More soul than the devil can buy.
— The Mothership, Columbus OH

Formed in 2008, B R A H J A is a New York City/Montreal musical conspiracy reaching for the transmutation of timeless soul. The group tours extensively in North America and has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Festival Suoni Per Il Popolo. In 2016, the ensemble released its fifth album wisdomatic on Fast Speaking Music. The group's sixth album, Brahja R.W.T.E.: with friends and aliens is due for imminent release on HAVN Records. B R A H J A takes in guest collaborators all over the map (e.g. NYC, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, DC) and in so doing, proliferates the peace doctrine of radical inclusivity.  

Leader and New York saxophonist, Devin Brahja Waldman, has performed with Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Malcolm Mooney, Lydia Lunch, Daniel Carter, Warren Smith and Sam Shalabi. He is a member of Heroes Are Gang Leaders— led by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. He has accompanied his aunt, outrider poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. As a young'un Waldman was mentored by pianist Paul Bley. In recent times, he studied under pianist Connie Crothers. Waldman is co-director of Fast Speaking Music— a poetry and music label which has released the works of Amiri Baraka, Eileen Myles, CA Conrad, Meredith Monk and many others. 

Core Unit

D Shadrach Hankoff     piano

Isis Giraldo     synthesizer and voice

Martin Heslop     bass

Daniel Gelinas     drums

Adam "Bones" Kinner      tenor saxophone

Devin Brahja Waldman     alto saxophone

Extended Family

Daniel Carter     winds & brass

Alexis Marcelo     synthesizer

Anais Maviel     percussion and voice

Margaret Morris     voice

Adam Zanolini     winds

Sarah Good         voice and keyboards

Annie Shaw         voice and keyboards

Connor Bennet  tenor saxophone

Marcus Elliot     tenor saxophone

Luke Stewart     bass

Jamal Moore     tenor saxophone

Heru Shabaka-ra     trumpet