Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hempfest Video and Pix

Hi Everyone!

My Band, the Yoginis had a very successful show at Seattle's Hempfest. We used a quartet version of the group, with me, Mike Deasy on sax, Ed Mays on drums and Burt Boice on bass.

Ed Mays, who produces a local television series called Pirate TV, brought his camera and filmed us. Here is the song Tisisat from Hempfest:

The Yoginis at Hempfest 2007: Tisisat on Ed Mays Music site

It's in Windows Media format. I'm still teaching myself about You Tube, and Ed is learning about formatting videos for the web, so we hope to have a cross-platform version or You Tube version up soon.

The studio version of Tisisat (rough mix) is on the Yoginis MySpace Page, so check it out there too.

Here's a couple of pix too:

Feeling the Spirit of Hempfest

Mike Deasy, Saxman Extraordinaire

Yogi Mon!

Fusion Maestro Ed Mays

Bass Meister Burt Boice

The Nagars in Concert

Hi Everyone!

Today I went to a concert at the University of WA Ethnic Cultural Theatre to see my friends the Nagar Family from Delhi. I had the great pleasure of visiting with them in Delhi for three weeks, at which time we recorded music that eventually became used for a movie soundtrack. But I digress as there are actually three separate stories in there to tell. Let's start with today's concert. Here's some pix:

Here is the family group: L to R, Vishal, Ujwaal, Urmila Nagar

Ujwaal Nagar, age 21, featured vocalist in today's concert

Vishal, the older brother and tabla virtuoso

Urmila Nagar, Mother and Guruji.
Urmila has many disciples in India that strudy Karthak dance and music with her. She has been given the Presidential award for a lifetime of outstanding achievements in the arts in India.

OK, second story:

I was working on my band the Yoginis first album, and I invited Vishal to play tablas on the piece Terana, which is an Indian Jazz Fusion piece. Vishal came to the studio of Limitless Sky Records, and worked with me there and the engineer and owner of Limitless Sky, Michel Tyabji. The piece came off very well. Vishal then later invited me to come to India for the purpose of recording some music with him. I told him I was excited about the idea of an Indian/Jazz fusion album that would further explore the directions hinted at by the piece Terana.

Listen to Terana (with Vishal playing tabla) on the Yoginis MySpace Page. January 2006 I found myself on a plane to Delhi, where I spent three delightful weeks co-composing, rehearsing and recording all the Indian instruments for a second Album, to be called Terra Shivaiya ("the Land of Shiva" i.e - India). The name is a reference to a song on the first album called Terra Sabaea (the land of Sheba - i.e. - Biblical Ethiopia).

Now, the 3rd story: back in the USA, Michel and his wife Rosa had moved to Los Angeles, seeking work in the independent film world (smart move, as they have benn swamped with work ever since). They landed, serendipitously, and also because of Michel's Indian/Persian ethnic background, the job of being the music editing team for a new Documentary called "Dalai Lama Renaissance" and featuring, of course, His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Michel lobbied hard, and eventually was successful in persuading the film's Director, Kashyar Darvich, and the producers to use a significant amount of live recorded music played by Tibetan and Indian musicians.

So, along with Sitarist Roop Verma, Tibetan Singer Techung, and others, the Yoginis Indian recordings were selected to comprise the soundtrack for the movie.

View the directing, producing, and music bios for the Dalai Lama Renaissance.

The movie has been very successful at film festivals worldwide, playing to sold-out venues, and even being in such high demand that extra screenings had to be scheduled at some festivals to due overflowing crowds.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Pix from the Nagar Family Concert


I posted up some pix of the Sunday Indian Classical Concert over at another blog.

The latest blog entry is here.

Check it out.



Friday, August 17, 2007

Hempfest! Final promo

OK, Here's the big Hempfest promo poster for our group! Come on out and enjoy!

hempfest poster

Monday, August 13, 2007

Yogis gigs at Hempfest, Jubilante and with Jack Becker Blues

Hey Everyone,

I've been busy trying to get my lazy you-know-what out there and get some exposure! So here's the cookin's over the next two weeks:

Yogi's trio at Hempfest with Mike Deasy on Sax! Sunday at 4pm at the Hemposium Stage
That's right - Mike is back with that big Saxy sound of his! We hope he'll be doing more with us too! We found out after I made the promo poster, so you heard it here!

Yogi's Trio + Mike Deasy
Hempfest Hemposium Stage
Sunday, August 19th, 4pm
Myrtle Edwards Park
3199 Alaskan Way
Seattle WA 98121

Hempfest, is as you know, one of Seattle's largest festivals, with Founder Vivian McPeak building it up from the Seattle "grass" roots (no pun intended!) since 1995. Twelve years of celebrating hemp and protesting against the marijuana laws! Can you believe it? Even Norm Stamper, the former chief of Seattle Police is a featured speaker there. Watch an interview with former Chief Stamper at

Here's the poster:


Yogi plays the Blues!

Many of you have seen me playing the blues here and there too. I am now proud to be appearing with The Jack Becker Blues Band in TWO big shows! One in Kirkland, and one in Seattle's Pioneer Square! Jack's band also features veteran Texas Blues Rock drummer Ed Mays and veteran Bay-Area R&B Bass Meister Tim Romain.

Jack rocks hard, and we played a really successful gig for the Harley Davidson enthusiasts up in Skagit Valley a couple of weeks ago. Come on down on two different beautiful summer evenings. All in the name of a little enjoyment, right?

Yogi with the Jack Becker Blues Band

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
The Central- Kirkland
Jack Becker Band - 9 p.m.
Downtown Kirkland Waterfront
21 Central Way
Kirkland WA 98033
Price: 0.00

Saturday, August 25th, 2007
The New Orleans Cafe
114 First Ave S
Seattle WA 98104
Price: cover at door
(Pioneer Square Joint Cover).
9pm-1 am

Come out and hear what it's all about!