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“Cycle of Suffering” : Official Press Release

the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble @ Treelady Studios

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:

http://blackyoga.bandcamp.com/album/cycle-of-suffering-outtakes-from-asanas-ritual-vol-1

the BLACK YO)))GA Meditaton Ensemble - Cycle of Suffering

Produced by Scott Massie and Mark Palmieri
Executive Producer: Kimee Massie

Performed by:
Chad Hammitt – Guitar (1,3), Keyboard (2), Drums (4)
Nick DeMaio – Guitar (1,2,3,4)
Adam Weston – Guitar (3,4)
Gene Fikhman – Guitar (3,4)
Nick Noir – Bass (2,3,4)
Justin Bach – Bass (3,4)
Mark Bogacki – Bass (2,4), Drums (3)
Kelly Gabany – Drums (3,4)
Tom D’Andrea – Drums (2,3,4)
David Johnson – Drums (1)
Danielle Commisso – Keyboard (3,4), Violin (2)
Mark Palmieri – Cello (1,2,4)
Scott Massie – Singing Bowl (1,2,3)

Track 1 Recorded in Mark’s Old Basement
Engineered by Mark Palmieri
Drums Recorded by David Johnson at Bad Back Studios

Tracks 2,3,4 Recorded at Treelady Studios
Engineered by Dave Cerminara
Assistant Engineers: Liz Klehm and Josh Hirshar

Additional Recording and Overdubs by Mark Palmieri at Crust Mountain

All Tracks Mixed and Edited by Mark Palmieri
Assisted by Scott Massie

Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios

Cover Art by Chad Hammitt and Nick Noir
Layout & Design by Kimee Massie, Fresh Coffee Creative, LLC

Released by:
the Innervenus Music Collective
P.O. Box 81213, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
innervenus.org

IV:032 © 2016 Innervenus (ASCAP). All rights reserved
BLACK YO)))GA® is a U.S. Federal Trademark Registration

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Updated Cover Art

black yoga - asanas ritual, vol. 1

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:
http://www.metalinjection.net/av/black-yoga-is-the-ambient-drone-yoga-music-you-need-in-your-life

“Kimee Massie is my new favorite yoga instructor.” – Greg Kennelty, Metal Injection

Thanks, Greg. You’re alright, too 😉

Music for Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 CD cover

Music for Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1

the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble – Music for Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1

1. A Wandering Through
2. The Dark Places in Our Lives
3. Carmentis
4. Hungry Ghosts
5. Negative Confession
6. Lament
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
(http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2015/06/08/black-yoga-joins-the-screaming-crow-records-roster/)

“…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.”