Music As Medicine In Our Time

Lydia Violet (of Ayla Nereo band) will lead us through an intimate experience with Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects (WTR), a set of teachings and group exercises that help build inner resilience, fierce compassion, wisdom, and creative responses to challenging eco-socio-political times. As we move through both the dangers and awakenings we currently face as a people, we learn tools, meditations, and concepts that we can rest into, connecting to our desires to be effective allies to both planet and people. Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, reckoning, and gentle loving kindness. We bring in music of revolution, transformation, and celebration as we…

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Lydia Violet Harutoonian

Lydia Violet Harutoonian, M.A, has a Masters in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from CIIS. She has studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 8 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into profound communion with our human and more-than-human communities. She is also an accomplished musician who is deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest music traditions. In her solo project she combines fiddle, banjo, and her soulful voice to offer a soul-folk revival experience. In the past year she has collaborated with Rising Appalachia, Climbing Poetree, Ayla Nereo, and the wonderful women of MaMuse. Two years ago she pioneered,…

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Orion Freeman

Orion Freeman is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing seeker from the woods just beyond the mortar and bricks of Philadelphia. His souled-out, sometimes reggae-infused, flamenco-tinged, bluesy folk-rock aspires to move: your shoes; your heart; the cobwebs, so as to allow your soul to shine. Hovering somewhere within the chasm between the worldly and the divine, his music is an intimate glimpse into the spiraling states of freedom and folly, playfulness and prayer. In April of 2017 Orion released Morning Son, his second full length record, and will be spending the rest of the year touring throughout the US, with Thomas Seyoum providing harmonic support. “This second record of mine comes at a…

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Los Nadies

Los Nadies have created one of the freshest sounds to come out of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene in a long time. Filling a vacuum in Northern California that their southern counterparts Ozomatli deliver so well in L.A., Los Nadies bring a keen mix of politics, poetry, street party and musicianship every time they step on to a stage. Their unique blend of rock, nueva trova, South American folklore and Afro-Latin rhythms follows and expands on the tradition of celebration and protest put forth by musicians like Silvio Rodríguez, Manu Chao, and Santana. Front man Juán Cuba’s vocals, along with José Vergelín’s drums, and Francisco Ferrer’s lead guitar, serve as…

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Tara Marchant

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Tara Marchant is re-defining herself, like many others, in the emerging Green paradigm. As the Local Director for Emerald Cities Bay Area – Oakland Council, Tara is working across a host of stakeholder organizations (public, labor, community and industry and workforce development) to bring a collective effort to retrofit our urban core. In doing so, create high road job and build our democracy, reduce energy use and direct investments to our local communities. Tara also created and was the program manager of the Green Assets Program at the Greenlining Institute, where alliances, advocates and elected officials contributed to California’s Climate legislation AB 32: an ambitious climate…

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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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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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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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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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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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The Dogon Lights

          [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] Pronounced "Doe-Gone, The Dogon Lights  "Afro-Galactic Hip Hop" from the Bay Area. The Dogon Lights create a shamanic and energetic dance atmosphere that takes the listener straight to the stars. Traditional skin and wood instruments are blended with hip hop beats,  African instruments, rapping, electronica and psychedelic groove. The Dogon Lights combine a blend of styles that is fresh and instantly recognizable. A blend of languages ( English, French, Wolof, Bambara etc) and instruments such as the Sintir and Guimbri from Morocco, the Kamale Ngoni, (similar to the Kora) from Mali and Burkina Faso, Calabash and Djembe of West Africa, with…

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BOLO

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/11393742_458832017632973_9160480352793633729_o.jpg[/image_frame] BOLO is a dynamic ensemble with Surya Prakasha (Lavay Smith) on drumset, vocals and harmonium, Eliyahu Sills (The Qadim Ensemble) on ney & bansuri flutes, oud, and upright bass, and Evan Fraser (Dirtwire) on West African kamale ngoni (harp), kalimba, and percussion. With a fresh improvisational approach, the group creates music that will move, uplift and transport. Featuring African sourced grooves with sacred folk songs, African and Indian melodies, BOLO speaks to the heart in a musical language that bridges continents and unites us all. BOLO s a fresh recipe with ancient ingredients... The sweet music of the soul. It’s the sound of Bolo, who make…

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