Blending echoes of Iron & Wine, Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams, the music of Indie Rock & Folk Artist Ramaya Soskin has captured the imagination of listeners with uniquely soothing cinematic songs. An indelible fixture of the Boulder / Denver music scene, he’s performed at venues such as Redrocks, the Fillmore, and the Boulder Theater. As a former member of Gregory Alan Isakov’s band he toured with artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff, Glen Hansard and Brandi Carlile throughout the US and Europe. Founder and curator of a monthly local songwriters showcase called Troubadours (15+ years), he is also a music mentor to young aspiring artists. With touching tales of love, loss & illumination, a sonic Hero’s Journey, his music holds a mirror to the heart.
Hailing from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and calling Boulder, Colorado home for over 20 years, Ramaya Soskin is most at home in a song. His songwriter story began at Naropa University where he formed the Rock & Reggae trio Specter X with Ian Hansson and Devin Liles. They spent over 3 years heating up dance floors and building a loyal fanbase on the front range of Colorado.
After meeting local songstress Cate Coslor, the duo formed the Indie-Rock band Slowrosa with players Tres Altman, Chris Mustaine and Jeb Bows. Managed by Brian Schwartz (Dinosaur Jr., The Velveteers, Paper Bird, Rose Hill Drive), and supported by both Coupe Studio and What Are Records?, the band performed with acts such as The Fray, Devotchka and The Czars.
Ramaya's next project, A. Ballad Nightly, included players Jess DeNicola, Jeb Bows, Jack Leahy, and Leor Manelis. It was during this incarnation that Ramaya released his 5th album of original material entitled "All In Good Time". Upon it's release CD Baby awarded it the "Editor's Pick of the Month" saying:
"Simultaneously blending echoes of Iron and Wine, Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams, Ramaya Soskin's new album somehow engages both a daring spirit and a tender vulnerability. Wrapping up gentle folk in lush pop harmonies, cradling thoughtful songwriting with sometimes-hushed, sometimes-assertive vocals that are strung through these songs like a golden thread, the songs on All in Good Time capture a unique pocket of inspired and sincere writing with volumes of courage and determination. Somewhere between the rush of falling in love and the beautiful bitterness of having your heart broken, you’ll find emotions so delicious that you can’t quite let them go. Such is the magic of Ramaya Soskin's All In Good Time." -Review by Tamara Turner, Music Editor for CD Baby.
Ramaya then joined up with friend and fellow Boulder songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov. Touring as both a duo and a 6-piece band, they performed all over the US, Canada (Winnipeg Folk Festival), a Cayamo Cruise, and twice to Europe; Italy, England and Scotland (w/ Chris Pureka), Germany (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff), and Holland (w/ Devotchka). Locally they sold out the Fox Theater, Chataqua Auditorium, Gothic Theater (with Nathaniel Rateliff) and Redrocks (with Brandi Carlile).
In between tours with Gregory, and accompanied by vocalist Dana Raabe, Ramaya also toured with hero songsmith Chris Pureka in support of her album "How I Learned To See In The Dark".
As the founder of Boulder's "Troubadours", a monthly platform to showcase local songwriters, Ramaya has been offering the community a musical hub around which their local favorites are teamed up with stellar undiscovered talent. "It's the best of the local flavor in a myriad of expression, all in one place" (Boulder Weekly). These "Troubadours" showcases have been presented monthly for 15+ years at venues such as the Fox Theater, Trilogy, B.side Lounge, Shine, and The Laughing Goat.
Over the years Ramaya has shared the stage with many incredible artists including Gregory Alan Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Fiona Apple, The Fray, The Lumineers, Glen Hansard and The Swell Season, Devotchka, Paper Bird, Chris Pureka, Elephant Revival, Gasoline Lollipops, Lapcat, Dechen Hawk, Colin Robison, Max Davies & Toni Oswald, Paul Kimbiris and Sturtz. Currently Ramaya can be seen playing music regularly in the Boulder / Denver area.
Recently accompanying Ramaya is a diverse cast of soul mates and local allstars, including:
Jeb Bows: Violin
Derek Weiman: Lead Guitar
Taylor Tuke: Keys and Vocals
Alexandra Schwan: Vocals
Kate Farmer: Vocals
Ramaya Soskin, Max Davies, Toni Oswald and Sarah Shantz at Trident
Ramaya Soskin with Max Davies, Toni Oswald and Sarah Shantz at Trident:
Max Davies music has been described by Guitarist Magazine and Guitar World as: "Vivid", and "Quite something". His work has been lauded by guitarist John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers as: "really good ideas". Davies has performed and recorded with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch, and Gregory Allen Isakov. He has been featured at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, E Town, the American College Dance Festival, Naropa University and The Poetry Project in NYC. His music has been featured in many films including the award winning adventure film Valley Uprising. Additionally Davies has worked with: Junior Burke, the late artist/activist John Trudell, Clark Coolidge, LAPCAT, Toni Oswald and The Diary of Ic Explura, poets Anne Waldman and Eleni Sikelianos and many others. He has opened nationally for Warpaint, Them Hills and The Moore Brothers. Max Davies is a versatile creative force and a captivating performer who’s eclectic output, powerful vocal, guitar and songwriting acumen is always expanding, exciting and real.
Toni Oswald is a writer and musician/ artist who has performed and shown her work across the Unites States and Europe. She has released four albums under the altar ego The Diary of Ic Explura & performed with Max Davies, John Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer, Anne Wald- man, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, & Johanna Went among many others. Her publications include The Oyez Review, Bombay Gin, Heroes Are Gang Leader’s Gianthology, Zani UK, Shame Radiant, & Tattered Press. She is currently working on a novel about a girl clown set in the 1950s entitled The Gorgeous Funeral, as well as a collection of short stories set in Los Angeles called Dying on the Vine. Her first book Sirens, was released by Gesture Press in 2020. She likes gold teeth, cats, and trees, and lives with her husband Max, and their cats Kiki Pample- mousse Fontaine and Charlie Chaplin in Boulder, Colorado.
Sarah Elizabeth Schantz is a writer living in Colorado with her family. Her first novel, Fig, debuted from McElderry (a division at Simon & Schuster). Available in hardcover or trade paperback, Fig was a NPR Best Book of 2015 and won the 2016 Colorado Book Award. In addition to being faculty for Lighthouse, a creative writing center based in Denver, Colorado (with a satellite space in Louisville) Schantz also teaches Creative Writing & Literature at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus) where she was named Master Teacher of all campuses (2016/2017), and she leads/hosts her own seasonally-inspired creative writing workshop series called, (W)rites of Passage.
Dechen Hawk Band & Ramaya Soskin
Come help celebrate my brother Dechen Hawk's Birthday! I'll be opening and performing in between sets all night.
like stevie wonder and jeff buckley thrown in a blender, indie soul balladeer dechen hawk creates music that ranges from beautiful ballads to gritty throwback funk and soul. he believes conscious music has the power to heal and transform the flock for the better. hawk's call pierces the state of unawareness and asks you to speak the truth. though musical his whole life, it wasn’t until the death of his father when he was 14, and the search for a way to express that loss, that hawk found his calling as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. his desire to create and express the joy and fragility of life has kept him busy for the past 25 years performing locally and internationally. he has a wealth of unrecorded songs and plans to continue writing, recording, and performing for the rest of his life. his work creates community by bringing people together from all walks of life to do something they all have in common and enjoy. he wants to change people’s hearts, minds, and actions.
Ramaya Soskin and Kate Farmer at the 63rd Street Farm
Join Us on the Farm for the Summer!
CELEBRATE GOOD FOOD & FRIENDSHIPS — SHARE PICK-UPS, FRESH PIZZA, TASTINGS & LIVE MUSIC Whether you are a CSA-member or not, pick-up days are a great community event. Join us Thursday evenings during the season, to mingle with other farm-food lovers, sample our homemade brick oven pizza, listen to live local musicians, and enjoy the great farm life for an evening. Our partner farms and vendors are also on hand to offer samples and sales of artisanal wine & coffee, fresh goat’s & cow’s milk, local honey, and farm-fresh body care.
Ramaya Soskin at the Jamestown Mercantile
The “Merc” offers a delicious array of meals made from fresh natural ingredients including local Colorado produce. From our gourmet brunch menu, wood fired pizza nights, and always changing dinner specials, the food at the Merc is always worth making the beautiful canyon drive for. So stop on by for a local craft beer and a damn good meal!
The Merc is more than a restaurant. It is also Jamestown's community meeting place, a mountain hang out, a stop for cyclists and tourists, and a great place to see live music.