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Joel Laviolette

Austin, United States

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Over 25 years of experience including years of living in Zimbabwe has taught Joel to trust the flow and the roots of the ancient music as we push forward into the future. He has performed over 1000 shows both solo and with his bands and has played some of the largest festivals including ACL, SxSW, and many more.

Joel facilitates Ecstatic Dances, Candlelight Contact Jams, and spiritual gatherings both in his home base of Austin, TX and around the US and the world. He founded Candlelight Contact, and is currently most interested in performing for Ecstatic Dance communities around the world.

Joel is also the director of Rattletree ( a Zimbabwean style marimba band that incorporates giant hand-built instruments, DIY midi triggered synth marimbas, interactive video projection, and choreographed dance and offers online teaching at