Alisa Amor has been writing, singing music and poetry, and creating stories about how the universe began as long as she can remember. As a child, her audiences were often forests and lakes. A desire to learn music composition took her to Oberlin College, then a desire for something completely different took her to PuertoVallarta, Mexico.
Swaha performs soulful, uplifting music inspired by the Hindu musical tradition with vocals in Sanskrit backed by a variety of unique musical instruments. The songs are composed by Meenakshi and Ron Reid. Many are based on traditional Sanskrit chants.
Wade Imre Morissette Musician, Yoga Instructor/Therapist Wade Imre Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, just minutes before his twin sister Alanis. The twins took to music at an early age; Wade studied piano as a child and took on guitar and djembe in his teens, but their paths diverged when Wade began to study yoga.
Sruti Ram & Ishwari sing high energy, heart opening kirtan. It is both ancient and modern, with a spirit of joy that is pulsating and contagious. Sruti Ram plays the harmonium and kartals of traditional Indian kirtan, Ishwari plays acoustic guitar. They interweave harmonies through Indian ragas to create a haunting, hypnotic effect.
Pt. Ganesh Vidyalankar is not only a Sanskrit scholar but also a musicologist. He did his B.A. in Sanskrit from the Gurukul Kangri Vishvavidyalaya, Haridwar. He then shifted to Delhi for further studies and did his M.A.
The Subway Bhaktis are Rachel Zinman and Nyck Jeanes and producer and musician Kamal Engels.
Rachel and Nyck are based in Byron Bay, Australia, where this album was recorded, but these chants and songs were first conceived when they were living in New York City from 2000 – 2004.