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Simon Posford and Raja Ram are Shpongle, a psychedelic ambient project formed in 1996 after they met at Butterfly Studios in Brixton, South London. Simon was working on Purple Om and Raja Ram was working with Graham Wood on The Infinity Project. The two went to the Glastonbury festival and decided to write something downtempo after their experience and Shpongle was born.
The Shpongle sound is a mix of mainly eastern ethnic samples and western contemporary psychedelic synth music. Posford is responsible for the synth and studio work while Raja Ram contributes with flute arrangements and creative sensibilities.
Live painting by Alex Grey & Allyson Grey. Alex Grey’s mystic paintings articulate realms of psychedelic visionary consciousness, revealing interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit, illuminating the anatomical core of each being. Alex Grey's visual meditations on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, have reached millions through his five books, the exhibition and extensive reproduction of his artwork, speaking appearances including a popular TED talk, stage sets for major rock bands, video animation, and Grammy award winning album art. alexgrey.com
Allyson Grey is a painter and social sculptor. Her paintings have been widely collected and exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. Allyson's paintings represent chaos, order and secret writing, an essentialized world view symbolizing the material world, the interconnected realm of energy and light and the sacred language of creative expression. With an MFA from Tufts University, Allyson has long been an art educator, art events organizer and a muse to artists worldwide. allysongrey.com
Together, artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, (CoSM; cosm.org), a spiritual creative retreat center outside of New York City. On the forefront of a movement in which painters join musicians on stage, the Grey's have painted together live before tens of thousands of dancing young people at New York Broadway theaters and at sold-out festivals and arenas in dozens of international cities across five continents. As long-time advocates of "cognitive liberty," a growing international "sacramental culture" has embraced the Grey's as important mapmakers and spokespersons for the visionary realm. The Grey's, with their team, are currently building Entheon, a Visionary Art sanctuary in the Hudson Valley of New York.