SuryāChandra (the Sun and the Moon) is a spiritual music group that explores the healing power of sound through the practice of yogic chants. Individual members of SuryāChandra have up to over 40 years of experience in leading kīrtan (call-and-response mantra chanting). The group was founded in Montreal (Canada) in 1998 by Maryz (vocals, Paraguayan & Celtic harps, percussions, harmonium, Navajo drone flute) & Vidhu (vocals, acoustic & classical guitars, Italian mandola, oud, Celtic bouzouki), with dozens of musicians contributing over the years. Now based in Nova Scotia (eastern Canada), Thailand and India, SuryāChandra is hosting kīrtan events internationally, as well as Yoga and Sound Healing offerings accompanied by live music.
In collaboration with several musicians, SuryāChandra has produced four albums: Mystic Tongue (2010), Sundaram (2014), Namaskar (2017), and Ānandam (2020). The most frequent contributors in both recordings and live offerings are:
Om Baba: keyboards, electric guitar, bass guitar, electronic arrangements.
John Coleman: sitar, harmonium, voice, bass, israj.
Michelle Coleman: voice, harmonium, percussion, bass.
Daniel McNeil: sitar, guitar, tabla, darbouka, voice.
David Christensen: clarinet, bansuri, saxophone.
Gina Burgess: violin.
Peter Bull: fretless bass guitar, double bass.