Stephanie Carlin is the brainchild behind Brooklyn folk-rock quintet Avidya and the Kleshas. In yoga philosophy, the Kleshas are the five hindrances to enlightenment (ignorance, egoism, attachment to pleasure, aversion to pain, and fear of loss/death). A.A.T.K. aims to address all forms of inner struggle behind these negative emotions. The band has already garnered praise from MTV Hive (“very direct about their intentions”) and Deli Magazine (“attack life’s dissatisfactions with a torrent of folk-jazz truth”). Stephanie is also the creative director of Free Spirits Music, a Brooklyn-based songwriting collective that invites musicians and non-musicians alike to explore the creative process through music.