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Music Presenter Bio - BaliSpirit Festival 2015

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Toni Childs
Modern Trip-Hop
USA

"…evocative, evanescent music that allows you to immerse yourself and drift away."
Rolling Stone, USA

Toni Childs is an Emmy Winner and three-time Grammy nominated recording artist with fans in 50 countries around the world. Best known for her list of international hits such as: Don't Walk Away, Stop Your Fussin, House of Hope, I've Got to go Now, Many Rivers to Cross, and Because You're Beautiful to name a few, Toni has a new album due for release early this year called, It's All a Beautiful Noise.

The singer's acclaimed career was brought to a halt when she was diagnosed with the debilitating auto-immune disorder, Graves Disease in 1997. Childs retired to the island of Kauai for a decade, and quietly overcame the disease with a self-healing regimen of holistic living, self-awareness and a newfound self-love.

Childs' return to music was at the request of Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues. Eve asks Toni to write an anthem that would inspire people to end violence against women and girls for her documentary, Until the Violence Stops. The documentary aired on Lifetime Television in January of 2004, and Because You're Beautiful goes on to win an Emmy later that year.

Toni and her tight five piece band will be debuting the expansive landscapes that make up It's All a Beautiful Noise at Bali Spirit Festival 2015. The music is an infusion of soaring electric guitars, haunting rhythms, a sprinkling of dub step pulses and penetrating lyrics will transport you to a deeper destination that is vast and inspiring.

Toni and her band, which includes Mik Lavage on guitar, Christian O'Donnel on Lead Guitar, Maurice Cernigoi on Bass, Jake Dominey on Drums and Gavin Miles on Keys.

will be opening this year's festival on Friday April 3rd – get there by 7pm to check her out!

Let your ears taste a sampling of Toni's musical cuisine here: www.allabeautifulnoise.com


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Spirit of the Hornbill Dance Academy
Dayak Dance and Music
INDONESIA

This academy was formed just over one year ago by Siti Habibah from the Dayak Ngaju tribe, Central Kalimantan. They teach young children from the age of seven years about Dayak dance and culture and perform in regional competitions. Last year they represented Central Kalimantan against many dance groups from around Indonesia in Semerang. The older members of the group have performed in Jakarta on two occasions and at the Bali Writers festival last year. Plans are to perform in the U.S A next year.


Desert Dwellers

Desert Dwellers
Electronica
USA

Desert Dwellers consists of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, each of whom began their careers as independent music producers and DJs in the deserts of New Mexico and California. Coming together in the late 1990s after connecting through the Moontribe events in the deserts outside Los Angeles, today the duo enjoys a reputation as one of the most pioneering and prolific downtempo acts in the United States. Their collaborative power has resulted in numerous full-length albums, remix projects for other artists, and EPs for labels like Black Swan, Twisted, and their own label Desert Trax, among many others.

After the initial success of their "DownTemple Dub" series, the Desert Dwellers have spent the past three years at some of the most prominent international music festivals. In 2014, the pair embarked on a massive 7 week tour across the United States opening for world renowned Twisted Records artist Shpongle, then quickly followed up with a full summer of festivals including Boom (Portugal), Shambhala (Canada), Atmosphere (Israel), Burning Man, Coachella, and countless others across North America. They are currently finishing a new album called "The Great Mystery" which will be released in early 2015, and planning extensive touring through Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Europe, North America, and Canada in 2015 to support that record and bring joy to dance floors across the globe.

Taking a new approach on digital production, Amani & Treavor have combined the raw sounds of the natural world while skillfully blended deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices and cross-cultural instrumentation into sonic incense for the mind and body. With this blend of sounds they provide listeners with a heightened sense of connection through their musical soundscapes. Desert Dwellers are one of the foremost influences in a genre that they have been "instrumental" in developing. Blending a variety of sources, their compositions form a heavily weaved set of sounds that have allowed them to establish themselves beyond their home base and around the world.

Bringing the electronic music vibe to the yoga scene, and the sounds of yoga to the electronic dance scene, Desert Dwellers' global sounds are the bridge between the worlds of dance and movement. Joining solid groove with sounds of serenity, their signature aesthetic feels as natural on the dance floor as it does after hours or on the mat. Due in no small part to Desert Dwellers' pioneering spirit, the borders of Downtempo music has expanded dramatically. These sound alchemists offer modern techniques that blend the edge of electronica with ancient sounds, offering a spellbinding hybrid with echoes of our past and future. The result has been the prolific production of genre blending dance tracks and chill-out grooves that make for truly memorable listening experiences.

For more information on Dessert Dwelers, please see: www.desertdwellers.org


Deya Dova

Deya Dova
Global Bass
AUSTRALIA

Hailing from the expansive Nullarbor desert in Australia and currently based in the Byron Bay area, it is like Singer Producer Deya Dova fell out of the stars on an ancient piece of space rock. One of the few female electronic producers and a ground breaking vocalist recording live at sacred sites, Deya Dova fuses the earthy human-ness and sensual power of her voice with the cutting edge futurism of Global Sacred Bass music.

Synthesising ancient songlines / tribal voices and evocative story telling with cinematic soundscapes, whomping bass, textural glitch and totemic beats, Deya Dova invokes a mythic temple vibe and brings euphoric tribalism to the dance floor.

Deya was born "behind the veil", inside her intact water membrane. According to folklore, these people inherit an innate connection between the worlds. And it is this otherworldly-ness, deep mysticism and memory that exudes from Deya's extraordinary vocals, music and stage presence.

Highly innovative and a visionary artist in the truest sense, Deya Dova's live shows are a sophisticated musical and visual feast. Performing with live electronics, organic percussion, vocal looping, petroglyphic projections and guest ritual performance artists, Deya Dova weaves a conscious elevated dance floor experience infused with feminine mojo. Featuring music from her latest release Symbiotic and live versions of remixes by Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Drumspyder and A Tribe Called Red.

Deya Dova sings to the Ancient, the Primal and the Mystic within.

"Exquisitely produced, reminiscent of The Knife or Bjork and yet completely, refreshingly, unique." IN THE MIX

For more info about Deya Dova, see www.deyadova.com


David Block

David Block
The Human Experience
USA

"We don't play music, music plays us"
– David Block

"The Human Experience" is David Block's principal project as a live electronic composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer. Listeners experience a delicious symphonic blend of prismatic soundscapes and sultry beats.

David is constantly pushing the boundaries of live electronic music. Playing, composing, and conducting his own electronic symphony live on stage, his performances are brimming and layered with human emotion, world exploration, and sacred sounds. Whether performing by himself, or with a live band, "The Human Experience" always delivers an emotionally charged show.

"The Human Experience" aims to cross cultural barriers through music. David has collaborated with artists all over the world including Ignacio Perez (Buena Vista Social Club), William Close (The Earth Harp), Random Rab, Govinda, Amae Love, Rising Appalachia, and many others.

Since his debut album "Inaudible Sounds" in 2010 , he has released four other albums in the last two years and has four new projects planned for release in 2013. Each song is a sonic journey; interweaving psychedelic layers of melody and harmony with organic grooves and international vibes.

Composing and performing live with the Audio/Visual/Dance projects "Phadroid" (Andrew and Phaedra Jones), "Quixotic", "Lucent Dossier", and "Seraphim" David is expanding his sounds into the mixed media world.

Since 2010, David has performed all over the world sharing the stage with renowned artists such as, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, Tipper, Random Rab, Emancipator, Bluetech, Kalya Scintilla, and Kaminanda.

Over the last three years he has toured in England, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Israel, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, and all over the United States at a variety of events including festivals like Boom, Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, Satya, Symbiosis, and Envision.

David is consistently redefining himself as an artist, performer, and human being. Moving and traveling around the world, meeting people from all walks of life and realms of consciousness, he is continually learning, growing, and sharing inspiration with those around him.

For more information about David Block, please see: www.humanexperiencecreations.com


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Markandeya
Visionary pop/roots
SWEDEN

Markandeya is a visionary pop/roots band from Gothenburg, Sweden. After touring and releasing albums for over a decade with the backbeat band Kultiration, Marcus Berg (vocals) and Anders Augustsson (guitar) released their debut album "Mirror of words – Part one" 2012. As part two in the trilogy is about to be launched, they continue to expand boundaries and spiritual insights with a confluence of word, sound and power. Uplifting, life-affirming music for heart and soul.

For more information on Markandeya, see: www.markandeya.com


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MatSumoto Zoku (Koji Matsumoto and Reo Matsumoto)
Contemporary Stateless Music (Dig & More)
Japan

On a hot day on in 2009, sitting on a rooftop in Varanasi India, Koji and Reo met for the first time. Then they began jamming together. After, they realized they wanted to make music together….. Travelling, Koji went to Australia and Europe and Reo went to Japan and New York. Then, 3 years later, came the crisis in Amsterdam, Holland. Koji and Reo met there again in 2012. They started busking on the streets of Amsterdam… The Matsumoto Zoku story continues and since then, the Duo has played in many international Festivals and now, into the Bali Spirit for the first time.

Matsumoto Zoku, like fish in the river of life, move with the natural flow of sound and energy. They merge urban vocal beats with the softer edge of the Halo and Didge creating a playful, serene and yet vibrant sound. Their intuitive and unique music is inspired by their extensive travels busking internationally, this creates an original and emotive style and groove. Their music is a unique blend of polarities merging, like the sun and moon, cacophony and silence, they are both urban and wild in their essence.​

For more information about this unique duo, see: www.matsumotozoku.com


Vieux Cissokho

Vieux Cissokho
Kora
Senegal

Born in Ziguinchor, Southern Senegal, Vieux is a Griot man carrying the lineage of his Cissokho kinsfolk whose music and stories are passed through the generations from father to son. Destined to be a Kora player, he was raised to the sounds of song and story, which teaches in its own way through a traditional apprenticeship.

Today he carries the lineage and passes it on through live performance which expresses the raw beauty of Africa, the passion of human expression, and the rich beauty of life. A seasoned musician and composer, Vieux was born to share the music that lives in his soul.


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Farafi
Afro Folk - India

Farafi is born of a spirited meeting between two exceptional artists whose forefront vision is to bring people together. Having in common a strong interest in African melodies, they came together to express their passion, philosophy and love for the arts.

At the core of Farafi are its founders Joy Tyson and Darlini Singh Kaul.

"The Farafi Collective is a nomadic entity which feeds as it travels. We shared a mutli-cultural and interdisciplinary history through music, theatre and dance which has manifested into this all-inclusive field."

Started as an acapella duo, using intricate vocal harmonies and contemporary lyrics it quickly evolved into a full ensemble of international musicians that brings new dimensions to these beautiful songs. Together they cover a wide range of instrumentation that innovates in the spirit of Folk tradition.

Reaching from Mali to Ethiopia, from Haiti to La Reunion, Farafi fuses traditional and contemporary African music with reggae, Indo-European, Latin, and ancestral aboriginal sounds.

Since the winter of 2013 the project, started in India, has now preformed all around the world and collaborated with over 50 musicians. In addition to their live performances, their work as a collective is to share and empower people. Farafi holds seasonal vocal workshops to connect people with the music inside themselves. It is through this engagement with their audience that they rise to enjoy the magic of creating music together.

Farafi will take you on a journey, which will leave you with a taste for more

"Our aim is to create a sound that gets people dancing and that truly touches the heart."


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Dustin Thomas
USA

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love—these are just a few trademarks of traveling singer-songwriter Dustin Thomas. Appearance aside, the music of Dustin Thomas has captivated audiences from New York to Hawaii with haunting vocals and soulful depth packaged perfectly in his fun, poignant, and memorable modern folk tunes. Dustin's songs reveal an old soul in a young frame: They reflect conversations on current affairs and historical and political references ranging from Marcus Garvey to Troy Davis. Musings on the world seen through new eyes paint an evenhanded and hopeful picture of troubled times. Dustin's is a new spirit of folk music that contemplates human relationships, both spiritual and intimate. There is little hidden or veiled in his nursery-rhyme-like prose. He simply asks honest questions and spins earnest tales of love, loss, worship, and war.

"His uniqueness defies labels. If you need comparisons, he's a conduit for something spiritual and real, the way that the great Bob Marley was (and still is) or the way real issues were sung by, say, Tracy Chapman, whose stirring voice, by the way, seems to be echoing in Dustin." -Jason Smith, Big Island Weekly


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Hera
Icelandic Street Folk
Iceland

Icelandic born, New Zealand based singer-songwriter Hera, has toured the globe for many years playing and touring in Italy, Holland, Greenland, England, Scotland, Wales, Denmark, the United states at the SXSW music festival, the famous Glastonbury festival in the UK and of course Iceland and New Zealand to name a few. She has a gold record in Iceland, and was named 'best female artist' at the Icelandic music awards in 2003, and her song 'Makebelieve' was a finalist in the USA songwriting competition.

Her music is noticeably unique and has been influenced strongly by dual emotional investment in both of her cultures. Effortlessly blending foreign sounds and language with our familiar version of folk and acoustic pop, she will take you on a journey of discovery upon which you will hear a refreshing take on what an acoustic singer-songwriter can achieve.

For more information, see: www.herasings.com


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DJ Lo Qi
The Eclectic selecta
CUBA

DJ Lo Qi has electrified dancefloors from Havana to Bali with his signature selection of multidimensional dance music & sensual sound. He is known & loved for his ability to defy genres; stimulate chakras, unite audiences & drop your mind like a dope beat. This is a sonic shaman that knows how to make you move!


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Mariama Kouyate
Griot Afro-Acoustic
SENEGAL

Mariama, Senegale singer and songwriter, was born in 1986 in Dakar/Senegal. As a member of a famous griot family Mariama already starts singing at the age of five, singing traditional melodies of the Mandingue tribe from the south of Senegal. From early childhood it becomes apparent that she is extraordinarily talented, being able to compete with the big shots. For her family it's no problem when she decides to become a singer: music is part of her family life. Her grandfather Sekou Kouyate was one of the most famous Cora Players of Afrika and a famous singer just like his brother Soundioulou Cissokho. Her grandmother was a widely appreciated singer in Senegal. Mariama accompanies her mother FENDA KOUYATE from an early age on weddings, christenings etc. In 2008 she is nominated as best singer in the competition Wappy. Internationally Mariama is recognized as an artist performing alongside different famous musicians. With her first successful single "SARAGNIMA" she starts her own career as a singer. Her second single, "CHERIE", confirms her talent as being one of the most beautiful voices of Africa. In 2010 she founds her own band "NGA NENE".

For more information, see: www.mamafrika-productions.de


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Pachamantra feat. Robert Weber
Tribal Dance
USA / Bali / Africa

Pachamantra is a tribal-dance band based in Bali. The latest offering from BaliSpirit Festival music director Rob Weber (Raio) and featuring Vieux Cissokho and Keith Kala, Pachamantra fuses African, Andean, and Indian spiritual chant traditions with beats and live instruments including kora, ngoni, guitar, native prayer flute, cello and percussion. Raio, Vieux, and Keith draw inspiration from the healing powers of the Earth and her wisdom-keepers, the yogic sciences, and their respective travels to sacred lands around the world. Welcome to ceremony.


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