Larisa Stow and Shakti Tribe

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Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe are here to wake, shake and create a vibration-raising revolution with their edgy blend of mantra-infused rock.  Fronted by Los Angeles Music Award’s “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” and force of nature Larisa Stow, their music is an East meets West fusion of English and Sanskrit. Shakti Tribe is Kimo Estores on lead guitar, Benj Clarke on base & loop station and Richard Hardy (Carole King, Dave Matthews Band, Lyle Lovett, David Lindley) on woodwinds. Good friends and honorary members of the “tribe” occasionally sit in to round out the sound on drums and recordings including Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana, Steve Winwood, Traffic) and Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos, Elvis Costello).

Hitting the road in two SUVs packed with people, gear and merch for 80-100 shows a year, these road warriors are committed to creating community wherever they go. Larisa’s captivating style & stellar vocals combined with her band’s impeccable musicianship have earned them main stage slots at numerous festivals in the US and abroad including Earthdance & Bali Spirit Festival, opening act spots for well known artists, and appearances with spiritual leaders including Deepak Chopra. The band’s performance at Earthdance in Northern California ushered in the Global Peace Prayer for thousands, and their headlining performance at the opening ceremonies of the Bali Spirit Festival earned them international attention.

 

“Reaching In,” co-produced by Larisa and Grammy award-winner Rick Hahn (Celine Dion), was released in 2007 by Oreade Music and received widespread airplay on XM, Sirius Satellite and Dish Network as well as college and internet radio.  The Shakti Sessions was co-produced by Counting Crows founding member Matt Malley. “Claire’s Prayer” and “Heaven” (from Larisa’s two solo projects  Reaching Out and  Moment by Moment, respectively) were featured in the critically-acclaimed Prism Award nominated film “Purgatory House” about teen suicide.  “Kali Ma”, the Studio Voodoo remix off  Dance Chants is part of the soundtrack in the feature film “Discover the Gift” currently screening at festivals worldwide.

Their new release “Rock On Sat Nam!” is an exquisitely crafted mix of empowered rap, rock, pop, Sanskrit, world rhythms and slamming beats. In addition to the cast of musical characters already mentioned, other notable friends from both the mainstream & sacred music world contributed their time and talent to this project including pianist David Garfield (Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Boz Scaggs) and Benjy Wertheimer (Shantala, Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Ancient Future). “Sat Nam” translated means “Truth is My Identity” and audiences always join in to sing this rock anthem with Larisa.

Taking to heart Gandhi’s philosophy “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World,”  Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe also give special concerts in prisons, jails, juvenile detention facilities and recovery centers where they share tools of transformation including yoga, mantra, and meditation to affect positive change, inspire personal responsibility and create Peace.