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Kaminanda, a Phish fan turned ‘ancient future Tantric dub-hop’ DJ, will perform at the Music Box

The stage name of electronic music artist Kaminanda (above) is a combination of “Kami,” the Japanese word for “god,” and “Nanda,” the Sanskrit word for “bliss.”
(Photo courtesy of the Music Box)

Once a Phish fan, always a Phish fan? In 2002, Stephen Medeiros was a member of the Canadian Phish tribute band Jibboo.

Then he became DJ Stephen Medeiros. In 2008, he released his first electronic music album album as Kaminanda, the suitably cosmic “Syntropic Luminosity.”

A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Kaminanda has since released five more albums of heady soundscapes that he once described as “ancient future Tantric dub-hop.”

In 2015, he put out his re-mixed version of Phish’s “Roggae.” “I pretended,” he wrote at the time, “I was the fifth and sixth members of (Phish) tracing their dynamics with textures and lucid synth pastels.”

Kaminanda will perform here Thursday at the Music Box with multi-instrumentalist and former Psylab keyboardist Eartha Harris, whose stage name is Living Light.

It remains to be seen if their set will include “Roggae” or Kaminanda’s similarly swirling re-mixes of Led Zeppelin and David Bowie chestnuts.

Kaminanda & Living Light, with Kiyoshi and Launchpad Infinity: 9 p.m. Thursday. The Music Box, 1337 India St., downtown. $15-$20 (must be 21 or older to attend). (619) 795-1337. musicboxsd.com/

george.varga@sduniontribune.com

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