Friday, September 16 th
Time: 8:00 - 8:30 PM
Through the use of indigenous instruments from around the world, Rafael becomes an “instrument” himself, as he is not just a performer but a tool for promoting a message of connection and greater possibilities for us all of us. His music fosters an environment in which to experience physical and emotional healing, creating a link between mind and body that allows us to tap into the potential of our hearts and uncover the possibilities within ourselves and one another.
Rafael Bejarano is co-founder of Sounds of Creation, an organization dedicated to sharing universal, indigenous values through Art, Music, and Cultural Education. He has traveled around the world, living with indigenous people to learn the art of healing, ceremony and sacred sound. Rafael becomes himself, the instrument for the sacred sound to come through rather than the player.
Film Screening – The Invocation
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 303
"An exploration of the notion of 'God' and World Peace through Religion, Spirituality, History, Science, Politics and Arts" LA2DAY.COM
Film Producer – Emmanuel Itier -directed the thriller "Tell me no Lies" (2000) and the horror film "Scarecrow" (2002). "The Invocation" narrated by Sharon Stone with Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and many others worldwide peace activists. Emmanuel Itier also produced the films "Wildflower" (1999) and "Scarecrow Slayers" (2003) among other pictures. He acted as co-producer and financing consultant for: "Johnny Mnemonic", "Another 9 1/2 weeks", "Shattered Image" (1998), "The Dentist" (1996), and "Progeny" (1999).
For the last 20 years Emmanuel Itier was a successful Music and Film journalist for both Rock Magazines, French TV networks and the internet. He sits on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival and writes poetry. He is also very involved with charities and the political world. He grew up in France and moved in the US twenty two years ago. He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and a son. Emmanuel Itier is currently filming a documentary Celebrating Women around the World and fixing the Planet: "The Goddess".
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 AM
Location: Conference Room - Seaside A
The Avante Garde Music Style of DJ FUNKY GONG
FUNKY GONG is not just a DJ but he also is the lead guitarist in the alternative rock band JOUJOUKA that is dedicated to the 80's style rock music. In 1998 he joined this ELECTRO ROCK BAND with TSUYOSHI SUZUKI, one of Japans most popular DJ`s and the band has gained popularity all over the world now. FUNKY GONG started DJ`ing early in his life, studying the sounds and music being produced both in Japan and abroad. He was greatly influenced by the electronic scene around the world and started making his own music.
His special sound is a fusion of FUNKY, ROCKIN, ACID and ELECTRO and has become very popular in many clubs around the world. This style of music goes beyond any genre and is in it self its own style! FUNKY is signed to a record label that support his work and his music is available everywhere.
He is an artist who is always aiming at the expression of new music and a new way of expressing. He has started to play life instruments with his DJ`ing and his most popular instrument is the guitar. This has become an Avant-Garde style of playing that the audience is thrilled with.
FUNKY GONG is a multi talented artist that is currently active in many different projects such as the JOUJOUKA Band and that is touring around the world, collaboration with both foreign and domestic artist such as Toshio Nakanishi of PLASTICS, YOUTH ex KILLING JOKE and more.
Comedian – Swami Beyondananda
Saturday, September 17th
Time: 8:15 - 9:15 PM
"I got struck by enlightening during a brainstorm."
Steve Bhaerman aka Swami Beyondananda is the cosmic comic alter ego of writer, humorist, performer and uncommontator Steve Bhaerman. The Swami, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is the spokesperson for a new non-religion, FUNdamentalism (accent on "fun"). Says the Swami, "We are strictly non-dominational." In recent years, the Swami has performed at numerous political events, including the Transpartisan Alliance Citizens Summit, the Network of Spiritual Progressives Conference, the Department of Peace Conference, the Praxis Peace Institute Economics of Peace Conference, to name a few.
Swami's latest venture is to combine his non-religion of FUNdamentalism with the non-politics of the newly-formed Right to Laugh Party ("one big party ... everyone is invited"), to create one big evolutionary up-wising to overgrow the current dysfunctional system. He will also be launching his radio feature, Karma Talk this year -- to give folks from all over the world to ask the Swami answerable questions, and receive his questionable answers.
Film Screening – 3 Magic Words
Time: 9:15 - 10:15 PM
What if you woke up with amnesia? What if you had no recollection of who you were in the past? What if you had to look deep within to find the answer to life's biggest question, Who am I? Using science, geometry, nature and new spirituality, 3 Magic Words examines this question and it is explored further by the many experts in metaphysics. These guests range from best-selling new-age authors to spiritual leaders, and even children. The guests include; Neale Donald Walsch, Ishmael Tetteh, Gudni Gudnason, Debbie Ford, Gary Renard, Nassim Haramein, Dr. Zhi Gang Sha and many more.
3 Magic Words reveals an ancient wisdom about the energetic connection that humans have with all matter on the Earth and in the entire universe. The scientific point of view assumes that this energy is simply just energy without any intelligence whatsoever. The spiritual point of view is that all energy is imprinted with consciousness. The movie takes you on a magical trip into this consciousness at both the micro-cosmic and macro-cosmic levels as it brings you into a communion with the very fabric of this energy and shows you how to become an active co- creator and participant with all of creation itself.
Musicians – Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe
Saturday, September 17 th
Time: 10:15 - 12:00 AM
Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe are here to wake, shake and create a vibration-raising revolution with their edgy blend of mantra-infused rock. Fronted by Los Angeles Music Awards Singer/Songwriter of the Year and force of nature Larisa Stow, their music is an East meets West fusion of English and Sanskrit. Hitting the road in two SUVs packed with people, gear and merch for 80-100 shows a year, these road warriors are committed to creating community wherever they go.
Larisa’s captivating style & stellar vocals combined with her band’s impeccable musicianship have earned them main stage slots at numerous festivals in the US and abroad including Earthdance & Bali Spirit Festival, opening act spots for well known artists, and appearances with spiritual leaders including Deepak Chopra. ‘Reaching In’ co-produced by Larisa and Grammy award-winner Rick Hahn (Celine Dion), was released in 2007 by Oreade Music and received widespread airplay on XM, Sirius Satellite and Dish Network as well as college and internet radio. Their upcoming self-produced release ‘Rock On Sat Nam!’ mixes empowered rap, rock, pop, Sanskrit and slamming beats. ‘Sat Nam’ translated means ‘Truth is My Identity’ and audiences always join in to sing this rock anthem with Larisa
Taking to heart Gandhi’s philosophy “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World,”
Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe also give special concerts in prisons, jails, juvenile detention facilities and recovery centers where they share tools of transformation including yoga, mantra, and meditation to affect positive change, inspire personal responsibility and create Peace.