Vocals / Guitar
Driving rhythms, melodic explorations, complex chord voicings, trancelike grooves, and improvisational energy are all part of the musical contribution Mitch adds to Halo Moon.
“The goal of our words and music is to capture moments, to tell stories, and to paint pictures about the deep aspects of life ….., and to provide an open channel for the spirit of music to flow between us, as musicians, and between us and the listeners ….”
Mitchellini also plays in the improvisational free jazz band EvilGenius and runs the ElectricFishProductions recording studio.
Past projects include scoring music for the “Ancient Visions” Art Exhibit in Chicago and for “The Sun Rising Over the Dunes” Art Exhibit in Michigan City.
Shanti Wendy Warnimont:
Vocals / Guitar / Organ / Mandolin / Melodica / Percussion
Shanti’s style is rooted in the sound of the classic folk rock bands of the 1960s, with a strong affinity for Middle Eastern melodies.
Her vocals range from powerful lead voicings to mellifluous harmonies and counterpoint lines.
Her multi-instrumental skills bring many colors to the sound of Halo Moon.
Shanti also currently leads Ananda Lila kirtan band, and she had formerly played with the Chicago based group Tundra Moon.
Bass / Vocals / Guitar.
Brian’s bass style combines melodicism, deep harmonies, funk rhythms, and jazzy tones.
His background includes education in composition and percussion, and work in the Chicago music scene.
Brian also performs as a solo artist, playing and singing his original compositions in his intricate fingerpicking style.
Tosho Chakarov (ArtTeo):
Incorporating world music elements, along with blues, jazz, and funk rhythms, Tosho’s amazing sense of color and dynamics are a foundation of the sound and feel of Halo Moon.
His specially designed percussion kit is ever-expanding and currently includes: Cajon, Djembe, Darbukas, Doumbek, Cymbals, Tambourine, Frame Drum, Snare Drum, Wind Chimes, Bells, Shakers…, which all help to create his unique and rich sound.
Tosho also plays with The Bhakti Caravan, Ananda Lila, Thunderhawk, and with various other musicians.
THE MYSTICAL STORY OF HALO MOON..........
(by Mitchellini Avi)
In a small coffee shop at the foothills of the whispering mountains four friends met for the first time.
This seemingly chance meeting quickly led to a river of sound:
Rhythms, harmonies, subtle dynamic words and music were soon to fill the air ...
As they waited for the rain outside to stop they each noticed that
the others had carried in instruments.
The head barista at the coffee shop, Mitchellini Avi, picked up his
guitar from behind the counter and let his fingers fall over an A minor 6/9 chord.
Over near the fireplace Countess Shantinakoff played a descending line on her melodica and then sang a wordless melody in answer to the guitar arpeggio.
As if by magic, a djembe and a set of cymbals appeared next to a table by the door and a body swaying groove flowed from the fingers of Tosho the ArtTeo.
Next, a bass line came in from a place at the end of the counter as Soulriser added a jazz tinged favor to the sound - both melodic and funky at the same time.
Something was clearly taking form .....
Soon voices were singing and blending in harmony.
As the music morphed and grew before their eyes, the musicians looked
at each other with smiles all around .....
Outside the full moon was shining down through the mist.
Halo Moon was born.
The band played their first show later that night at the coffee shop.
Since then they have dedicated their lives to exploring the path of music with
their Songs of Spirit, Nature, and Life ......
And now they send out an invitation, especially for you,
To join them in the circle of fire,
In the caravan of souls,
In the flowing music of life ..................................
© 2016 Halo Moon. All Rights Reserved.
Photography by © Ganapati Sarasvati
Photography by © Ganapati Sarasvati