Rara is a dedicated master of his craft with over 20 years experience in live performance and music production with a core focus on where the electronic underground, yoga and dance movements collide.
Rara’s live sets are a mixture of guitar, vocals, and dj techniques that combine pre-produced original studio music with live electronic elements to create a truly original, shamanic, heart felt transmission of music for embodiment. Styles range across a multitude of genres including Ambient, Downtempo, World groove, African, Middle Eastern, East Indian, Tribal, Funk, House, and Hip Hop. Wether it be in a yoga class, on an ecstatic dance floor or at a festival – Rara’s sounds are guaranteed to take you on a journey of blissful re-entry into the soul.
He is also co-founder and CEO of YogiTunes.com, a ground breaking digital music where the sonic mastery of DJ culture meets the illuminated sensibilities of the yoga lifestyle.
For almost 10 years he has been one-third of the ground breaking trio known as Desert Dwellers. One of the most pioneering and prolific downtempo groups hailing from the United States. After the success of their “DownTemple Dub” series on White Swan Records, and playing shows the past two years at some of the most prolific festivals like Lightning In A Bottle, Symbiosis, Wanderlust, Shambhala, and Earthdance Northern California, the Desert Dwellers are utilizing 2012 to release three cutting edge remix albums that feature some of the top dub producers on the planet, as well as work on a brand new original album and go on tour to many of the primary music festivals on the west coast and around the world.
With his Desert Dwellers partner Amani Friend, and Shaman’s Dream founder Craig Kohalnd, Rara has also co-written music for yoga teachers such as Shiva Rea, Duncan Wong, Janet Stone, Elena Brower, Hemalayaa Behl, Desiree Rumbaugh, Micheline Berry, + many more. Notable artists they’ve remixed are Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, Girish, Kalya Scintilla, David Starfire, Deep Forest, Gurunam Singh, Karsh Kale, Laya Project, EarthRise SoundSystem, Tarun (Delhi 2 Dublin), and Deya Dova. Recent festival appearances include Wanderlust, Yoga Journal Conference, Midwest Yoga Conference, Symbiosis, Beloved, Harmony Festial, Earthdance, Hawaii Spirit Fest, and Mystic Garden Party.
Rara has a deep love for the place where healing, embodiment and music meet. His Yogic path began in his early 20’s writing music for cancer patients who were under going extensive combined yoga and sound therapy. He spent two years apprenticing as a sound healer/yoga instructor, then moved to Los Angeles, where he began performing with Shaman’s Dream both in yoga classes and at monthly ecstatic dance events. Rara also found himself deeply embedded in the electronic underground community known as Moontribe, who for over 15 years have been throwing cutting edge all night full moon gatherings out in the Mojave Desert. It was here that he connected with Treavor Moontribe and Amani Friend to join forces and become part of Desert Dwellers.
His styles are always seeking to blend genres as he has an eclectic array of training in blues, jazz, classical, ethnic, electronic, world music and contemporary. He has earned a degree in jazz and classical studies from Malaspina University on Vancouver Island and uses his well formed knowledge of music theory, composition and arranging to produce expertly crafted songs with an equal blend of live instrumentation and programmed electronic elements.
The two worlds of yoga and music have always been intertwined and Rara is very happy to now be one of the co-founders of YogiTunes.com, an online digital music store that features a huge selection of yoga inspired music from all over the world. The website launched in late July and focuses on helping teachers to build great playlists and be able to promote them to their students. Rara’s long time musical collaborators Craig Kohland (Shaman’s Dream) and Amani Friend (Desert Dwellers) are working with him to bring their years of collective yoga music experience to the project.