Hamsa Lila Music is NASA approved!

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Hamsa Lila Music is NASA approved!

1 Comment 27 February 2010

I think this is pretty funny, and well, as someone in awe of both inner and outta space, it’s pretty cool too! Yes in order to play YURI’s Night, where Hamsa Lila will close the HANGAR stage from 10pm-12am on April 10th. Read more here We had to be approved by NASA! I think HAMSA LILA music even though it is very EARTH based, playing instruments of GOAT, CAMEL, COW, FISH, BAMBOO, TREE….we do travel the inner and outta realms of space.

AND we have always had an affinity for the Ancient Astronauts! (so cool a band started with this name… check them out here I think not only would Humans traveling at 16,000 MPH in a shuttle or hanging at the space station dig some Hamsa Lila… but what would some other “aliens” dig… what are they trance -ing on… I know some of you think you know… synths seems to get close right? Add trust me i dig me some synths, love em, and look out for more in the Hamsa experience.. But..some of the most alien other worldly sounds I have ever heard or created were made 100% acoustically with 3 of us using our voices to resonate cymbals across the room.

So…as we rocket off into orbit following the infinite sunset… I will leave you with some music by a band called “YOU” that was made up of 3 of the original HAMSA LILA members (Beryl-Brett Jacobson, Vir McCoy, John Schroeder + Patrick and Justin of Rosin Coven)

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No Comments 26 February 2010

Check out some Hamsa Lila photos albums, live, dance, posters, archives….!

Some amazing ones from Summer 2012 at Hornings Hideout!  Click Here! Thank you Brendan for them!

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Yuri’s Night Bay Area 4-10-10

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Yuri’s Night Bay Area 4-10-10

No Comments 24 February 2010

Yuri’s Night Bay Area
April 10 2010
NASA’s Moffett Field
Mountain View, CA
TICKETS AT:
Early Discount Tickets Apr 10, 2010 $58.00
We are proud to announce we have been chosen to bring the Hamsa Lila experience to outta space…sort of….
We will be closing the Hangar Stage from 10pm – 12am!
Here’s what YURI says about the night:
This year’s event will span two days, with a full day of educational presentations and workshops on Friday, April 9 (FREE for Bay Area students), and an afternoon and evening of entertainment ranging from live music to aerial demonstrations on Saturday, April 10. We are honored and delighted to be back again this year at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California!
FOUR Stages of Live Entertainment:
N.E.R.D – LES CLAYPOOL – 
COMMON
 – THE BLACK KEYS – HAMSA LILA – GLITCH MOB – Q-BERT
Beats Antique (DJ set) – Random Rab – 
Vibe Squad
 – The Flying Skulls
 – Savage Henry
Bayonics – Blix Cannon – DJ Apollo – Dyloot – Flying Skulls – Georgia Ann Muldrow
John Beaver vs. DJ Hill – Majitope – Random Rab – Savage Henry
Super Natural & DJ Shortkut – Vibesquad – Zen Finger Painting

Featuring DJ sets by Aaron Axelson (Live 105) and St.  John (99.7)

Stage and Atmosphere Design by SYMBIOTIC CREATIONS
…and much more TBA!
• 300,000+ square feet of festival space and open tarmac
• Two colossal aircraft hangars
• Four stages of entertainment
• Aerial demonstrations over the airfield
• Large and small scale art performances scattered thoughout the event
• Over 100 interactive art and technology exhibits
• Ample parking and shuttle service
• Access to mass transit
• Full food concessions
• Beer and wine gardens
• Full VIP tent with catering and entertainment
GET INVOLVED!
We still need volunteers in many areas of the event, especially STREET TEAM! If you’re interested in being part of a fun and hardworking team of people who care about producing this event, we can probably use your help!
» Sign Up for Street Team
» Volunteer for the Event
DAY 1
FRIDAY APRIL 9, 2010 will be a free event for elementary, high school and college students to explore art, space, technology, and the future of the world being built in Silicon Valley. The event will feature talks by leading NASA scientists and experts. This year, Yuri’s Night Bay Area will also be host to the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards’ final event, the Innovation Summit. The Spirit of Innovation Awards challenges high school students to create products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship. Finalist teams in this competition will present their concepts for commercial opportunities and cash grants worth over $100,000. In addition to the student presentations, workshops, and speakers from leading scientists and entrepreneurs will be open to the public. This event will be open to all schools (K-12 and college) from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
DAY 2
SATURDAY APRIL 10, 2010 will be a concert festival from 12:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Artists from all over the world will assemble at NASA Ames to captivate Yuri’s Night participants. Significant aircraft from past decades will be on hand as static displays with tours and flying demonstrations. Speakers from NASA, space industry, and groundbreaking technology organizations will inspire attendees with the possibilities of the future. Science-inspired large and small scale art installations will be incorporated in all aspects of the event with a meld of technology and creativity that leads to an event like no other in the world. Interactive sci/tech exhibits from NASA and leading space groups will round out the awe-inspiring second day of Yuri’s Night.

http://symbiosisevents.com/ynba2010/http://ynba.org/

Yuri’s Night Bay Area9-10 April 2010NASA’s Moffett FieldMountain View, CA
TICKETS AT:Early Discount Tickets Apr 10, 2010 $58.00http://yurisnight2010.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn
This year’s event will span two days, with a full day of educational presentations and workshops on Friday, April 9 (FREE for Bay Area students), and an afternoon and evening of entertainment ranging from live music to aerial demonstrations on Saturday, April 10. We are honored and delighted to be back again this year at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California!
FOUR Stages of Live Entertainment:Hamsa Lila >> LES CLAYPOOL
COMMON
THE BLACK KEYSRANDOM RAB
VIBESQUAD
THE FLYING SKULLS
SAVAGE HENRYStage and Atmosphere Design by SYMBIOTIC CREATIONS…and much more TBA!
• 300,000+ square feet of festival space and open tarmac • Two colossal aircraft hangars • Four stages of entertainment • Aerial demonstrations over the airfield • Large and small scale art performances scattered thoughout the event • Over 100 interactive art and technology exhibits • Ample parking and shuttle service • Access to mass transit • Full food concessions • Beer and wine gardens • Full VIP tent with catering and entertainment
GET INVOLVED!
We still need volunteers in many areas of the event, especially STREET TEAM! If you’re interested in being part of a fun and hardworking team of people who care about producing this event, we can probably use your help!» Sign Up for Street Team
» Volunteer for the EventDAY 1FRIDAY APRIL 9, 2010 will be a free event for elementary, high school and college students to explore art, space, technology, and the future of the world being built in Silicon Valley. The event will feature talks by leading NASA scientists and experts. This year, Yuri’s Night Bay Area will also be host to the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards’ final event, the Innovation Summit. The Spirit of Innovation Awards challenges high school students to create products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship. Finalist teams in this competition will present their concepts for commercial opportunities and cash grants worth over $100,000. In addition to the student presentations, workshops, and speakers from leading scientists and entrepreneurs will be open to the public. This event will be open to all schools (K-12 and college) from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.DAY 2SATURDAY APRIL 10, 2010 will be a concert festival from 12:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Artists from all over the world will assemble at NASA Ames to captivate Yuri’s Night participants. Significant aircraft from past decades will be on hand as static displays with tours and flying demonstrations. Speakers from NASA, space industry, and groundbreaking technology organizations will inspire attendees with the possibilities of the future. Science-inspired large and small scale art installations will be incorporated in all aspects of the event with a meld of technology and creativity that leads to an event like no other in the world. Interactive sci/tech exhibits from NASA and leading space groups will round out the awe-inspiring second day of Yuri’s Night.

Organic Roots 10

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Organic Roots 10

No Comments 24 February 2010

Saturday Night MARCH 13, 2010  Anaheim Marriot Ballroom – 9pm -1am -By invitation only and for those lucky Natural Expo West goers….

Thank you to Sambazon and friends who are throwing their 10th anual free party and this year House of Hamsa is helping produce the show.  We are bringing in Jacob-eye to man the multi screen projections. Bringing in our super close friend  and compadre’ in the groove… Special guest DJ to warm things up TBA!!!  And we will have other special guests sitting in as well!  Everyone and Anyone is invited…so if you are Hamsa Lila fan from San Diego, LA, or Orange County, and it has been a while…since you got some Hamsa Lila love…come and get some for Free!  We will be playing a long!!!! Hamsa Lila set that will be fresh and unique wit the special help of a special guests…

Globesonic DJ Fabian Alsultany – MoMo Loudiyi (Morocco -Sintir) – Avi Sills (Naked Rhythm – Drums) – JBrave (Luminaries)

Other acts that have played this party include… Ozomatli, Blues Traveler, Pato Banton, Curumin from Brazil, Delta Nove, Brazilian Carnival Party (2), Pimps of Joytime

We would like to thank all sponsors: Sambazon, Manitoba Harvest, Sahale, Traditional Medicinals, Vita Coco, Guayaki, Power of Fruit, Hint, Kara,Raw Revolution, Good Belly, Skin Organics, Dr.Bronner, Medicine Hunter, Livity, Vapor Bros
POWERFUL BEGINNINGS:   My Initiation with Babatunde Olatunji

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POWERFUL BEGINNINGS: My Initiation with Babatunde Olatunji

No Comments 19 February 2010

The Master Babatunde

It all started at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California in 1990.  I was there for their traditional (in those days) 4th of July weekend celebration with Babatunde Olatunji – a Yoruban drummer and singer who is often called the ‘Godfather of African Music in America’ and known for his work with John Coltrane, Santana, and the Grateful Dead.

A roaring fire in a big stone hearth on a big wooden deck, a star-filled, clear night sky overhead, and the pounding ocean below us.  It was an epic setting for an experience that would soon change my life forever.

Olatunji’s group was set up in the corner, in front of the fire.  His group comprised mostly of African drums and vocals, and I was sitting behind the band just tapping lightly on a little conga drum, a sweaty crowd throwing down pretty hard right in front of them.  Suddenly I noticed a guy in the band, wearing a long white tunic waving towards me to come forward.  I had to look around me to make sure that he wasn’t motioning to someone else, because I couldn’t figure out why he would be trying to get MY attention.  I pointed to myself, and he nodded “yes, you!” and then motioned for me to come in.  I stood up, in a kind of tunnel vision moment, and he just stepped aside, and welcomed me to play his congas which were right up front.

In a trance-like state, I jumped on board the already fast moving train of rhythms and closed my eyes.  Immediately a conversation of beats and accents started between myself and the powerful drummer to my right.  As my head began to tilt back in a kind of bliss state, I opened my eyes for just a moment to see all the stars blinking at us.  My eyes closed again and I melted right into the music.

All at once, I was out of my body, floating above the whole scene in an ‘astral’ travel moment, and could view the dancers and musicians from overhead about 50 feet or so.  I looked up at the canopy of stars all seemingly pulsing to the music, and then looked down again at the celebration below me.  I had the sensation that the music had popped me out of my Earthly body, and my Astral body had taken over, riding on the trance rhythms.

The pulsing of the music permeated my entire being.  I was swimming in the soup of Galaxies, bathing in the celestial play of lights, planets and star systems.  As the harmonies of voices blasted me far out into the Universe, the Golden umbilical cord of the rhythm made me feel like I was home, in the middle of Space.  Each beat was like a energetic blast, propelling me further and further into unknown realms.  It was serene and glorious.  It was a timeless moment of awe – I was deep inside/outside my known ‘reality’ and didn’t have a care in the world.

I gazed down again from my hovering point above the deck party.  What an amazing thing to witness oneself engaged in an activity while being removed – I was ‘up here’ but was at the same time was ‘down there.’   I wondered at the sensation, curious at how it all worked.

But then I realized, “Oh shit!.  I am playing music, I had better be in my body fully to be able to do this right!  Afterall, I had been invited to play along and didn’t want to be the source of trainwrecking the vibe due to being out of my body!”  So I flew back down, returned fully into my body and opened my eyes.

All the while, the ‘conversation’ of beats and accents had continued with the drummer to my right.  And as I opened my eyes, I realized it was Babatunde himself, just smiling away at me.  The show finished after the next couple of numbers and I profusely thanked Babatunde and the group for letting me play with them.  After that I was high for about a month.  And I was hooked for life – on the trance of polyrhythms!

MJ Greenmountain is a central founding member of the world fusion band Hamsa Lila. He has released an album of his solo work entitled “MJ” and currently performs as a solo artist as well as with his band.  He is vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, percussionist, and is also involved in the healing arts, is a writer, and a photographer.  He currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.


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