Room of Voices is a performance duo created by Mingo Lewis (legendary drummer from Santana, Return to Forever, The Tubes & more) and his younger protégé Karissa “Sound Sapien.” The two of them are taking the next step in music evolution, by uniting live music into the world of electronic music; harmonizing different genres, musical textures and colors to create a multidimensional synthesis of rhythm and sound that has never been heard before. With live drums, and synthesized melodic instruments, voices, exotic world strings and reed instruments, analog virtual sounds, huge bass and more.
The Plans for our Tour:
The East to West & Back tour will begin in New York City and go all the way to California and back. Room of Voices will be playing in New York City metropolitan areas, Bloomington IN, Boulder/Denver CO, Nevada City CA, San Francisco Bay Area CA, and Los Angeles and Southern CA. The band is always expanding to play in new areas, but for this tour will have a strong focus on these specific places. In each area, the Room of Voices likes to include special talented individuals local to the areas they play at. Performances have included belly dancing by Ishka La in CO, and Masha Loukianenko in Northern CA, fire dancing by Brenda Alderete in CO, magic and juggling by Roy Johns, as well as special circus performers and dancers in the Los Angeles area. In addition to the visual performers, the band is also building and developing a light show that is part of the musical experience.
For tour dates click here: http://www.roomofvoices.com/
What We Need is:
We need funding to help cover our travel expenses! Our tour begins at the end of January, and goes throughout February. And in between shows Room of Voices will be working on video shoots to come out with our first professional music video! We need your help, in order for this to be a successful tour, we need our gas expenses covered, which is essensially what the sum of $1,700 can cover to drive across the country and back. We are so grateful for your contributions!
We would love to go above and beyond our goal, and we appreciate every dollar contributed! We set our goal at the bare minimum of what can get us on the road, please contribute to the extent that you can, and enjoy your awesome rewards and music, we hope that you enjoy it and it brings happiness and inspiration for years to come!
The future for Room of Voices is to share the wonder and magic of music, arts, and performance with the world that will inspire others and create new avenues of expression. And most of all… Room of Voices goal is to be able to support the needs of individuals affected by poverty, disability, disaster, and other significant events by giving them a “hand up” through charitable giving.
Room of Voices is a musical movement and artistic show, meant, built and designed to be something completely unique and exceptional in the industry. We are a mission-based collaboration, and our goals are to uplift and inspire individuals all over the world, with a focus on providing art, inspiration, awareness, and resources to the needy & disabled. Room of Voices takes a percentage of all proceeds and donates to various charities, with the plan to eventually bring the show to 3rd world and developing countries. Room of Voices is also a conceptual idea, all inclusive of humanity, it is the voice we all have within and the need to express it outwardly, raising our awareness of who we really are through creative means.
Room of Voices is an independent band, not signed with a record label. Thus far, all traveling has been at our own expense. It would be truly appreciated to gain some support from our fans so that we can travel again and play music live for different audiences. Thank you so much for your support! We can't wait to come to your town/city to share our music and show with you!
A journey through the jungle, a walk into the desert, feel the power and submerge yourself into the illuminating sound waves that Room of Voices presents to you.
Room of Voices is Mingo Lewis’s latest musical creation and band emerging from an extensive and impressive musical history. Mingo started his career playing with Santana for a number of years, when he was picked up by Carlos Santana to play percussion at Madison Square Garden for the very first time when he was 15. After 3 years of touring with the band, he then decided to move on to play with Chick Corea in his group Return to Forever, and then in later years played with the theatrical rock band The Tubes for a number of years. He has played live performances with artists including: James Brown, Miles Davis, Third World, Ray Charles, and countless others. Mingo has recorded on many gold and platinum records with artists such as: Billy Joel, Al Di Meola, Todd Rundgren, XTC, Aretha Franklin, David Byrne, Brian Eno and many others. He was also signed as a solo artist with CBS Records at age 19, for his record “Flight Never Ending.” Nonetheless, Mingo is quite a legend in the world of music, yet this new project of his is truly remarkable.
HERE IS A MUSIC SAMPLE FROM ROOM OF VOICES ALBUM "TEMPLE RHYTHM"
You are likely to hear sounds from all around the globe, with a unique synthesis of funk and reggae, making the dance floor move, to dubstep, jazz and hip-hop. With Mingo on the drums and signing lead vocals, and Karissa creating soundscapes, textures, and rhythmic parts as well as singing with Mingo, you would never know it was only two people on stage if you didn’t look.