Peace Village Proudly Presents Shimshai, Live and in Concert Friday, May 15th at Jackson WellSprings Casbah Pavilion in Ashland w/ Z Ensemble opening. Advance Tickets are available online now at: http://tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/Shimshai and will be available locally soon. There will be Healthy Snacks and Beverages, Conscious Food, and Vendors. This event is Kid Friendly.
6:30pm Doors Open / 7pm Music
Whether singing the ancient Sanskrit mantras of India, age-old Hebrew prayers, traditional folklore of South America, or performing his original works of divine inspiration, Shimshai’s music invokes a sentiment of ancestral devotion and a dedication to higher consciousness. A self-proclaimed seeker of truth, described by many as possessing the voice of an angel, Shimshai is gifted with the innate ability to deliver his message flawlessly in several languages; most profoundly the universal language of Love and Oneness.
Shimshai’s fans range from young children to great grandparents, it seems as though people representing all walks of life, races, and religions are drawn to Shimshai’s recorded music and live performances. The growth of his fanbase has spread so exponentially in the past 5 years underground that people from all parts of the world request his performances there. International performances in places like Colombia, Mexico, Holland, Switzerland, Bermuda, Israel, Denmark, Canada, Germany and more have been helping make Shimshai a household name in the worldwide reggae/ world music/spiritual community.
Surrounded by music from birth and formally trained on piano in his native state of Washington, today Shimshai performs fluidly on guitar and other strings, piano, flutes and woodwinds. He plays many of the instruments on his self-composed and self-produced albums, 'I sense your Presence' (2001), 'Toward the One' (2003), and 'Live on Maui' (2003), all which have been highly revered by the worldwide spiritual community. His collaboration with fellow artist Tina Malia, 'Jaya Bhagavan' (2004), has also been met with tremendous success, being signed to the independent record label Spirit Voyage in 2005, and 'Deliverance' (2006), showcases his abilities as a solo performer. 'Alianza' (2008), is a versatile world fusion studio CD that features multiple languages and ethnicity as well as world spirituality. ‘True Heart’ (2012) takes us back to Shimshai's roots in reggae music with the full power Seraphim Sound System behind him and finally, 'La Ventana' (2013), recorded with Shimshai's wife Susana, pays homage to their passion for the music and healing traditions of the South. Shimshai continues to offer his talents to various studio projects, including current collaborations with traditional healers and several undertakings with indigenous communities throughout South and Latin America.
Whether playing at large festivals, yoga studios, or spiritual retreats, Shimshai's live performances worldwide have helped to create a devoted and ever-growing global fan base. Shimshai has performed worldwide at numerous festivals, notably Peace Village Festival, The Ancient Trance Festival (Germany), Rainbow Spirit Festival (Germany), Sunrise (UK), Arise (CO), Earthdance (CA), Harmony Festival (CA), NW Folklife Festival (WA), Trinity Tribal Stomp (CA), Mystic Garden Festivals (US & HI), and many others. In February 2012, Shimshai was invited to open for Folk Legend JOAN BAEZ with an amazing response. He has shared the stage with other artists as Michael Franti, David Grisman, Mickey Hart, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur, Xavier Rudd, Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Bhagavan Das, Dezarie & members of Midnite, Hamsa Lila, Youssoupha Sidibe, Tina Malia, Sasha Rose, and many other gifted musicians.
"Shimshai is a heart-centered musical prodigy and one of the most gifted performers I've ever experienced."
~ Bruce Pavitt, Founder of Sub-Pop Records, Nirvana's first record label
"Shimshai's music emanates a divine presence and a quality of peace, a truly 'natural mystic' energy that flows into the hearts of his listeners. His musicality is superb, as is that of his bandmates, and his singing is sublime and transcendent."
~ Jai Uttal, Kirtan Artist & world music pioneer
"An enchanted mixture of spirit and soul, danceable and tranceable."
~ Leib Ostrow, Founder and CEO Earthbeat Records, Grammy Nominated Producer
Shimshai - All that I am
Shimshai - Mother of my Soul
Shimshai and Tina Malia: Hey Amba
Z Ensemble is a new musical collective from Ashland, Oregon that came together for the express purpose of playing loose improved acoustic jams for ecstatic dances for the Ashland dance community. For shows, they like to start off slow and meditative, building up to a crescendo of sound, and then bringing dancers gently back down, providing a rich and varied soundscape for a voyage of body, heart, and mind, all woven together with a variety of acoustic instruments. Z Ensemble features Heather Hutton on violin, harmonium, and vocals, David Bylsma on cello, Paul Atkinson on percussion, and Martin Ball on guitars, Native American flutes, didgeridoos, harmonica, percussion, and throat and overtone singing. Heather and David also perform together in their band, Druids' Dharma, and Martin, Heather and Paul have performed together in various configurations, primarily in support of Martin’s band with his wife, Jessalynn, Fractal Love Jam, and in other musical projects. Z Ensemble is the first time they have all collaborated together and are enjoying the freedom and exploratory nature of this new musical adventure.