chi channeling through me, and it was the result of both the joy of being in service and the benefits of the meditative environment of the sanctuary.

Bodhi Tree art crew. Van piece painted at festival. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Sometimes in life your neighbors can be a drag.  Not this time!  We were blessed to share our space in the main stage field with the Orlando-based Bodhi Tree crew, who were creating super fresh graffiti artworks all weekend and blowing glass on sight in their mobile studio.  Bodhi Tree has it going on, artistically and spiritually, and we look forward to future neighborly interactions and collaborations.  If you’re in Orlando, I suggest stopping by their boutique to give them some love and buy some glass and graffiti art supplies.

Sarah Tracy working on her newest piece.

Sarah Cat Tracy doing what she does best. Meow! Check out her art page here to see her other works.

Anthony from Papadosio. Photo: http://www.calderwilson.com/

Music-wise, Papadosio stole the entire weekend for me with both of their banger sets Saturday and Sunday night.  These guys are just what our music scene needs.  They bring a fresh, bright, love energy to the scene and their music is uplifting and downright dirty at the same time. In addition to the tunes, Jason Takahashi brought the sacred fractal hot sauce visuals during Dosio’s sets as well! Integration. Yes we are integrating.

Tim Coffey, dear friend and AURA Art Director. The man with the plan. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Dear friend and the man with the plan, Tim Coffey. We love you Timmy!

Tim Coffey brought in a great group of live painters for the weekend. Photo: Clayton Gaar

This is what I love to see, live art everywhere! People creating in full force.  Tim brought in a lot of great talent in the live artist line-up.

This fact was evident when one walked into the art tent, which housed all the works of the live artists.

Didgeridoo sound healing in the sanctuary Sunday night. Photo: Clayton Gaar

We were stoked when a friend brought a didgeridoo to the sanctuary and blasted some sound healing vibrations at folks on the last night tip.  With TC’s interests and expertise in areas like sound healing, sacred geometry, metaphysics, and spirituality, expect to see some educational workshops come out of the sanctuary in the near future.  If you have a skill or an area of expertise you’d like to share with the community, contact us at tribalcouncil11@gmail.com.

Chanting and breath work class in the sanctuary. Photo: Clayton Gaar

In line with the aforementioned workshops, another delightful surprise was when the Miami yogis – Kelly Searcy, Bernardo Valero, and Joaquin de Teresa – asked to hold their chanting and breathwork class in the sanctuary after the yoga class.  This felt so good that we did a wicked fun yoga class in the dome the following afternoon.  The highlight of the class was when we blew the tarp straight off the dome in the rain from the massive ball of chi we were building in the dome!

AURA Sanctuary Crew. Left to Right: Edwin Leskin, Sarah Tracy, Caroline Rose, Kelsey Armbruster, Ben Loftis, Clayton Gaar. Photo: Clayton Gaar

The lesson of the AURA experience for me was how to live in service.  Being a part of the sanctuary team at AURA redefined my understanding of service.  If you are passionate about the way in which you are serving others, it is not work; it is the greatest, most joyful play.  I shall end this with a proper shout out to the AURA TC Sanctuary crew, whose positive attitudes, abundant creativity, and righteous dedication surely made an impact on the energy of the whole festival. So blessed and so grateful to be a part of this!