Betsy share a history of japa in their individual
practice. Margot and Mike host yoga retreats, and before one called
'Breathing Room,' they prepared a chanting
session for the weekend with a group of musicians
and vocalists, including Betsy. The overwhelming response led to a continued
sharing of this devotional music whenever someone asked for it, and a private
weekly practice which Tina and Alison joined. Mike provided opportunities
for public performance, where Ishwar met and later joined the group. People
who regularly came to the concerts begin asking for a CD. So, with
their combined background in music, performance, yoga and sound production...the
CD namo namah was born.
Tina Bergmann (vocals, hammered dulcimer, guitar)
began playing hammered dulcimer at eight years old and first recorded
at twelve. She has performed with Apollo's Fire and numerous festivals.
Tina is a teacher and virtuoso performer/recording artist known for her
spirit, syncopated rhythms, and finesse. Pete Seeger described her as "the
best hammered dulcimer player I've heard in my life."
(double bass) is a talented double bass player, trained in virtuoso solo
bass, who has recorded with a number of groups including the Glenn Miller
Orchestra. He plays various genres including traditional jazz,
Afro-Cuban and European Classical. He teaches at several Northeast
Mike Curtis (guitar) is a classical guitarist with
a PhD in musical arts from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland
Institute of Music. After spending several years studying abroad with
the support of a Fulbright scholarship and a Graduate Rotary Scholarship,
he now teaches music at Malone College and the College of Wooster.
A versatile Yoga teacher who has practiced yoga since 1984, Mike opened
The Yoga Place in North Canton in 1995, and he is a partner of the Kent
Yoga Center. He holds yoga teacher certifications from four different
schools of yoga.
(vocals, production) began chanting in 1985 when she began her practice
with the Siddha Yoga Foundation. Outside of music, Betsy is an award
winning performer and producer in stage, film and radio. She hosted
and co-produced "A Change of Season" for National Public Radio .
Most recently she appeared in "The Script Doctor" on Showtime Television,
and in the film "Mothman Prophecies." Look for Betsy in the upcoming film
"Crab Orchard" starring Ed Asner.
|Ishwar Harris (tabla)
has been the Synod Professor of Religious Studies at the College of Wooster
since 1981. He is from North India and has devoted his career to
studying Eastern religions, particularly Hinduism andZen Buddhism. Last
year he spent three months in Japan at theTofuku-ji Monastery, where he
meditated with the monks and observed their lifestyle under the Zen Master,
(vocals, manjeera, clave) holds a Master's degree in education and is
a yoga teacher and a student of Sanskrit. She has been teaching
meditation since 1976, hatha yoga since 1983. She has a master's
level training in Integrative Yoga Therapy, and has edited three books
on the yogic way of life for her teacher, Brahmrishi Vishvatma Bawra Jee.
|Alison Scola Plys
- (Shiva Shiva & Om Dyauh) is a lead vocal artist. She runs the 2Plyswing
School of Dance based in San Diego, and tours the US and Canada giving
Jeremy Dobbins (recording engineer)
| Susan Skove (silk
art cover design) Susan Skove is a silk painter living in Cleveland
Heights Ohio. A graduate of the Cooper School of Art, Susan's silk scarves
can be found in boutiques and museum stores around the country. Her wall
hangings have been exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Blanden
Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Mansfield Art Center,
and Notre Dame College. Susan's web site is www.skovsilk.com