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Welcome to IStarVision.Com, the online home for I,Star Music and Wellness

Here you will find I,Star Music, the core passion that draws poet/emcee Truth-I Manifest and songstress Aradhana Silvermoon together in love and expression, as well as videos, articles, and more intended to inspire and educate in the realms of holistic living, energy cultivation, sacred union, permaculture, and much more...

Here's The Latest:

The Canoe Sessions - "I Rise" Video 

So we did actually escape the clutches of busy weeks flying by and get out on a road trip to visit our families this summer...  We got to visit both essential types of water; the timeless, vast, and salten Atlantic Ocean, as well as a pure, springfed mountain lake.  While partaking of the latter, we went for a canoe ride with Aradhana's guitar and ended up shooting a video as we paddled along.  The song is called "I Rise," from the new record we're working on (slowly!), borne from the realizations made in climbing up from the toughest challenges and lowest places of our lives.  As the title suggests, it's a resurrective song, an ode to the inner phoenix, and an affirmation that we can always choose to get up when life knocks us down... We're really excited about how this song is turning out with the band, but for now, enjoy this acoustic version and the scenery!

Blue Moon 

So every once in a blue moon, we get a chance to do a real update... Second full moon of July (blue moon) is tomorrow, 06:43am!

It's been a bit of a mad dash since the spring this year and we'll likely have to update in a few installments, hopefully with both of us reflecting, to share all the highlights! In the meantime,we're excited to announce that we'll be appearing in the Triangle area this fall, at Shakori Hills Festival Oct. 9-11! Check out our tour dates for updated shows!

Truth-I's Summary: We had an awesome experience at Kinnection in mid-May, playing a set on Saturday night to a packed Air Temple stage.  From beginning to end, the entire vibe of the gathering was filled with a sense of true appreciation for the chance to gather intentionally at the beautiful Deerfields land.  A feeling of community emerged so quickly, a collection of people interested in having an amazing time, giving of themselves to the experience around them with authenticity, gratitude, and unity at the forefront of their awareness.  Every workshop that we visited was packed with curious learners. The music was amazing, though even farthest away from the incredible stage in the quiet camping meadow, earplugs were necessary into the bassy wee hours a few nights of the weekend!  Aradhana and Perseia had the queen-size air mattress tent, while I had the guest-house tent that barely fit the three of us at Gratifly last year, so as not to disturb the girls with my late night crashing    Around our tents, the glowworms (larval) and tiny nymph lightning bugs pulsed in 3D waves ebbing and flowing across the hillsides around us from dusk to dawn.  

We thoroughly enjoyed our other principal roles of dispensing raw chocolate medicine through running the Silvermoon Chocolate booth and holding a lovely Cacao Circle on Friday Evening.  The Circle was a humbling and inspiring experience for us, as our years of cultivating and working with the cacao spirit came to a new level of fruition, as we served over 200 people, who all received it acknowledging the plant as a sacrament and heart/spirit medicine.  The circle sat in reverent contemplative silence for nearly 40 minutes while I distributed Aradhana's elixir from the center of the room with a helper passing a cup to each cardinal direction in rhythm... East, South, West, North, over and over and over.  Truly mesmerizing for me, the stillness and moving meditation of filling cups.  Finally the silence was broken by Kennedy Marks with a handmade wooden flute, punctuating the breathy space in the Air Temple.  A few minutes later Aradhana began to play her guitar and sing "Mother of My Heart," a song we've sung as a hymn at our wedding, times of death and birth, and other poignant moments throughout our lives together.  The crowd picked up on the call and response, and the vibration of the resonant wood structure beneath and around us reached a cathartic, harmonic, ecstatic peak, ending again into a short empty stillness, and proceeding into the next workshop, an ecstatic healing breath class!  All in all, the delicious magick of Aradhana's Medicine Balls, Cacao Bliss Shots, and more, spread widely and made many smiles!
Additionally, I had the opportunity to share two workshops I have been creating for a long while, a morning Dancing Star Qigong session with over 100 other charged up humans, and "The Power of Place," a workshop on geomancy and ley lines in western North Carolina.  Both were a lot of fun for me to share with such receptive groups of people and I'm looking forward to doing more!  I felt like I was running on a pretty high octane fuel, sleeping about 5 hours over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights combined, working the booth between everything else, full of awe at the even, grounded, no-drama vibe that kept becoming more beautifully woven.  By late Sunday night, I could barely speak from the flood of constant inspiration, though I was honored to get to share a few words and a poem at the powerful closing ceremony.  

It is not easy to do a festival, or more appropriately, a gathering or a temporary autonomous zone, as this one was, as parents to a young child.  We were particularly impressed by seeing friends there with three or four kids!  It was certainly more challenging that we were deeply involved with the programming and vending aspects, but while I handled logistical tasks, Aradhana largely focused on Perseia, who had a blast!  Bubbles, dancing, wide-eyed exploring, vibing with other young ones, even staying up late on Sunday night to enjoy the epic Desert Dwellers set!  We hope that the word about Kinnection travels wide, that they may continue to build this community, balancing the fun of a festival with the intention of a sacred gathering!

In Honor of a Fallen Friend on Memorial Day 

The following is the first verse from a song in process, called "God of Dreams," written to honor the life of the most complex being I have ever known... Morpheus, a luminous, creative, wise man and special forces veteran who carried such darkness, guilt, and torment that he eventually took his own life in August of 2006. During the year and a half that I knew him, he shared stories that blew my mind, "war stories" of Central America in the early '80s that described unspeakable horrors, yet also demonstrated honor amongst warriors.  And also he shared the aftermath, of how he came home, built successful businesses, had a beautiful house and family, and lost them due to his unresolved demons; homeless, he found the SoCal desert rave community, began to heal and find peace, but the demons rose again and he ended up in LA's central prison, where the leader he had once been reemerged to teach meditation, squash gang conflicts, and inspire poetry/music ciphers.  As the first line of this verse describes, I have always imagined that Morpheus's life deserved a book to tell the full story... This is a start:

God of Dreams
I should write a book about your life
Guess I haven’t had the chance yet
To speak of you as passed is still an unfamiliar dance-step
You told me put the message in the music
Cause only song is strong enough
To carry out the words of truth we used to talk about
They sent you off to war in El Salvador
Black beret, ranger led the way
But never even knew what you were fighting for
You had the look and spoke the language
Made you lieutenant with the best incentives
Denied the anguish
You were so deceptive
Creeping through the jungle like a jaguar
It was like the games you used to play when you were young
On the reservation with your cousins
Stalking under the golden sun
Spoke a tongue half Chumash, half original
Transmitted subliminal
Now it’s literal
You’re in the jungle with a team of young men
And you’re responsible
They called you Morpheus
Because you never slept
Watching over dreams and nightmares where you delivered death
One day your best friend took a 50 caliber in the chest
You followed west
Chased the shooter two days
Caught him when he stepped to rest
Put your weapons down
With honor and respect
Shared tobacco for the ancestors
Then barehanded fought til you broke his neck
You told the story paused a breath
Oh the horror and the glory
Gazed across the waves toward the sunset
I watched you roll a cigarette
Life is so complex
You said
You never know what happens next
Healer and a warrior
Shaman and a sorcerer
Walker between the worlds
You link them like a corner store
Witness of atrocity
Fearless leader, poverty
 Dancer for Fifth Suns,
Bearer of crazy prophecy
A father and a lost child
Long journey that cost miles
That baggage you dragging
Couldn’t take it through the turnstile
Caught up in the matrix
Tried your best to shapeshift
Woken from this dream
With all the carnage and the fakeness

Rest in peace brother.

Love, Truth-I

Kinnection Campout 2015!! 

Ok, ok, it's true, we have been so swamped by our other projects (including 21-month old Perseia, our organic raw chocolate business Silvermoon Chocolate, our attempt at urban farming, etc.) that we haven't been updating as regularly as we aspire to... And this week, we're incredibly slammed as we approach Kinnection Campout 2015 at the legendary Deerfields land outside Asheville, from May 14th-17th!  The lineup of music and workshops this year is stellar!

We are super excited that we will be playing with our band on Saturday night, 10-11pm at the Air Temple stage, but also, we'll have our chocolate booth serving up deliciousness all weekend, including a special Cacao Circle on Friday evening from 8-9pm; as well as two workshops led by Truth-I, Dancing Star Qigong on Friday morning 9-10:30am, and "The Power of Place: Geomancy, Ley Lines, and Grids in WNC" on Saturday afternoon, 2-3pm!

For us this coming weekend represents a long sought-after nexus of many aspects of who we are and what we desire to share with the world!  We're very grateful for these opportunities and can't wait to hang with our Kinnection tribe!  Some tickets are still available here!

Luminaries Release New Track "LUMIN8" Featuring Truth-I! Podcast

This past week, our former bandmates and dear friends from L.A., the Luminaries, have released a bumping new track, "LUMIN8," featuring in addition to Lu MCs J Brave, FreeWill, and Amore One, our own Truth-I, along with Lafa Taylor, Marv Ellis, Srikalogy, Seasunz, Kiyoshi, and Everyman... With a diverse display of style, lyricism, and consciousness from MC to MC, this type of posse-cut throws back to such hip-hop classics as A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario" or Dungeon Family's "Watch for the Hook."  Listen and download on Bandcamp or Soundcloud!
  1. LUMIN8


I,Star- You,Star- We,Star- Keep in touch!


Listen, read the lyrics, Name Your Price and download I,Star's debut album, Music and the Mood here!


Previous events


Truth-I Flow Workshop @ Singing Alive Appalachia

Highland Lake Cove, 215 Rhett Dr., Flat Rock, NC 28731

Our Third Annual Summer Gathering! Three days of singing!

Singing Alive Appalachia is a gathering of the SongTribes to share and invigorate songs, to hold space for them to do their healing work, to brew the melodic magic of communal singing. It is about bringing people together who feel called to awaken, and nurture their spiritual life through communion with songs (and prayers, chants, blessings) of celebration of life in this temple universe. Such songs clarify our lives, strengthen our communities, and foster personal and planetary renewal. At Singing Alive we gather to share them, and ourselves, in a safe, welcoming environment. Our goal is to open hearts, and the songs are the keys. These songs are multi-cultural, coming to us from many eras and lands far and near. Together they tell a perennial story, a Gaian dharma, so often forgotten, yet so joyfully remembered, of the Great work of spiritual evolution, of earth-conscious living and peaceful co-existence. By singing this story we come home to Ourselves and perform the Dream of re-Creation we have so longed to live!!

Age limit: All ages



Kinnection Campout 2015

Deerfields Retreat, Horse Shoe, NC

Kinnection Campout 2015 has found its new home at the legendary Deerfields, located just outside of Asheville, NC in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Appalachia!

Event Mission: We believe in the power of integrating the wisdom of traditional tribal culture with the emerging modern visionary culture. The campout is our humble attempt at integrating the power of praying, dancing, and learning into an experience that offers a tangible glimpse into a new way of relating to each other, to ourselves, and to the entire breathing world of which we are part. We look forward to kinnecting with you and the gifts you bring, as we get in touch with our roots and explore together what it means to be a tribe in 2015, complete with electronic bass music, permaculture classes, and medicine songs around the sacred fire.

Stay tuned for full detail announcements...:

Age limit: All ages



Love in Action: A Benefit for Nepal

New Mountain AVL, 38 N. French Broad Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

Inspired by the great gifts that this culture has bestowed upon our lives, our consciousness, our awakening, this is an opportunity for all of us to find reciprocality within the sovereignty of our global tribe. If you've ever benefitted from the culture, teachings, and spirit of the great essence of the East, this is your chance to benefit them.

Qi Gong, Sound Healing, Drum Circle Ecstatic Dance, Silvermoon Chocolate Lounge... I,Star, Captive Eddies (w/ Biko of Rising Appalachia) & Numatik Music

$5-$10 at the door, opportunities to donate more through massage, superfood chocolate, donation bins etc.

2:00-Doors Open 2:15-3:00 Qi Gong w/ Nateo Inlakesh 3:00-4:15 Sound Healing (Collaboratively Facilitated) 4:15-5:30 Drum Circle Ecstatic Dance 6:00-7:00 I,Star (conscious folk-hop) 7:30-8:30 Captive Eddies w/ Biko Casini of Rising Appalachia Music 9:00-10:00 Numatik Music w/ Summit Jaffe and Biko Casini (Tibetan Cosmic Boogie)

Healing massage space from 2:30-5 in the Ridge Room.




Singer-Songwriter Night

The One-Stop at Asheville Music Hall, 55 College St., Asheville, NC 28801

Free Show at the One-Stop! Join singer-songwriters Colin You Home, Searra Gisondo, Noah Stockdale, and Aradhana Silvermoon & Truth-I Manifest of I,Star for a night of soulful magic!

A host of other local talented singer-songwriters will also be playing songs...




Mindfulness Fest

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UNC-Asheville Quad, WT Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC

Mindfulness Club & Blue Ridge Synergy Productions proudly present the second annual Mindfulness Fest held on Saturday, April 25 on the Quad at UNC Asheville

Mindfulness Fest is a completely volunteer organized benefit festival free and open to the public. Our mission is to empower community by creating a space where we can explore new ways of relating to ourselves and others using practices rooted in values of open awareness, empathy, respect, sustainability, and cooperation.

:::INITIAL LINEUP::: EarthCry Infinite Third I,Star Ösel Luna Mela Momentai Chantrelles

Visual artists, panel discussions from local community members on mindfulness in education, inclusion & diversity, and music, art, & activism, slacklining, yoga, flow arts, massage therapy, permaculture, local food, and much more!




Harmonia by the Water

The Bywater, 796 Riverside Dr. , Asheville, NC 28801

Safe in Harmonia is hosting a fundraiser event at The Bywater in West Asheville. $5 suggested donation Support us in our effort to create a support service that promotes health and safety, as well as provide compassionate care and space to patrons of festivals and events.

This event features local: - Vendors - Live Music - Live Performers - Live Artists

The event will be ALL AGES until sundown when it switches to 21+.

Musical acts include: Biig Poppa (bluegrass/funk and electroswing) Endymion is the Moon (acoustic-folk-looping project) I,Star (Supernova Folk-Hop) Antandra Music (world bass music/super dub)

AND a SUPER JAM including some of our favorite Asheville musicians! Join us in honoring one of Asheville's favorite pass times: the JAM

Super Jam line up includes: Michael Rhodes Marcel Anton J.d. Smith Juan Daniel Holladay Eric Travers Kyle Travers Jimmy Rugemer Micah Thomas



Big Ivy Benefit Show & Ecstatic Dance feat. I,Star :: Numatik :: Juan Holladay :Infinite Geometry :: Peter Levitov @ New Mountain Ridge Room

New Mountain AVL Ridge Room, 38 N. French Broad Ave., Asheville, NC

Saturday March 7th $10 at door New Mountain AVL Ridge Room I,Star :: Numatik Music:: Peter Levitov Music :: Juan Daniel Holladay :: Infinite Geometry: The artwork of Andy Reed


The purpose of this intentional gathering is to bring our community together in a celebratory fashion to DANCE, imbibe delicious sacramental CACAO, and enjoy wonderful live conscious musical performances in support of our local forests.

Please arrive on time for the Dance & Cacao Circle if you're able. A limited supply of Silvermoon Chocolate treats will be gifted to those who come early. :) ♥

100% of profits will go to Friends of Big Ivy, a local organization dedicated to stewarding and protecting the breathtakingly beautiful Big Ivy section of Pisgah National Forest from being subject to clear-cuts by the logging industry.


6:30-7:30 :: ECSTATIC DANCE feat. Infinite Geometry Start out the evening with an array of juicy beats and blissful soundscapes to get your feet moving and heart opening. Come on an ethereal journey through some tribal & ethnic auditory frequencies. []

7:30-8:00 :: CACAO CIRCLE feat. Truth-I & Peter Levitov Truth-I will lead a breath-centered meditation into a soundscape provided by Peter Levitov and his magical hardpan []

8:00-9:30 :: I,Star & Friends (Supernova Folk-Hop) The locally based genre-swirling mind-dilating project of singer-songwriter Aradhana Silvermoon and poet/emcee Truth-I Manifest and a band of talented merry collaborators including Michal Oliver, Soham (David Weber), and other special guests []

9:30-10:30 :: Juan Holladay aka Franky Flow (of the Secret B-Sides) With his silky smooth vocals, witty songwriting, and natural inclination to funk, Juan keeps the hips moving and the hearts beating in rhythm []

10:30-12:00 :: Numatik (juicy earthen bass boogie) Asheville born and raised, 19 year old producer/DJ Summit Jaffe closes the night by sending the energy over the top with an intelligent array of beats to lift the soul []

$10 Age limit: All ages



igNight SunFire: Fanning the Flames of our Eco-cultural Revolution

Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville, NC 28801

A community celebration of music, dance, arts, and conservation in support of the Cloud Forest Conservation Initiative as well as regional projects. Celebrate Imbolc, the Celtic fire holiday demarcating the beginning of Spring.

Music by the angelic Elizabeth Derrick, devotional Sangita Devi Kirtan, flow-tational Truth-i Manifest , and dance throw-down with Funk Shamanic ( Colin Martin, Jeremy Schewe, Jojo Silverman, Rob Lenfestey, Searra Gisondo, and Dominique Warfield) with other guests as dreamed.


6:00 Doors open (meet and mingle with NGOs and non-profits with tables and information) 6:30 Elizabeth Derrick music set 7:00 Friends of the Big Ivy primer 7:15 Sangita Devi chants for Peace 7:45 Cloud Forest Conservation Initiative film & primer 8:00 Rekindling the Fire (candle vigil & music) 8:30 Funk Shamanic (and guest flow with Truth-i)

Come learn about what is going on in the Guatemalan highlands, the Big Ivy, and other regional conservation and eco-cultural projects while getting your dance on!

All funds from this event will support the purchase and delivery of materials for the installation of several greywater systems and the planting of cacao trees in the indigenous K'iche Maya community of La Gloria, Guatemala.

$15-30 Age limit: All ages



Christmas Beyond Coal @ Medea's w/ I,Star, Colin Martin, Nex Millen, and Shamanique

Medea's Espresso and Juice Bar, 200 Julian Ln, Arden, NC

Come join Asheville Beyond Coal, local musicians I,Star, Colin You Home, Nex Millen, and SHAMANIQUE, and some of our favorite local food producers at Medea's Espresso & Juice Bar on Friday, 12/19 for a night of deliciousness, rocking high-vibe music and raising awareness while creating intentions to have sustainable clean energy in Asheville and beyond...

"Asheville Beyond Coal is a large and growing grassroots movement calling on Duke Energy to phase out the Asheville coal plant and transition to powering our community with clean energy, joining the ranks of cities small and large across the country that are moving away from coal..."

Schedule of Events (approx. times):

6:00pm - DJ Nex Millen

7:00pm - Shamanique

7:20pm - Emma Greenbaum of Asheville Beyond Coal

7:35pm - I,Star/Colin Martin w/special guests Set 1

8:25pm - Lisa Sherman of Yogis Beyond Coal

8:35pm - I,Star/Colin Martin w/special guests Set 2

9:25pm - Emma Greenbaum of Asheville Beyond Coal

9:35-11pm - DJ Nex Millen

"Duke Energy's Asheville coal plant is the largest single source of carbon pollution in Western North Carolina, and a major cause of climate disruption. There is a vast support in our community for transitioning off coal as a means of lessening our contribution to climate change and protecting our air and water from the impacts of pollution from the coal plant. Over 5,000 people have signed petitions supporting these goals and, last year, the Asheville City Council voted unanimously for a resolution calling on Duke Energy to transition off of fossil fuels and onto clean energy."

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Free Age limit: All ages