Land of the Blind

Land of the Blind

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BLIND combines exotic ethnic world instruments with modern beats big fat groove topped by award winning singer Cyoakha. SHAPE SHIFTING ROOTS ROCK! Deep earth didjeridu-bass grooves-folk-funk trance dance. Hot bass & drums!Like Morcheeba meets The Doors, they're Shamanically Delicious!

Biography

WHO?
From Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, BLIND's Tribal-Trance sound is the first World Fusion to mix organic grooves with loops & electronic effects. Master Didjeridu player KRYSTOV is fat bottomed funk and adds the tribal feel while world class award winning Singer-Songwriter CYOAKHA GRACE O'MANION adds the deep trance haunting voice. Rhan Wilson brings in the soulful funk bass, african hand drums, Kalimba, guitar!

WHAT?
Currently Blind tours the world mixing Ancient music with Modern, folk instruments playing Dance, World mixed with strong vocals and Celtic melodies played on Indian instruments! It's a groove trip around the world! Take a chill pill.

WHERE?
BLIND is well loved by college fans, College Tours include: Lewis & Clark, U of Oregon, Reed College, Portland State, Menlo College and more!! Known for their transformational live concerts from Burning Man to Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia, to Oregon Country Fair, FaerieWorlds, Pantheacon and New York's Starwood, they share with their many fans the experience of Earth instruments creating World-Trance-Dance. BLIND also has 6 award winning albums selling internationally!

WHY? / WHY NOT!
Blind moves from Deep Earth meditational music to acoustic faerie funk grooves, then all the way up into Ethno-Exotica Jam & Ecstatic Dance!! Concerts can include beautiful psychedelic Celtic video projections by Jen Delyth!

ALIVE FUN AND GREEN!
"One of a kind moments in concert are created with live looping", says Grace, "songs are never staid but always alive and changing. My lyrics reflect my concern for the environment, plus BLIND has always been Green, we can play any college square or park to the middle of the deser, because we perform powered by re-chargable batteries!".

ELECTRONA SHEMANA-- is how fans describe their current Tribal-Trance-Druid Dance. It's mid-tempo World Dance Music, never thumping disco beats! Dreamy & Chill yet totally danceable! Tribal in the simple organic heartbeat of universal Burning Man rhythms, Earth lyrics & Trance into Ecstatic Dance.

GREEN FAERIE: is their more folky side, featuring Appalachian dulcimer for folk venues, Celtic Fests & Ren Faires, with delightfully Fae Irish songs!

MAGICAL MEDITATION MUSIC: Years of formal study & sound vibrational healing, Didjeri-Doc brings Deep Earth sound healing power while Cyoakha's channeling vocal toning will lift you and take you on a transformational journey.

BIOS
Cyoakha Grace, singer, songwriter uses her award winning amazing 4 octave voice and Poetic-Eco lyrics as the call to the ever expanding Tribe. Mid-tempo, powerfully shamanic, Deep Earth yet suborbital soaring. "She moves from a pure Kate Bush soprano, to a howling angel made entirely of wind, to a tranced out Shamana of Sound." THE ROCKET, Seattle

Krystov Bock, didjeridu master, comes from Russian-Slavic music, combined with Funk. He adds the bottom, the big deep earth sounds. He plays the Didjeridu as bass and percussion. He believes the Didj is a sonic healing tool using vibrational alignment techniques. He teaches Beginning Didj workshops as well, and is featured on Didj Planet 3. He also plays the Indian dilruba and Appalachian dulcimer.

PRESS REVIEWS
"Pop music for Druids" The Oregonion
"Dead Can Dance if they weren't dead" Ecto guide
"Grace's background reads like a who's who in avant" MetroMag Santa Cruz
"CYOAKHA is the women's answer to Robert Plant" ProgReview
"A magic carpet ride of Middle Eastern feels, a free wheeling caravan of music" The Oregonion
"BLIND are creating their own genre', don't miss the chance to be blinded!" Willamette Weekly, PICK OF THE WEEK
"Unlike most neotribal ensembles, BLIND stars the nascent pop sensibilities of songwriter singer CYOAKHA GRACE", SF WEEKLY PICK OF THE WEEK

INTERNATIONAL TOURS
BLIND's toured all the major cities of Australia in a one month long tour with WENDY RULE to rave reviews in & ended the tour with a concert at the prestigious world renowned Speigeltent (Germany 1930s) at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide, Australia. "I've never heard anything like Blind in my life" said one overcome Bellingen Aussie fan, deeply touched with tears running down her face.

BLIND uses organic-acoustic world instruments with modern feels & looping live layers creating ecstatic dance, is so new and magical that fans go wild for this unusual combo! Fun and Heartfelt.

Discography

ONE EYE, co-produced by Bobby Torres, (SANTANA) Billy Triplett (MEREDITH BROOKS, PRINCE) and Cyoakha Grace, it features 3-part fem harmonies & a stellar line up of who's who in world music NW. Blind started a tradition of one cover per album and this one's a beautiful version of JANE SIBERRY'S Calling All Angels that fans just love!

OUT OF CHAOS, Produced by Cyoakha Grace, an award-winning cd...YOUNG AMERICAN COMPOSERS AWARD, A.S.C.A.P. New York. Downtempo trance, alt rock, middle eastern & celtic with touches of Classical piano. A true world fusion mix, a pyschedelic carpet ride...an outstanding CD ahead of its time. The cover this time is a tranced out verion of a BLACK SABBATH "National Acrobat"! (OZZIE APPROVED!) This second CD won songwriting awards for Cyoakha! "A freewheeling magic carpet ride" The Rocket

ORDINARY MAGIC, Produced by Cyoakha Grace, 3rd cd, best combo of light & dark/world & trance/magic & music/ stellar line up of Portland Blind musicians plus adding some of San Francisco's best world masters including S.K. THOTH (Academy Award winner) on violin, ARYEH FRANKFURTER on violin, SORIAH (Portland) Tibetan Toning/Tuva Throating singing on Blind's cover of THE DOORS "The End" !!! "Worth the wait, very far from "ordinary" this is Blind's best so far!" Harmony Ridge Music

EDGEWALKING BLIND LIVE, live concert recorded the power trio of Cyoakha, Krystov & the fabulous Regina LaRocca (M99) on Middle Eastern style acoustic guitar. This live album creates a dreamscape, long tranced out jam version of Blind songs, ala Cowboy Junkies meets Morcheeba!

SHAMANS OF SOUND!!! Brand new CD of trance dance INCLUDES: Church of the Holy Trees Dance re-mix, Ancient Family (Pagan Theme song hit), and Burning Man dance fav, TRIBE OF DANCE! Also featuring trio partner RHAN WILSON on funk bass, hand drums and psychedelic guitar!

GREEN FAERIE DREAMS: A magical mix of sweet fae faerie songs on Dulcimer and deep earth sonic healing meditation songs with Didjeridu, Dilruba, harmonium, toning. Deep Drones of Transformation.

Set List

45 minute set example:

Walking in a Whirlwind...from cd #2
Church of the Holy Trees (from the movie TREESIT)
State Of Grace (folk-funk)...new!
Grave.. Sinead O'Conner cover done BLIND style
Witches of Kilkenny from cd #3
Tribe of Dance (trance dance) new!
Ancient Family...cd # 5 new!
Computer...Kate Bush cover done BLIND style
Tamboura Lounge....(trip hop) new!