In early 2015 I collaborated with the musician Jo Mall-Kahn on a release to launch her solo project VAANI. Tragically later that year she was diagnosed with cancer and then passed away a few months after that. She was only 36.
During August/September 2018 I worked with her husband Edo Kahn to finish some of the music that she was working on when she died. She had an album's worth of material that she was hoping to finish and release.
The first piece that we've been able to complete is 'The First Ray EP' which features four different versions of the same song 'The First Ray' - an acoustic version (the Original Mix), a live version recorded at ABC Radio, a James Blake inspired electronic version (the Retrograde Mix) and a reworked version of my own take the track (the SOLON Remix 2018).
Here’s a sample of each version blended into a single continuous track:
I'm going to be DJing for the Future Sound of Yoga experience on Friday 14 September 2018 at the spiritual home of the event, the Paddington Uniting Church. Looking forward to curating a meditative soundtrack of ambient and electronic to flow with the 1.5 hours of movement.
Details at: www.futuresoundofyoga.com
Excited to announce that I've just launched a playlist on Spotify to feature that tracks from my DJ sets for the Future Sound of Yoga sessions.
It currently features tracks from last Friday's FLOW session at Dharma Shala Bondi. I'll update it with the YIN set in a week or so. As we do more gigs I'll continue update from there.
To follow this playlist and stay across updates go here: The Future Sound of Yoga Playlist on Spotify
I'm excited to announce that from September to November I'll be Djing at Dharma Shala (Bondi Beach) on the last Friday of each month, curating the soundtrack for a number of Future Sound of Yoga sessions.
On each date there'll be a 6.00-7.15pm FLOW class and a 7.30-8.45pm YIN + YOGA NIDRA, as well as a theme to shape each session. For more details go here: SOLON LIVE.
I've just released a new video for the electronic meditation 'Datta'. Check it out.
Edo and I went into ABC Radio to do an interview with Geoff Wood from 'The Rhythm Divine' to talk about the release of 'The Jewel'.
'The Rhythm Divine' takes listeners on a musical journey through the world of spirituality, exploring contemporary sacred sounds and the world’s devotional music.
Geoff had interviewed Edo and Vaani in 2013 and it was sad for Edo and Geoff to reconvene with her passing away in between. It was really interesting to hear some of the things Edo had to say. As a friend in the day to day, you don't want to prise that deep into areas so sensitive - but the interview format created the space for that to happen naturally.
Interview with Studios 301 about the story behind 'The Jewel', how the remix differs to the original mix and the mastering process with Ben Feggans.
The original mix had a more of a world music vibe – lots of Indian / ethnic style drums and densely packed with organic instrumentation. The first step I took was to strip all the instrumentation back so that Jo’s vocal could have more space to come through. The only instruments which remained from the original mix were the harp and piano, but I ended up re-recording the piano to make it better fit with the new mix. The original arrangement was longer with extended choruses to reflect the way in which Edo & Jo would perform live, with the call and response sections that are the hallmark of devotional music (a.k.a. kirtan). I cut these back to give the track a more traditional song structure and to ensure that every section of the song kept pulling the listener in. In terms of the sound, a strong influence was a track called ‘Sapphire’ by Bonobo from his latest album ‘The North Borders’ – solid and snappy beats, a tight groove, delicate organic instrumentation and the way that every sound has its own place, were all things that were inspired by ‘Sapphire’ and that I worked to bring to the ‘The Jewel’ remix