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Chuck Van Haecke
Gianni Chiarello

Andri Leonardo
vocals / keyboards

Eric MacPherson


Devas was founded in Boston by singer Andri Leonardo while a student at Berklee College of Music as a small endeavor with no aim other than to record projects at school. At that point there was no steady line up; different musicians were asked to join the group, depending on the need of the project to be accomplished.

In 2001 an EP with three originals was recorded, including a video for each song. Out of that Devas grew to include keyboardist Emir Isilay, guitarist Gianni Chiarello, bassist Dave Lindeman, and drummer Kaoru Suzuki. The group played the Boston music scene and in 2003 recorded a ten-song album. Some time after the band split, with each member embarking on his own music career in different cities and countries.

After relocating to Los Angeles Leonardo and Isilay continued to perform as Devas trying out different musicians. Eventually bassist Eric MacPherson, drummer Joe Babiak, later replaced by Chuck VanHaecke, and guitarist German Schauss, became the new iteration of Devas. In 2008 a video was shot for a demo song, which set to motion the writing of the second album Metamorphosis. During the recording process Isilay and Schauss quit the band, due to other musical endeavors and lack of time. Re-uniting with guitarist Chiarello to finish the sophomore album, Leonardo decided to record the keyboard parts himself.

Devas takes its Progressive cue from such influential groups as Queen, Yes, Kansas, Dream Theater and Spock’s Beard while combining it with the sounds of other genres such as jazz, radio pop, and metal. They’ve been nicknamed “Dream Theater Light” by their fans thanks to their accessible “light” prog style.

Lyrically Devas sings about “everyday situations”, says Leonardo, “like coping with life and one's personal experiences, obstacles, which need to be overcome, and finding new ways to happiness. Our lyrics reflect many of our own experiences, good ones and not so good ones.”

Devas is looking to play in several cities throughout Europe in 2014/15 presenting their new album Metamorphosis. But they are also looking for wider distribution of their music into Asia and South America. "We love California" says drummer Chuck van Haecke, "and that's where we want to have our base. But we also love to travel and see places. So it'd be great to combine these two things."

Looking forward to the release of Metamorphosis "which will have a bit of a harder edge to it," Eric MacPherson says, "We definitely grew in the past few years and have a more defined sound, I think."

And that's what Devas wants to put out there:
Transforming and morphing into something new with and through Metamorphosis.

Deva means Angel or Deity in Sanskrit (devas plural). Deva comes from deiwos, originally an adjective meaning "shining".

Boston, Massachusetts

Current location:
Los Angeles, California

rock, pop, progressive pop rock, alternative, art rock

Years active:

Doodeen Rekords

Sounds like:
Queen, Kansas, Yes, Journey, Spocks Beard, Dream Theater

Web sites:

Andri Leonardo - vocals
Gianni Chiarello - guitar
Erik McPherson - bass
Chuck vanHaecke - drums

Past Members:
Emir Isilay - keyboards
Kai Kurosawa - bass
Dave Lindeman- bass

Kaoru Suzuki - drums
Joe Babiak - drums
Joshua Minyard - drums / guitar
German Schauss - guitar
Luca Maurizi - guitar
Devrim Eldelekli - guitar
Alice Ayvazian - back-up vocals
Yoshimi Aizawa - back-up vocals

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