Music always played an important role in Ram Dass’s life. He thought of music as a portal into what he called ‘Soul Land' - The doorway to Spirit. During this isolating time of fear and uncertainty, it feels fitting that we both honor Ram Dass and provide our community with a source of solace, inspiration, and connection through music.
Over the last few years, Love Serve Remember Foundation (LSRF) has evolved into a fertile ground for creatives to cultivate work inspired by Ram Dass’s teachings. Musicians from a variety of genres and artists have asked to collaborate, using the timeless wisdom of Loving Awareness to enrich their projects.
To honor Ram Dass’s deep connection to music, and to provide our community with a source of solace, inspiration, and connection, we are launching a new virtual Instagram Live music experience called Soul Land Music Series: Songs and Stories Inspired by Ram Dass.
Join us this summer to connect deeply to some of your favorite artists who have been impacted and inspired by Ram Dass!
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Trevor has a personal connection with Ram Dass that stemmed from a young age. His music, a blend of roots and folk music, is imbued with a deep love of Eastern Mysticism. This powerful symbiosis fostered a deep connectivity with his fan base and Trevor quickly matured into a leader and storyteller for the conscious musical community.
Jai Uttal is a Grammy nominated singer and a pioneer in the world music community with his eclectic East-meets-West sound. He is a sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, who combines influences from India with American rock and jazz to create a stimulating and exotic multicultural fusion that is truly world spirit music.
Chart-topping and world renowned musician and vocalist, SIMRIT, has been studying and working with the science of sound and consciousness for two decades. Alongside her band, SIMRIT creates vibrationally powerful and healing music to impact both positive internal & external change. Decades of study and experimentation with the quantum technology of Naad Yoga (the ancient science of using sound to impact the brain’s neural pathways and chemicals, eliciting altered states of reality) deeply influences her music. Her highly acclaimed courses, including The Supreme Sound 2.0, are studied worldwide.
Since 2008 EAST FOREST has been the leader of underground ‘sound meditation’ ceremonies around the world, creating sonic architecture for people to explore their inner space. In the summer of 2018, he traveled to Maui to record new teachings from Ram Dass. After capturing his words of wisdom, East Forest returned to the studio to compose the album EAST FOREST X RAM DASS. Covering topics such as dark thoughts, nature, technology and much more, these songs are full of timely inspiration.
Characterized as a dynamic progressive rock band, Papadosio creates the sound of new-age technology merging with mesmerizing instrumentation.
Papadosio strives to create music that is strangely familiar, and calls all walks of humanity to bask in a unique experience celebrating the one constant in an ever changing world: music.
Justin Boreta is a founding member of The Glitch Mob, an internationally-recognized electronic music group originally formed in 2006. He has been a personal practitioner of Vipassana meditation for over 10 years and has led spatial and ambient music performances, including the creation of two ambient Ram Dass soundtracks: IMAGINE and AWARENESS.
Jahnavi Harrison is a musician who aims to channel her creative expression as a path to self-realisation and service. For over 12 years she has travelled the world, offering her voice and violin playing in the performance of sacred music and call-and-response mantra chant (kirtan). Her sound encompasses rich influences of East and West, and aims to offer an experience which truly nourishes the spirit. She released her debut album, ‘Like a River to the Sea’ in July 2015.
Layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” KD spent the late ’60’s traveling across the country as a student of Ram Dass, and in August 1970, he finally made the journey to meet his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji. KD now travels the world sharing his kirtan practice and stories of the Path.
The music of HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of Folk, World, and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. Since 2015 they have also been highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as KY Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty).
Dirtwire sits on the front porch of Americana’s future, conjuring up a whirlwind of sound using traditional instrumentation, world percussion, soundscapes, and electronic beats. Comprised of David Satori (Beats Antique), Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila; Bolo), and Mark Reveley (Jed and Lucia), each performance brings both band and audience to a mysterious crossroads of beats, blues, African, Asian, and South American sounds. The result is a rebirth of Americana and a post-millennial psychedelic journey to downhome goodness.
Govind Das and Radha are California-based kirtan singers, and devotees following the path of Ram Dass and Neem Karoli Baba. They are the directors/owners of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica CA. They are a husband and wife team and their commitment to love, service, and devotion is transmitted through their chanting and teachings. Govind Das and Radha lead evenings of kirtan, bhakti yoga workshops, present at festivals and lead and transformative retreats throughout the world.
Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. Heather and Benjy have released six beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including LIVE2love, Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window.
Lei’ohu and Maydeen became friends with Ram Dass when he moved to Maui in 2004 and became a fundamental element in Ram Dass Maui Retreats since that time, frequently joining him at Maui Satsang gatherings over his 15 years of living on island.
Lei‘ohu Ryder is a Hawaiian spiritual leader, visionary, singer/songwriter, healer, and educator. Along with her partner Maydeen Ku’uipo ‘Īao, they are Kumu Aloha (emissaries of aloha) and advocates for the indigenous soul in all people. Their love and knowledge of Hawai‘i, help us connect with our selves, with Spirit, and the essence of Aloha.
Their music / songs are the testimonies of their life that has helped them in taking the steps in remembering. Their songs are visions that teach us to love, forgive, trust and open to infinite possibilities. Their songs are Experiences that show us there is not one space on Mother Earth that is more sacred than another.