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East Forest


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When East Forest translated his last name from the German to English (Ost=East, Wald=Forest) he never anticipated the musical journey it would take him on.
The solo project’s genesis in 2008 came from humble beginnings as Oswalt started leading underground ‘sound healing’ ceremonies all across the country. Playing in the private shadows allowed the patient sound of East Forest to emerge: an emotional and spacious musical lexicon with a sound that took shape out of a practical need to play solo for five to six hours while guiding a room full of listeners all lying on the floor in deep shamanic meditation. Live looping and layered keyboard melodies filled the musical space while angelic vocals and original field recordings floated above.
A dozen albums later East Forest continues to explore a path of emotionally driven music that pulls from ambient, classical, electronic and indie-pop genres. His collaborations include the album, “Ritual Mystical,” (with MC YOGI) that reached #1 on the iTunes Electronic charts (Aug. 2016) as well as #8 Billboard Dance, in addition to work with Trevor Hall, Typhoon, TED, Google and Ram Dass.
“East Forest is tied to both nature and to everyday urban life, giving it the qualities of a sort of ethereal and mystical modern-day fairytale. It’s just blissful.” (NPR)
“An audiofile of a different breed.” (The Untz)
“East Forest doesn’t just create sound, he creates narrative.” (HuffPo) : music | podcast | retreats & more


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