NEXT UP… Ojai’s own OLIWA!

This phenomenal music producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist, will join Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon.

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm

Oliwa is the moniker of Oliver Newell, a music producer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Ojai, California. His decades of experience as an upright/electric bassist have slowly given way to his current experimentation with live electronic music. His music is uniquely intertwines influences of contemporary electronic dance music, jazz, classical, dub reggae, and psychedelia, woven into intricate organic grooves and emotional textures.

Oliwa has performed at festivals and venues around the world with a wide assortment of bands, solo artists, chamber ensembles and orchestras. His endeavors include serving as the principle bassist of the Kona Symphony as well as playing bass with Columbian reggae artist Ras Sparrow, folk glam-a-billy rockers He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, progressive big band The Industrial Jazz Group, and legendary LA psych band Jeffertitti’s Nile. He also performs his original works with his 9-piece band, The Pleasure Circus.

Recently he has been producing music for other artists (Shining Lion, Henry Wolfe, Ted Lennon, Sara Melson, Elisa Rose), performing with his live folktronica band, Radio Skies, and DJing on the side. He is a graduate from the composition program at California Institute of the Arts and is also a certified yoga instructor.

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Please join us for the next performance in the Ojai Cocoon on Saturday, May 27, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm, for a phenomenal collaboration between DJ & multi-instrumentalist, Oliwa, and the Sonic Butterfly, Andrea Brook.

Sonic Butterfly is a 26 string acoustic, chromatic, long-string harp designed and played by Andrea Brook. The long strings are at minimum 60 ft and span out over the audience, transforming indoor and outdoor environments into a giant musical instrument and engaging the audience to be participants, to transcend limitation and let their creativity fly.

The Ojai Cocoon is Andrea’s newly completed studio and performance venue. Once a month or so, Andrea hosts guest artists to collaborate, record and perform with Sonic Butterfly. The collaborations from these events will result in an album of duets and trios with Sonic Butterfly.

The event is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. In gratitude for your support of these monthly events, you will receive a downloadable copy of the Sonic Butterfly Duets & Trios album when it is complete. Thank you for supporting the artists to make this album possible. Space is limited to 50 guests, so you must RSVP to attend. You will receive directions to the Ojai Cocoon when you RSVP. You are welcome to invite guests. Please only reply for the number of guests you will bring. If you are paying in advance, please PayPal $15 for each guest, and please use PayPal’s friends and family option.

The event is 7:30-10:30pm on Saturday, May 27. The show will be at 8pm. Please do not arrive later than 8pm. RSVP to receive the location, parking information and all the details.



World Renowned Grammy & Academy Award winning flute player, Steve Gorn, will be the next guest to join Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm

Steve Gorn has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His work with the flute is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with the Paul Winter Consort, and the Academy Award winning Documentary film, “Born into Brothels,”  He is also featured on Grammy nominated cds:  Paul Simon, “You are the One,” Angelique Kidjo’s, “Oyo,” Silvia Nakkach/David Darling, “Long & Longing,” and Paul Avggerinos, “Bhakti.”

His unique blend of Indian music and contemporary world music can be heard on recordings with Paul Simon, Glen Velez, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Tony Levin, Adam Rudolph, Layne Redmond, Richie Havens, Alessandra Belloni, Badal Roy, Simon Shaheen, Deepak Chopra, Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, and numerous Indian musicians. His numerous recordings include Luminous Ragas, the landmark Indian-Jazz fusion recording, Asian JournalPranam a jugalbandi with Barun Kumar Pal playing hansaveena, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla. His latest recordings are “Between Two Worlds,”  Rasika, with tabla by Samir Chatterjee, and Illumination, with Nepali flutist, Manose.  In addition to the landmark world music recording, Asian Journal, with Nana Vasconcelos and Badal Roy, he recorded ‘Wishing Well’ with Richie Havens, and in August, 2013, he performed at “Back to the Garden: A Day of Song and Remembrance Honoring Richie Havens“, at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival.

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Shredding electric guitar player Tobias Hurwitz with Andrea Brook & Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm

Tobias Hurwitz is a popular rock guitarist from Baltimore Maryland who divides his time between live performances, writing guitar books and teaching Skype guitar lessons to students throughout the USA and abroad. When he’s not revving up local football fans at M&T Bank Stadium as lead guitarist for The Baltimore Raven’s he stays healthy with yoga, meditation and a natural plant based diet.

Tobias has written 15 books on rock guitar, has over a million you tube hits, and has been widely published by the major guitar magazines. He won “Best Guitarist in the Mid-Atlantic” from the Music Monthly Reader’s Poll, was named “Baltimore’s Best Guitar Teacher” by Baltimore’s City Paper, received the MVP 2015 Award by The Marching Ravens, and is a Grammy nominee for the Music Educator Award. Tobias’s endorsements include PRS Guitars, Fractal Audio and Ernie Ball Strings.

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Deepak Ramapriyan joins Andrea Brook & Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7-10pm

The Ojai Cocoon presents Sonic Butterfly with very special guest, Deepak Ramapriyan. Deepak, also known as “The Other Deepak“, is a virtuoso singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, dancer and record producer known for evoking extraordinary experiences in listeners of all kinds. Classically trained in violin since age 4, Deepak lends his immense talent to elicit a remarkable range of emotion, from soul-centered meditative bliss to ecstatic jubilation, inspiring his listeners to go beyond the ordinary and access transcendent states of joy and spiritual communion. He is the lead singer and violinist for the pop/rock/electronic group Robot Nature.  He also still tours with his indie-rock band The BOLT, and the world sacred music band Breath of Life Tribe.  As a freelance musician, he has also played with great talents such as India.Arie, Rihanna, Jason Mraz and many others, as well as recently costarring on the television show “Modern Family” as well as the film “Bleeding Heart” starring Jessica Biel.


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Sonic Butterfly Multimedia Performance in newly completed Ojai Cocoon!

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7-10pm

Presenting a Sonic Butterfly Multimedia Performance, an exciting collaboration between Andrea Brook/Sonic Butterfly and Nima Rezai/Merge Factory with Brad Ranola on drums.

Check out the magic