Flying Down Thunder and Rise Ashen
Producer, Musician, DJ and Dancer Eric Vani (Rise Ashen) has devoted his life to the study of sound and movement, applying hi-fi knowhow to underground music. Focusing on nu-jazz, breaks and house, as a DJ, he mashes and blends it with traditional and popular music from across the globe. Rise Ashen has collaborated with Juno award winners Kellylee Evans and Miguel Graca, Ammoye, Fred Everything, Trevor Walker, Blissom and Teknostep, and is pulled from the crates of DJs like Jojo Flores, Rainer Truby, Roger Sanchez, Masters at Work, Gilles Peterson, Laurent Garnier, Maurice Fulton, Bonobo, and 0db, amoung others.
Originally from the Long Point First Nation in Quebec, Canada, singer, composer and producer, Kevin Chief (aka Flying Down Thunder) now makes his home in Ottawa. Chief is a respected pow-wow singer and traditional dancer from the Algonquin Nation. He has performed at Canadian national events, across Europe and in China. His inspiration for music comes from the words of his elders. Anishinabe people, he was told, needed to build a bridge between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal, as they learn to understand one another. Through music, he shares the love of his Aboriginal culture with others.