Who We Are & What We Do

The Wild Moon Bhaktas’ sound is born of
the timeless folk rhythms
and wide, open mystic spaces
that lie between the ghats of the Ganges
and the banks of the Mississippi.

Raised on the roots music
Of their country
And then nourished by the music
Of India’s Bhaktas and Sufi Mystics
The Wild Moon Bhaktas cull their sound
From their vocals, tablas, strings and accordion.

They play lively kirtans and heart chants in Sanskrit and English,
Sing ecstatic poems of Rumi, Kabir and Mirabai.
and tell old spirit stories.


 About the band’s name:

Picture of an Indian woman's face with a crescent moon

A Bhakta, from the Sanskrit, is a devotee, a lover,
one who honors and adores.  
In India, those who embody this quality
sing love songs to the original beauty
by chanting the Divine Name.

The Wild Moon  
Represents Spirit and Nature
And the marriage of the two
In the heart.


Welcome, Peace to You!

The Wild Moon Bhaktas

David Schmit, vocals, guitars & accordion ~ Gary Waryan, tablas & vocals
Christine Larson, violin & vocals ~ David Ballman, vocals, tambura and percussion

The great Sufi poet Rumi says:
Come, come, come whoever you are
Wanderer worshipper, lover of leaving,
It does not matter
Ours is not a caravan of despair,
Even if you’ve broken your vows
A thousand times.
Come, come, come, yet again, come.   

The Wild Moon Bhaktas
come to this music by way of journeys far and wide,
through traditions, wisdoms and worldviews
And all the ups and downs of life
Mixed in for good measure.  

God is a mystery, and each soul engages it
in his or her own way.  

To that, Rumi says, “journeys are good.”  

Wherever you are on your journey,
Music can be an intimate friend.
 It can be a haven for your soul.   

When music’s rhythms & melodies fuse with
chanting in a sacred language like Sanskrit,
powerful spiritual energies can be released.

Delicious fruits
Found in the other world   
When blended together  
Makes a sweet drink
due to the taste
of the eternal

May this music
open a door
to your mystery

Namaha!  – Praise!