The individual members of Bhaav have been performing together for several years in many different Kirtans and groups from Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Orlando, and even to Saint Augustine and Sarasota! All of us have been professional musicians in different genres and played with many different people but we found this particular combination of these four individuals just seem to have something “special” for us.
We all come from different backgrounds and different religions, and we are all “westerners” but the teachings of oneness and spiritual devotion has given us a profound purpose to bring this wisdom and light as far as we can, and above all, to continue learning and growing.
Christine comes from a family of musicians and has been singing and performing internationally since she was a child. She grew up learning traditions of Eastern European, Balkan and Mediterranean music. About 12 years ago, she discovered the beauty of Indian Classical Music and has been dedicated to that path. She studies under Pt. Radharaman Kirtane and Pt. Rattan Mohan Sharma of the Mewati Gharana. She has also been featured in Kripalu Institute’s Yoga Music CD series. She is also a devotee of the Mother Goddess Kali, and is an organic gardener and aspiring vegan chef.
Catherine Dana Costa
Vocals, Guitar, Flute
Catherine has been a purveyor of words and music for as long as she can remember. A poet, singer, songwriter and improvisational performer, Catherine also plays guitar, percussion, ukulele, hurdy gurdy and Native American flute. She has made regular musical appearances at events and services presented by many spiritually based organizations and festivals in the Tampa Bay Area. As a founding member of Bhaav, Catherine’s current focus is on learning spiritual music of many cultures with the purpose of bringing it to a diverse audience. She also performing original folk, world-based and devotional music with a diverse group of musicians from around the globe brought together in her World Music collaborative movement called “The Redtailed Project”. Catherine released her first CD of all original music, “Because I Have a Song”, in July of 2010.
Steve Blom is technically a guitarist, but is responsible for the tapestry of sound textures that you hear in the Bhaav recordings. He has been interested in synthesizers and sound textures as part of his desire to create “space” for the listener as he puts it. He has been playing guitar since 1978, attended CSUS as a traditional classical guitarist, and studied Jazz with such luminaries as Ted Greene, Jamie Glaser (Jean Luc Ponty)and Henry Robinette. He has performed and recorded with a diverse group of artists of many different musical styles over the years. In 2008 he discovered Indian music, and had been working extensively on it ever since.
been a music and percussion enthusiast since childhood. Barry has performed with the Fred Johnson Jazz Group for over 15 years, making notable appearances at the Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival in 2000 & 2005, and opening for headliners such as Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Boney James and Rick Braun. As a duo, Barry and Fred provided the background music for readings by Deepak Chopra and Coleman Barks and have co-produced countless Sound Sculpture Improvisational Performances and multi-national musical presentations. Barry facilitated interactive musical activities at Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Centers and Rehabilitation Centers in Pinellas County. He is the primary percussionist for The Redtailed Project, where he joined with other World Music performers for kirtan, devotional and celebratory events and is now a founding member of Bhaav.