Birthed from a place of electric passion, the KIRTAN TOUR with Sufey Chen and Oliver Swain is a reverent celebration of devotional music and liberated movement. This captivating PRAYERFORMANCE weaves traditional kirtan classics with enchanting original harmonies in an ecstatic evening of co-creative ceremony, ritual and deep healing. This tour features a two-hour interactive experience of tribal connection and personal liberation, centered around the healing powers of intuitive dance and song.
TOUR DATES: March 31st – April 9th, 2017 through British Columbia.
March 30th — 7 to 9 pm at VALLEY YOGA in Duncan, BC | book here | fb event
March 31st — 7 to 9 pm at HEMMA in Victoria, BC | book here | fb event
April 1st — 8 to 10 pm at DHARMA MOVEMENT COMPANY in Vancouver, BC | book here | fb event
April 2nd — 1 to 3 pm at YOGA GENERATION in Coquitlam, BC | book here | fb event
April 2nd — 7 to 9 pm at STUDIO B YOGA in Chilliwack, BC | book here | fb event
April 3rd — 7:30 to 9:30 pm at STARLIT YOGA in Penticton, BC | book here | fb event
April 4th — 7 to 9 pm at SWEET FREEDOM in Salmon Arm, BC | book here
April 5th — 7 to 9 pm at THE YOGA LOFT in Kamloops, BC | book here | fb event
April 6th — 7 to 9 pm at MOKSHA KELOWNA in Kelowna, BC | book here
April 7th — 7 to 9 p at VERNON YOGA in Vernon, BC | book here | fb event
April 8th — 7 to 9 pm at PARKSIDE ART GALLERY in 100 Mile House, BC
April 9th — 6 to 9 pm in Prince George, BC | please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
SUFEY CHEN is a sacred song-keeper, energy healer and shamanic priestess celebrated for her work in the TRANSFORMATION and LIBERATION of the soul. From movement arts to medicine ceremonies, Sufey’s heart-centered offerings are designed to spark our intuitive ability to create, express and connect . Through prayer, pranayama, philosophy, play, poetry and inspired practice, Sufey draws from her decade-long study of vinyasa, kundalini, yin, restorative, therapeutics, acroyoga, contact improv, bhakti yoga, kirtan, tribal dance, performance arts, tantra and relationships, to guide workshops, teacher trainings and soul retreats in Bali, Thailand, China, Canada, USA, Mexico and Costa Rica.
OLIVER SWAIN is a Juno and Western Canada Music Award Nominee (2016 Roots Artist of the Year) who has spent his life studying devotional music from around the world. First fascinated by early Afro-American spirituals and mountain Gospel music, Oliver travelled the Appalachian Mountains and Mississippi Delta, eventually living in Lafayette, where he worked with the first family of Cajun Music, The Savoy Family Band. Since those early years Oliver has gone on to perform devotional music from East African, Turkish and Sufi traditions as well as exploring these themes and others in his own songwriting. Often found fronting his own group BIG MACHINE, Oliver also keeps himself busy scoring for theatre and film, teaching workshops and master classes and recording, writing and touring with a variety of international artists including triple Grammy Nominee Toni Childs, Kendel Carson and Twin Bandit. Oliver sees music as a window to the soul and is grateful to all who he collaborates with and performs for.
Oliver has recorded and toured with dozens of award winning artists and ensembles. Awards and accolades for his own projects include:
- Prairie Music Award Winner (2x)
- ‘M’ Award Winner (3x)
- Colonist Music Award Winner
- Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival First Place Jazz Combo
- Juno Award Nominee
- Western Canadian Music Award Nominee (2x)
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
- Tonder Festival (Denmark)
- Byron Bay Blues Festival (Australia)
- Winnipeg Folk Festival (5x)
- Calgary Folk Music Festival (4x)
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival (5x)
- Edmonton Folk Music Festival (4x)
- Stan Rogers Folk Festival
- Summer Folk
- Northwest Folklife
- Rifflandia (2x)
- Victoria Jazz Festival (3x)