mandala. has an inspiring story to tell...
It began when Abe Azab met Morgan Fasanelli at Kennedy High in Waterbury, Connecticut. They soon discovered that by using music as an outlet for the situations they faced in their own lives, they could create a musical experience that would resonate with listeners from all backgrounds.
After being homeless at the age of 17, Abe became close as ever with Morgan when he moved into her guest bedroom the summer before he went to college. Morgan saved her friend from a tight situation, and this brought new light and motivation to the music that they had already been creating. The two went on spending endless hours perfecting their songwriting together. Soon, the aspiring songwriters would begin developing the sound that is mandala.
Both young musicians went on to creating their first full length album, Valley People, which channeled uncertainty, failed romances, abandonment, while gaining them a small but loyal following in the Connecticut Indie scene. Soon after the release of the album, Abe and Morgan found themselves down and without hope, as original drummer Daniel Rivera, Bassist Angelia Collela, and Patrick Sampson left the group to pursue other ambitions.
The pair eventually found a solid guitarist in Chris Desiderio. It was with him that mandala. produced their now coveted EP, Ruby. Before their collaboration on this project, the new lineup made their way around the Northeast on a last gasp for air. Seemingly down and out after the tour, the now trio (Morgan, Chris, and Abe) invited the substitute bass player they hired to fill in to join. The new bassist, Matt Rosano, in turn invited long time friend and drummer, Sean Connelly, to which they found their groove and immediately began to flourish, writing and recording their release Cash For Smiles in a year since forming.
Obstacles continued to challenge the success of mandala, such as vehicles failing while on tour, overcoming mental health battles, toxic relationships, death of family members, and eventually the respectable resignation of Chris Desiderio. After some time, the group eventually found a worthy replacement in Pat Mulholland, who immediately demonstrated the skills and willpower necessary to complete the foundation of the modern mandala.
By using these experiences in their songwriting, mandala. creates powerful music that influences their listeners to experience the world from their perspective; human rights, love, loss, confidence, struggle and hope are themes they conquer within their music. Their tightness within their interpersonal lives binds them together both on, and off stage, presenting a chemistry to the audience that is evident beyond the performance.
mandala. consists of driven poets, talented musicians, songwriters, storytellers, and friends.
Together, they are on a mission to create an experience through their music by telling their story.
Peace and Love,