vocals / keyboards
Chuck Van Haecke
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.
Devas takes its
progressive cue from such influential groups as Marillion, Queen,
Yes, Triumvirat, Kansas, Dream Theater, and others while combining
it with the sounds of genres such as jazz, blues, pop, and metal.
They’ve been nicknamed “Dream Theater
Light” by their fans thanks to their accessible “light”
Deva means Angel or Deity in Sanskrit (devas plural). Deva comes from deiwos, originally an adjective meaning "shining". The idea came from a book Leonardo read in the mid 90's, “The Deva Handbook” by Nathaniel Altman. Devas are guardian angels of waterfalls, mountains, forests, etc. "I felt Devas is a good name for a rock band, it has this mystic sound to it." says Leonardo.
Los Angeles, California
Marillion, Queen, Yes, Triumvirat, Kansas, Dream Theater
Andri Leonardo - vocals / keyboards
Gianni Chiarello - guitar
Erik McPherson - bass
Chuck vanHaecke - drums
Joe Babiak - drums