At six years old, Jivan discovered the healing power of music, singing, drumming and listening to the sounds of nature. At this tender young age he was already aware of the immense joy and suffering imbedded in the human condition and he has sought ever since to find inner balance and harmony and be a source of inspiration and love on our planet. He has been singing and playing hoping it would be wings to fly with. His music is a celebration of life, a love offering to the Divine in all, a journey to Self, his soul's heartsong. It is his meditation, his offering and his gift to share.
At 16 he was the lead singer of Rampage, a hard rock band from Pittsburgh, PA. At 18 he left home to study psychology, hoping to understand the nature of the mind and the human condition and find ways to help himself and others who were struggling. After earning a Masters Degree in Psychology, he worked full time in the psychiatric field. Disillusioned with the western approach, he began traveling across the US in his VW bus, searching for the answers he had never found in 6 years of academia.
Following his intuition, he found himself at Rainbow Gatherings, Vipassana Meditation retreats, and finally took residence at Kripalu Yoga Ashram in Massachusetts. At Kripalu he fell in love with yoga as a path to the peace he had been seeking since he was six. He took initiation into the Sanatana Dharma, the path of love, service and surrender. While at Kripalu he delved deeply into the devotional practices of Bhakti yoga, including kirtan, the singing of the names of the Divine. Jivan began leading kirtan and developing and facilitating Freeing Your Healing Voice playshops. He studied African percussion with various teachers, including Baba Olatunji. He participated in sweat lodges in the Lakota tradition.
After 18 months, he felt guided to leave the ashram and go and live in nature, letting nature be his teacher. Soon thereafter, he met Tewa, his beloved wife and sadhana partner of 24 years. Together they went to live on the beaches of Costa Rica, immersing themselves in the rawness, the fullness, the magic and mystery of the jungle and ocean. A year later their son, Oren, was born in a hut in the jungle of Cabo Mata Palo.
Five years later their daughter, Oceana, was born at home on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, where they had moved in 1996. They traveled back to Costa Rica in 2001. Jivan began writing songs of thanks and praise, out of which his first CD, Skyclad, was recorded while still in Costa Rica.
In 2003 he and his family returned to Kauai where he worked as gardener/landscaper, educator, tour guide, all the while playing restaurant gigs and singing his heart songs daily in the garden. In 2007, Jivan and family moved to south India to live in the spiritual international community of Auroville. While in India, he began leading weekly kirtans and Chanting the Rainbow song circles, and continued leading Freeing Your Healing Voice Playshops, as well as performing at special events. He also taught weekly singing classes to second and third graders, a lively bunch! While in India, Jivan become more deeply immersed in the devotional singing of the Names as a spiritual practice, and recorded his second CD, Bhajanananda.
In 2009, in response to the popularity of his Chanting the Rainbow song circles, Jivan recorded Chant Your Heart Open (vol. 1). While it was originally intended as a sing-along CD to learn the rainbow chants, it evolved into a beautiful composition of song, harmony and gentle music to soothe and uplift....and it is a great sing-along at the same time!
After moving back to Kauai in 2010, Jivan began working in the field of special education, with an emphasis on supporting children with autism, and continued his passion for gardening and landscaping as well as leading weekly kirtans. In 2015, Jivan and his family moved to Santa Cruz, California, where he continued recording original songs, kirtan and songs from around the world.
Kauai called and later that year he moved back with his wife and daughter. He went back to having his hands in the garden and his songs continued to flow, offering Kirtan evenings as well as playing for Princeville and Kilauea Art Night Markets, and at Princeville Center most Tuesday and Saturday evenings.
Jivan has performed at Bhaktifest West, Big Bear Yoga Festival, and Kauai Homegrown Music Festival in recent years. You can listen to his recordings on Cdbaby.com and Spotify.