The groundbreaking Tadasana Festival, to take place in Santa Monica over Earth Day Weekend, has partnered with YogiTunes, the ultimate online yoga music store, to offer Sounds of Tadasana, a free 30-song download featuring the illustrious array of global artists who will be performing during the festivities. The collection is produced by festival Co-Founder/Director Fabian Alsultany, who has a long history producing albums and tours as the founding member of GlobeSonic Entertainment. To download the set please go to yogitunes.com/tadasana.
Included in this collection is Gnawa vocalist and sintir player Hassan Hakmoun’s “Mimouna,” a spacious, trance-inducing North African folk track. Fellow Moroccan MoMo Loudiyi offers his catchy fusion track, “Miss Peace,” while hopping over to Senegal we find kora player Ame Kora’s illustrious, meditative “Elevator to God.”
India is well represented in this collection with tabla futurist Karsh Kale’s electronic musings on “Cinema.” Longtime Kale collaborator Vishal Vaid offers a stunning vocal performance on the exclusive release of “Bittersweet,” while Cheb I Sabbah’s gorgeous devotional track, “Aaye Bhairav Bholanath,” is the future of Indian bhajans. On the quieter side, flautist Manose gives us the serene “Buddha’s Lullaby,” while hang (pronounced hung) player Masood Ali Khan serves up the reflective “Guru Sloka.”
“Sounds of Tadasana brings light to what has become the soundtrack to yoga in America,” says Alsultany. “These are the amazing global-minded songs you hear played in the 20,000 yoga studios in this country. The festival represents the first time that the worlds of kirtan and devotional music is meeting world electronica on such a level, and this compilation perfectly reflects that.”
One of the most well-known names on the yoga circuit, MC Yogi, appears twice: on a dancefloor-rocking remix of his “Rock On Hanuman” by Brooklyn’s turntable genius, Nickodemus, and his lablemate The Spy From Cairo, followed by an appearance on Go-Ray and Duke’s thick grooves on “Bolo Bolo.” Duke Mushroom, the producer of that last track, appears alongside Derek Beres as EarthRise SoundSystem for the duo’s most upbeat track to date, “May All Beings.”
There’s no dearth of devotion on The Sounds of Tadasana. Kirtan artists Wah!, Govindas and Radha and the innovative Kirtan Rabbi, who combines devotional sensibilities with ancient Hebrew chants, are all featured. “Free in Your Love” is Steve Gold’s peaceful contribution, while Suzanne Sterling takes “Saraswati” to entirely new levels for this well-known goddess. Tom Freund’s “Copper Mountain,” Annmarie Solo’s “Jai Ma” and Morley’s “Women of Hope” offer their own sonic prayers, while the set closes with Guru Singh’s epic 22-minute “Ong So Hung.”
“Creating community through the power of yoga and music is what we’re all about,” says YogiTunes co-founder Rara Avis. “We’re grateful to be supporting our friends at Tadasana. The excitement really built when we found out the amazing lineup of teachers, artists, healers and positive vibe creators that the producers have put together.”
You can download Sounds of Tadasana at yogitunes.com/tadasana. For more information and complete track listing, visit http://www.tadasanafestival.com/sounds-of-tadasana.
YogiTunes gives students, studios and teachers instant access to a massive library of thousands of single songs and full CDs from emerging evolutionary musical artists along with custom playlists created by top yoga teachers and DJs around the world. It is a digital music store with thousands of yoga-inspired songs for sale, many of them arranged in class-long playlists by world-renownd yoga teachers and DJs.
Tadasana Festival takes place April 20th through 22nd beachfront in Santa Monica at 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405 near the corner of Ocean Park Blvd and the beach. For more information please see http://www.tadasanafestival.com.