Music is the heartbeat of our event!
PYF is set to present an eclectic musical program, ranging from spiritual music to the latest cutting-edge electronica and EDM styles. We have invited local favorites and a few international guests that will both accompany your yoga practice and make you sweat on the dance-floor.
LAKA I LELA (B&H)
Elvir Laković, aka Laka, is a Bosnian alt-pop-rock musician, born in Goražde, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Laka and his sister Mirela represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Pokušaj“ (Try). Laka was the spokesperson reading the results from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, and again in the year 2012.
Lately, Laka and his band have been promoting their new single “Ostarih” (I’m Getting Older). The song was written by Laka, arranged by Matko Gaće (Laka’s drummer) – who also mixed the album.
Ever since the Eurovision performance, Laka took on the task of shifting his own boundaries with each song and video. He has always been a bit of a revolutionary – bringing a new sound and images to the local music scene. His lyrics typically carry a much deeper message than they appear at first listen. The whimsical song and video “Ostarih” (I’m Getting Older) is also a sobering wake-up call to not delay for later the things we want to accomplish today.
Laka recorded his first song “Malo sam se razočar’o” (I’m a Bit Disappointed) in 1998. The song turned out to be a major success and launched his music career nationally. He then released more hit numbers, among which were “Vještica” (The Witch), “Mor’o” (I Had To) and “Piškila” (You’ve Peed Yourself), highly increasing his popularity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2003, his song “Ja sam mor’o” (I Had To) won the coveted Davorin Music Award (The Bosnian equivalent to a Grammy) for a best rock song. In 2007 he released his first solo album Zec (The Rabbit) to much acclaim, on the Croatian Menart label.
With his original productions, Kauf has achieved the near-impossible feat of making dance music that is also song led and lyrically deep. The rhythms, informed mostly by the slowed down disco, support simple, emotive chord progressions with a melancholic bent. Dense layering, his own echo-laden vocals, and a penchant for distorted, imperfect sounds create the dominant motif, where the words sometimes ring out as if emerging from a barely remembered dream.
His debut album ‘Regrowth’ was released in October 2017. Four singles were released alongside equally staggering remixes from some of the electronic world’s finest talents. Each single charted on Hype Machine’s Most Popular Top 10 with “Key to Life“ reaching the top spot, which resulted in Kauf entering the Top 10 of the HypeM 2016 Zeitgeist Chart.
He self-released his first single in 2011 – “Relocate” b/w “When You’re Out,” which quickly found its way into the hands of Dan Whitford of Cut Copy who released the “As Much Again“ EP on his own Cutters Records.
vōx is intoxicated by the power of vulnerability. She has a fascination with dichotomy and religion, making these elements the basis for her complex visual world. Her stark, layered vocals pair with minimal downtempo electronic beats giving her the perfect landscape to discuss anxiety, rebirth, and healing. In 2016, her cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “i” climbed to #2 on the Spotify US Viral 50 (#8 on the Global Viral 50) chart. She is currently finishing new songs to follow up her critically acclaimed 2017 EP I Was Born, which received praise from i-D, Vogue Germany, Schön, Paper Magazine, and Pigeons & Planes, among others. vōx attended the Red Bull Music Academy Berlin in 2018, after which she embarked on her first European tour. She has a 10 page spread in issue #82 of Notion Magazine on stands now and is the cover artist of Broccoli Magazine‘s upcoming spring issue.
I Was Born is a complex set of songs about coping with anxiety and discovering the power within herself. Each song builds tension through her vocals, which soar above minimal beats, layered harmonies, and dense reverb.” – i-D Magazine
“The translucent shroud typically covers her whole body… In it, she is both hidden and exposed, both a living artist and an intangible experience.” – Grimy Goods
TRISHES (TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
TRISHES is a project by Trinidadian native Trish Hosein, created to express Freud’s constructs of self (the primal, conscious and spiritual) through spoken word, live looping and vocal effects. Her undeniably original songwriting fleshed out by hip-hop beats and pop hooks, examines human struggle through an anthropological lens.
Hosein began touring the U.S. and abroad after graduating from the Berklee College of Music, and has opened for acts like Damian Marley, Vic Mensa, and K Flay. She’s played festivals like SXSW, CMW, Women’s Red Rock Festival, Cannabis Cup, NAMM and Tune-In Tel Aviv. Her performance has garnered critical acclaim from Knoxville, Tennessee to Bangkok, Thailand. Her dynamic live show awes audiences as Hosein takes them into her museum-like mind and creates a sonic blanket with her unique sound.
After seeing Hosein perform, Marie Claire, Allure and Cosmopolitan writer Shyema Azam called it “Enchanting,” continuing, “It wasn’t hard to see that this one-woman show was super talented, making her own music and expertly layering her voice over catchy tunes as she went along.
“Hosein’s debut EP “Ego“ focuses on the entities that define humanity while addressing the current cultural and political climate. Each focus track on the album will is aided by art collections and personal essays. When not working on music, Hosein helps resettle refugees in the Los Angeles area, volunteers with Rock n Roll Camp for Girls, and is on the board of the Elder Entertainment Organization. She is also a brand ambassador for American Express and Discover LA.
LAURA BIRD (USA)
American singer-songwriter Laura “Bird” Burhenn is a shape-shifter who can’t sit still. Since 2010 she’s worked under the moniker The Mynabirds, releasing four critically acclaimed and stylistically different albums on Saddle Creek: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), Lovers Know (2015), and BE HERE NOW (2017). She has also toured as a member of the Postal Service (2013) and Bright Eyes (2011), helped found Omaha Girls Rock (a non-profit helping young girls find their voices), and in 2013 gave a TED talk based on her “New Revolutionists” portrait project, exploring what it means to be a revolutionary woman in this day and age. Regarding music as healing work, Laura cares deeply about legacy and the spiritual journey. When she’s not singing, she’s reading tarot and leading Buddhist-infused workshops on creativity and holistic self-actualization.
DOE PAORO (USA)
Doe Paoro is a singer, songwriter and sound healer from Syracuse, New York, signed to ANTI- Records. A self-taught pianist and vocalist, she trained in Tibetan Opera singing after encountering the art form while on a solo trip through the Himalayas in 2011. She credits this study by opening her voice to an ethereal realm, and to the meditative influence in her music. In 2012, she self-released her debut record, “Slow to Love,” to critical acclaim. She produced her second record, “After,” with members of Bon Iver in Wisconsin and recently released her third album, “Soft Power,” which she produced in London with Jimmy Hogarth (Sia, Amy Winehouse). She has toured with artists ranging from The Gipsy Kings to Sylvan Esso and has her music featured on NPR and BBC, amongst others. She is interested in the power of music as a healing practice, and a pathway to a deeper connection.
JUSTINE BENNETT (CANADA)
Justine Bennett grew up amongst artists in the remote mountains of British Columbia, listening to the folk songbirds of her piano teaching mother’s generation. As a late teen, she packed her bags and moved to San Francisco, making ends meet playing as a street musician. In 2009 she moved to Los Angeles to record her EP “Heavy Feeling” with producer Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Counting Crowes). Together they created a collection of timeless songs that proved to be the birthplace of her recording career. There’s something vintage in Justine’s voice that recalls other singing sirens- Stevie Nicks and Natalie Merchant, from rocks golden ages.
In the years following, Justine has had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the most talented musicians in the country. She’s lent her voice to numerous recordings including recording projects with Jacob Dylan, Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe) & Glen Ballard (Alanis Morisette). Toured Europe with Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohens son). Her music has been featured in countless T.V. shows and movies including “One Tree Hill”, “Ride“ starring Helen Hunt & Luke Wilson and the newly released television series “Valley of the Boom.”
Most recently Justine can be seen performing in the new documentary “Echo in the Canyon” starring Jakob Dylan, Cat Power, Tom Petty, and many other folk-rock greats. From her bungalow studio in Santa Monica, CA, Justine continues her work as a musician writing and recording her life into songs. Her weaving melodies are reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell, taking you with her to a far off place in the middle of nowhere and at the center of everything.
JOSEPH AUGUST (USA)
Joseph August is a Los Angeles-based percussionist/ambient experimental artist. Influenced by abstract sounds, tape loops, and self-found percussive instruments, his interests lie in how sound can directly shape an emotion or mood. What if every moment had its own supportive soundscape or atmosphere? These ideas serve as a reflection for him and his life.
DJ NAZZIF (B&H)
Emir Fetahović a.k.a. Nazzif has, for years, been influencing and shaping BH’s electronic music scene. His first explorations into electronic music were in his band Alternativa Nova, where he sang and performed from 1993 to 2004. After the band split, he became interested in a solo career. He started producing electronic music influenced by his love of deep house, tech house, and techno. Not one to set limitations on his creative output, Nazzif has been composing music for performances, short movies, and documentaries. He is known for combining various styles of music, and his DJ sets range from afro house, house, deep house to techno, which certainly give freshness and originality to BH’s growing electronic music scene.
DJ JASMINA (B&H)
In the year 1999, DJ Jasmina, a veteran of the Bosnian electronic music scene, stood behind the turntables for the first time. After that, she never looked back.
Jasmina started learning her first mix steps on Radio 3 in Sarajevo, which became her second home between 1999 and 2000. She began by experimenting with various electronic music genres, even though she felt primarily attracted to techno sounds. Out of this combination, her instantly recognizable electro-tech-house style was born. To be honest though, a sharp mixer, Jasmina plays what she likes – typically a mix of dirty, minimal, deep, kicking, techno. A rare audiophile amongst us, she is one of the few remaining DJs who still play vinyl only.
In addition to numerous domestic and regional gigs, Jasmina spins her records in top clubs, from Berlin to Detroit. In her long-standing DJ career, she performed with great names, such as Abe Duque, Mladen Solomun, Gebruder Teichmann, Martini Bross, Gudrun Gut, Eurokai, Mike Vamp, K-Hand, Kevin Saunderson and many others.
Recognizable by her choice of music, mixing skills, and the elegance of the overall performance, Jasmina always connects with the audience in a way which true house and techno fans deeply appreciate. Her mixing skills and taste of music is one thing, but her energy is something that at 5 am makes you scream for more.
LENKA MORAVKOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Lenka Morávková is a songwriter, sound artist, and electronic music producer from the Czech Republic, currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
Tiptoeing on the edge between the dance floor and conceptual art, her work is rooted in global and personal collapses, an aesthetic of glitches and deconstruction, and an application of academic theories to performance practices. As a cross-disciplinary artist, Lenka Morávková transgresses boundaries within music, visual art, performance, and new media, touring internationally with her music project My Name Is Ann as well as performing with the unique glass instrument Bohemian Cristal Instrument (après Baschet sculpture).
Her interactive sound installations and performances have been presented extensively throughout Europe, including the LEM festival in Barcelona, the Czech National Theatre in Prague, the International Glass Symposium, Colours of Ostrava and the Biennial Ostrava Days festivals in the Czech Republic, the Natures Festival in Ljubjana, and the CreArt festival.
Morávková has done a TEDx talk, performed at The Broad Museum in Los Angeles and her acoustic video from the blooming desert of California went viral and reached out to more than a million viewers. Her projects have been awarded by various national grants. As an educator, she taught a course on Digital Creativity and Ethnomusicology at Charles University in the Czech Republic, held a teaching assistant position for World Music class at the University of California Riverside and led an Electronic Playground workshop for Instant Acts Against Racism and Violence, with whom she toured over 100 schools and prisons in Germany.
Reborn live act draws inspiration from ambient, oriental, and ethno sounds from different cultures and times. Through their music, they weave untold stories of the human spirit and wander through a myriad of musical genres, fusing and creating a new sound bound by unity, peace and purity. Dance with us and dive into your own inner world, arrive at your heart spirit center, and discover a new cosmic spring of love and deep energy of the pulsating space. The live act consists of Amer Sinanović Ciko (DJ, Guitar, Vocals, Percussions), Dejan Tomka (DJ, digital Synth & Programming), Tatjana Karajanov (Lead Vocal & Percussion),
Aleksandar Grujić (Piano). With special guest on percussion: Gordan Kranjčič of the “Sarajevo Drum Orchestra” fam.