The meeting in mind and meditation of master jazz musicians is a rare occurance. Formerly, "The Bonner Party", Prasanna Bishop, Joseph Bonner, Artie Moore, Charles Ayash and Jimmy (Hopps) EsSpirit bring groove and spirituality to improvised music. Their debut release, "Lights Out" is fondly regarded by musicians, artists and creative professionals as having the inner depth and beauty missing in most of todays releases. Their upcoming release, "Fire Dance" continues the exuberant soulful tradition with Linda Theus-Lee delivering a stunning vocal on the gently syncopated, "Rain Dance". Let the inner distractions fall away as you allow the music to bring you to a fresh dimension of being.
The continuum of spiritual paths
includes, encompasses and contains
every shade and flavor of the spectrum.
Love, hate, elation, despair
and all emotions and human experiences
are welcomed to be
witnessed and transformed.
Let yourself relax through the
pull to withdraw; and keep expanding.
Allow yourself to experience
new sounds, new feelings and
new levels of consciousness.
The continuum of human experience and
consciousness is within you.
Allow yourself a new awareness.
Allow yourself to be
refreshed and renewed.
Akashic Jazz is the meeting of
jazz and spiritual exploration.
There are as many spiritual paths
as there are people.
Transcending the safety
of an organized religion,
of a social convention,
the journey of the inner is one of
challenges and transformation.
breathe deeply, relax and listen deeper.
Let your body move as it likes.
If you are moved to participate vocally,
whether through singing, laughing,
shouting or crying,
allow yourself to do so.
Just watch what happens inside of you.
Every soul needs nourishment, replenishment... needs to grow, expand and evolve.
The fire of one's passion dances with the need to go beyond normal, ordinary consciousness to something extraordinary. The inner fire and rain cleanse the heart and aura, refreshing and replenishing one's being, rising to a more joyful path of life. To live in grace is everyone's choice.
It starts by deciding to let go old preconceptions and taking the next steps of the dance towards letting go, transformation and new awareness.
...when veils dissolve,
and tangible and intangible
truths reveal themselves
to the subjective and
objective universes simultaneously…
a panorama of sub-conscious
levels of expression and awareness….
is where there are no artistic
or cultural boundaries to overcome:
where music surpasses the limitations
of the human experience,
Yes, its fun to play. Its fun to feel, to explore the boundries of human feeling, to risk, to love, to emote. To take as many chances musically as in life, with out fear of rejection or judgement is the unspoken guiding star of any artist. I know of no band in recent times executing this concept so tangibly as the document of these recording sessions. As our beloved, Joe Bonner used to say, “I ain’t scared of nothin'.” Joe had the concept to dedicate these performances and compositions to the innocents harmed and otherwise affected by all forms of terrorism in the world. Named “After Love”, the moniker assumes new meaning with his transition. The title cut, in 6/4 meter could be seen as a sequel to his well-loved composition, “Love Dance”, which trumpet master, Woody Shaw brought to the jazz world.
As this is released after Joe Bonner’s passing, it is of course unavoidable to dedicate this to Joe, as his spirit is unmistakably strong and present throughout the recordings. Joe’s original wish and intention of the musicians while playing and during writing was dedicating this to the innocent victims of terrorism, namely children injured and killed by conflicts and ideologies they had nothing to do with creating.
The human soul cherishes freedom above all else. When the time in our lives come when we cry freedom, it is truly one of the most "holy" times we experience. Not possessions, power or even love can distract one from the longing for the liberation of the soul.
The urgency to let go into the beyond is the only energy that will bring us past the mundane mind. "Cry Freedom" is the expression of the spiritual warriors of Akashic Jazz of their journey to freedom.
This music ‘takes no prisoners’, with its uncompromising rebellious spirit through all of the musicians relentless pursuit of bringing experiences of the beyond to its captivated audiences.
These are four fiercely individual artist melting together and merging as a single organism, rising to levels together far higher than possible each on their own.