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Vajra / Bio

This is the Official Vajra Reverbnation page.

Vajra was formed by composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Annamaria Pinna during her self-imposed exile in India. The child of a former monk and school teacher, Annamaria was encouraged to learn about the world around her and to question her assumptions. She believes there is divinity in creativity. Annamaria has a neurological condition called synesthesia, where she attaches color and shapes to sound.

Vajra’s music is hauntingly dark and hypnotic weaving Eastern Indian themes with melodic, progressive rock creating foreboding and mysterious lullabies. Their debut album “Pleroma” was released on the Summer Solstice, 2012 (6.21.12). Pleroma is an exploration in paradox (east vs west, soft vs pummelling, female vs male) and includes Blake Fleming (ex-The Mars Volta) on drums. Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of A Down, Prince, Johnny Cash) co-produced the vocals and mixed. Tom Baker (NIN, Foo Fighters, Ministry, Prince) mastered.

Vajra is a force and is quickly generating a buzz after selling-out their first show in November, 2011 (at The Bowery Electric in NYC).

HIGHLIGHTS:
• “Inside The Flame” - #12 out of Top 50 Songs of 2013 Rockfile Radio Ice
• “Inside The Flame” - Gothic Magazine Compilation CD 56
• “Inside The Flame” - BandsOnABudget SXSW 2013 Compilation
• “Erode The Will” - Virgin America In-Flight Entertainment Series
• “Erode The Will” - Red Gorilla SXSW 2012 Compilation
• “Erode The Will” – Invasion of The Go-Girls Compilation
• “See Through You” - Red Gorilla SXSW 2013 Compilation
• Vajra selected as Supercuts VIP Rock The Cut Ambassador
• Vajra featured artist on Progtopia Podcast, Episode 021
• Video for "Inside The Flame" over 30,000 views
• Signed licensing deals with The Discovery Network, MTV, Showtime, Bravo, Red Lab

FESTIVALS PLAYED (SINCE 3/2012)
• Texas Rockfest - Main Stage @SXSW (2012, 2013)
• Red Gorilla/Tinderbox Music Festival @SXSW (2012, 2013)
• Spicy Evolution Music Festival @SXSW (2013)
• M.E.A.N.Y. Festival, NYC (2012)
• Williamsburg International Film Festival, Williamsburg, NY (2012)
• Dewey Beach Music Festival (2013)
• 4&20 Blackbird Music Festival (2012)
• Utica Music & Arts Festival (2013)
• Invasion of the Go-Girls Music Festival @SXSW (2013)
• Young Muse Festival (2013)

VENUES PLAYED (SINCE 11/2011)
• Bowery Ballroom, NYC
• Mercury Lounge, NYC
• Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
• The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
• The Studio at Webster Hall, NYC
• Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
• The Chance Theatre, Poughkeepsie, NY
• The Legendary Dobbs, Philadephia, PA
• Bowery Electric, NYC
• Trash Bar, Brooklyn, NY
• BSP Lounge, Kingston, NY
• Tobacco Road, NYC
• Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY
• Fontana's, NYC
• Gussy's, Astoria, NY
• R Bar, NYC
• The Thirsty Nickel, Austin, TX
• Darwin's Pub, Austin, TX
• Dizzy Rooster, Austin, TX

Vajra’s music will leave you spellbound.

General Info

Band Members
Annamaria Pinna - Vocals/Composer/Keys, Kevin Jones - Bass, John Keener - Drums, David Sussman - Guitar
Artist Name
Vajra
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/vajra
Active Since
08/11
Genres
Alternative / Dark, Melodic, Progressive Rock / with Eastern Indian Themes

Contact Info

Location
New York, NY

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