Friday, May 13, 2011

Hanuman Yoga and Music Festival Comes to Boulder, June 16-19

Boulder’s White Swan Records Celebrates 20 Years With
Music Festival Offerings

MC Yogi will perform at the Boulder Theater on Friday, June 17

It's been 20 years since White Swan Music first opened as a small music distributor in Boulder, Colorado. Two decades later, they're still small, but they have earned a big reputation as one of the leading record labels and music distributors in the yoga music market.

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, White Swan is joining forces with Hanuman Festival to stage a four-day Yoga and Music Festival in Boulder, running June 16-19, 2011. This will be the first major yoga festival held in Boulder, with concerts, workshops, kirtan and other events taking place all over town.

The main anniversary celebration, a Friday night concert at the Boulder Theater, features yoga hip-hopper MC Yogi bringing his unifying and uplifting stage show to Boulder for the first time along with Donna De Lory, longtime member of Madonna’s touring ensemble. Elevation Celebration, a Saturday night dance party at the Boulder Theater, features globehopping Globesonic DJ Fabian Alsultany, trance/chill trio Desert Dwellers, acrobats, yogis and other special guests.

MC Yogi’s exciting new sound combines his knowledge of yoga with his love for hip hop, bringing the wisdom of yoga to a whole new generation of modern mystics, truth seekers and urban yogis. Elephant Power, his eye-opening 2008 debut, still occupies the Top 15 on the iTunes World Music Chart. His first Boulder appearance features his new full band lineup, including stunning visuals programmed by MC Yogi’s wife and creative partner Amanda Giacomini, with whom he co-founded Yoga Toes Studio in Pt. Reyes Station, CA.

Music has always been a catalyst in Donna De Lory's life. “It's my yoga,” she says. “It connects me to the divine.” The daughter of legendary producer Al De Lory, Donna has done six international tours with Madonna as a back-up singer and dancer.

A dedicated student of yoga, Donna is inspired by Indian devotional music, Western pop, Sanskrit mantras, North African grooves, psychedelic arrangements and dance beats – all of which find a place in her devotional pop sound. She has charted several Billboard dance tracks and has released five albums, the most recent being Remixes (White Swan Records).

“World Music Impresario” GlobeSonic DJ Alsultany is a DJ and producer, an entrepreneur and composer, a ritual connoisseur and all around music man. A first-generation American of Iraqi and Cuban descent, Alsultany has DJed at festivals, nightclubs, conferences and yoga and retreat centers across the globe. He has a series of compilations coming out with White Swan Records, beginning with Yoga Lounge.

As an ongoing collaboration between music producers Amani Friend, Rara Avis & Craig Kohland, Desert Dwellers draws on deep threads of electronic, world, dub and yogic influences. Prolific in the studio, they have released dozens of albums and remixes with several labels, including Boulder’s White Swan and Sounds True. Skillfully blending deep bass, earthy percussion and culture-crossing instrumentation, Desert Dwellers offers a spellbinding music beyond borders with echoes of our tribal past and future.

Here is a listing of the other music events taking place in Boulder during Hanuman Festival. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

Thursday, June 16: Opening Kirtan-Trance-Dance with Suzanne Sterling & Brenda McMorrow (St. Julien Hotel)

Friday, June 17: NoonTunes on the Pearl Street Mall featuring Brenda McMorrow, flautist Gary Stroutsos, percussionist Duke Mushroom and hang master Masood Ali Khan.

Saturday, June 18: Bands on the Bricks with Desert Dwellers and special guests.

Saturday, June 18: Elevation Celebration Dance Party at the Boulder Theater. GlobeSonic DJ Fabian Alsultany brings his booty-shaking bag of music to Boulder, spinning a deep and wide set of global music with some special guest appearances.

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