Bhaje! comes from the Sanskrit conveying the meaning of ecstatic prayer through song. The songs of Bhaje! remind us that music is the pathway to liberation, that every moment of every day is an offering and a prayer. The music they offer is a sacred mission to guide us in to the remembering that we are all perfect expressions of the Divinity inherent within us. Incorporating traditional mantra, classical Indian musical stylings, call and response Kirtans and uplifting folk originals, Bhaje! brings an inspiring and heart opening experience that elicits joy, bliss and connection at every level of being. They have performed at Fluidity Festival, Folklife, Om Culture and yoga retreats and are currently working on their first album.
Xanna Seto on tamboura and harmonium, with 20+ years of performance experience and soulful vocals that have a vibrant blend of earthy and ethereal qualities. She writes the songs that Bhaje! performs, inspired by mythic archtypes, the elementals, the wonder of the natural and super-natural worlds and the many beautiful individuals and experiences that bring meaning to her life.
Scott Wurtz on tabla, djembe, frame drum and percussion. Scott is an eclectic world music percussionist. His presence and ability to listen deeply to the musical fabric allow for an expansive dialogue and creativity response with fellow musicians. As a practitioner of the Healing Arts, he brings heartfelt playfulness to the overall process of creating musical experiences.
Richard Russell is a renowned disciple of the great Indian master musician Ali Akbar Khan. He plays the 25 string sarode as well as being a lead singer and seasoned composer of world music. He is the leader of the kirtan group “Shantikar” and also “The Richard Russell Group”, a ground breaking world music ensemble. He has travelled and performed internationally and works with top-tier artists from India, Canada, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Alice Zimmermann (vocals, harmonium, zither) has been studying and performing music since childhood. She draws on a diverse performance background which largely includes the classics. A lifelong advocate of the power of music, she turned toward a practice of japa, movement and sound healing to assist in recovering from illness and surgery, ten years ago. She has been performing kirtan with her partner Richard Russell, in their group “Shantikar” since 2013. Known for their unique and beautiful vocal blend, she and Russell offer a unique approach seamlessly integrating Indian raga style with western harmonies.