Music of the Movement – Singing our Community into Life (Circle Songs Around the Fire)

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Come gather around the fire, and let the richness of the day's events and learning integrate and resonate in song!  Music builds community, and is essential to carrying a movement forward!  What are the songs for our time, and how can we use music to catalyze our communities, create unity, uplift hearts and build our movements?  Composer and singer Ysaye Barnwell teaches that in the African-American tradition, every song has a purpose and that songs are the backbone of building community.  We will share simple songs that you can sing and teach to others, and will invite you to share your songs also.   Presented By: Tara…

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Jada Imani

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] A soul living a human experience. Getting lifted off the new wave of frequencies. Life's gifts are endless, constantly evolving. Activist, dancer, poet, MCee, love warrior, soula indigo. Member of Tatu Vision: Jada Imani and Maleik Dion, a brother/sister team, are young artists and visionaries, who host and perform at community empowerment events every month. 2016 Convergence Panel: Artists In Action 2016 Convergence Performance: Tatu Vision   Saturday, September 17th | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM/ 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM | Main Stage

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The Art of Michael Lott

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Michael Lott is an abstract artist whose work is heavily inspired by his travels, the healing of our relationship with nature, humanity's movement towards spiritual integration, as well as the worlds opened up to him via dreams and the collective unconscious. The unique style that Michael's work takes on is inspired by synesthesia, a "condition" in which Michael's senses overlap and he perceives music and sound visually as a flowing, interwoven dance of colors and abstract patterns. Michael believes that his work holds rich subconscious symbolism, and that it can be seen as a foreign yet universally familiar language. www.michaellottart.com 

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XEO

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] XEO is an electronic/acoustic/vocal artist. His songs are often inspired by nature, spirituality, and the human condition. 2016 Convergence Performance: Thursday, September 15th | 8:00 - 9:00 PM | Main Stage 

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“Commons” Film Screening

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/QueenChiefWarhorse1-300x168.png[/image_frame] The Commons is a documentary film about communities all over the world re-asserting sustainable, responsible futures using ancient Commons principles. The Commons are the shared resources of the world, owned by all, not just a few. The Commons are an ancient-new open-source code around the sharing of resources. Five years in the making, we listened as 49 communities in the Americas, Europe and south Asia told us what has made their Commons work over the centuries. In the face of commodification and privatization, when everything seems to have a dollar value, Commoners are now saying, we’re taking a new path forward… http://commonsfilm.com/ Presented By: Bunker Seyfert Thursday,…

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Film: “Adventures in Permaculture: Transition West Coast”

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Permie-journos Steven Saint Thomas and Trudy Thomas traveled from San Francisco to Seattle to document the West Coast's burgeoning Transition movement. See how permaculturists are taking design principles to the collective level, transforming whole communities to build resilient, local food systems. "Adventures in Permaculture: Transition West Coast" documents how permaculturists are transforming whole communities to build resilient, local food systems. This film follows on the heels of "Adventures in Permaculture: Australia." We interviewed leading West Coast permaculturists and Transitionists - including Penny Livingston, Trathen Heckman (Daily Acts), Brock Dolman (Occidentl Arts & Ecology Center), Carolyne Stayton (Transition US), Jackie Cramer (Beacon Food Forest) and Matt Bibeau…

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Film Screening: Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds and Sovereignty – Followed by Q&A with Director

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] ABUNDANT LAND is a documentary about a Hawaiian community on Moloka’i challenging the biotech industry’s use of the island to test genetically engineered seeds. Biotech corporations including Monsanto and Mycogen are depleting Moloka’i’s topsoil and fresh water while contributing to dust storms that spread pesticides into the surrounding communities and ocean. ABUNDANT LAND also offers a historical look into the political underpinnings of chemical intensive farming in Hawaii while portraying the rich legacy of traditional Hawaiian land management. The documentary follows dedicated residents as they seek transparency about the testing being done on their island and utilize permaculture—an ecological design system rooted in ancient Hawaiian farming…

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Luminaries

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/vir.jpg[/image_frame] Formed in Venice Beach California, and immersed in one of the most culturally diverse communities in LA, arises the heart driven, and service orientated Hip Hop emissaries of peace, the Luminaries. From the underground parties in “Dogtown” to the biggest festival stages on the west coast, the Luminaries have now taken their message international and crowds everywhere sing along the anthem, “Peace Worldwide Starts From Inside!” The band sees themselves as more than just musicians, but as catalysts for change. Each member having played the role of teacher, social worker, and activist, from working with homeless youth to defending the nation's largest urban community garden, The…

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Royal Jelly Jive

  [image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Since forming in San Francisco's own Boom Boom Room in the summer of 2013, Royal Jelly Jive has quickly ascended to become one of the Bay Area's most anticipated acts. After releasing their debut album to a packed house at Slims in late 2014, they hit the road and and have been touring non-stop ever since. Playing hi-energy shows and festivals in cities and towns all across the West Coast, they have captivated the ears and hearts of almost all who hear them, intoxicating the masses with their unique and infectious music. They have been lucky enough to share stages with notable acts such as…

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Namorados de Lua

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Namorados Da Lua - translated from Portuguese as "Moon Lovers" - is the newest Brazilian band to hit the Bay Area. The band unites Brazilian and North American musicians with a common love of creating positive music with a message. NDL showcases a beautiful blend of diverse styles, incorporation musical influences from reggae, jazz, pop, rock and funk as well as Brazilian samba, forró, and Axe carnival music. Their music brings unstoppable driving rhythms, fiery lyrical grooves, harmonious instrumentation and original funk that makes them irresistibly danceable for any audience. 2016 Convergence Performance: Saturday, September 17th | 11:30 PM - 12:30 AM | Main Stage 

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Singing Bear

  [image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Anthony Singing Bear is a stylistic singer-songwriter weaving wise words and personal stories into jazzy swing, world beat, reggae, hip hop and soul. His popularity is in large part due to his conscious well-thought lyrics, inventive songwriting, and soulful emotive voice. Bear’s prolific garden of songs seem developed and timeless like something out of the archives, and yet his ever evolving repertoire is very much here and now. It is a unique brand of music, in the style of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Brett Dennen, but really defying all genre classifications.  2016 RED Talk Presentation: TBD 2016 Convergence Performance: Saturday, September 17th | 6:00…

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YaNi

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Maybe it’s her wild hair and funky clothes. Maybe it’s because she stands an unassuming 5 feet and sports those hazel eyes as if they were the mold. Perhaps it’s her message of love and peace through fascinating sounds and beguiling hooks. It could be her ability to do what a lot of hip-hop isn’t doing much of anymore:  real stories about real experiences from real people. Whatever it is, music lovers and freedom-seekers around the world have been changed by experiencing the resonating tunes and spoken word of YaNi. And that’s peace! Iyana Ife Jendeyea Davis, also known as YaNi, is a graduate of Spelman…

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Jasmine Fuego & Live Band

Co-Founder of the Permaculture Action Network and Bay Area based Performance Artist, Jasmine is an animated mover, shaker and cross pollinator dedicated to bridging entertainment, education and ecology to bring about a new just and generative cultural narrative. Jasmine's  eclectic music project has been called soul-pop and is deeply influenced by the blues, hip hop and jazz. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JazFuego/?pnref=lhc Website: http://www.jasminefuego.com/ 2017 Convergence Panel: Artists in Action  Saturday, Oct 7 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | Main Stage   2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7 | 10:15 – 11:00 PM | Main Stage Save

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The Thrive Choir

Thrive East Bay is a purpose-driven community for people of all ages and backgrounds who are committed to transforming our lives, the places we live, and the world. We are building a new type of community that is informed by modern science and ancient wisdom, infused with a profound sense of love and interconnection, and focused on social change. We welcome all people on the journey toward personal growth, shared learning, and collective action. Thrive East Bay hosts regular Sunday events (currently on the 4th Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm) and deep fellowship with others, focused on the following core principles: Thriving Lives - We support each other…

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Wild Man

Wild Man is a geographer, dancer, and dj. He works across all parts of his craft to realize more harmonious relations between sound, bodies, and space in an urban setting.  One of his favorite media is dance music--from hip-hop and r&b to funk and house--and is grateful to the sonic elders and innovators of soul, past and present.  He lives and works in Oakland, CA. 2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7, | 11:45 PM – 12:30 AM | Main Stage Save

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Amikaeyla Gaston

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/amikaeyla.jpg[/image_frame] Amikaeyla Gaston is an award-winning singer, activist, and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI). Amikaeyla has done expansive work in the health arena for over the past 20 years and travels the world extensively as a cultural arts ambassador on trips sponsored by a variety of organizations, including but not limited to the US State Department, UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees), IVAP (Iraqi Voices Amplification Project), FOSA (Friends of Sierra Leone) & Village Link, and of course, her organization ICAHSI. ICAHSI partners with government, NGO, and educational institutions, as well as corporations and individuals to provide innovative programs…

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Jasmine Fuego

Jasmine Fuego is a Bay Area based performance artist and social permaculture community organizer. In 2014, Fuego co-founded the Permaculture Action Tour with musician, The Polish Ambassador, which catalyzed hands-on, earth based projects and "action days" for thousands of people in 44 cities from San Francisco to New York City. Jasmine focuses on arts and entertainment as a vehicle for social and environmental justice. She is currently working with Pandora Thomas and many others to build the Black Permaculture Network which promotes cross-cultural dialogue and education around permaculture design within diverse communities. 2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7th | 9:30 - 10:30 PM | Main Stage 2017 Convergence Panel: Artists in…

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Eli Marienthal

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Marienthal's career started in Bay Area stage theater work, performing in Missing Persons, The Cryptogram, Hecuba, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Every 17 Minutes the Crowd Goes Crazy, and The Life of Galileo. Marienthal is known for the role of Robin (Tim Drake) in the Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman animated film, and in an episode of Static Shock. He replaced the previous voice actor, Mathew Valencia, because in these appearances, Robin was supposed to sound older than he had on the animated series. He played the title role of "Tucker Pierce" in the Tucker television series. He is also the voice of Hogarth Hughes in the…

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Tatu Vision

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Jada Imani and Maleik Dion, a brother/sister team, are young artists and visionaries, who host and perform at community empowerment events every month. 2016 Convergence Performance: Saturday September 17th | 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Main Stage

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