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When it comes to my path with music I have early memories of being with my grandparents in their church as they prepared for their weekly choir songs. My grandfather could usually be found speaking through song along with many of my relatives. When I was in high school I remember attending a concert with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra. Little did I know that that event would mark the beginnings of a life-long love of Kirtan and mantras. Around the same time, I began seeking a new outlet and was introduced to a sound-based therapist in northern California named Pilar. The entire practice was focused on finding authenticity through the tonality of my sounds and breath. Working with her for several years offered me some of the most profound experiences I have had in sourcing my own sense of what it feels like to be an embodied, whole being.
Years later, part of my Bachelor’s Degree included studying Ethnomusicology and use of sound in ritual and religious practices. Inspired by that and the local LA electronic music scene I began a music partnership with producer/artist Kevin Crosslin under the band name of Saku. We created electric ambient drum and bass music with consciousness inspiring lyrics. Then, for a time, my focus became more immersed in the physical (asana) aspects of yoga and music was set aside. In 2004 I began a deepened study and practice of sound therapy which led me to study sound healing with Tom Kenyon in Seattle, other sounds healers in Northern California and even led me to spend a bit of time with some sound healers from around the world at Findhorn in Scotland. Soon after, through being introduced to a local Los Angeles kirtan collective in my friends’ living room, I was reunited with the heart-opening practice of chanting. Since then, the use of mantras has become an integrated part of my own wellness practices for health and healing. I have primarily focused my attention on the path of Bhakti Yoga chanting Sanskrit chants as used in Hindu and Buddhist traditions, but my love for all forms of music and devotional prayer through song has only continued to deepen and has now become a major part of what I love to share in many community gatherings.
For many years I had envisioned creating an album. In 2010 I co-wrote and was featured in two tracks on Masood Ali Khan’s album Hang With Angels. It was an incredibly inspiring experience to work with him and his producer Duke Mushroom. Soon after that Sun & Moon began as a way to share what was in my heart. It was a period of time in my life when I felt most vulnerable…I would even say that I was emotionally raw, but the process of creating the album kept me connected to my deeper strength and direction in life. Following a successful Kickstarter funding campaign to launch the album production, I set out with a gathering of talented Los Angeles-area musician friends to create this diverse collection of some of my favorite chants. This album is the product of my devotion, love and appreciation for rhythm, harmony, culture and mantras. Sun & Moon is the first of many musical gifts I hope to share with the world.