Pre-orders available now for the latest offering from the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble, EARTH PORTALS.
Release Date: 9/15/17
“We recorded (Earth Portals) about 2 years ago, doing yoga on a farm in West Virginia for a few days, but then we let it sit to work on other projects, or just whenever we’d get sick of working on it. There were a lot of challenges. Earth Portals has a totally different vibe than any of the other material we’ve ever done, and it’s WAY different than the Asanas Ritual 2 album we’re currently wrapping up, but I like it a lot. Hopefully some of you will, too.” – Scott Massie
A limited D.I.Y. pressing of 100 copies, hand assembled and numbered by Innervenus, come with a free screen printed patch and download codes for Earth Portals and “Asteya” (the first track released from the Asanas Ritual, Vol. 2 sessions), can currently only be acquired at the BLACK YO)))GA webstore or on Bandcamp.
1. Mountain, Fire, Lake, and Sky
2. Paracelsus Drifts
3. Altar Space / Sacred Tongues
4. Escaping Shadows
5. The Most Beautiful Part of Letting Go
Written & Performed by:
Erika May – Vocals (3), Piano (6), Bass (2), Violin (4), Bass Drum (1)
Chad Hammitt – Guitar (1-6), Gong (2), Samples (2)
Nick DeMaio – Guitar (2-6), Bass Drum (1)
Nick Noir – Bass (4-6), Piano (3), Bass Drum (2)
Thomas Watkiss – Bass (2)
Danielle Commisso – Keyboard (2,3,5), Violin (6), Bells (1), Hand Drums (4)
Mark Palmieri – Cello (2,3,5,6), Guitar (4)
Scott Massie – Singing Bowl (1,2), Gong (1), Bass Drum (3,4)
Produced by Scott Massie & Mark Palmieri
Recorded Live by Mark Palmieri at Healthberry Farm
Additional Recording & Overdubs by Mark Palmieri at
Crust Mountain Studios
Edited, Mixed & Arranged by Mark Palmieri & Scott Massie
Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios
Photos by Nick Noir
Layout & Design by Scott & Kimee Massie
the Innervenus Music Collective
P.O. Box 81213, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA innervenus.org
Yoga is often used as a means of joining the body with the spirit to attain freedom and serenity. It is a way of drawing into oneself to unburden stress and pain as well as achieve focus and strength. Commonly, ambient sounds are used to assist in blanketing the noise of life and the world around us: to go deeper and achieve more when practicing yoga. While many may use the peaceful and soothing sounds of nature (rain, waves, birds chirping) some are drawn to darker forms of sound to drown out all distraction.
Lucky for us, the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble have endeavored to meet those needs by banding a collective of like-minded musicians together to craft the perfect complementary accompanyment to the Vinyasa style of yoga that is practiced and taught by Kimee Massie of BLACK YO)))GA. These artists and musicians worked together for months to perfect the musical soundtrack that gave birth to the Asanas Ritual, Vol 1. From that ongoing collaboration, the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble have brought forth four additional tracks entitled “Cycle of Suffering” that will be released digitally and on limited Compact Disc on September 30th. The Ensemble have created something new while pulling from doom, noise, traditional, ambient, and drone musical stylings.
While these tracks did not make the initial cut for Asanas Ritual, Vol 1, do not make the mistake of categorizing them as “afterthoughts” or “bookends”. These four tracks stand on their own. Let “Cycle of Suffering” envelop you in a sonic cocoon whether you are practicing yoga, meditating, or doing anything else.
The album is available for pre-order now as a digital download or as a limited to 300 compact disc here: