For immediate release…
BLACK YO)))GA, created by 200-hour RYT certified instructor, Kimee Massie, is vinyasa style yoga set to drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, space doom, and other traditional meditation music. It incorporates basic poses in a relaxed environment, while focusing on safe body mechanics. A traditional yoga class in practice, however darker than what you may typically associate with the practice in the Western world.
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 doom lords, headed up by Kimee’s husband, Scott Massie. The 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. People who may not feel they fit into the typical yoga classes. 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 1-hour yoga class, stylized and set to their original score. The second release will be a CD version of the soundtrack on it’s own. Both releases contain plenty of bonus features and will be available in stores and online by the first of October via Screaming Crow Records.
the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble:
Chad Hammitt (Agnes Wired For Sound) – Guitar, Keyboard, Drums, Vocals
Nick DeMaio (Moonstation Burning) – Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Adam Weston (Storm King, Vulture) – Guitar
Gene Fikhman (Vulture, Grisly Amputation) – Guitar
Nick Noir (Exile, Filth On Demand) – Bass, Vocals
Mark Bogacki (Complete Failure, Storm King, Enemy Mind) – Bass, Drums, Vocals
Justin Bach (Vulture) – Bass
Kelly Gabany (Vulture) – Drums
Tom D’Andrea (Storm King) – Drums, Percussion
David Johnson (DeathCrawl) – Drums
Mark Palmieri (Torrential Bleeding, Reflections) – Cello, Guitar
Danielle Commisso – Keyboard, Piano, Violin
Rob Schubert (hEADaCHE) – Synthesizer, Samples
Mike Tamburo (Crown of Eternity) – Gongs
Erika May (Emay) – Vocals, Piano
Allie Oxenblood – Vocals
Produced and Orchestrated by Scott & Kimee Massie (Innervenus)
Screaming Crow Records:
This is it folks. Three years after creating BLACK YO)))GA and never actually doing anything to promote it outside of simply having classes and maintaining a couple social media sites, we decided it was time to make a home for ourselves. It looks like we’ll be staying a while.
We’d like to thank Dan Burfield for all his help on this website, as well as it’s parent site over at innervenus.org. If you like it and are looking for solid web design from a swell guy, check out www.danburfield.com.