Devakant is a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who has explored the sacred musical traditions of the world, including Gregorian chant, Indian Classical Music, music of Zen monasteries and Tibetan Temples, and shamanic traditions of Central America. From these roots he creates a unique blend of sound and silence taking the listener into a world of mystery within, a place of peace, harmony and well-being. It is ideal for meditation, healing and energy work, relaxation, as well as for the pure enjoyment of beautiful music.
"I started playing music about 50 years ago. It was, and is, and has always been for me a door to another world. Music led me to meditation, and that taught me how to play music, and to sing.
And its still doing that. I have had an on-going love affair with the bamboo flute for about 35 years now.
I've had lots of teachers, ..and I still touch their feet when I am lucky enough to find them. But usually, I have to just content myself with being grateful, deep in my heart, for the lucky meetings I have had in this life. Its been a blessing. A lot of elements come into my sound...Asian temples, Peruvian forests, Greek oracles, Mexican pyramids...I keep trying to be simple, but its not my destiny.
I enjoy what's happening, though, and I am constantly surprised by it. I play in all kinds of places now...Zen temples, churches, halls, hospitals, parks, Yoga centers, Shinto shrines, museums, golf courses..any place where people gather to sit in silence, for an hour or two. Thats my favorite space..."
1955 Born in Riverside, California, began playing trumpet age 7, flute age 15, piano, violin age 17
1973 Studied Western Classical Music, composition at University of California, Berkeley
1978-80 Studied meditation, Eastern Classical Music in India and at Ali Akbar College of Music, California
1986-90 Studied extensively Indian classical Music under Hariprasad Chaurasia, studied ancient Buddhist and Hindu art in India, Nepal, Thailand. First recording Eagles Flight produced 1989
1990-92 Sculpted large Buddha statues for meditation centers and public parks in India; created music for large performances of Sacred Dances with 40 dancers
1992 Settled in Toscana, Italy. Studied sculpture under the guidance and friendship of Emilio Ambron; worked extensively with Italian marbles, and Terra cotta. First concert tours in Italy, Germany
1993 First concert tour of Japan; studied Buddhist sculpture, calligraphy, ancient art of monochrome ink-painting
1995-96 Extensive tours of Japan; Invited to play concerts in many Zen temples and Shinto shrines; Travels country sponsored and filmed by NHK-TV in footsteps of ancient poet Matsuo Basho: Documentary is aired as 4-part series "A Pilgrimage in Sound"; Studies painting and sculpture in all of Japan
1997 Two marble statues put on permanent display in a temple in Nara, Japan
1999 Studies Tibetan Thangka painting
2000-2003 First bronzes; studies casting techniques in Pietrasanta, Italy. Makes large in-situ sculptures in meditation centers in Italy, and Chile. Makes numerous concerts in temples, theaters and hospitals in Japan.
2004-2010 Solo and joint exhibition-concerts in Europe and the United States; Extensive concert tours in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Czech, Denmark, Chile, and Japan