Charles Tolbert aka Bliss Ananda, born in Washington, D.C began studying music at Anacostia High School. The instruments of choice at that time were trumpet, harmonica and piano. After graduation he went on to college in Allentown P.A. to study electronics and sound recording, There he became interested in the violin and began to teach himself to play. After 2 years in Allentown he returned to Washington, D.C. and began studying at UDC and had private lessons with Eddie Drennon a well known violinist. During this time he co-founded The Sufi Rain Orchestra and played many venues for 5 years. After several concerts and recording sessions he teamed up with Howard University jazz DJ Wendell Williamson and co-founded D.A.T.A. Music Productions and Dowe Sound Lab recording studios. After many concerts and recording sessions he co-founded with John Holloway J.O.Y.T.I. and released the CD Life Is. During this time he helped Concert Master Gary Daum, restart The N.I.H. Community Orchestra. This program reaches out to seniors and others in nursing homes and hospitals, all proceeds are donated to the Institutes. Bliss Ananda is currently working his new CD entitled Trinity.
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