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#70 Alex King-Harris On The Medicine Of Sound

November 19, 2019 Alex King-Harris
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#70 Alex King-Harris On The Medicine Of Sound
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The Stuart Watkins Podcast
#70 Alex King-Harris On The Medicine Of Sound
Nov 19, 2019
Alex King-Harris

Known in the music world as Rara Avis (n. latin for Rare Bird), Alex King-Harris 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 ecstatic dance movements collide. 

He is also CEO and Founder of Yogi Tunes, an world wide online music service that provides top quality DJ driven soundtracks for yoga and other wellness activities.

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. Whether 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.

As a long time member of two ground breaking music ensembles “Desert Dwellers”& “Shaman’s Dream”, Rara co-pioneered the sound of contemporary wellness music by combining elements of music therapy, vibrational science, digital music production with a strong background in jazz, blues, ethnic and classical studies.

He has composed music for many prominent yoga teachers such as Shiva Rea, Duncan Wong, Janet Stone, Elena Brower, Hemalayaa Behl, Simon Low, Desi Bartlett, Matthew Cohen, Jonny Kest, Desiree Rumbaugh, Micheline Berry, + many more. Notable artists he has 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.

After the success of his“DownTemple Dub” (Desert Dwellers // Amani Friend) series on White Swan Records, Rara began making regular appearances at some of the most popular festivals like Beloved, Lightning In A Bottle, Symbiosis, Wanderlust, Shambhala, and Earthdance Northern California, Pranafest, Inspire Truth, Yoga Journal Conference, Midwest Yoga Conference, Beloved, Harmony Festival + many others.

He also co-wrote and co-produced many other house hold yoga/ecstatic dance albums such as "Kerala Dream”, "Dance Dream Dance”and “Dial M for Mantra // Jai Uttal Remixed”(Shaman’s Dream // Craig Kohland).

Rara’s solo music is also available on San Francisco based indy label Six Degrees records.

For the past 3 years he has also been CEO and co-founder of Yogi Tunes. Drawing on his many different talents and relationships while focusing on developing skills in business, technology and marketing to balance out his artistic endeavors.

When not producing music or carrying out Yogi Tunes operations, Rara’s prime joy is in mentoring kids, providing rites of passage for youth, and fostering community through the production of monthly Ecstatic Dance events.

Follow Alex here:
https://www.raraavismusic.com

Show Notes

Known in the music world as Rara Avis (n. latin for Rare Bird), Alex King-Harris 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 ecstatic dance movements collide. 

He is also CEO and Founder of Yogi Tunes, an world wide online music service that provides top quality DJ driven soundtracks for yoga and other wellness activities.

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. Whether 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.

As a long time member of two ground breaking music ensembles “Desert Dwellers”& “Shaman’s Dream”, Rara co-pioneered the sound of contemporary wellness music by combining elements of music therapy, vibrational science, digital music production with a strong background in jazz, blues, ethnic and classical studies.

He has composed music for many prominent yoga teachers such as Shiva Rea, Duncan Wong, Janet Stone, Elena Brower, Hemalayaa Behl, Simon Low, Desi Bartlett, Matthew Cohen, Jonny Kest, Desiree Rumbaugh, Micheline Berry, + many more. Notable artists he has 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.

After the success of his“DownTemple Dub” (Desert Dwellers // Amani Friend) series on White Swan Records, Rara began making regular appearances at some of the most popular festivals like Beloved, Lightning In A Bottle, Symbiosis, Wanderlust, Shambhala, and Earthdance Northern California, Pranafest, Inspire Truth, Yoga Journal Conference, Midwest Yoga Conference, Beloved, Harmony Festival + many others.

He also co-wrote and co-produced many other house hold yoga/ecstatic dance albums such as "Kerala Dream”, "Dance Dream Dance”and “Dial M for Mantra // Jai Uttal Remixed”(Shaman’s Dream // Craig Kohland).

Rara’s solo music is also available on San Francisco based indy label Six Degrees records.

For the past 3 years he has also been CEO and co-founder of Yogi Tunes. Drawing on his many different talents and relationships while focusing on developing skills in business, technology and marketing to balance out his artistic endeavors.

When not producing music or carrying out Yogi Tunes operations, Rara’s prime joy is in mentoring kids, providing rites of passage for youth, and fostering community through the production of monthly Ecstatic Dance events.

Follow Alex here:
https://www.raraavismusic.com

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