Forward Together • LIQUID BLOOM • SAVEJ • REBELWISE • + more • PORTLAND, OR • THE DEN
12.1.23 • THE DEN • 116 SE Yamhill Street • 21+ w/ ID
Beloved Presents, Tiger Fox, and the Psychedelic Health Equity Initiative are thrilled to co-host an evening of connective celebration honoring lineage and supporting greater access in psychedelic healing. We are amplifying the mission of the Indigenous Medicine Conservation Fund, which supports the psychedelic space to become allies in strengthening and protecting Indigenous Peoples, their medicines, and knowledge, supporting Indigenous Communities to thrive for generations to come.
Forward Together was co-created last year with the purpose of centering the importance of marginalized people’s access to psychedelics, facilitator training, healing modalities, and the rights of the Indigenous peoples who originated psychedelic medicine work
READY! Honoring the IMCF - 9pm - Come circle up and drop in as we honor the vision of IMCF, hear their story, and connect with their mission.
SET! Beloved Song Circle - 9pm - In this revolution we gather to sing. Sing for healing, creation, grief, and renewal. We deeply rejoice to offer a time to bring all of our voices together with three phenomenal song leaders for a Beloved Song Circle with Shireen Amini, Claudia Cuentas, & Hanifa Nayo.
GO! Reciprocity Resonance - 10:30pm - Two rooms of music with Liquid Bloom, Savej,
Rebelwise, and more!
•MAIN STAGE MUSIC • L Acoustic Sound
⫷ BELOVED SONG CIRCLE FEATURING ⫸
SHIREEN AMINI - HTTPS://SHIREENAMINI.COM/HOME
CLAUDIA CUENTAS - HTTPS://WWW.CLAUDIACUENTAS.COM
HANIFA NAYO - HTTPS://WWW.HANDSOFHANIFA.COM/
•SECOND STAGE •
•ABOUT THE ARTISTS•
Liquid Bloom is a collaborative music project spearheaded by Amani Friend of Desert Dwellers, dedicated to the fusion of world music and electronic elements. With a focus on creating immersive and transformative sonic experiences, Liquid Bloom aims to bridge traditional and modern music, bringing together sounds and rhythms from around the globe to create a unique and captivating sound.
Since its inception, Liquid Bloom has worked with a diverse range of musicians and producers, including Poranguí, Deya Dova, and Mose to name a few. Together they have created a rich tapestry of sound that blends organic instrumentation with electronic beats and melodies. Liquid Bloom has garnered a devoted following and earned a reputation to transport audiences to far-off lands and otherworldly realms.
At the heart of Liquid Bloom is Amani's passion for world music and his belief in the power of sound to heal
and inspire. Drawing upon his own
deep spiritual practice and years of experience as a producer, Amani crafts each Liquid Bloom track with
intention and mindfulness, infusing each one with a sense of magic and wonder.
With it’s unique blend of world music and electronic elements, Liquid Bloom is a pioneering force and continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with sound.
Born and raised in the Honey Island Swamp of Louisiana, Savej [pron. savage] is known around the globe for his unique and captivating “Ancient Future” sound. His integration of ancestral medicine music, organic soundscapes, and exotic world instruments with groovy tribal rhythms and Louisiana flavor effectively bridges the gap between cultures and the Ages of time.
Savej's live experience is designed to be sacred and celebratory sonic ceremony, a remembrance of who and what we are as human beings, and a reflection of the primordial essence that binds all things - all while infusing irresistibly danceable grooves and heavy-hitting bass. He has performed at some of the most sought after stages and festivals, ranging from the legendary Luna Stage at Envision Festival in Costa Rica to the Portal Stage at Area 15 in Las Vegas.
Savej holds a deep passion for his frequent collaborations with indigenous tribes and has been entrusted as a
bridge to infuse indigenous medicine songs into his music, a mission which is reciprocated by directly
supporting the cultures they originate from via donation of record sales and creation of NFTs infusing
indigenous art and music.
REBELWISE is the global Hip-Hop crew dedicated to liberation, breaking the spell of hopelessness and delivering dope medicine for collective transformation.
Shireen Amini (non-binary using she/her pronouns in English and elle in Spanish) is a queer, Puerto Rican-Iranian-American, Earth-loving musician based in Portland, Oregon: the original territory of the Wasco, Multnomah, Chinook, Siletz, Clackamas, Cowlitz, Grande Ronde tribes and more. As a human, she carries a deep commitment to her own liberation path and vision of a more just world. As an acoustic singer-songwriter, to this end, she blends pop, rock, hip hop, latin, and roots sensibilities with socially-conscious themes and soulful stories of change. In 2021, Shireen released an energizing and anthemic pop-rock-soul record called Break Myself Free, a proud proclamation of her queer identity and an invitation into deeper connection with the Earth. Its title track recently won the Hope Rises II songwriting contest, selected to be among 16 others by artists nationwide on this album compilation for social change. She continues to write and release original queer medicine roots-pop like her most recent single “What I Am (A Non-Binary Song)” (2023). With brave authenticity and heart-centered warmth, you can find Shireen performing, leading community song circles, or a delightfully blurry blend of both, in the Pacific Northwest region and beyond. She also teaches drumming, leads workshops, and facilitates grief ritual as part of her community-based music empowerment project Shireen Amini Music Medicine.
CLAUDIA CUENTAS -
Claudia has been singing and dancing since birth, inspired by sound, the healing arts and the ability of the human spirit to overcome difficulty and transform it into new life, Claudia has been working with individuals and communities in Perú and the USA, fostering health through creativity, for the last 20 years. Born in Lima, Peru, Claudia studied music and movement since an early age. At age 18, she moved to California and entered the Music Program at Chico State University, graduating with degrees in Music and Education.She continued her studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she pursued a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy. She also completed her Somatic Experiencing Training for Trauma Resolution.
While in San Francisco Claudia worked as a teacher and therapist. She loved working at Music Together, an organization that helps parents and children reclaim music and movement as natural avenues to joy and immersion in life, while strengthening a healthy parent-child connection. She also worked as a bilingual storyteller, sharing original indigenous stories to increase diversity awareness and tolerance.
Hanifa Nayo Washington, she/her/hers, is a sacred activist, healing justice practitioner, communications strategist, and digital creative, with 25 years of values-based nonprofit leadership. Hanifa, an equity & belonging facilitator, reiki master practitioner, musician, and thought partner, works at the intersection of mindfulness, place making, and social justice to cultivate organizations, gatherings, spaces, and experiences rooted in the values of beloved community.
Hanifa, is Founding Team Emerita of Fireside Project - a nonprofit that is creating systemic change in the field of psychedelics in three key domains: safety, diversity, and equitable access. Through their Psychedelic Peer Support Line, Fireside Project has created a nationwide safety net that has substantially decreased 911 calls and hospitalizations while democratizing access to free high-quality care. The line has received over 11,000 calls since launching in April of 2021.
Hanifa is the Co-lead Investigator of the burgeoning field catalyst the Psychedelic Health Equity Initiative. PHEI is in its beginning stages with the primary objectives of identifying and creating investment opportunities for philanthropy to fund demonstration projects that will encourage governments, private sector actors and foundations to invest in equitable access to psychedelic assisted therapies for marginalized communities.
Hanifa is also the Co-founder and Organizing Principal of One Village Healing, an online BIPOC centered healing, resilience, and psychedelic wellness space. In 2017 Hanifa released her 3rd album Mantras for the Revolution. Hanifa offers this soulful, connective, kirtan-style, collective practice as medicine in this time of revolution that is both- within us and around us.
Hanifa is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
⫷Psychedelic Health Equity Initiative ⫸
❤We believe in CONSENT, RESPECT, & EQUALITY! All of our events are a judgment-free, hate-free, & a safe zone for ALL races and/or preferences! We have ZERO tolerance for any level of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, or any other form of hate/abuse. Anyone exhibiting these types of behaviors will be asked to leave, and not welcomed back. If you see something, say something - tell a staff member nearby and we'll be sure to act on it promptly.
12.1.23 • THE DEN • 116 SE Yamhill Street • 21+ w/ ID