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Arkaingelle

Arkaingelle

Uniting an Afro-Caribbean perspective with the ever strengthening, pro-African voice of Ras Tafari, Arkaingelle’sblazing vocals and meditative lyrics have been resounding thunderously within the cultural reggae scene from Brazil to Britain, South Africa to South America and from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States. Arkaingelle delivers heavyweightroots music with a spiritual message and an energetic frequency which when combined, have been seen to captivate, uplift, inspire and bring joy to a broad diversity of audiences.

Hailing from Buxton, Friendship Village in Guyana, South America, Arkaingelle (aka Roxroy ‘Mykal’ Younge) was raised by christian grandparents in a modest village home. He was captivated by muzik at an early age and aspired early on to become a musical performer; playing the steel pans and singing. His Grandfather was a classically trained pianist and gave younge ‘Mykal’ his first music lessons. Participating in the church plays and school talent shows gave ‘Mykal’ a taste for performing…Growing up under the strict tutelage of his grandparents gave him the foundations and the roots of his Journey into Rastafari.

Arkaingelle’s debut album O’PEN was released in April of 2008 on the AINGELLES MUZIK/GREENSPHERE LABEL. O’Pen “penetrates the heart of the listener from beginning to end, and takes them to a deeper realm of consciousness.” It is”a spiritual gathering of positive, uplifting and smooth tracks.”His standout single, ‘Song of Praise,’ on the IGrade compilation JOYFUL NOISE, has become “remarkably infectious.”

Arkaingelle has graced venues in Brazil, Mexico, Italy, France,the U.K. , the U.S, Spain, and a few other countries around the world, and always leaves his audiences captivated.He has shared the stage with Prezident Brown, Kymani Marley, Midnite, Lutan Fyah, Glen Washington, Bambu Station, Fyahstone, Blaak Lung, Malika Madremana, Richie Spice, Duane Stephenson, Chezidek, Queen Omega, Sista Carol, Ras Attitude, Batch, Yami Bolo, Mega Banton, Norrisman, Batch, Spanna Banna, Everton Blender, Don Carlos, Wonderful Counsellor and many more.

Arkaingelle embraces music compassionately; seeing it as an instrument that has the potential and capability to heal and arouse to higher consciousness. Rastafari continues to be his focus and guide, taking his time to hone and develop his unique rootical sound. He knows ‘timing is everything’ and that the race is “not for the swift, to endure the race and stay”, and with the Faith and Banner of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie-“mighty life-giver igh shield and buckler”, Arkaingelle continues to espouse a high spiritual manifestation within oneself and the continued fight for Justice and Peace and equality among all peoples through the power of muzik.

Arkaingelle has also released singles, like ‘Time Manifest’from Rumble Rock Records on the album Step by Step riddim, ‘Feel it’, released on the Indo Riddim compilation from Jah Youth Productions, as well as ‘me tell dem’ and ‘wen she move’ off the OVERGROUND PROJECT from Uniridd Project in Brazil. ‘Live my Life’ (april 2014) from Unidade 76, also out of Brazil, has become a resounding single in the dance from Mexico to Brazil…encouraging “righteous livity, Rasta choose it.” ‘Igh Shield’, released early 2014 on the JAH WARRIAR RIDDIM MIX and “Song Of Praise’ off the JOYFUL NOISE Compilation -both from Zion I Kings (ZIK)-has becomea theme favorite for many off these particular compilations. ‘Y should Ye,” the resounding single on the Zion High Production Release, Jah Golden Throne and ’Wat A Woe’ the most recent release also off the Zion High Production release NYACOUSTIC CHANTS

Arkaingelles continues to record single projects and is currently gearing up to release his second Full-length project with ZION HIGH PRODUCTIONS~ZIK, “Tru Da Fyah,” (7~21~17) while also continuing working with Greensphere on a Third Album. Teaming with Innerstanding Sound in 2016-17, and traveling to Europe in Spring of 2016, Arkaingelle has recorded and been promoting several of his UK steppers roots that have now been released on 12’ Vinyl. Arkaingelle continues to record with a variety of producers across the globe(ZIK, Bomb Squad, West Coast Studios-Casablanca, Habeshite studios-Italy, Greensphere, Brazil Sativa Collab, Unidade 76). Hoping to Elevate consciousness to a higher vibrational frequency, moving the masses to the sound of Roots Reggae Muzik, Arkaingelle continues to shine the light on RASTAFARI all over the world and works to bring moor conscious muzik to the forefront of the Guyana National scene while spreading the Divine Message of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Arkaingelle’s Music page on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Arkaingelle-126307617263

Muzik on itunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/o-pen/id281465931

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpLneYRp238

Lisa Dennen-Young, Emcee

Lisa Dennen-Young, Emcee

Lisa Dennen-Young, M.A. is on a mission to create a world where we all can experience love beyond limits. An intuitive love mentor and entertainer, she’s lived in six countries on four continents and has traveled the world teaching cross-cultural connection and relationship dynamics. Lisa energizes audiences with her unique blend of fun & light-hearted depth including dancing, singing, songwriting, rhythmic play, poetry, and multilingual presenting. Lisa was also the first woman of color to graduate as a forensic linguist in the United States, training with the FBI linguist who broke the Unabomber case of the 1990s. Through her work Lisa imparts inspiration of what’s possible when we choose connection, live beyond fear, and open ourselves to what love has to offer.

 

Blaine Todd

Blaine Todd

Blaine Todd, Associate Director, holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and Aarhus University in Denmark. Prior to his current role at Other Minds, he was the primary institutional fundraiser for The Studio Museum in Harlem and New-York Historical Society in New York, worked as an Associate Editor at Francis Ford Coppola’s short fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story, and as a copywriter for the Museum of Making Music. A poet and active musician, he performs in and writes for several Bay Area projects including Common Eider, King Eider; Real Life Rock & Roll Band; Ecstatic Music Band, and and under his own name. Todd also helps curate Full Spectrum Records. When not writing or playing music, he can be found exploring the coastline with a tent and motorcycle and hanging out with his fiancée and dog Tiny.

Izzi Tooinsky

Izzi Tooinsky

Internationally Loved, Locally Tolerated. Izzi Tooinsky, The Wild Man, is a unique vaudevillian entertainer who has been performing at fairs, festivals, schools, and museums since the dawn of time. The Wild Man is a juggler, clown, comedian, storyteller, and educator. He is the author of two books, creator of 7 storytelling CD’s, father of two wild women and has performed in 17 countries around the world.

The Australian Sydney Morning Herald said of Izzi, “Where ever this man performs, the stage explodes with fun, joy, and unbounded creativity.” National Public Radio called him a “Wonderful, wandering, wizard of wisdom.”

His neighbor Barry called him “A bald headed loafer.”

But all of the above agree that The Amazing Little Old Man’s performance is bold and creative, flamboyant and fun for people of all ages. His quick mix of comedy, juggling and audience participation makes him a favorite everywhere from The International Children’s Festival in Wales to the wild desert extravaganza of Burning Man.

Website: http://izzitooinsky.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/izzi.tooinsky
Video: http://izzitooinsky.com/watch-a-tidbit-of-his-show

Megan Slankard

Megan Slankard

SAN FRANCISCO INDIE-ROCKER Megan Slankard has independently sold 40,000 copies of her five self-released albums, and is currently working on a brand new double-EP release in 2019 with Nashville producer Alex Wong. Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae) also produced her fifth, and current album, Running on Machinery. Her preceding album, A Token of the Wreckage, was recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Train).

Megan and her songwriting have received national and international recognition: in 2018 she was a finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition, in 2017 she won First Place in the Unsigned Only Music Competition (AAA Category,) and was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, in 2016 she was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and in 2015 she was a two-time “Vox Pop” winner in the Independent Music Awards, a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, and a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest.

Megan’s adventures have also included a summer 2018 USA tour with Toad the Wet Sprocket, a 50-date Guitar Center tour sponsored by BOSE, a 5-date northern California tour with Train, singing backup and a duet with frontman Pat Monahan, co-writing, performing, and producing a song for San Francisco AAA radio station KFOG’s Breast Cancer Research charity drive (featuring featured guest singers Hozier, Florence Welch, Steve Earle, Grace Potter and more,) playing electric guitar on Jimmy Kimmel Live, singing the National Anthem at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants on five separate occasions, singing on Glen Keane’s animated short Duet, touring with Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler throughout Europe, and even participating on two episodes of TLC’s reality makeover series, What NOT to Wear.

Megan is preparing for summer and fall tours in 2019 US to support her upcoming new album

Links and info:

Official Web Site: https://meganslankard.com
Patreon Song Club: https://patreon.com/meganslankard
Music videos: https://youtube.com/meganslankard
Facebook: https://facebook.com/meganslankardmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/meganslankard
Instagram: https://instagram.com/meganslankard
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/megan-slankard/id27039062
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/0S2iZQzz2f7SHsRhSLWUfB

Joe Craven

Joe Craven, emcee

Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as though you’re part of the show itself. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s acquired make it all the more fun for him to share them with his audience.

Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown.

Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. Joe has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy-nominated projects. An educator for over twenty five years, he has presented at well over 100 schools, universities, civic and community groups. He has paneled at the American String Teacher’s Association, is a keynote clinician and a co-director of the youth academy at Wintergrass in Seattle for over ten years. Joe is the Executive Director of RiverTunes in California and a coast to coast Emcee of a variety of music festivals, including Delfest and the 40th Telluride Bluegrass.

Whether a presentation to folks in Costa Rica, corporate heads in Contra Costa, CA, Goodwill Industries, The United Way, young men in a juvenile detention center, families in homeless shelters, a university lecture in Washington, jamming with Gnawa musicians in Morocco, on stage at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli, or on stage with an angel food cake pan in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland… no matter who and what Joe’s connected with, he’s at home and loving every minute.

‘Everything Joe touches turns to music,’ says mandolinist David Grisman, with whom Joe played for almost 17 years. No one who saw Joe wring a percussion concerto from his garbage-bag raincoat during a downpour at the Strawberry Music Festival could disagree.

https://www.facebook.com/playjoecraven
http://joecraven.com

Tora’Dan

Tora’Dan

Jan and Tovas Porvas married in 2006 and have performed together around the world ever since. Jan was born into an entire family of musicians in the city of Tabriz, one of Iran’s premier cultural centers. He started his musical career playing traditional Iranian rhythmic instruments like the Nagara and the keyboard. In his 20’s, Jan learned to play the Tanbour, Kopuz, Daf and even the saxophone. Tovas was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and began playing music at just 6 years old. She sang and performed in many festivals in Baku, often placing among the top three young performers. Tovas is a poet and Jan is a composer. For more than a decade, the duo has been united in their mutual love for music. They arrived in the U.S. and Boise in the summer of 2016 with their young daughter. Today they aim to keep their Sufi cultural traditions alive and thriving through the arts. They are music instructors looking to share their talents and rich musical history with the people of Boise!

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Elevation

Elevation

Elevation feat. J Silk is a high energy funk/rock band from Northern California. Their original music was born in the clubs and bars of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn. They are a jam band and a dance band with an emphasis on heavy bass lines and funky grooves. The smooth vocals of front man J Silk and singer Brynn Farwell give Elevation a fresh sound that’s both old school and modern. They released their first album in October, 2018, “ELEVATION feat J Silk,” the tracks were recorded live in the studio to keep that ‘live’ feel and unique sound. The bands motto…ELEVATE YO FUNKIN’ LIFE! Currently the band is taking time to work on their second album, release sometime 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/elevateyofunk
https://www.instagram.com/elevateyofunk

Flytiger

Flytiger

FlyTiger is a future-soul group currently based out Nevada City, CA. The group is comprised of musicians from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, GA to California. Fully formed in 2018, members include: Alvetta Newby-Jones -lead vocal, Neil Layton -keys, DJ Fossil -1’s and 2’s, Eric Bevel -bass, Richard Jones -drums and percussion.

https://flytigermusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/flytigermusic

Turkuaz

Turkuaz

Drip painting entails actively splashing myriad colors on canvas.

Popularized by Jackson Pollock, Janet Sobel, Max Ernst, and other 20th century luminaries, the artform itself relies on action and motion. In similar fashion, energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia color the music of Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances.

The Brooklyn-based nonet—Dave Brandwein [guitar, vocals], Taylor Shell [bass], Craig Brodhead [guitar, keys], Michelangelo Carubba [drums], Chris Brouwers [trumpet, keys], Greg Sanderson [tenor sax], Josh Schwartz [baritone sax, vocals], Sammi Garett [vocals], and Shira Elias [vocals]—ignite an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs on their fifth full-length album, Life In The City.

“Turkuaz is made up of individuals, each their own shade of the color spectrum,” explains Dave. “Each person brings a signature style and embodies his or her own color. The respective auras come together to create our sound. The name itself implies that vibrancy, but it’s a different spin on turquoise. In the same way, we put a different spin on groove-oriented music by telling stories that you wouldn’t normally associate with funk.”

Since emerging in 2011 with their self-titled debut, the group have quietly animated a movement.

Touring incessantly in support of four full-length studio albums and three official live releases, they’ve lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo, Hulaween, Okeechobe, Electric Forest, and Mountain Jam to Telluride Jazz, High Sierra, and Lock’n, in between gracing stages at legendary spots such as Red Rocks, Terminal 5, and The Fillmore, to name a few. Among numerous critical plaudits, The New Yorker claimed, “This Brooklyn-based nine-piece delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing.”

Most recently, 2015’s Digitonium yielded fan favorites such as “Nightswimming” and “European Festivity Nightmare” and generated over 1 million-plus cumulative streams. When it came time to commence work on Life In The City, the musicians switched up the flow and took a different approach.

“We did Digitonium in a short period of time and created a concept based on The Sword in the Stone,” says Dave. “We sifted through a lot more material for Life In The City. We threw all of the paint on the canvas. There was more collaboration in the writing. Some members who hadn’t participated before brought ideas to the table. We didn’t have anything road-mapped. In that respect, it was exploratory as far as who we are sonically. The same goes for the lyrics. Beyond the turmoil in current events and the world, I was going through some difficult challenges in my personal life. So, Life In The City is more based in reality and the experience I’ve lived in the past few years than a fantasy like the last record. The city is representative of modern life and all of these distractions we face day to day.”

In order to capture that vision, they first recorded at More Sound in Upstate New York before moving to Dave’s own newly relocated Galaxy Smith Studios in Brooklyn. Avowed fans of the Stop Making Sense film, they tapped Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads to produce standalone single “On The Run” and album track “If I Ever Fall Asleep” at The Bunker Studios.

“I’m extremely hands-on, so it was a growth experience to see someone else’s take on the band,” adds Dave. “Overall, Jerry made us as a band think about things we wouldn’t have otherwise. It was really beneficial.”

The group officially introduce the album with the first single and title track “Life In The City.” Funkified guitars wrap around otherworldly synths and rapturous horns as the words “Blind in the spotlight” glare.

“That line stands out to me,” Dave continues. “There’s so much stimulus in the city and in modern life in general. So much is going on. Light is constantly shined on what we do, how we act, social media, and the urban hustle and bustle that we’re blind to what’s really going on underneath. That line sums up what the song is about. We’re not able to take a breath and experience the simplicity of reality anymore. We forget to be who we really are.”

A collaborative effort with several band members, the swaggering cry of “Lady Lovely” tells an intergalactic horror story disguised as cross-species romance, complete with “creature” giggles from the song’s vocalist Josh Schwartz. Schwartz also co-wrote “If I ever Fall Asleep,” portraying the “paranoid ramblings of an insomniac holed up in his apartment.”

Punctuated by robust horns, “Superstatic” illuminates another side of Turkuaz as it touts lyrics “about letting go and having fun for a minute.” Meanwhile, on the more personal side, upbeat delivery and synth squeals underscore a poignant admission for Dave on “The One and Lonely.”

“It’s about kicking a lot of habits and stepping away from vices,” he admits. “The song highlights the struggle I had with substances and alcohol as well as the process I went through trying to shed the struggle.  Drinking and drug use is a huge part of the road for most bands. It got to a point where it was too much for me though. This album documents me taking a step back and saying, ‘I want to live for a long time. I want to stop and take in what’s actually happening to me—not just party all the time.’”

It’s that honesty that has reinvigorated how far down the line the band has its sights set. And even in the midst of serious subject matter creeping in on this album, the musicianship of all nine band members and the group’s upbeat, fun-loving sensibility still shines through to give Turkuaz fans the joyous sound they’ve come to know over the last several years.

“I would love for our music to be a bright spot in an otherwise dark world,” he leaves off. “You can come to our shows, let go, exist, and have a good time in spite of what may be going on outside. That’s what music does for us. We want to share that.”

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