The Polish Ambassador (real name David Sugalski) is raising the bar for what it means to be a professionally touring musician. Sure, the electronic musician lays claim to producing the sweetest beats this side of the Milky Way Galaxy, but the world’s funkiest diplomat is also using his popularity to steer the millennial generation toward a nourishing and sustainable way of relating with art, community and the planet. From birthing the Permaculture Action Movement (a movement where the energy of show/festival goers is catalyzed into community action), to creating a program where nutritious beverage options are available at music venues on a routed TPA tour, the ambassador is using his clout to make real, tangible change, and along the way inspiring hundreds of thousands.
Xiuhtezcatl, 16 and Itzcuauhtli, 13 are eco hiphop artists and activists who write and produce music to educate their generation about the global environmental crisis and to inspire people of all ages to connect with their passions and move into positive, creative action. They have spoken and performed in the United Nations, at schools, colleges, conferences and music festivals worldwide. They often perform with their three sisters, Isa Caress, Tonantzin and Jasmine. HBO recently produced a music video of their original song "Be the Change." Their new album Generation RYSE will wake you up, get you on your feet, and inspire you to take action to create a better world for future generations.
Gifted with a broad, soaring vocal range and crystalline tone, Peia’s song pierces the heart with bell like clarity. She sings with depth and beauty, accompanying herself with charango, harmonium, and guitar. Her revolving collaborative ensemble weaves rich vocal harmonies, cello, an eclectic array of percussion, and flamenco guitar. Peia’s performances offer authentic re-imaginings of traditional musical treasures along with a stunning repertoire of her original songs.
Merging modern bass music with the retro sounds of jazz, blues, disco and funk, Defunk has taken bass music to new heights. From up-tempo to downright dirty, he blends the old with the new across countless genres and tempos. From swinging saxophone solos, to banjo breakdowns, soul-sister vocal build ups and face melting bass drops.
He aims to create electronic music that knows no bounds or overdone sounds. He intends to take music with soul and recreate it, bringing back music from the decades, filtering it, and blasting it back in your face. Its music that is as relevant to the bass scene as it is fresh at the same time.
Manoj arose from the dancefloor and will always be a dancer at heart. He is one of the pioneers in the west coast dance culture emerging circa 1991 both shaping and being shaped by this amazing adventure. Continually moved and changed by the power of music and the many transformational experiences he encounters while dancing and performing, he now dedicates his life to share with others the inspirations that he has received. Understanding and deeply rooted in the legacy of the the most formidable founding dj's, that the power of dance music is unleashed through the ability to take dancers on a journey, he uses the contemporary technologies available with the vast genres of music to weave a limitless musical landscape.
Realizing every opportunity to play music for others is a gift, he does his best to stay open, meet people where they are at and then take them to a more inspiring, lighter and playful space within themselves as the music comes through.
Wildlight is the space between the notes, the earth’s undulating pulse, the modern echoes of ancient rhythms. It is a sound that will spark your body into motion and swing your soul into flight. An unlikely pairing of a folk songwriter and an electronic music composer has yielded a new sound; music that gracefully traverses human emotions, but can also jumpstart a party into a syncopated bounce.
While vocalist Ayla Nereo delicately crafts songs that climb and tumble through a landscape of crescendos and harmonies, seasoned composer David Sugalski (aka The Polish Ambassador) keeps the beats and bass rooted deep in the subatomic layers of the earth.
DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have spent fifteen years igniting dance floors with cutting edge music not limited by borders or language. They host the longest running Bhangra and Bollywood party on the West Coast, cofounded the Pacific Northwest’s first Global Bass dance party and host two weekly radio shows on XRAY.FM and KBOO.FM. Few DJs can be said to have changed the sound of their city but that is exactly what DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have accomplished since they first introduced Portland, Oregon nightclub audiences to the many varied sounds of Global Bass at a raucous New Year’s Eve debut in 2000. They are most known for incinerating dance floors with the heavy dance floor artillery of South Asia, but the duo scour the globe for any hardhitting music that combines local music traditions with window-rattling production. Anjali and The Kid regularly perform at festivals including five sets at the Sasquatch! Music Festival tenth anniversary where they headlined the dance tent opening night.
They have performed at festivals such as Decibel, MusicfestNW, Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, Beloved, Photosynthesis, Soul’d Out, Portland International Film Festival, Fairytale Music Festival, Kaleidoscope and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The duo travel to perform in cities such as New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco and Vancouver, BC to headline parties such as Basement Bhangra, iBomba, Bhangrateque, Ottomania and Non Stop Bhangra.
After making a name for themselves in their hometown’s raucous house party circuit, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid introduced the Portland, Oregon nightclub scene to the sounds of Bhangra, Bollywood and Global Bass on New Year’s Eve 2000. A series of residencies followed, beginning with a night at the legendary Blackbird, and the duo began hosting their ANDAZ dance parties in July of 2002. The party’s focus on hardcore Panjabi Bhangra and the latest electronic confections from the Bollywood film industry continue to pack the dance floor after 12 years. While ANDAZ was still in the bloom of youth, Anjali and The Kid founded the revolutionary dance night ATLAS (with cohost/DJ E3) at Holocene in November of 2003 to introduce Portland to Global Bass sounds such as: Balkan Beats, Reggaeton, Funk Carioca, 3Ball Guarachero, Digital Cumbia, Urban Desi, French and Arabic HipHop, Rai N B, Reggada, Dembow, Dubstep, Kuduro, Merengue Urbano and a host of other local and diasporic future musics. ATLAS was a vital party in Portland nightlife and the Global Bass scene internationally for more than nine years and remains the longestrunning night in Holocene’s history. In 2013 Anjali and The Kid initiated TROPITAAL: A Desi Latino Soundclash, their latest project.
They have supported artists as diverse as Digable Planets, Balkan Beat Box, Major Lazer, Skrillex, A Tribe Called Red, DJ Spooky, Tigerstyle, Boban i Marco Markovic Orkestar, Delhi 2 Dublin, Sleigh Bells, Glitch Mob, State of Bengal, MSTRKRFT, Karsh Kale, DJ Rekha, CeU, Antibalas, Dengue Fever, Blockhead, Soulico, The Decemberists, Uproot Andy, Rupa & the April Fishes, Gold Panda, DJ Marcelinho Da Lua, Saini Surinder, Washed Out, Toy Selectah, Pink Martini, Quantic, Opiuo, Bonobo, Extra Golden, Maga Bo, Poirier, Plastician, Flying Lotus, Ming & FS, JoroBoro, Kultur Shock, Ghostland Observatory, Rafi eL, JBoogie, and Nickodemus from Turntables on the Hudson.
“Anjali and The Incredible Kid, Portland’s resident top Bollywood and bhangra deejays.” The Portland Tribune 3/12/15
“DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid have been Portland’s leading world music DJs since the turn of the millennium.” Willamette Week 12/31/14
“Portland’s finest purveyors of Bollywood, bhangra and global bass music.” Vortex Music Magazine 10/12/14
“Known for bringing cuttingedge music to virgin ears, they are guaranteed to throw you a good time” Eleven PDX Magazine December 2013
“Maybe the Portland area’s most wellknown deejays.” The Portland Tribune 1/26/12
“People were talking about all weekend: DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid–playing every, SINGLE day (the only performers to do so), the Portland duo was the mustnotmiss Bollywood/bhangra dance party makers of the weekend.” (Sasquatch! Festival 2011) Oregon Music News 5/31/11
“Celebrate our local heroes as they hold down the biggest rock fest in the Northwest” (Sasquatch! Festival 2011) The Portland Mercury 5/26/11
“DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid sets are one of Portland’s great recurring dance parties.” Willamette Week 12/16/09
“Portland’s favorite boy/girl DJ pair” The Oregonian 6/19/09
“The pair have been keeping Portland dancing for so long in various incarnations, imagining the local music scene without their bhangra and Bollywood rhythms is unthinkable. ” The Oregonian 5/26/06
“The DJs responsible for making “bhangra” and “Asian garage” somewhat household words outside Portland’s Desi community” – The Portland Mercury 1/8/04
The Portland-based artist saQi is a classically trained composer, producer and trumpet player. Drawing his name from the Sufi title for a mystic muse, saQi creates eclectic electronica that maintains a balance between organic and synthesized sound. His live sets rock the dance floor while maintaining a grace and musical depth to engage the listener. The music is never limited by genre, tempo or any other stylistic elements. Allegiance to the creative flow and its truest expression thereof is saQi’s manifesto.
Be sure not to miss saQi joining The Polish Ambassador Saturday June 4th at the Crystal Ballroom!
YAIMA is an old word
meaning "that which water runs through",
-a conduit for diverse musical languages.
Their sound is rooted in the the rich depth of tradition
through biological beats, folkloric storytelling and mystical melodies.
They reach towards our compelling, technological future by weaving live instrumentation and vocals
over lush electronic layers, seamless soundscapes, and body-blooming bass.
Chicago born poet and emcee Michael (Mic) Crenshaw fell in love with music at a young age while living in Minneapolis. His teenage years were challenging as he actively confronted white supremacist gangs that were a growing part of the hardcore music scene. He eventually chose to escape the violence and moved to Portland, where he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest, and his community efforts have had both local and international impact.
In addition to his highly acclaimed work in spoken work and Hip Hop, Mic cofounded GlobalFam, a non-profit (EducationWithOut Borders 501c3) project to create and maintain a computer center for disadvantaged youth in Burundi, Central Africa. Over 400 people have received free training, and it is now expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs. Mic also partnered with Education WithOut Borders (EWOB), which supports education, music and art initiatives in Portland and beyond and serves as an umbrella for the local Books For Prisoners chapter and GlobalFam itself. GlobalFam has blossomed into a music label, production, promotion, artist management, and education company providing mainstream entertainment that supports Social Justice Activism.
Mic has released numerous solo albums and been part of various Hip Hop projects. To his credit he has opened for Public Enemy, Immortal Technique, KRS1, Mos Def and The Roots to name a few. Mic played the Bibo Festival in Halle Germany and the SWAG Jam in Berlin in 2015 and recently toured multiple cities including LA, (http://www.laweekly.com/slideshow/deadprezmiccrenshawechoplex6476682) Oakland and Seattle 2016 with Dead Prez.
Mic is Currently the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan and tours annually throughout Africa with African Hip Hop collectives.
DJ Klavical, known for his turntable work with artists Mic Crenshaw and Redray Frazier. The Los Angeles born DJ has made Portland his home since 2004 releasing a number of albums with artists such as, Abangatang, Sick Mediks, Sapient, IAME, and BenDavis. Klavical creates and performs HipHop and Electronic music as well as his live band work. From Latin Blends to Funk to Soul to Breaks, Klavical explores and delivers a hybrid of multi genre tracks that get people moving.
You can hear Klavical every first Friday from 810pm on 90.7 KBOO FM Portland or catch him live every 3rd Saturday at Laurelthirst with Redray Frazier from 68pm and every 4th Friday as the resident DJ for Soul Revue at Secret Society.
The fluid movements in a sea of fusion is the heart of Subaqueous music. By blending future past and eclectic rhythms Subaqueous moves the listeners through a sonic epic.
Subaqueous’ music can be found on the dance floor of transformational festivals, ecstatic dances, and fusion dance all over the west coast USA and the world. His unique sound invites dancers to be in touch with their kinetic nature. It’s a deeply emotional journey.
Isaac Cotec, aka Subaqueous, not only performs music for transformational festivals and fusion dances, but he is also dedicated to inspiring other musicians through education. Isaac Cotec is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer that works with high schools, colleges, and private institutions to help musicians reach their musical goals.
Join Subaqueous along with Cheraki and their collaborative project Silk Drop Thursday June 9th!
Armed with a live show that is continually evolving, the music of East Forest is “a revelatory excursion in sound” (Under The Gun) that invites listeners to “go on a journey of self discovery” (Earmilk). East Forest's “blissful” (NPR) brand of music for old souls blends achingly emotional wordlessness, ambience, and contemporary classical touches with a touch of pop sensibilities and electronic flavors. Originating as the solo project of Trevor Oswalt, his belief in sound healing – that music is holistic in nature, granted power beyond melody spurred his own research; eventually, his interest and talents on the matter lead to his own TED Talk in 2015.
Oswalt’s music blends his life experiences as a performing pianist for a dance troupe, playing music in a hospice, as well as time spent with shamans in Amazonian jungle and backpacking throughout the mountains of the U.S. searching for answers. East Forest has made appearances at Mysteryland, Gillette Stadium, Grace Cathedral, Summit At Sea, SXSW as well as Google and toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe sharing the stage with Moby, Crystal Bowersox, and Bluetech. His latest albums, Music To Die To and Music To Be Born To, were released on February 26, 2016 on Aquilo Records. eastforest.org #eastforest
MP3 SINGLE : http://bit.ly/FarmSongMP3 "Farm Song"
ONE SHEET : http://bit.ly/EFOneSheet
STREAM : https://soundcloud.com/eastforest
Jujuba delivers a funky, danceable style of Nigerian Afrobeat and Juju music. The strength of the eleven piece revolves around its energetic cohesion between percussion, rhythm and horn sections. Renowned for their ability to engage a wide variety of audiences, the band draws a dance floor full of smiling faces at every event.
Jujuba features Nojeem Lasisi from Igbo Ora, Oyo State, in Nigeria. He ranks among the world’s elite talking drum players. Nojeem was given his first drum at age four by his father, also a master drummer, who handed down to Nojeem its powerful language. As a member of Nigerian superstar King Sunny Ade's group, the African Beats, Nojeem toured the world and appears on numerous recordings with King Sunny, including "Seven Degrees North" and "Odu”.
Nojeem has settled in the Northwest and assembled Jujuba from local musicians who all share a true love for Nigerian music. Their diverse experiences in a wide range of styles propel the project into new directions based on Afrobeat, Juju and traditional Nigerian folk music. Nojeem Lasisi and Jujuba have created a unique blend of African and Western music they hope is enjoyable to all.
Since the fall of 2002, the band has elicited a strong flow of positive feedback from audiences,
concert promoters, festival organizers and the press. As Marty Hughley of The Oregonian puts
it, “the heat and flavor was all in the groove.” The joy Jujuba shares with its audiences
encourages new material, a tighter connection and a growing energy from each show to the
Nojeem Lasisi – Talking Drum & Vocals
Saeed Abbas – Kpanlogo Drums & Vocals
Don Corey – Bass
Miss Donna – Shekere & Dance
Gus Slayton – Tenor Saxophone & Vocals
Ethan Flaherty – Guitar & Vocals
Joel Griffith – Trumpet
Derek Bondy – Trombone
Marc Silverman – Keyboards & Vocals
Ji Tanzer – Drum Set
Bruce Withycombe – Baritone Saxophone & Vocals
Summit Jaffe, as Numatik, offers fresh and timelessly deep musical expressions of interconnected love. Nestled currently in the ancient mountains of Appalachia, Summit has been digging deeper and deeper into his creative outlets in a mission of self discovery and unfoldment. After experimenting with and learning the foundations of analog electronic music at a young age, he became enthralled in the infinite creative potential of digital composing and producing music.
Through his relationship to the eternal rhythms of life, his creative disciplines, and his global travels, Summit has opened into a deeper understanding of his role on Earth. Numatik is a project created to share his vision of the universe as an interconnected and eternal vibration, through intentionally arranged patterns of sound. This music is created as a modern day song of unity, intended to weave together the worlds of the ancient and the present, the darkness and the light. This music is here to transform dance floors into containers for free movement expression of the divinity within us. Numatik enters your ears as deeply connected sonic landscapes, dripping with futuristic textures, emotionally interwoven with acoustic instrumentation from all around the world, and finished off with a special seasoning of the bootybumpin’ dirty south. Numatik sets often feature many different vocalists and musical performers contributing acoustic compliments to his digital music, bringing a truly unique and sincere offering into the world of electronic music.
Numatik has shared the stage with many acts including Tipper, Alex and Allyson Grey, Rising Appalachia, Kalya Scintilla, The Polish Ambassador, Bluetech, Desert Dwellers, Random Rab, Govinda, Thriftworks, and more.
He has collaborated on musical musical projects with artists such as Natalia Clavier (of Thievery Corporation), Bibi McGill (Guitarist for Beyonce), Rising Appalachia, Ganga Giri, Elijah Ray, and Entheo.
He has shared his original music in places like Costa Rica, Amsterdam, California, Colorado, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Massachusetts.
Robin Jackson Band
Robin Jackson has told fantastic cabaret tales with Vagabond Opera and blasted out the jams with The March Fourth Marching Band and The Everyone Orchestra when not giving up the funk, teaching voice workshops, or belting out epic arrangements of rock favorites in a myriad of other projects and obsessions. With a degree in ethnomusicology and an unflagging musical curiosity, Jackson has lived and busked around the world, from an intentional beach community in New Zealand to the streets of Europe. He is a master of a myriad of instruments, from saxophone to mbira and played with everyone from Gogol Bordello to Amanda Palmer to The Decembrists. An award‐winning songwriter, teacher, activist, and spirited impresario, Jackson has built on his colorful, bohemian upbringing and dedicated himself to creating and supporting music around Portland, Or where he lives on an urban farm with his cat and a circus.Robin draws upon the moody spirit of his rain‐soaked, Portland, OR home to create an eclectic brew of dreamy, vintage cinematic folk‐pop in he debut album Dust Diaries (release: June, 2012).
Ayla Nereo‘s voice hits straight to the heart. With an array of loop-pedals by her side, she builds layer upon layer of vocal melodies into fierce, sweeping harmonies and weaves syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba, piano, and percussion into each live performance. Her lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery are water for the thirsty soul; words and sounds that crack open the heart, and embody the many folds of our own selves.
Raised on opera, 60s folk, and psychedelic rock, living her younger years in the wide open hills and her adult years in Oakland CA, Ayla’s music touches both the timeless and modern; where circle songs and roots music meet tribal beats and folktronica. Crafting an immersive soundscape we can dive into, Ayla’s performance becomes a journey: an inspired, wondrous experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.
A collaborative project spearheaded by Ableton Live Certified Trainer & beat wizard Isaac Cotec, aka Subaqueous, Silk Drop fuses delectable beats with vulnerable female vocals and live strings. The result is a genrebending lush soundscape. It blends the pop aesthetic with EDM, Trap, and R&B. Isaac Cotec is
already well known in the festival circuit with his 9 records in the last 5 years on electronic labels such as Merkaba Music, Critical Beats, and Street Ritual. Vocalist Heather Christie has recently been put on the national stage in American Idol's final season, and her single 'Tincture' is gaining widespread recognition through top indie electronic online label, Artist Intelligence Agency.
The Silk Drop sound can be likened to Polica, Galimatius and Glass Animals.
Positive and inspiring, dance-heavy, Reggae-influenced, acoustic groove and space-funk music with uplifting lyrics and melody!
Lauren Rose MacKay - Lead Vocal, Ukelele and Sound Effects Nathan Carver Smith - Backup Vocal, Saxophone, Percussion Michael Novak - Space Bass Conrad Bylsma - Lead Guitar Klaus Ferguson - Drum Set
Soul sisters Eva Riversong & Mikaela Schey collaboratively birth songs with acoustic and classical guitars and charango, weaving lush vocals and lyrics that sing the new paradigm into grounded ecstacy. Marc Tobin brings the heat with electric guitar & synthesizers, adding blues/rock/reggae solos that release any resistances to dancing your soul into sweaty bliss. Terry Tomei rocks the rhythm with bass and calabash, a traditional African gourd that offers a sultry wooden flavor to the groove. He also layers recordings of crystalline star sightings and deep-in-the-earth sound vibrations to hold the song in alignment with the paradox of polarity. Together, they create heart-opening fractal bliss to seduce you back to source...
Cheraki (share-a-key), is the solo project of California-bred vocalist Heather Christie. Deemed a 'vocal tour de force', Cheraki conjurs comparisons to singers like Erykah Badou, Sia, and Morcheeba, with a style that is uniquely hers. Combining soulful vocals with live instrumentation and electronic production, Cheraki's dynamic sound sifts right into the deep heart. Inspired by her roots to create a sound that is both timeless and current, vulnerably personal and universal, Cheraki is a force of nature- defining a flavor of sound all her own.
POPgoji is a mash up of American pop/soul and infectious Brazilian beats. Fine tuned vocal harmonies, layered percussion, and unique strings pay tribute to spiritual traditions of the African diaspora. Recreating the community energy of a Rio-style pagode jam session, POPgoji packs dance floors with hot Afro-Brazilian dance rhythms and familiar lyrics.
We come together to get down, celebrate each other and honor all things YOUNG,GIFTED and BLACK.
Our resident DJ Lamar LeRoy plays the jams while Akela Jaffi serves you body and voice. With incense in the air and sweat dripping onto the dance floor YGB is a party that will heal your soul and have you feeling yourself all at the same time.
We're calling all Lovers, Creators, Change Makers, Hustlers, Baby Mamas, Nation Builders, Dancers, Revolutionaries, Freedom Fighters, Spiritual Gangsters and Everyone in Between"
NEW ROOTS 4 GAIA CULTURE!!
Sara Tone, a Portland local has been musically and energetically participating in the VBC since 2006. A strong proponent of Bioregionalism, VIVA CASCADIA, Sara Tone is devoted to bringing a steady stream of music that expresses the Joys and Celebration of Creation. Deeply inspired by Gaia, she finds fuel for the fire of this expression through Vigilance and Awareness of the state of the Earth and Land. Inspired deeply by her travels and tours throughout the West Coast, Cascadia, B.C., Minnesota, Hawaii and beyond. Sara Tone comes with Songs, Stories and a curious, reverent nature to help connect Community through Music and Ceremony to help deepen our Sacred Relationship with Land, with Gaia, with Creation, with Life and with Each other! For the Pure Seed, the Deep Root and Clean Flowing Water. Salmon Nation Represent! Aloha 'Āina