A taste of what happened at last year’s Wanderlust Festival in Vermont, at one of Aarona’s Yoga Soundscape classes with Aarona Pichinson, Hannah Thiem and AJ Block! (video by Jason Elon Goodman). Join us this year in 2013 for more beauty!
On the agenda tonight: play violin + electronic soundscapes for a beautiful yoga benefit class led by Aarona Pichinson (Candlelit Yoga + Champagne Savasana presented by Yoga Gives, drink champagne afterwards (proceeds support the yoga and mindfulness programs of The Flawless Foundation for children with brain-based, behavior challenges.)
It’s Winter Solstice, when the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky. Whether you’re into a play on numbers or historical mystery, 12/21/12 is a special date, where it’s said to be the end of the Mayan calendar and the beginning of a new world. The Maya’s message is simple: ‘Our actions have created a world out of balance that must be rebalanced immediately in order for us to avoid more suffering…to humans and to all life.’ We are already seeing many changes. And this special day is a window to focus our energies, intentions, and prayers more fully and profoundly than ever before. As we explore the balance between motion and stillness in breath and body, Hannah + Liron, who have been collaborating for 7 years, will conduct the sound for this eve. Hannah Thiem on violin/electronic backdrops, (Copal, Nyxyss) is a soulful inspired artist stirring emotion and fluidity with Middle Eastern, Eastern European and Nordic flavors. She’s opened for The Rolling Stones, Bassnectar, Quixotic, and Shpongle and has been touring the yoga scene for some time. Liron Peled, on doumbek/Tuvan throat singing/sazytar, has worked with artists such as Balkan Beat Box and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He is actively touring to inspire audiences by helping them reach altered states of consciousness naturally through music, combining sufi trance elements from the Middle East with Meditative Tuvan throat singing and the powerful and rich bass sound of dubstep and metal. This is a night to sweat your intentions, breathe your prayers, drop deep into body, and clarify direction.
Friday, December 21
Kula Yoga, Tribeca, NYC
So excited to be here in Vermont performing for a bunch of yoga classes over the weekend at this most wonderful of festivals: Wanderlust Vermont! It’s gorgeous up here. Weather so far is perfect. About to head to Schulyer Grant’s class this morning, followed by Aarona Pichinson’s Yoga Soundscape with Srikala and AJ Block. Yippp!!!
What an honor to help craft the soundscape for Aarona Pichinson’s dream/vision/manifestation, which happened on June 3rd, 2012, in NYC. I’ve known Aarona for about 5 years, have been collaborating with her on multiple levels, and to finally see this dream come to life of a multi-media visual/auditory yoga extravaganza experience was pretty incredible.
The score was crafted by musical talents Shane Shanahan (percussion), Srikala (laptop, mrdanga, vocals), Joshua Geisler (flute, guitar), Tyler Sussman (didge), Raymond Sicam III (cello, vocals), Shivani (crystal bowls, vocals), Hannah Thiem (violin, laptop). 6 projectors filling the walls with stunning visuals crafted and compiled by Kurt Ritta. Yoga Soundscape to the nth degree. Yoga flow, concept, asanas composed by Aarona Pichinson. Production assistance from Natasha Blank. In short, amazingly awesome creation.
This all went down on Sunday, June 3rd at YogaWorks Soho. The first class was already sold-out, so we had added a second class at 10p, which was nearly sold out as well. It went over super well. I was so immensely grateful to be part of the entire experience, and looking forward to doing it again in a major way, even more major way!