“The next Buddha will be a sangha (community)”
– THICH NHAT HAHN
Beloved Buddhist Monk
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
From Sanskrit - Khu: 'higher self' / Ma: the Divine Mother / Ra: the Father of Light
Once upon a time, an African musician, a Classical musician, and a New York City session musician got together to see what would happen. From note one they found there was a certain magic, an inner harmony to the music they discovered together. Kumara was thus formed to perform original, transcendent compositions - compositions that have a powerful appeal to our shared humanity.
Sam·i·te (Sæm ē tay) n. 1.a. World-renowned musician, b. Humanitarian, c. Photographer. 2. Born and raised in Uganda. 3. Travels the world bringing his message of peace and hope through the healing power of music. 4. “While performing, I see that people are able to forget their differences and join as one in the moment; my hope is for that moment to last. If we can make that moment last, the world will be a better place.” www.samite.com
Internationally acclaimed violinist Shem Guibbory is an award winning soloist and chamber musician. Since 1992, Mr. Guibbory has been a member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Beethoven Halle Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and the Symphony of the New World. He was the original violinist in the Steve Reich Ensemble and has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. www.innovativemusicprograms.com
Guitarist Sean Harkness is in high demand as a performer/composer on solo guitar, and accompanies an astonishing array of world class vocalists, musicians, and ensembles. Sean’s multiple awards include MAC, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld.com awards. Harkness represents Walden guitars and DR Strings, and has many commercial releases as an artist on Windham Hill Records [BMG/RCA/Sony] and others. www.seanharkness.com
Eric Wood recorded his first LP release, Letters From the Earth 20 years ago. It reached #6 album of the year in Italy and #11 in the Czech Republic the same year. After several European tours, he went on to record three more albums, Illustrated Night, Don't Just Dance and Hairpin Curve with T Xiques, Mark Dziuba and Megan Gould. In the US, Eric shared bills with Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega. Letters From the Earth was #9 in Billboard Magazine's 'Year-End Critics Top Ten Picks' (January 3, 1998). The New Yorker called Eric Wood "a compelling singer-songwriter poised for a breakthrough." These recordings are available on Spotify, YouTube and iTunes.
The New Yorker called Eric Wood "a compelling singer-songwriter poised for a breakthrough." www.ERICWOOD.com