Soon Come Shekinah
Like a lotus blossom on a misty summer morning, the Bhadra Collective is something fresh and new. It uses a fusion of modern world-beat grooves and melodies built around repetitive chants from a variety of cultures to create it's unique sound. This results in 'trippy', multi-cultural music that is mesmerizing, funky and very danceable. Bhadra Collective's music will sooth the soul, rock the house and leave you grinning. The Bhadra Collective consists of seasoned musicians who found each other because of a mutual interest in chant music. It is a collective of Toronto musicians representing a variety of cultures. We have members from African, First Nations Canadian, Palestinian, East Indian, Australian, and Eurpoean traditions. Bhadra performances can vary according to budget and venue. The band can be as small as 5 pieces or as large as 10 pieces, and can include instruments such as didgeridoo, dilruba, tampura, Native American flute, trumpet/flugelhorn, doumbek, djembe and assorted percussion as well as the more typical bass, guitars, keys and drums. Dennis Gaumond is Bhadra Collective's founding member. Singing lead vocals, playing an unorthodox brand of slide guitar, flute and strangely tuned harmonicas, Gaumond draws on a lifetime of professional musical experience, as well as a love for exotic music from all cultures. He has played in many professional bands for the past thirty years and has released two CDs under the name, Dennis Gomo. He is also a founding member of the Canadian Association of Sound Healers and has presented 'Sacred Sound Workshops' and seminars across Canada. These events include mantra, overtone singing, crystal bowls, chanting, drumming and more. As the founder of the Guelph Chant Club, the Waterloo Chant Club and someone who has presented this new style of music across the country, he has developed a sound that resulted from a melding of world-beat music and spiritual chanting. A Bhadra performance is an interactive event. The nature of chant music is such that everyone has the opportunity to participate - to sing along with the repeated phrases. The difference is, Bhadra music is also immensely danceable. Built upon trippy, house/hip hop loops, this music induces a euphoric party for both the soul and the body.