Shortly after the release of Cielo Aya by Liquid Bloom, Savej and Gracia Maria, rising artists Equanimous and DISSOLV join the project with two new remixes. Equanimous leads with a downtempo take, adding in ethereal underlying soundscapes, the use of handpans, and editing Savej’s Kargyraa vocals into a beatbox break. DISSOLV alters the track with experimental and resounding bass elements with a hip-hop flair.
Cielo Aya is an Icaro, which is a medicine song passed down through generations of curanderos (Ayahuasca shamans), or taught directly to these shamans from the plants themselves during dietas or periods of isolation with Ayahuasca. Savej’s first time hearing this particular icaro was during an ayahuasca ceremony. When Savej came across Gracia (vocalist on track) singing it, he connected with Gracia to get her blessing to use this magical icaro in a track. Savej sent her his field recorder, and she recorded herself singing it during a ceremony. Connecting with Liquid Bloom, they combined their sounds and polished it to pay homage to Ayahuasca and the ancestral culture. Proceeds from this release will be going to both Futuro Nativo and Alianza Arkana. Futuro Nativo supports sustainable economic growth in indigenous Amazonian communities and Alianza Arkana is a grass-roots alliance protecting the Peruvian Amazon by supporting its people and traditions.