For those of you fans of gentler versions of New Age music, this record might be outside of the norm. In consideration of some of our musical influences, our producer continually jokes that our project is “New Age with a Knife”!
Me, Elizabeth Rossa, my brother Johnny Rossa and our friend Meredith Meyer, embarked upon on what was essentially an experiment in mantra and music in May 2015.
After the basic tracking, the music went through further overdub recording sessions with Gregg Foreman, Marc Ford, Daddy Long Legs – aka Brian Hurd, Tjarko Jeen, Larry McDonald, Matt Walker, Kevin Bivona, Scott Jarvis, Gerald Meinke and Steve Earle, all guided by our able producer, Judah Bauer.
Prior to the music, I received the powerful Chamunda mantra in 2014 from my long time teacher and mentor, Sally Kempton (also a featured vocalist on the album). The mantra, OM AIM HREEM KLEEM CHAMUNDAYE VICCHE SVAHA, spoke to me in a very different way than the dozens of other mantras I had practiced and taught over the prior decade. I was drawn into it, began spontaneously chanting it daily and eventually, began teaching it. Remarkably, with no provocation, students began requesting written copies of the Chamunda mantra. This particular mantra was the one that everyone seemed to want to chant over and over, regardless of their spiritual or religious preferences or lack thereof.
Since I couldn’t get the mantra out of my own head, I invited Johnny and Meredith, with their hypnotic singing voices to experiment with me.
After that “experimental" summer, we made our way to LA in early 2016 to officially record basic tracks at The Canyon Hut in Laurel Canyon with Tim and Dash Hutton. Then, producer Judah Bauer took the reins for the remainder of 2016 and 2017, guiding Chamunda through a focused period of overdub recordings, which included a vocal session with expert engineer Wayne Trevisani. Ultimately, the added creativity of other musicians and engineers brought the basic tracks to a whole new level through the insightful editing of engineer Jay Braun. We then mixed the record with the exceptional Stuart Sikes in Austin, Texas, the inventive Alap Momin in East Harlem and completed the album with Grammy Award winner, mastering engineer, Warren Russell-Smith.
This album is essentially our offering.
It is joyful and beautiful, complex and dark.
Chamunda is about returning to the heart even in the darkest of times.
The initiation of this project was one of pure intention: to connect more deeply with the healing potential of this mantra with music. There was an innocence when we began this experiment. Then, when we invited more musicians into the collaborative process, the full potential and exciting power of the Chamunda mantra were revealed. The very real day to day level of developing a genuine relationship with this ancient mantra through these songs, and maintaining a fresh approach, has been our challenge. It is why we took our time with every stage of the recording process.
At this juncture, the digital and CD formats of the album are now available. The limited edition vinyl EP is still in process for a 2018 release. If you are interested in being a part of sharing Chamunda with the world, even a simple digital download is a meaningful expression of support. We still have many practical expenses ahead of us including video production and tour support for all of the musicians and engineers involved in future live performances. Our greater vision is a live benefit performance for an organization dedicated to protecting and healing our planet Earth.
Thank you everyone! We look forward to the on-going evolution of sharing Chamunda.
New Age music with a little more groove and a little more edge.
Chamundaye Vicche Svaha!
Sample Artist Tracks
AccessPass™: Digital Download - CHAMUNDA
The new album is now available on Digital Download. Chamunda is almost a full 80 minutes of music!
Hang With the Musicians
Please join lead vocalist Johnny Rossa and bassist, Elizabeth Rossa for a 30 minute SKYPE visit where we will play a live rendition of our song, BIJA BLUES. We will encourage you to sing/chant along. This bluesy mantra is known to lift your spirits. We will also be available to converse with you on any topic including the relevance of the mantra. Includes digital download of the full album now! To be scheduled in 2018 when Johnny and Elizabeth are in NYC or LA at the same time.
Electric House Concert
CHAMUNDA Electric House Concert in NYC with Johnny Rossa, Meredith Meyer, Elizabeth Rossa and Judah Bauer. A powerful way to bring the unique and healing sounds of CHAMUNDA into your space this year. Check out our instagram LaboratoryoftheSelf to get a sense of the vibe at our pre-release concert at a NYC gallery. This fee includes two professional sound engineers to come in and set up the system to ensure that we sound great! Concert to be scheduled by mutual agreement between the Pledger and the band.
Signed Vinyl + Special Lyric/Mantra Card
Hi-fidelity, 45 RPM, 180 gram limited edition vinyl EP, signed, with polybag and a special lyric/mantra card. Please note that this limited edition vinyl is a special remastering of 3 of our most profound songs on the album. Includes digital download of the full album now! Vinyl in production with expected shipping in spring 2018.
Signed Vinyl Test Pressing + Mantra Card
5 test pressings are being made and offered exclusively to Pledgers! These 5 test pressings of the special limited edition EP will be inserted into a white jacket, signed by the primary musicians and include one of the artist designed mantra cards. The final EP pressing is a short run of only 250 copies, so this test pressing will be even more rare!
The new album available on CD, signed. Includes the album digital download now, plus access to the exclusive updates. CHAMUNDA is almost a full 80 minutes of music!
Special Lyric/Mantra Card
This limited edition, 2-sided, 8×8 mantra card was designed by lifetime artist Dennis Bauer of Appleton, Wisconsin. The original artwork of this card can be seen in our updates. Only 25 cards will be available as a stand alone exclusive, and once they are sold out they will be gone forever. Includes digital download of the full album now!
We are excited to announce that artist, Lucia Ribisi, created the artwork for our exclusive limited edition 100% cotton t-shirt in black, midnight navy and deep maroon. Includes digital download of the full album now and t-shirt expected to ship July 2018. When ordering please note that there are very limited quantities of midnight navy and deep maroon available.
Hi-fidelity, 45 RPM, 180 gram limited edition vinyl EP with polybag. Please note that this limited edition vinyl is a special remastering of 3 of our most profound songs on the album. Includes digital download of the full album now! Vinyl in production with expected shipping in spring 2018.
New Album on CD
The new album available on CD. Includes the album digital download now, plus access to the exclusive updates. CHAMUNDA is almost a full 80 minutes of music! CD ships now.
Skype Yoga, Meditation + Mantra Lesson
Let’s get together on Skype for a 90 minute Yoga, Meditation + Mantra Lesson.
Includes the album digital download now!
Scheduled at a mutually convenient time with Elizabeth Rossa.
Deluxe bundle including a hi-fidelity, 45 RPM, 180 gram limited edition vinyl EP, signed, with polybag + special lyric/mantra card, new album CD, exclusive T-Shirt, and original patch. Includes digital download of the full album now!
Chamunda - Video Executive Producer
We have a number of dynamic videos ideas to support the incredible sounds of CHAMUNDA. Join us as an Executive Producer as we move into production in 2018. We have three songs in mind which can take the narrative of CHAMUNDA to a whole other level! Participation will include being part of the discussions as we move towards finding the cinematographer for videos that will include both B+W and color footage. Includes New Album on Digital Download now! And a CD too.
Extra generous pledges are sincerely appreciated as we move into further video production and fulfill our mission to share CHAMUNDA with the world. Includes limited edition, artist designed mantra card and digital download of the full album!
Extra generous pledges are sincerely appreciated as we move into further video production and fulfill our mission to share CHAMUNDA with the world. Includes a CD and digital download of the full album now!
CD ships now.
Extra generous pledges are sincerely appreciated as we move into further video production and fulfill our mission to share CHAMUNDA with the world. Includes limited edition vinyl EP, special edition mantra card, and digital download of the full album!
Extra generous pledges are sincerely appreciated as we move into further video production and fulfill our mission to share CHAMUNDA with the world. Includes limited edition vinyl EP, special edition mantra card, exclusive t-shirt, and digital download of the full album!
Lorenzo de’ Medici Benefactor
An homage to the benefactor of DaVinci, this level of support will go directly to the musicians, for all of their related expenses, as we move into the rehearsal process for further live performances in 2018! Our pre-release performances were a success and we would love to continue sharing the live music experience which includes potential tour support outside of NYC. This level of generosity will include an executive producer credit and guest list invitations for you and a guest to all performances.