"Bridging concert and ritual for a transformative life experience”.
Concert meets ritual in this multi-level experience which incorporates elements of meditation, sound healing, and live music - including songs from the album ‘EAST FOREST x RAM DASS’
As you enter the space the mood will be set with the smudging of palo santo or white sage. Choose a spot to unroll your mat and place your bolster or pillow. Begin to think about your intentions; write them out on a prayer flag to hang or place on an altar. Rest and relax while enjoying a musical concert, mixing traditional East Forest songs with deep ambient soundscapes, that will move you through the energy cycles. Allow the music to take you on a inner journey, to lead you to the wellspring of wisdom within. End the evening with a deep savasana, followed by a tea ceremony that will allow you to share your experience and connect with others. Leave with feelings of tranquility, hopefulness and self-empowerment.
(Note: The East Forest Ceremony is not an class, all levels are welcome! Please bring a mat, blanket, bolster or anything you need to be as comfortable as possible for the experience.)
A video tour:
THE STORYIn June 2018, East Forest was invited to Ram Dass’ home in Maui to join in conversation and record brand new teachings from the legendary teacher. After capturing these words of wisdom, East Forest returned to his studio in the high desert of Southern Utah to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. In these new recordings, Ram Dass’ words speak masterfully to the modern challenges that so many face with technology, dark thoughts, the nature of soul and so much more. The new East Forest record also features guest appearances from the likes of Trevor Hall and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing the 87 year old spiritual teacher into an echelon of relevancy and immediacy — offering a direct antidote for a highly polarized nation that is deeply in need of a universal voice of wisdom, connection and unconditional love.
EAST FOREST has been the leader of underground ‘sound healing’ ceremonies around the world since 2008. Using music as a tool, he has trailblazed the field of organic tech, building bridges between the digital and natural world. Being fully independent and playing in the private shadows allowed the sound of East Forest to emerge: an emotional and spacious musical lexicon with a sound that took shape out of a practical need to play solo for five to six hours while guiding a room full of listeners in deep meditation. Live looping and layered keyboard melodies filled the musical space while angelic vocals and original field recordings floated above.
“East Forest is tied to both nature and to everyday urban life, giving it the qualities of a sort of ethereal and mystical modern-day fairytale. It’s just blissful.” (NPR)
Word organically spread and a devoted community shared East Forest’s early albums, many of which were live recordings captured directly from his sound healing performances.
“Full of rich bass, introspective soundscapes, the biophany of nature, and live instrumentation ranging from a wooden flute to a mylodica, East Forest doesn’t just create sound, he creates narrative.” (Huffington Post)
Moving into festivals, theaters, and clubs, electronic beats and diverse live instrumentation eventually joined in, from strings and analogue synthesizers to african kora. East Forest’s electro-acoustic ethereal sound continued to evolve and he found himself performing in a diverse range of settings from SXSW, Google, Mysteryland, to Grace Cathedral, Summit at Sea, as well as his own TEDx talk.
More than a dozen albums later, East Forest continues to explore a path of emotionally driven music that pulls from ambient, classical, electronic and indie-pop genres.
"We forget that we are nature. We feel so much separation in our modern life, inundated with so much information; I believe our solutions will come from the inside out. They're already here, we're just uncovering them. It’s all a process of discovery. We need to give space for that which wants to emerge -- making this music is my way of creating some space, and inside I hope we can hear an answer.” — East Forestbecome a co-conspirator… eastforest.org