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Vajra / Bio

This is the OFFICIAL VAJRA REVERBNATION PAGE.

“It’s time to get to know Vajra” according to Loudwire Magazine. Dubbed a “Must-See Act” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Most underrated bands” by AXS Magazine, Vajra uniquely blends hauntingly dark and hypnotic melodic, progressive rock with Eastern Indian themes into foreboding and mysterious lullabies. “Their live show is like a cathartic punch in the face” according to Creem Magazine, and they were accordingly selected to perform at the Loudwire Music Festival 2015 and Rock-fest 2016, CMJ and SXSW. Vajra’s DIY videos for two of their singles were both on the Loudwire Top 10 Rock & Metal Video Countdown for a combined total of 24 weeks and were subsequently retired as the longest tenured videos on the Countdown. The band also was #1 of the Reverbnation Alternative Rock Music Chart for NYC for 10 consecutive weeks and one of their singles was #37 on the Under The Radar Chart.

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:
• Rolling Stone Magazine names Vajra "Must-See Act" at Loudwire Music Festival 2015
• Reverbnation #1 NYC & Region (10+ weeks)
• "3.14 (Water Mix)" Exclusive Debut Cranked Up Live
• "3.14 (Water Mix)" debut #5 Loudwire Top 10 Rock & Metal Videos (Fan Voted)
• "3.14 (Water Mix)" 16 consecutive weeks on Loudwire Top 10 Rock & Metal Videos + retired as Longest Tenured Video on Countdown
• "3.14 (Water Mix)" Video selected to be screened at Radio KSCR Music Video Festival
• "Inside The Flame (Rapid Oxidation Mix)" - exclusive debut by Loudwire Magazine
• "Inside The Flame (Rapid Oxidation Mix)" - Top 10 Loudwire Battle Royale Video Countdown (8 weeks + retired as Longest Tenured Video on Countdown)
• "Inside The Flame (Rapid Oxidation Mix)" - added to rotation at KMZK/Grand Junction, KHAD/Upton, KGRR/Dubuque, KTED/Casper, KAZY/Cheyenne, KROW/Cody, Radio 106, Rock Rage Radio, KEYJ/Abilene, KJML/Joplin, KFML/Little Falls, KHAD/Upton, KXPZ/Las Cruces, Rocket Online, WECL/Eau Claire
• “Blind (Blood Mix)” – added to rotation on SiriusXM Octane Radio
• “Blind (Blood Mix)” - #37 Under the Radar Chart (1/13/15)
• “Blind (Blood Mix)” – added to rotation at WOBG/Fairmont, WKKI/Celina, KZND/Anchorage, KEYJ/Abilene, WGBF/Evansville, KJML/Joplin, KGRR/Dubuque, WOBJ/Fairmont, KAZY/Cheyenne, KFML/Little Falls, KHAD/Upton, KHWL/Altus, KMZK/Grand Junction, KOZE/Lewiston, KQDI/Great Falls, KROW/Cody, KRWN/Farmington, KTED/Casper, KTRX/Ardamore, KXPZ/Las Cruces, WECL/Eau Claire, and WPNT/Villa Rica, Rockfile Radio Ice, Radio 106, WPNY, Rock 939 and Hard N’ Heavy Radio
• “Blind (Blood Mix)” - #1 for 2 consecutive weeks (10/6/14 & 10/13/14) on Rockfile Radio Ice
• “Blind (Blood Mix)” - #30 Most Requested Songs of 2014 on Rockfile Radio Ice
• “Blind (Blood Mix)” – Winner 103 WGBF Rocktagon New Song Battle against Le Projet “Head Down” (Members of Candlebox, Sevendust and The Infinite Staircase)
• “Blind (Blood Mix)” in World's 1st E-Novel with Music 'H8 Society - How an Atomic Fart Saved the World' 2015
• Direct Support for Screaming For Silence, Wayland, Saving Abel and opening for Buckcherry, Sick Puppies, Shaman's Harvest, Eve To Adam, I-Exist, Ghostship Octavius
• “Inside The Flame” - #12 out of Top 50 Songs of 2013 Rockfile Radio Ice
• “Inside The Flame” video selected to play Radio KSCR's Third Annual Music Video Festival (2015)
• “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, Progtopia Podcast, Episode 021
• Video for "Inside The Flame" over 30,000 views
• Licensing with The Discovery Network, Viacom, Showtime, Bravo, Red Lab, MotherWest

FESTIVALS PLAYED
• Rock-fest, Cadott, WI (2016)
• Texas Showdown Festival (2016)
• Loudwire Music Festival (2015)
• Evolvefest (2014)
• Hudson Music Festival (2014)
• Liberty Music Festival (2014)
• Mid-Atlantic Music Conference (2014)
• CMJ (2014)
• Elm City Music Festival (2014)
• 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 (2013/14)
• 4&20 Blackbird Music Festival (2012)
• Utica Music & Arts Festival (2013)
• Invasion of the Go-Girls Music Festival @SXSW (2013)

Vajra’s music will leave you spellbound.

General Info

Band Members
Annamaria Pinna - Vocals/Composer/Keys, David Sussman - Guitar, Adam Klein - Bass
Artist Name
Vajra
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/vajra
Active Since
08/11
Genres
Alternative / Vajra’s music is a tapestry of hauntingly dark a

Contact Info

Location
New York, NY

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