Beloved Sacred Art and Music Festival
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|Country and Region||United States — Oregon|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Tidewater, Oregon, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
Elliot Rasenick, founder and organizer
The Beloved Sacred Art and Music Festival will summon international roots musicians, electronica DJs, Tibetan healers, expert yoga practitioners, storytellers and more to the isolated woods of the Siskiyou National Forest located in Southern Coastal Oregon.
In the one month a year when the rains cease, at the unexpected intersection of underground dancefloors and spiritual devotions, Beloved brings together the goofy, gutsy, and the glorious for a weekend of worship, celebration, and vibrant community. For Beloved’s organizers, it’s all one: A cutting-edge bass music producer, a cathartic gospel number, a free-spirited group improvisation, a quirky circus-inspired show can all point the way to the spirit. Beloved pushes beyond mere musical experiences, however. Its extensive educational programming offers festival fans a chance to explore a wide range of ideas about and approaches to spiritual practice with prominent artists and engaging teachers. The festival is an open-air event.
|Festival Dates||August 10 - 13, 2012|
Founder and organizer Elliot Rasenick is the Portland-based promoter who manifested the idea for Beloved when he realized the audiences at the electronica events and kirtans (yoga-related chanting sessions popular in India) he organized had a great deal in common. “There were these two different audiences, doing same thing and wanting the same thing,” explains Rasenick. “The two communities had a lot to learn from one another, but never got together.“ Rasenick resolved to remedy that, and launched an open-air festival. Unlike many festivals, Beloved has only one stage, increasing the focus and encouraging people of different tastes, backgrounds, and faiths to listen intently to one another.
Artist features 2012:
- Aurelio Martinez
- The stirring Garifuna songs of Aurelio Martinez is a critics’ favorite who channels the powerful mix of indigenous, African, and European traditions his shipwrecked former slave ancestors created in Central America.
- The Dancefloor shamans turn organic sounds from their Latin heritage and their worldly training at Berklee into spirit-filled songs and evocative soundscapes.
- Everyone Orchestra
- Festival darling Matt Butler, the force behind Everyone Orchestra, uses the drama and rigor of conducting to harness the intensity of the cream of the jam, rock, and world pop scenes—and to bring the audience fully into the show as music makers.
- David Stringer
- Stringer has won an international following for his compelling leadership of kirtan chanting sessions, where Stringer uses ancient roots, call and response, and Sanskrit sounds to draw participants into states of reflection and bliss.
Festival programming 2012:
- Along with participatory performances, the Festival’s extensive educational programming offers fans a chance to explore a wide range of approaches to spiritual practice and self-care. Mythic storytelling and healing rituals, yoga sessions and massage workshops—along with jubilant participatory musical performances and all-night dancing—turn the Festival from mere event to true experience. It’s a spa-meets-sounds party in the country’s most gorgeous coastal woods.
- In addition to the Prominent artists and engaging teachers, festival goers might catch a champion throatsinger, African hand drummer, and an ecstatic crowd making spontaneous music together offstage. Or they might see Gnawan performer Hassan Hakmoun wrapped in Peruvian wool against the pleasant Oregon chill, or underground DJs entranced by Sufi devotional music.
- Katalina Miletich, vocalist for LoCura
- Eric Stern, founder of Vagabond Opera
- Elliot Rasenick, founder of Beloved Sacred Art and Music Festival