Based out of Atlanta, GA, Blue Spirit Wheel was manifested in 2012 by Ian Boccio and Stephanie Kohler, for the purpose of exploring new ideas in chant music and facilitating deep experiences of Divine Consciousness with spiritual communities around the US. Based on the fundamental rhythms and vibrations contained within the Sanskrit language, the band incorporates a wide variety of instruments and musical paradigms to create soundscapes that draw the listener info a deep state of meditative expansion. The audience is invited to participate by chanting simple mantras along with the music, or interact with the sounds through dance and movement. In addition to their many years of musical and artistic experience, the chant leaders in Blue Spirit Wheel draw on their backgrounds in yoga practice for guidance: Ian is a dedicated mantra yogi who regularly leads weekend workshops throughout the US, while Stephanie is the co-owner of Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta.
Since its inception, Blue Spirit Wheel has been in a constant state of expression and creation. The band has already released three albums, Ādi in 2012, Darkness To Light in 2013, and Kailāsa, which was released in December of 2014. Three successful tours of the Southwest, West Coast, Mountain States and the Midwest have brought a national awareness of Blue Spirit Wheel’s unique sound vibrations, and the band is committed to continuing with an extensive tour schedule into the future. Blue Spirit Wheel has also begun moving into the circuit of high vibration festivals, with appearances at Bhakti Fest Midwest and the Color Festivals in Atlanta and Charlotte. Ian and Stephanie are both founders and organizers of the ChantLanta Sacred Music Festival, now in its 6th year, and Blue Spirit Wheel has regularly performed in support of ChantLanta’s charity mission.