BREAKING NEWS: We just heard confirmation from elders at base camp that drilling is continuing. They are moving forward anyhow and just taking the fine. Now is the time to keep our prayer strong, and to continue our support in our fight for clean water, protection of our land, and discontinuing the funding of ALL pipelines.
Yesterday we were all thrilled to hear the following announcement from the Army Corp of Engineers late Sunday, December 4: “The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.” Alternate routes for the DAPL crossing will be explored.- and This is NOT acceotable. Yes we are one step in the right direction however, we will not stop advocating until all pipelines are discontinued. Rerouting is NOT acceptable. There are still jailed Water Protectors and other legal issues to be addressed, as well as expenses still outstanding for the winterizing of the camp (such as yurts, etc).
Join us at MeloMelo Kava Bar where we will gather in prayer, music and story as we stand in solidarity for Standing Rock. All money collected for kava, and kombucha purchases will be donated to winterizing camps at Standing rock.
We will gather at 7pm. At 7:30pm we will begin with an opening invocation and Kava Ceremony followed by music, story, counsel, and medicine theatre.
“Hitor’ri hitor’ri ki va orech,
Awake, awake your light has come! Arise, shine , awake and sing;
These poetic words composed by Rabbi Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, a verse in the poetic song Lecha Dodi, rings in my head as a wake up call. Our brothers and sisters at Sacred Stone Camp in Standing Rock are on the front lines standing up for all people so that we will have clean water for all generations to come. The 280 indigenous tribes have gathered from all over the world to stop the DAPL which threatens to contaminate clean drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux. This is a historic moment in time. However as a country and a people were are persuaded by what the corporations and the media are feeding us. Our focus has been this presidential election. Neither presidential candidates have spoken at all about The Dakota Access Pipeline in the 3 presidential debates. Why not? Perhaps they are funding the building of the pipeline? It is our time to wake up and to stand together advocating, educating and praying for the protection of our sacred land and water. The people who are on the land are peaceful protectors of water not violent protestors. However we are being pushed back and assaulted by the use of tanks, rubber bullets, hate speech, pepper spray, tasers and you name it. Yesterday I was informed that a sweet lodge was violently ripped apart by law enforcement as ceremony was happening inside, and all were taken into custody. Peaceful protectors are praying on the land with cedar and sage and law enforcement are confiscating our sacred herbs in the face of peaceful prayer. Now we are not able to pray on our land? This has gone too far.
I have been able to tour our world inspiring communities to connect with Spirit in authentic and embodied ways. I have met tens of thousands who are now integrating spiritually embodied daily practices into their daily lives. Why is this happening? From what I have seen from performing at transformational music festivals many have learned these practices because of the ceremony brought by the Lakota and other indigenous tribes. For the people who have yet to experience these transformational gatherings we are inspired by the music we listen to. For almost the past decade I have been visiting Jewish communities working with all generations, and denominations to help connect each individual with Creator through music. Now touring to festivals and communities where all faiths gather my network of musicians and collaborators has significantly grown. It’s time for us to raise our voices and to share our prayers so that we can advocate for the safety and protection of our sacred land and waters.
On this Shabbos I am inviting you all to share a prayer for the protection of our peaceful protectors at Standing Rock and for the protection of our sacred land and water. Arise! Wake up family! Let’s gather in prayer and bless up those who need our support. Spirit has our back!
I am considering holding Shabbos prayer at Standing Rock in the next couple of weeks and if you are interested lets gather and welcome in the divine goddess at Sacred Stone Camp! Lets gather on the land and pray as one people.
On October 8th I was invited to share my music on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at “Chant 4 Change,” an event celebrating the unification of all people through sacred chant. When I received the booking inquiry from my team, I really didn’t know what to think. The Lincoln Memorial is a huge location and to think I would be able to sing for over 10,000 souls from all faiths just didn’t really make sense to me. Then a few days before the event I received a message from Chant 4 Change that the Dalai Lama himself wrote a letter officially thanking all the artists and volunteers for participating in this event. At that moment I knew that we were making history.
I arrived at the Lincoln memorial on October 8th (one month before election day), with my parents and we were greeted and guided to the green room. In the distance I heard one of the most beautiful voices. I quickly walked over to the stage which was placed right on the lower steps of the memorial where hundreds of people were chanting and singing along with Ajeet Kaur. Her voice and music brought me to a space of total bliss. I was also able to catch performances by Fanna Fi Allah (a sufi chanting collective) who I also saw perform at Bhakti Fest this year. The Juggernauts set featuring Guara Vani and Visvambhar brought thousands of people to their feet with collective chant and dance. I was invited to share my music right after their set.
I walked up on the stage grounded down and looked out at thousands of people. I was facing towards the Reflection Pond and the Washington Memorial. I was joined during my set by my friend Benjy Wertheimer on esraj and tabla. Benjy is the founder of a sacred chant band called Shantala and also performs with Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and other kirtan artists. Both Keshia Halev Fife and Dana Benderson joined me on vocals. I opened with the “Bal Shem Tov Niggun,” calling in the spirit of a Rabbi who could hear the song of the birds and sing the songs of the birds. The BESHT could hear the songs of the waters and yes, sing the songs of the waters. I guided everyone with hebrew chanting songs, some original acoustic songs and an english chant cover by Ben Lee. During the last song I disconnected from the PA and joined the thousands who were singing with me down on the steps below. We were all praying together using our voices as the tools to break us free from the fear and judgment. The human way is to live in the mind. However group chant allows us to travel from the place of the mind to the place of the heart. Did you know Hamakom is one of the names of spirit? Hamakom… (The Place) where all judgement seems to fade and we become ONE voice, ONE being, ONE heart.
After our set i was able to witness “Prayerformances” by Sweet Honey In The Rock, Radhanath Swami, Tina Malia, The Kirtan Rabbi, Mc Yogi and David Newman all artists that have mastered their craft. Every single offering at Chant 4 Change was deeply moving and empowering. To even think that I would be considered let alone included in this cohort of change makers was humbling and a highlight of my lifetime.
Tomorrow morning Madhu and I depart for Santa Fe where we will be performing at UNIFY FEST alongside Mike Love, Chances R Good, Trevor Hall, Ayla Nereo, Marya Stark and many others. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
I’m so honored and excited to be sharing my music this summer with the people of the Pacific North West. Life is fragile and so powerful at the same time. I’m come to known this in the past few months in my healing. I have been moving slower and more intentionally. We are so BLESSED to be walking this sacred road together. How are you BLESSED?? In the theme of BLESSING come join us this summer on the BLESSED SUMMER TOUR!!
It’s official!! I’ll be heading out on a northwestern summer tour to perform at Blessed Coast in Squamish Canada!!! I’m really honored to be joining the amazing cohort of musicians including: Trevor Hall, The Human Experience, Sara Tone, Chris Berry, Beckman Coe, KALA and many others!! Grab tickets by clicking on the banner!!
I’m really excited to be joining the lineup at The Ecstatic Festival: An Experiment In Radical Connection. My band will perform Saturday night June 11th in the amphitheater and we are really putting together an evening with some powerful sacred high frequency music. We will be joining other artists: Shaman’s Dream, Liquid Lovedrops, Tyler Blank, The Heartifact, Dear Beloveds,and Sweet Medicine. Tickets will go fast so grab them soon!!
I’m super honored to be teaming up with Shaman’s Dream and will be performing with him at this years Lucidity festival this weekend along other acts including: SaQi, Keller Williams, Marc Farina, Mike Love, Ryan Herr, Earthwake and Luv Amp. Come join us Friday at 5:40pm. Main stage. I’ll be hanging out all weekend.
You heard it right, I’m back once again at SXSW music festival and this time I’m an OFFICIAL showcasing artist. Big props to my homie KOSHA DILLZ for inviting me to perform this year at the Oy Vey Showcase. I’m also curating SoulSpark: A Jewish Songwriters Showcase, and SXShabbat at Lovegoat.