May 21, 2016

It feels like summer here in Sevilla…

It feels like summer here in Sevilla, after a spell of rain and cold. It’s okay, I used the inside time to write some great new songs which I’ll be premiering at the upcoming events on this European Summer Tour.  Upon arriving in Italy in April I jumped to Berlin to play at the “Love in the City” festival put on by my friends Sathya and Liliana from Bhakti Yoga Summer, which is Germany’s most popular and longstanding Bhakti gathering. 💗 http://bhaktiyogasummer.com/ 💗 I’ll be playing and teaching a Musical Alchemy Workshop at the Summer Edition at Seminarzentrum Sonnenstrahl ( a big castle-like retreat) in Southern Germany,  June 9-12 . Besides yoga classes and wonderful vegetarian food, their music lineup is great too, with Prem Joshua, Satyaa & Pari, Prema Hara and much more !

Back to Berlin, I was really happy to reunite with my dear friend and music creator Eli Salzman, who I knew for many years in California, now living in Berlin, and also Emy Berti, wonderful Italian bhakti artist, who both were in my band there and really brought the music alive!  I had wonderful support also from some talented local musicians who rounded out the ensemble. Look for photos and videos I’ve posted here from that weekend. This was the first event that Sathya and Liliana created in Berlin and it was well-organized at a lovely Bio Hotel on the river. I hope it will be continued next year.

* New on the horizon …. July 9th in Nice, France …another Italian friend, Max Greco, is launching the Shanti Riviera Festival, with yoga, music, bio cuisine and more. Promises to be really enjoyable https://www.facebook.com/Shantirivierafestival/  *I’ll be playing music there along with Elijah Tucker, Emy Berti and other artists.

As a warmup for Bliss Beat 2016 in Piemonte, Italy, I’ll be stopping in for a Saturday solo concert on July 2 at Cascina Bellaria ( Hari Om Yoga Center) http://www.blissbeatfestival.com, then returning for a full band set on the main stage Saturday, July 16th. This will be the blues/gospel full rockin’ experience ! Marco Mandrino’s vision of Bliss Beat has morphed into some psychedelic evenings after all the great yoga and wisdom teachings in the day. Come out to dance and party !

Ok …here’s a lyric from one of the new songs: “We’ll leave the neon signs behind, let the serpent fire unwind, The Magic that you lost, you just might find …”

So I hope our paths cross this summer; if you feel the inspiration please come share the music and love –  Blessings,   Philippo

 

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