The souls that make up the Bright & Morning Band are bound by a common sense of destiny. They have gathered from around the world to become musical complements and lend their talents to TaliasVan, the master musician whose genius has inspired the Bright & Morning Star Band.
TaliasVan has been singing and making music since he was a boy. He writes songs from his own soul experience, expressing the agony and ecstasy of life. His visionary and genre-bending CosmoPop® music fuses his spiritual walk with his musical talents to create some of the planet's best higher-consciousness music. For a full timeline of TaliasVan's history as a musician, click here.
TiyiEndea is from Austin, Texas. In Austin, she was very active in the music scene, and is a record producer. Tiyiendea is also an artist and a midwife.
Willowela was born in England and also lived in Canada. Additionally she was involved in Native American spirituality and studied under a Tarahumara medicine woman. She has studied yoga and East Indian thought, including some Sufi and Tibetan Buddhism (the teachings of Rimpoche). Willowela is also a visual artist and the director of the 40-voice TaliasVan's Bright & Morning Star Choir.
Ausmaminae is from Australia. She was also involved with New Age and Native American spirituality. Ausmaminae is also an artist and produces works expressing Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation concepts and ideals.
Kazarian was raised in Washington State where his upbringing was with The URANTIA Book through his father who was an avid reader. He then explored the New Age. Before joining the band, he was disenchanted with all religious organizations. Kazarian is also a stage actor with Global Change Theater Company and works in the film medium as well.
Sharu grew up in California. He had been a URANTIA Book reader for many years. Sharu has a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a talented musician of several instruments including the flute, sax, and uilleann pipes.
BenDameean was born and raised in New York City. In his search for expanded truths he has traveled extensively--including numerous times to Israel, throughout Europe, to Argentia, Africa, and Turkey. BenDameean has a B.A. degree in English from Duke University.
Asai was born in the United States, but lived as a teenager in Germany before moving to Boston. He was a practicing Zen Buddhist and still adheres to the truths that are in Buddhism. He also studied other forms of Buddhism, as well as Taoism, Chinese martial arts, and Sufism. Asai also reads and writes Chinese.
Fane is from Minnesota. Besides being an experienced musician, he also has 30 years experience as a television producer and director. He has two A.A. degrees from the Milwaukee Technical College—one in Television and Production, the other in Computer Programming.
TaliSeen had been a traveling musician and spiritual sojourner for many years before finding TaliasVan's Bright & Morning Star Band. He is proficient in many instruments, including mandolin, guitar, piano, and accordion, and is also the orchestra coordinator for the 40-voice TaliasVan's Bright & Morning Star Choir. TaliSeen's multi-genre musical repertoire lends itself to the genre-bending and innovative nature of CosmoPop® music.
Santee has been a practicing guitar player and song writer since he was a young child. As a musician, he is grateful for TaliasVan's tutelage which has both challenged and inspired him to become a professional musician. He is also a father and a dedicated student of the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation.