Charity Kahn is a musician, mother and meditation teacher living in San Francisco. Since the creation of JAM (“Joy And Music”) in 2001, she has been bringing messages of peace, love, mindfulness, and celebration of all life to families throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Under the umbrella of JAM, Charity performs and teaches both as a solo artist and with Charity and the JAMband at schools, libraries, festivals and concert venues around the Bay Area, and has created seven albums of award-winning family music.
In 2006, Charity discovered meditation and began immersing herself in the teachings of the Dharma. She started teaching meditation in 2013, and offers frequent opportunities for folks to meditate in community and wake up together, in the form of gatherings, workshops and retreats. She went vegan in 2011 and a big part of her earth-based activism revolves around animal rights and calling out the connections between animal oppression and all other forms of oppression.
Charity is committed to the work of removing the veils of delusion that keep us from realizing our inter-being, keep us believing we are separate, and keep us trapped in patterns of harm and violence. The songs she’s writing for The Invisible Bee address all of this and the attendant emotions, and explore the question: How do we show up for a world in turmoil?
Other past lives include middle and high school math teacher, software engineer, author ("Math and Music: Harmonious Connections”), and nomadic rock climber.
Daryn Roven is a recording engineer/producer, working freelance and out of his home studio, The Raindrop, for over a decade. Previously he was chief engineer at Russian Hill Recording, one of San Francisco’s premiere recording facilities. He has broad experience in film and commercial post-production as well as an extensive credit list in music production in both San Francisco and New York. He plays guitar as often as possible, which is not as often as he used to and not as often as he’d like to but still pretty much. Mostly he raises his children, hikes with his dog and hangs out with Charity. He should meditate more often than he does.
In addition to rocking the bass guitar, Paul Lamb is an audio engineer in his other life, having worked with the likes of Tom Waits, David Grisman, the Grammy-nominated Kitaro, Jefferson Starship, Sammy Hagar, The Tubes, Big Brother and the Holding Co, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastion, and Ronnie Montrose. He is the father of a super cool young man named Jonas.
A long time Bay Area resident, drummer David Rokeach has been working primarily in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas for more than 20 years. David toured nationally and internationally with Ray Charles from 1990-91. This included concert videos and many television appearances, and an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Doc Severinson Orchestra. In recent years he has performed/recorded with Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Lou Rawls, Grammy winner Joe Henderson, Down Beat Poll winner Mark Murphy, Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, The George Brooks-Zakir Hussain Group, Wilson Pickett, Linda Tillery, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Joyce Cooling, Maria Muldaur, Calvin Keys, Barry Finnerty, Merl Saunders, David Grisman, Melvin Seals, The Family Stone Experience, Louis Bellson, Wayne Wallace, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, big brother and the holding company, Gregory Porter, Lucy Arnaz, Freda Payne, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra,The San Francisco Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Dallas Sympnony, Paula West, Brazilian Master Marcos Silva, Bluegrass Grammy winner Alison Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Oscar Brown Jr., award-winning trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, acclaimed composer and Grammy winner, Maria Schneider,Tony, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy Award winner, Rita Moreno, and many more. To learn move about David's work, visit www.davidrokeach.com
Lucas Roven, studio dog
Lucas was born in Taiwan in 2012. He was rescued from under a bridge as a puppy and brought to the US, where he found a loving home with Daryn's family. His favorite things to do are hike, play, run fast with other fast dogs, run up and down steep hillsides, roll in stinky things, and snuggle up for tummy rubs. He spends a lot of time in the recording studio with Charity and Daryn, curled up under the desk, energetically helping the project along. Lucas is the ultimate reminder of the benefit and magic of living in the present moment.