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- Clockwise from top left, Yogafort headlining musicians and instructors East Forest, Cristi Cristensen, Masood Ali Khan, Sol Rising, Bibi McGill and Tony G.
But as it happens, the gyrating center of Treefort isn't the only place in the festival where music has a seat—Yogafort has its own list of musicians, some of whom will be performing exclusively at its events and classes.
The headlining musicians for Yogafort 2019 are electro-acoustic artist East Forest, multi-instrumentalist Masood Ali Khan, house/chill-trap performer Sol Rising and bansuri flute and harp player Sheela Bringi. Supporting acts hail from Boise and beyond, and include Neelamjit Dhillon, Qais Essar, Brent Kuecker, Clinton Patterson, Deeveaux, Rob Riccardo, The Green Zoo, Chrystalina, Effy K and Joseph L Young.
Sol Rising, East Forest, Qais Essar, Effy K and Deeveaux will all perform at Treefort, but the rest of the artists are Yogafort-exclusive, sourced from an applicant pool or invited by Yogafort organizers Marisa Weppner and Celeste Bolin.
"Marisa and I usually curate instructors and musicians every year based on people we've worked with in past Yogaforts as well as our travels around to different festivals, yoga festivals and music festivals," said Bolin.
As a group, the musicians appearing at Yogafort will have a different flavor than the Treefort mainstream. Many of them focus their acts on uncommon instruments—Khan taps the Swiss hang drum; Dhillon plays the bansuri flute; Chrystalina coaxes music from Tibetan singing bowls; and Essar strums the Afghan, an ancient lute-like instrument. The musical performances will be paired with Yogafort classes, creating what Bolin called "a shared experience of music and movement."
"It's this really fun collaboration that happens," Bolin said. "Some of it is planned by the artists and instructors working well together, like Cristi Cristensen and Sol Rising. Cristi Cristensen is one of our headlining instructors, and she and Sol Rising have worked together for years, they tour the world... And then some of them we pair together."
In those pairings, often the instructors and musicians have never met, and communicate solely via email until the day of their performance, when their fusion is put to the test.
"It's definitely more than just music in the background," Bolin said.
Yogafort will run Friday-Sunday, March 22-24, but it kicks off early with a Launch Party at JUMP on Saturday, Feb. 9. Snag tickets here.