Akara is a symphony for the post-digital age. Elegant classical composition combined with detailed psychedelic production; mystical, devotional vocals with lyrics beyond language combined with deep synth bass. Akara's music is a genre entirely its own. Independent of dance music trends without being unaware of them, Akara combines fragments of Baroque and Medieval music, twentieth-century minimalist music, Indian classical, and gamelan, with psydub, glitch-hop, dubstep, and downtempo grooves.
Fully composed for and recorded with a small classical orchestra of top-notch players, and featuring the ethereal vocals of Femke Weidema, Akara's sound is a high-quality, cinematic, intelligent musical journey through consciousness.
Akara is created and curated by Joshua Penman, an award-winning composer with performances in Carnegie Hall, by seventeen full orchestras, and by choruses, bands, and chamber ensembles around the world. Joshua has also scored five films, holds a doctorate in classical composition, played in Balinese and Sundanese gamelans, and studied ragas in India with master vocalist Devashish Dey.
The name Akara comes from the Indonesian words for "root or vine" and "ritual or performance" and the energy of the project is inspired by the trance rituals of Bali, the shamanic ceremonies of the Amazon, and the new visionary art and culture of Burning Man and the West Coast festival scene.
Onstage, in its largest incarnation, Akara is seven musicians and a laptop, along with a troupe of dancers and performers. Akara's stage show represents a new kind of ritual performance for our postmodern, soundsystem age. At home on headphones, or whenever you close your eyes, Akara is a new kind of ritual performance for your mind.
Akara has performed at many of the premiere US visionary festivals, including Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle, Sonic Bloom, Rootwire, Burning Man, and more.
" the cutting edge of electronic composition beyond anything I've heard I'm surprised this level of creative genius hasn't been outlawed yet." mandakinismuse.com
" an ambitious album that succeeds far beyond its means a non-stop, out-of-this-world journey." Echoes (NPR)
"Akara's music touched me personally in a way different from must music I listen to something I honestly had never heard before, yet it sounded so perfect " whiteraverrafting.com
"The most profound musical experience of my life." Liza Hunter, facebook
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Summit Jaffe, as Numatik, offers fresh and timelessly deep sonic expressions of love and gratitude. Nestled currently in the ancient mountains of Appalachia, Summit has been digging deeper and deeper into his creative outlets in a mission of self-discovery and unfoldment. After experimenting with and learning the intricacies of analog synthesis at a young age, he became enthralled in the infinite creative potential of digital production. Through spiritual practices, ancient plant medicines, and the synchronized cosmic flux, Summit has stepped gently into deeper awareness of what it means to be here on Earth. Numatik is a project that brings together his spiritual awareness and tactical production knowledge, resulting in deeply connected sonic landscapes, pulsing with ever evolving freshness. By the cultivation of sacred sonic space, Numatik transforms dance floors into containers for free expression of the divinity within us, guided by music infused with the organic sounds of breath, natural sounds, shamanic vocals and occasional ethnic instrumentation. The majority of recent Numatik sets have also featured vocalist and healer, Alokananda Star Bear, speaking powerful invocations, singing deep shamanic chants, and spitting improvised spirit raps with fiery intent. Numatik brings a truly unique offering into the collective, cocreative mind of worldwide conscious EDM.
"Channeling transmissions direct from the galactic core, this prodigy's potential has been palpable from the start a clear testament to the djedis rising up in these accelerating times. It wasn't until this year's Gratifly that the game changed, however, and he stepped up to play his first all-original set. Now, just two months from this monumental shift, Numatik's debut EP has dropped along with everyone's jaws." - Taylor Pearon of Tribal Council
I aspire to inspire and be inspired. Intuitively I am on this path, manifesting what I need when the time is right, co-creating and bridging the gap of humanity with the divine, while helping to evolve and raise the collective vibration to its highest potential. We are all eternally blessed to be sharing space on this planet at this given moment. The future is ours to create, follow your bliss.
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