Inki is a tribal bushman emerging from the solemn mountains to develop a relationship with tumultuous seas through performing trance-inducing melodies upon his integral hang and first nation flutes and mixing healthy blends of "world-folk-beat" music.
The Eternal Caravan is the figurative umbrella that founder Ari Melinger-Cohen holds as a collective for all of his solo and collaborative creative projects. He conceived of it on a nomadic journey in Australasia as a vision for a traveling music and arts collective. While growing and subject to continuous evolution, The Eternal Caravan is currently focused on music and story-telling.
Broadly speaking, the music is a fusion of jamgrass, Americana, rock, jazz and blues, spiced with musical traditions spanning Western Africa to Eastern Europe and down the Silk Road to India. The instrumentation is similar to that of a modern string band, often with added percussion and exotic instruments. Thus, the music is described as journeygrass.
The stories transport you into the mythical realm to tell the tale of the legendary "Eternal Caravan in the Sky." Prepare to take your inner child upon a heartfelt ride through the waves of life, towards a golden valley, beyond the yonder mountain and under a second sun. On the journey, you'll meet the cast of characters, including the infamous outlaw Tallahassee Jed, the Cosmic Sea Cat, the Sea Camel and the legendary Muillo, to name but a few.
The live show is our favorite aspect of the project because it allows us the opportunity to engage directly and in-the-moment with our fans. We fuse our music and story-telling to create an enchanting atmosphere to ground, connect and dance as we take off on a magic carpet ride. The co-creation is different every time and the Eternal Caravan will adapt to match the ambiance and energy in each venue. We can provide a show ranging from intimate and cozy song- and story time to a high energy hoe down. No matter what, the show is bound to leave you "flying high on board the Eternal Caravan in the Sky!"
The Eternal Caravan is the seed for a community based around music, art, creativity and medicine, both local and global. It is meant to an inclusive canvas and platform for all to feel comfortable expressing themselves and being artists in whatever way feels right. We invite all who are interested to hop on board and co-create.
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MudWood music is timeless and ageless. Crossing boundaries of cultures, weaving sweet harmonies with powerful and transformational lyrics, Amira and Jo MudWood are an acoustic, multi-instrumental duo. At times adding other elements to the MudWood sound.
They will also be running a Kombucha Lounge as a Theme Camp...so look forward to delicious tastes and sounds!
African Cultural Experience
Robert Koffie Fugah is a teacher and performer of African drumming and dance.
He is from the Abor village in the Volta Region of Ghana where music and dance are integral to life.
Robert has taught African drumming and dance for over 15 years in schools and to expatriates, both in Ghana and abroad. He moved to Otago New Zealand in 2013 and has developed a reputation as a talented and hardworking teacher facilitating workshops and performing across the country.
Robert has been a featured performer for African Day in Wellington, Special performance at Parliament House, Prana Festival, Coromandel, Luminate Festival Takaka, EvolveFestival, Nelson and the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the U20 Soccer World Cup, NZ, Guests Performer on What Now Kids Show on TV2.
Workshop Description: This is a 2 hour West African Drummin workshop provides the opportunity to experience the healing power of the
African rhythms with a unique style of guided facilitation using rituals practices, songs, drumming and dancing from West Africa especially from Ghana, so Come and experience self transformation facilitated by Robert Koffie Fugah.
Vojta is a multi-talented musician fusing delicate violin with bassy didgeridoo, adding a glistening of guitar and bansuri flute. He accompanies himself adding rhythm with a stomp box.
His music is transcendent bringing together Tribal, Celtic and classical music.
- MEDITATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS ON THE HUMAN PLACE IN NATURE -
Sacred ecology explores the natural world as a doorway to the "sacred." In this workshop we will explore existential questions such as: What is the concept of self? How do we see ourselves amongst the wider family of earth's inhabitants: animals, plants, minerals, soils and fungi, all of which are an intimate part of their own living ecosystems and perhaps, sentient waters? Might the concept of "self" be the root of our more serious environmental struggles?
Sacred Ecology reclaims the awareness of our integral connection with the earth, our inner "self", as well as our surrounding community. This workshop will be divided into two key portions: a guided meditation into the evolution and healing of the earth and and an intellectual discussion on the more specific concepts of nature and wilderness, indigenous perspectives, ecology, the self, and our sacred connection with the interconnected web of life.
Workshop by Jessi Rose
Photo source: Christine Peterson - sacredecology.com
Scattered Ashes is the live performance alias of Steve Carter, a writer, artist and musician who has a particular focus on work exploring the human condition. Formerly a Mental Health Promoter with the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, and with a career dedicated to community development and activism, he has just released a new album 'A Question of Identity'. The album is designed to provoke dialogue about such issues as mental health, diversity and social change, with live shows presenting the songs as a narrative that shadows a journey of recovery and discovery. Listeners can expect equal measures of blunt honesty, self-effacing humour and incisive social commentary and are positively encouraged to join the conversation.
A native-american inspired sweat lodge whose lineage is with the Lakota Nation and the Navajo Nation of Turtle Island.
Inki Tane will be setting up a sacred Sweat Lodge, a soul searching experience to reflect and purify the mind, body and soul.