Our Story

Our name is Garuda. Our music has East Indian roots in sound and texture but is clearly not traditional in form and discipline. Much like Garuda, the namesake Hindu-Buddhist deity, we try to be boundless in our music and exist in the moment. Our 'Raag' crosses space and time, east to west, ancient to contemporary and instrumental to vocal.

Steve Pierson in Nelson BC has been working on his sitar since 1999. He has played in various musical arrangements including rock bands, bluegrass and formerly a duo with tabla (Indian drums). In previous years Steve has been involved in the musical arrangements of two short films, one for national geographic covering orphans of the street in India. His primary goal is getting the sounds of the Sitar into mainstream Canadian Music.

Jason Deatherage hails from Creston BC.  Having played on and produced major label and Juno nominated albums in addition to many independent releases, Jason Deatherage’s intense, iconoclastic yet tasteful grooves have driven scores of recordings in all genres. 

Ferdy Belland is one of the East Kootenays' most well known bass players as well as a renowned music journalist.  To know Ferdy is to love him, and besides his work with Garuda, Ferdy shares the stage with such notables as Bif Naked and Phaeton.

Garuda is on the cusp of releasing their debut album into the world.


bio sheet

gig poster (right click to download)