With my longtime producer friend Dana Walden I’ve embarked on a recording project in Andalusia, Spain. Some of the songs I’ve written last year in Spain, California or India and others are being written here as inspiration comes. And there’s plenty of it! The scenery, people and food are great. We’ve been contacting some wonderful musicians in the area and adding them to the mix as well. Exciting to be working and exploring and adapting to the climate ; sometimes it has been so windy here in Vejer de la Frontera that we can’t record anything !
The album will be a world music fusion of Spanish, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian influences – mainly instrumental like my “Paléo” CD. Here’s a little taste of a track that’s near completion: Jerez…
Fire in the Belly, Honey in the Heart: Spring Detox
Join Philippo for a spring detox immersion into the healing depths of your own yoga practice, contemplative meditation, live music and percussion, ecstatic dance, and Esalen’s famous hot springs and healing farm-to-table cuisine. A detox retreat is a powerful time to release pent-up toxins physically, emotionally, and mentally, while renewing your vital energies and recharging creatively. Through a daily practice of yoga, meditation, and ecstatic dance combined with live music and ecstatic percussion by Joey Lugassy, Craig Kohland/Shaman’s Dream, Christo Pellani, Domonic Dean Breaux and Collective, you can cultivate peak states of embodied creativity and nourished vitality which will remain with you long after you return to your urban lives.
Friday April 3rd – Philippo will be the key speaker and musician for the Spiritual Unity Movement service at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave, North Hills , CA. Also Daniela Riva will present sacred dance of India. The subject will be “Resonating your Soul Frequency “.
September 27th …great lineup of talent including Joey Lugassy, Rob Sherman, Miss R+B (Rhona Bennett ) and Heather Bradley and Avi Sills Tickets include wine and snacks ! Click link above ( a benefit for LA Meals on Wheels )
It feels great to be back in Cali after several months of pretty non-stop travel. I just set up my new studio and will begin recording some of the music I was inspired to write, particularly in India ! Soon I’ll be posting some events and good news …
8:30pm Friday – Kirtan and Gospel singing with Philippo and Daniela (and friends) – 10€ requested donation
10:30am Saturday – group intro circle. Toning, Mantra Daniela leads Vinyasa yoga with live music by Philippo
1:30 – 3pm – LUNCH
3:30 – 5pm – Nada Yoga theory and practice, Mudras, and invocation Saturday eve – Daniela Dance performance/Bharata Natyam
Sunday – 10:30am – 1:30pm – Indian Dance with Daniela
90-100€ for the whole weekend , 45€ for Saturday, 35€ for Sunday , or 10€ for Friday’s concert
Dancer, Indian Dance teacher and Yoga Instructor
Daniela Riva is the foremost teacher of Bharata Natyam in Europe, having studied extensively for over ten years in India at the prestigious Kalakshestra Academy of Fine Arts in Chennai as well as the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandir in Tamil Nadu. Her teachers blessed her and appointed her to begin sharing this ancient dance of the Sacred Feminine, and since then she has been performing and teaching in Europe and India and California to hundreds of students. Following traditional Yogic and Ayurvedic principles, she guides her students to open to the awareness and beauty of their body temple and discover the inner power of transformation encoded in this ancient sacred art.
Daniela lives in Italy and sometimes Spain, and follows the Bhakti Spirit with grace, vibrant joy and devotion.
Philippo Franchini,the Musical Alchemist, is a world-renowned musician and composer who is pioneering the introduction of Nada Yoga and its healing power to the West. He performs and teaches widely in America and Europe. As a yogi himself, Philippo has combined his knowledge of Nada Yoga, his own meditations, and his extensive musicianship to create his newest album, RESONATE -the Kirtan Call, richlyblending world rhythms, gospel and sanskrit mantras. Philippo has been an artist and teacher at Bhakti Fest, Bliss Beat Festival, Esalen Institute, Kripalu Center and Milan Yoga Festival. He is very happy to be returning to Ananda and collaborating with Daniela Riva.