BUSkers at WorldFest
Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers. – Wikipedia
Richard Vagner is an 18 year old violinist intertwining Classical & Modern music using live looping on a 5-string Electric/ Acoustic instrument. He has been playing the violin since he was 7 years old, and was born and raised in Los Angeles where he began his roots. On his journey he played for a variety of different bands, playing almost every instrument imaginable. He toured the west coast several times, played with various popular artists, and released a song in solidarity with Standing Rock. The song titled “Stand” features many well known artists including Nahko from Nahko & Medicine For The People, 4biddenknowledge, & Xiuhtezcatl of Earth Guardians. As of 2017 he is working on his debut album and co producing Xiuhtezcatl’s album titled “Break Free.”
Dakota Crider started playing guitar when he was 11 years old. A few years later he began writing his own material and had so much fun he simply couldn’t stop creating even if he wanted to. Homegrown from the mountains of Nevada City/Grass Valley California he wandered around learning how to love and laugh as a teenager, making many friends young and old along the way. Inspired by 1960’s psychedelia, the wholesome, heartfelt sounds of folk music and the actualization of higher consciousness he seeks to spread wisdom, peace, and love in every note to all who listen to his music.
JULIET GOBERT & HOMER WILLS
Juliet Gobert (pron. go-bear) is a singer/songwriter of Back Porch Americana and has performed at some of California’s premiere music festivals and venues: World Fest, Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, American River Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival and Kentucky Mine Music festival, Keystone Palo Alto, Grass Valley Center for the Arts, the historic Nevada Theater, the Auburn Event Center, State Theater Auburn as well as the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering , Heber City Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and the Davis Music Festival.
Juliet performs her original songs in a duo with veteran harmonica player Homer Wills (The Mavericks, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt).
Juliet also tours as lead vocalist and guitarist in “The Heifer Belles”, performing her original songs along with Kim Rogers on pedal steel and Karel Hendee on bass. The Belles have played World Fest, Elko Cowboy and Poetry Gathering , Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Festival, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Davis Music Festival as well as opening for Rita Hosking, the Alvin Brothers and Laurie Lewis.
Mike Seeba began studying Classical Indian music in 2001, at the age of 28 under the venerated maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. After years of study in the states, in 2006 he devoted the next two years of life to India, in an attempt to understand the culture from which this fascinating music arose. Lost in a whirlwind of folk and popular music, he temporarily set aside his classical training as he was absorbed and in love with India. It was an experience that profoundly changed him.
Since his return to the states, Seeba has been honing and perfecting his blend of musical inspirations, providing an often inaccessible glimpse of ancient songs within the context of modern sensibility. He can be found collaborating with a variety of musicians, styles and venues along the West Coast.
RUCKRICH FAMILY BAND
Steeped in the tradition of music from the hills, the Ruckrich Family Band plays bluegrass as well as original music. It’s hard to believe Django is only 12 years old when you hear his skillful, on-the-fly leads on three instruments – guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. He also adds spot-on harmony singing and an occasional vocal lead. 8-year-old Jasmine sings with such power and keeps right in step on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. Dad,Phil, writes music, sometimes co-writing with Django, sings, and plays rhythm guitar. Mom, Brenda backs them up on keyboard and banjo. This family band has played weddings, local festivals, restaurants, opened up for Nanda, and been featured many times on our local radio station KVMR as well as in our local newspaper the Union. The fun this family is having playing music together is infectious.
WORLD BEAT PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Featuring Michael DiMartino, Kit Bailey, and special guest Manus of Spearhead
WorldBeat Percussion Ensemble is a collection of two to five musicians. They play traditional rhythms from Brazil, Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East These are all performed on various ethnic instruments including djembe, congas, dumbeque, marimba, flutes, talking drum, balaphone, and didjereedoo. Many of the songs also include vocals, and performances can include dancers and a multimedia presentation.
ART ROCK ENSEMBLE
Composer John Miner may be best known for his rock opera Heavens Cafe, which was staged at the Flamingo Theater in Las Vegas 1996, the Charleston Performing Arts Center in 1997, and later at Insurgo Theater in Los Angeles in 2004. Miner formed the progressive rock group Art Rock Circus to perform the music with a live band on stage alongside the singers and actors. Investor Mike Lewis was instrumental in financing and staging Heavens Cafe. The Tributary Music Label released a live CD of Heavens Cafe to the progressive rock community in 2000.
Musically, Miner is known for his use of several alternate guitar tunings, and this is evident in nearly all his compositions. The use of a double necked guitar has enabled the performer to switch from one tuning to another within the same song in a live situation.
His use of odd time signatures is apparent in the majority of his work as a composer, particularly in Heavens Cafe, in which the majority of the album features unorthodox metering. Other distinct characteristics of the composer include the absence of repeating choruses. Drum and bass parts are usually hinting toward melody, rather than standard rock fare. As a producer, Miner’s analog recording techniques have been the discussion of much debate in the modern digital world.
ROBERT HEIRENDT & FRIENDS
Robert Heirendt is a composer, singer/songwriter, and music therapist. He plays the mbira dzavadzimu, a type of kalimba instrument from Zimbabwe. He has studied traditional Zimbabwean trance music for over a decade. Robert released his first solo album Soft Sea Creatures in 2014 and currently plays in the adventurous improvisational ensemble Tumble.
For this performance at California WorldFest, Robert, along with a few of his musical friends, will be playing traditional Zimbabwean mbira music. In Zimbabwe, an mbira piece is made up of a repetitive musical phrase which includes multiple intertwined melodies with syncopated and complex rhythms. When two mbiras are played together, the resultant interlocking parts combine to create a polyrhythmic stew whose whole is way greater than the sum of it’s parts!
Angelika originally from Germany resides in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Grass Valley California. She composes and records her music at her off the grid home and performs internationally and locally at conferences, seminars, weddings, celebrations, retreats.
Her spiritual search became more urgent and focused through the sudden loss of her beloved partner, witnessing his plane crash in Alaska. In her search Angelika came across the spiritual teachings of the East and was introduced to meditation and sacred chanting at a Yoga retreat at the Ananda Community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There Angelika connected to and started to receive/compose the songs of her own heart and spirit in different languages.
One day, sitting in a flower garden in deep prayer, searching for her unique purpose and direction she asked spirit with the greatest intensity what to do with her life, when a strong, cosmic voice answered: “Healing through music”. No further explanation was offered, so Angelika studied music for the next 2 years. It was fulfilling and enriching to further develop her passion and talent for music, songwriting, arranging and recording. Angelika encourages everyone to keep fanning the sparks of their dreams no matter what the odds, or how much time it takes to realize them and to ask the universe for help, expecting an answer!
Angelika considers it her good Fortune/Karma to have the opportunity to study with some of the great Masters and Saints of our time, Mata Amritanandamayi, Shree Maa, Mother Mira, Amma Karunamayi, Sri Bhagavan/Amma and other beautiful teachers, who have been instrumental in her spiritual growth as well as learning sacred mantras and songs in Sanskrit. Swami Satyananda Saraswati patiently taught her some of the pronunciation and meanings of the ancient songs and scriptures of India and Shree Maa presented her own tamboura as a gift for the journey, which is needless to say Angelika’s favorite instrument. Her spiritual path is one of devotion and acceptance of all religions. In her music she expresses this universal and eclectic quality. All paths lead to the one whole and complete source and ultimate union and ever expanding consciousness.
PRISCILLA & KNOWLEDGE
Priscilla Momah is a soulful song weaver originally from the Twin Cities who cultivates a space for tranquility and Love to be perpetuated through song, art and movement. She is a singer/songwriter/light warrior/ who recently moved back to the Big Island to co-create and share light- hearted conscious music.
Knowledge IZ’s sound transcends the norm, making his way to the Big Island of Hawaii from Cincinnati, he brings a message of unity, love, and community uplifting his audience through rhythm and poetry. Connecting generations, he shares authentic roots hip-hop, bridging cultures and building a foundation for growing community.