One of my most interesting experiences in music has to be the time I toured with the band of a spiritual teacher(read: cult leader.) I was the only one in the band who was not a devotee of his. Well, about 10 years later, this teachers community dissolved amidst scandal. For the first time since then I talked to his 2nd in command who was the guitarist in the band. I finally got some answers about what was going on behind the scenes. This guitarist, Stas Mavrides, also happens to have had a very colorful career in the music business. He has toured with the Beach Boys, recorded several award winning albums, and has a new album out with his band Baraka Moon.
This episode is a conversation between me and Stas about our experiences making music with this guru. The next episode will be about Stas's path in music and in spirituality.
Stan's group Baraka Moon:
BARAKA MOON delivers pulsing, soulful and spiritually charged dance music with a positive message of peace for the whole world! Uniting influences from mystical Sufi trance songs, Indian ragas, African beats & the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo Baraka Moon is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The release date for Baraka Moon's new album, Wind Horse, is October 6th, 2017.
BARAKA MOON Video Links:
Live performance at Joshua Tree Music Festival
Song – “Allah-hoo”: https://youtu.be/x5NdW0dWRpc
Performed song, “Breeze of Joy” Live in-studio (Marin) for NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest Video Entry: https://youtu.be/0ccfd_Gpa3g
Live performance excerpts from Indidginus Gathering (festival), Oregon Song – “Musst Kalander”: https://youtu.be/4O_0v-B7U8g
Song – “Bismillah": https://youtu.be/JqIV13kwixo Opening of evening set at Beloved Festival, Oregon (2015)
Song – "Peace Alap "
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