Sonoma County’s Harmony Festival, a three day “party with a purpose” that melds new ideas, community activism, eco-awareness, spiritual wisdom, visionary art, and conscious music, has invited a very special guest to its 30th anniversary celebration this year: jazz.
New York-based label Motema Music and first time media sponsor Jazziz Magazine will offer festival attendees the chance to kick back at the Ambiotica Lounge at Harmony Hall. Jazziz @ Harmony After Dark will be the place where the left and right coasts meet in a harmonic swirl of New York jazz and San Francisco world and trance grooves.
Motema will bring some of its most noteworthy talent to The North Bay, including guitarist Roni Ben Hur, whose recent release, Keepin’ It Open, was lauded for its “remarkable moments of creativity” bass wizard Charnett Moffett, who has just recently signed with the label percussionist Kevin ‘Bujo’ Jones and his band Tenth World, who blend Latin and world jazz and funk grooves, and urban folk and jazz phenomenon KJ Denhert, whose Motema debut, Lucky 7, will be released just prior to the festival, on May 27. Fueling the artistic fire at the late night Lounge will be Six Degrees Records’ World Music DJs Cheb I Sabbah, David Starfire, and Jeff Stott spinning between sets, as well as participating in the first ever Six Degrees meets Motema All Star Jazz & Beats After Hours Jam.
A full schedule of the performances at the Ambiotica Lounge can be found on the Harmony Festival website, at http://harmonyfestival.com/schedule/index.html.