Spirit Fest is an amazing yoga and music festival because of all of our incredible musicians! Not just because of the “stars” who take center stage, but also because of all of the amazing musicians that play along side of them, making their music sound even more incredible! Each year we are blessed to have an incredible number of talented musicians play for us.
We’d like you to meet some more of the people you’ll be hearing play at Spirit Fest 2011…
Amar Singh Khalsa
Plays with: Prabhu Nam Kaur and others
Amar Singh Khalsa has been teaching Kundalini yoga and leading chanting since 1971. He was a member of the Khalsa String Band and has played on many recordings of past and current 3HO musicians, including Singh Kaur, Bibi Bani Kaur, Prabhu Nam Kaur and Ram Dass. Amar can be found leading chant workshops, playing reeds in pit orchestras, subbing as a church organist, improvising music for WingIt! Performance Ensemble and accompanying music students. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife Sahib-Amar Kaur, another Spirit Fest musician. His son Ram Dass is also a featured Spirit Fest artist.
What is he most excited about at Spirit Fest?
“What I’m most excited about is playing with and sharing Divine music with new and old friends.”
Playing with: GuruGanesha Singh
Wynne Paris has been been working and playing in the realms of sacred music since 1994. He has been a full time pro musician since 1988. As a singer, guitarist, sarod student, bassist and producer, Wynne has worn many musical and spiritual hats. He has performed with Amma the Hugging Saint and for HH. the Dalai Lama. In 1998, Wynne began recording and performing with Krishna Das. He has also recorded and performed with GuruGanesha Singh, Bhagavan Das, Dave Stringer, David Newman, Wade Morrisette, Shyam Das, Sharon Gannon, and Girish. Wynne’s latest group, Groovananda, features well known rock and jazz musicians playing sacred music. Their debut album “OMSPUN” features Rick Allen (Def Leppard), JT Thomas ( Bruce Hornsby band), Badal Roy ( Miles Davis), Mark Karan ( Ratdog) and many other wonderful rock, kirtan and jazz musicians. Wynne is honored to be supporting his old friend Guru Ganesha Singh at Spirit Fest!
Playing with: Harnam Singh and others
What she is most looking forward to about Spirit Fest?
Playing with: Mirabai Ceiba
Megan Gould (violin) is one of the most versatile performers of Middle Eastern, Greek and popular music. She received her violin performance degree from Indiana University and a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of London. She has performed rock music with David Byrne, John Mellencamp, and Sean Lennon and has recorded with Ani DeFranco, Lou Reed, Phillip Glass and others. Her work has appeared in many movies, commercials and soundtracks.
Playing with: Mirabai Ceiba
Jamshied Sharifi is a New York-based composer, producer, and keyboardist. He has composed and conducted the scores for the feature films Harriet The Spy, Down To Earth, Clockstoppers, Muppets From Space, Footsteps in Africa, Tracks, and has written music for many other films and television shows. As a producer, arranger, and keyboardist, he has recorded and/or performed with Paula Cole, Ray Charles, Dream Theater, Laurie Anderson, Hassan Hakmoun, Yungchen Lhamo, and many others. His world-inspired debut CD, A Prayer For The Soul Of Layla, was named ‘Best World Album’ by New Age Voice magazine, and ‘Best Album of the Year’ by critic and radio host John Diliberto. His most recent CD, entitled One, was released in 2008. Jamshied attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging. In January 2009, Jamshied served as an arranger on the Inaugural Concert “We Are One” for President Obama at the Lincoln Memorial. Jamshied has performed at many prestigious venues throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Opera Theater in Sydney, Cité de la Musique in Paris, and Svetlanovsky Hall in Moscow. He has produced Mirabai Ceiba’s three most recent albums: Awakened Earth, A Hundred Blessings, and Cycle of Life.