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MEET THE BAND – Nada Brahma Kirtan

Kāmpa Vashi Deva

Lead Singer, Harmonium, Mridangam, Slaptop Cajon and Kartals

Kampa started drumming at the age of 11 when he volunteered for the 5th grade elementary music ensemble and marching band. He continued to play through junior/senior high school joining the school‘s jazz ensemble. After graduating h.s. he became a member of the North Shore Community College Jazz Ensemble and Adult Ed choir. He privately studied Latin percussion instruments and soon after began his professional career as a hand percussionist for various local bands in jazz, rock, reggae, funk, and R&B. In the early 90’s he was in a short-lived phenomenal band called Grape Vine Road who won the North Shore battle of the bands contest at a known establishment called Little Earl’s. In 1988, Kampa had his first spiritual experience with the Native American Lakota drum and flute. In the mid 90’s, Kampa briefly toured with the Susan Tedeschi Band playing the east coast. After taking a break from contemporary mainstream music, Kampa followed his calling into spiritual music. In 1990, he met Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) and received his first darshan. There he experienced his first taste of East Indian culture. Though Kampa was ingrained in the Native American ceremonies, 8 years later he discovered Kirtan at the SYDA Foundation in South Fallsberg, NY where he also received his first darshan with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. Not knowing where this could take him, he followed his intuition with embracing the Hindu culture. In 2014 he met the kirtan group Shiva Lila and had another awakening with his love of Kirtan. Soon afterwards he met his Gurus Bhagavan VaShi Baba & Sri Mirabai Ishwari at the Sat Manav Yoga Ashram in Farmington, Maine. Kampa became a devoted yogi and found his true musical calling of Kirtan. He has self taught and acquainted himself with the harmonium which opened up his vocals for leading chants. His favorite drums are the mridanga and djembe.

Since his revelation, he has had the inspiration and privilege to play with Johanna Beekman, Devadas Labrecque, Girish, John de Kadt, Brenda McMorrow, Adam Baur, Tamal & Shakti Lena, Lee Mirabai Harrington, Richard Davis, ShantiMaya Kirtan, Shubalananda Saraswati, Mirabai Devi and Mirabai Moon.

Lisa Kawski

Lead Singer, Harmonium, Indiginous Drum and Kartals

Lisa’s introduction to music of all styles was encouraged at an early age. As a child, her parents would introduce her to opera and live performances of various musical genres. Lisa began studying classical piano at age 7 and continued through college. She participated in college level courses studying the history of music, anthology and music appreciation. She was involved in the school choirs in middle school. At age 13 she studied for her Bat Mitzvah tutored by her Rabbi and Cantor. Through her studies, she discovered the beauty and rhythm of chanting in a foreign language and the spiritual essence of Judaism. In later years, at the onset of attending kirtans, the fond memories she had of spiritual chanting would return to her.
Lisa’s first taste of kirtan was when she attended an event at Kripalu in Lenox, MA in 2009. She entered into the great hall and was drawn in by the chanting of mantras. Unfamiliar with this musical form, she was fascinated. It reminded her of the cadence of her chanting in Hebrew and felt very familiar. Even with her new-found interest, it was not meant for her to delve into this spiritual practice at this time in her life, that would come in 2014 when she attended a kirtan with a friend at a yoga studio and began seeking local kirtans to attend.
Lisa was introduced to the beauty of sound healing in 2016 when she was asked to play a quartz crystal singing bowl at a friend’s gathering. As she stroked the bowl, she felt the vibrations of the sound go through her entire body. She looked around to see if anyone else felt what she had – she instantly knew this was the instrument for her to share her “voice” – through singing bowls she would create her business Sound Healing for the Soul which has become Lisa’s vehicle for sharing her musical talents and expressing herself.

As she developed a following for her sound healings and frequent attendance at kirtans, she joined together with her partner to expand and embark on a spiritual path to include both sound healing and kirtan as her practice to share. Discovering her voice in 2017 has been a delight. Founding the kirtan band, Nada Brahma, along with her partner, Kāmpa Vashi Deva, has brought much joy and self-expansion for her. Lisa has had the opportunity to accompany with her musical voice and talent Lee Mirabai Harrington, Mirabai Moon, Tamal & Shakti Lena, Ananti Devi, Shubalananda Saraswati, Sagit Zilberman and Mirabai Devi.

Steve Sherman

Tablas, Lead Singer, Chimes and Rhythms

Steve Sherman currently plays tabla and other small percussion instruments for bhakti yoga; kirtan with Nada Brahma. He started out playing congas, djembe’, pow wow and other African drums in his late twenties. He was a member of the African drumming ensemble Bese Saka for many years playing festivals, holiday gatherings and private functions. Steve transitioned to the cello and began playing with the trio SuDaSte consisting of Hammered dulcimer and mandolin. There he played klezmer and Celtic music and improvised pieces for weddings and private functions. He then was a founding member of the kirtan group Rhythmic Heart Kirtan. During their years together they produced two albums: Rhythmic Heart Kirtan: Live At Mechanics Hall, Universe Willing.

2024 Upcoming Events

Nada Brahma Kirtan

This is the Nada Brahma Kirtan event dates for New England.
Be sure to check the dates.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

DATES / VENUES

JAN 19
Common Street Spiritual Center » Natick, MA
7PM- 9PM
FEB 16
Wild Rose Holistic Health » Danvers, MA
7PM- 9PM
MAR 15
Common Street Spiritual Center » Natick, MA
7PM- 9PM
MAR 22
Yoga Moves Devotional Chanting » Stoneham, MA
7PM
APR 06
Kirtan & Steve's 60th Birthday Celebration. Mr. India Restaurant » Newburyport, MA
5PM- 8:45PM
MAY 04
Lisa & Kāmpa Kirtan @ ChagallPAC » Salem, MA
1PM- 3PM
MAY 10
The First Universalist Church of Essex » Essex, MA
7PM- 9PM
MAY 19
Floating Lotus Devotional Chanting » Gloucester, MA
5PM
JUN 01
Lisa & Kāmpa Kirtan @ ChagallPAC » Salem, MA
1PM- 3PM
JUL 06
Lisa & Kāmpa Kirtan @ ChagallPAC » Salem, MA
1PM- 3PM
AUG 03
Lisa & Kāmpa Kirtan @ ChagallPAC » Salem, MA
1PM- 3PM
SEP 07
Lisa & Kāmpa Kirtan @ ChagallPAC » Salem, MA
1PM- 3PM
OCT 18
The First Universalist Church of Essex » Essex, MA
7PM- 9PM

North Shore Community Kirtan

The North Shore Community Kirtan is hosted at The Way to Balance, Amesbury, MA. Featuring different bands and musicians. Be sure to check the dates. Looking forward to seeing you there!

DATES / VENUES

FEB 24
Ananti Devi Kirtan
6:30PM- 8:30PM
MAR 23
Heart Centered Kirtan
6:30PM- 8:30PM
APR 20
Mirabai Moon & Friends
6:30PM- 8:30PM
MAY 25
Shubalananda Kirtan & Friends
6:30PM- 8:30PM
JUN 22
Shankari & Ananda Shanti Band
6:30PM- 8:30PM
AUG 24
Prema Bhakti Band
6:30PM- 8:30PM
SEP 28
Gershone & Gina
6:30PM- 8:30PM
OCT 26
Kālidasa Kirtan & Friends
6:30PM- 8:30PM
NOV 23
Nada Brahma Kirtan
6:30PM- 8:30PM

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Nada Brahma Kirtan

founded by
Kāmpa Vashi Deva & Lisa Kawski

During the summer of 2017, Kāmpa and Lisa first met at a drumming workshop led by Kāmpa in Gloucester, MA. They each were defining and expanding their spiritual paths through music and sacred practices. As their friendship grew, they found themselves attending many local kirtan events together in the areas around New England. As their bond blossomed into love, they both aspired to co-create a spiritual path together.

Through love and devotion, Kāmpa and Lisa fulfilled Kāmpa’s dream of creating the beginning of a kirtan band. Nada Brahma Kirtan was developed originally as a venue for hosting community kirtan in April 2018 at Floating Lotus in Gloucester. Within less than a year of establishing a following, they decided to keep the name Nada Brahma Kirtan for their own band name and created the North Shore Community Kirtan as home to their band and a destination for other invited kirtan artists. They bring their voices and instruments together to share their devotion, helping to bring peace to the planet and beyond invoking the healing light of the Universe.

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