By Steve Cole
In a dimly lit room, a sweet jazzy chord rings off the strings of a guitar, quickly progressing into a swaying rhythm. A drum pulses in followed by a familiar and warm harmonium. Anchoring both rhythm and melody, an electric bass booms and then a deep, soulful voice starts the invocation, “Nama Om Vishnu Padaya.” In this way, Samadhi ignites another evening of electrifying kirtan.
Originally formed with Rangadevi Dasi (vocals), Krishna Nama Battle (guitar, lead vocals, and song writer), and Prema Battle (harmonium), Samadhi has been providing kirtan for ISKCON events, the yoga community, churches, and home programs for the past seven years with a singular mission – devotion through chanting.
In the past 18 months, the addition of Steve Cole (vocals, guitar, song writer), Krishni Munevar (bass), Jonathan Munevar (percussion), and Kat Farley (vocals, flute) has allowed the band to harness the creativity of seven souls. The band’s large size and diversity in age, race, religion, and musical experience has been key to its ability to deliver original songs, multiple music styles, harmony vocalists, an array of instrumentation, and inspired arrangements that attract diverse audiences. With this momentum behind them, Samadhi is ready to realize a long time dream: to create an album to share with the world.
Creating this album is “a labor of love,” says Steve. The band had taken a hiatus from the road to perfect its repertoire, line up experts to help record and produce the album and, importantly, raise funds to complete the album. In May, the band launched a online campaign using Indiegogo that provides a platform for Samadhi to share its mission through prose, video, and photos. It also allows supporters to make contributions to support Samadhi’s upcoming album.
Samadhi’s Indiegogo campaign can be found HERE. With the support of well-wishers, Samadhi will be recording the first of hopefully many CDs this July with a target CD release in October 2015.
Check out their official launch video and heartfelt kirtan HERE.
Edited by Krishni Metivier
Originally published @ Krishnawest.com