Vajra was formed by Annamaria Pinna during her self-imposed exile in India. The child of a former monk and school teacher, Annamaria was encouraged to learn about the world around her and to question her assumptions.
She believes there is divinity in creativity. Annamaria has a neurological condition called synesthesia, where she attaches color and shapes to sound. Anna began playing violin at age 6 and then switched to the flute when she was 9. Anna wrote her first lyrics when she was 8. She later studied music theory at the Juilliard Institute and voice. Most of Vajra's debut album "Pleroma" was composed in Annamaria's bedroom while living in India and was released on the Summer Solstice, 2012 (6.21.12). Pleroma is an exploration in paradox (east vs. west, soft vs. pummelling, female vs. male) and includes Blake Fleming (ex-The Mars Volta) on drums. Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of A Down, Prince, Johnny Cash) co-produced the vocals and mixed. Tom Baker (NIN, Foo Fighters, Ministry, Prince) mastered.