Thursday, October 29, 2015
@ Union Project
801 N Negley Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
At this event, we will have a brief introduction of BLACK YO)))GA, a one-hour class that we will do TO the actual DVD itself, followed by a reception in the lobby, where we will provide some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks (feel free to BYOB).
Don’t feel like doing yoga? That’s cool too. Just come and watch. There will be plenty of room.
This is a FREE EVENT (donations appreciated) hosted by Screaming Crow Records.
Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 is the forthcoming new full-length composed and performed by the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble, an eclectic group of metallic hippies and doomlords, headed up by BLACK YO)))GA founders, 200-hour RYT-certified instructor, Kimee Massie and her husband Scott Massie.
BLACK YO)))GA — vinyasa style yoga set to drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, space doom, and other traditional meditation music — incorporates basic poses in a relaxed environment, while focusing on safe body mechanics. It’s a traditional yoga class in practice, however darker than what you may typically associate with the practice in the Western world. Since its 2012 inception, the music for classes has been a series of mix tapes… until now.
The BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble features members of Storm King, Veniculture, Agnes Wired For Sound, Moonstation Burning, Vulture, Deathcrawl, Complete Failure, Hero Destroyed, Filth On Demand, Secant Prime, Emay, Crown Of Eternity, Torrential Bleeding, and more. Together, the collective has produced original soundscapes tailored to create a heavy meditative space in order to spread the benefits of yoga to people within their own art and music communities: people who may battle depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, trauma/PTSD, phobias, dark passengers, etc.; those who may not feel they fit into typical yoga classes.
Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 will be released via Screaming Crow Records next month paired with an instructional BLACK YO)))GA DVD. Directed by Joseph Stammerjohn of Eyes To The Sky Films, the DVD contains a full one-hour yoga class, stylized and set to their original score.
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine is pleased to deliver the first helping of the audio edition of Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 with the official premiere of grim fifth movement, “Negative Confession.”
Elaborates Massie, “‘Negative Confession’ is the fifth track on Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1, and introduces live drums into what was a more ambient record up until that point. It was written by Adam Weston, guitarist for Vulture and Storm King and was presented as an offering of things to come. The song first appeared in its original demo state on BLACK YO)))GA Mix No. 13 — though it was called ‘Becoming’ at that time, and as the Meditation Ensemble started coming together, the song became the transformational piece to the Ritual.”
The Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 CD/DVD package will see release via Screaming Crow Records on October 30th, 2015 with the DVD alone to be unleashed in January.
*The above text originated at this post from Earsplit Compound: http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2015/09/03/black-yoga-decibel-magazine-premieres-new-hymn-from-forthcoming-the-asanas-ritual-vol-1-full-length/
The Total BLACK YO)))GA Package…
Instructional DVD w/ soundtrack CD comes out Oct 30, 2015 via Screaming Crow Records.
Cover Art by Chris Smith, Grey Aria Design Studio
Layout & Design by Kimee Massie, Fresh Coffee Creative, LLC
the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble preview video:
“Kimee Massie is my new favorite yoga instructor.” – Greg Kennelty, Metal Injection
Thanks, Greg. You’re alright, too 😉
The BLACK YO)))GA CD and DVD package, Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1, will be released on October 30, 2015 in a nice two disc digipak with an fold-out booklet to help you line up the poses with the songs, as they are crafted to flow. The stand alone amaray DVD only digipak will follow in January 2016.
AS A PRECURSOR TO IT’S RELEASE, CVLT NATION IS PLEASED TO DEBUT AN ASANAS RITUAL VOL 1 VIDEO TEASER AT THIS LOCATION.
BLACK YO)))GA will be hosting a workshop at the inaugural Shadow Woods Metal Fest in White Hall, MD this September.
From the website
“Shadow Woods Metal Fest is a music and camping festival dedicated to bringing underground black metal, doom, death metal, acid folk and psychedelic rock together for three days of musical celebration and respect for nature. We seek to expose audiences to new, unusual and up-and-coming talent that you will not see at the major music festivals held across the US.
Shadow Woods Metal Fest was inspired by the European open air festivals in form and the American fest Stella Natura. There will be onsite tent and cabin camping. We will have workshops and other activities to elevate your mind and body. Our fest is the result of the hard work of many individuals with diverse backgrounds and musical preferences from across the mid-Atlantic region.
The inaugural Shadow Woods Metal Fest will take place September 25-27, 2015. The location is in White Hall, MD, which is about 30 minutes north of Baltimore. We have 36 underground bands from a variety of extreme metal genres as well as artists performing off-the-beaten path metal, folk, noise and experimental music.”
For ticket information, please visit: http://shadowwoodsmetalfest2015.whindo.com/
New promo shot of Scott & Kimee by Paul Werkmeister/Miser Photography. Taken at Most Wanted Fine Art in Pittsburgh, PA during our underground yo)))ga series preparing for the DVD. It was recently featured in an article from The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jun/22/downward-facing-doom-yoga-meets-metal).
the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble – Music for Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1
1. A Wandering Through
2. The Dark Places in Our Lives
4. Hungry Ghosts
5. Negative Confession
7. Nest of Thorns
8. Loopholes in the Universe
Cover Art by Chris Smith, Grey Aria Design Studios
Layout & Design by Kimee Massie, Fresh Coffee Creative
From the official press release
“…Since 2012, the music for classes has been a series of mix-tapes. This particular recording, however, was performed and created by the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble, an eclectic group of metallic hippies and doomlords, headed up by Kimee’s husband, Scott Massie. This ensemble has created a soundscape tailored to form a heavy meditative space and spread the benefits of yoga to people in their own art and music communities. People who may battle depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, trauma/PTSD, phobias, dark passengers, etc., those who may not feel they fit into the typical yoga classes, the people who, in all rights, may need the balance and release of yoga the most to lead rich and fulfilling lives.
This project consists of two releases. The first will be the BLACK YO)))GA DVD/instructional video, Asanas Ritual Vol 1, directed by Joseph Stammerjohn of Eyes To The Sky Films, containing a full one-hour yoga class, stylized and set to their original score. The second release will be a CD version of the soundtrack on its own. Both releases contain plenty of bonus features and will be available in stores and online October 2015 via Screaming Crow Records.”