Kirtan / Music
Our 2015 Kirtan Musical line-up. More to come…
Watch: Jai Uttal Official Channel
Jai Uttal, a sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music. Having traveled extensively in India, where he met many beautiful saints and singers, Bhakti yoga became his personal path. Jai has been leading kirtans around the world for more than 30 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices. His new album “Kirtan Kids” was recently released by Sounds True. Jai Uttal
DONNA DE LORY
Singer and songwriter Donna De Lory has always followed divergent musical roads. The petite, vivacious brunette with the mighty voice happily dallied in the mainstream as Madonna’s sassy tour sidekick for over a decade, but her own parallel journey as a solo artist follows a more eclectic muse. A devoted student of yoga and spiritual teachings, De Lory’s lushly conceived solo albums are not only inspired by Western pop, but Indian devotional music, Sanskrit mantras, Northern African grooves, psychedelic arrangements, and dance beats. Donna unique, world music-meets-kirtan style has been called “the perfect combination of earth Mama and fairy child, with a voice that oscillates between the passionate laments of Janis Joplin and the crystal clarity of Enya.” Donna De Lory or Donna’s Facebook Page
An accomplished musician, record label owner, mother, and one of the founders and leaders of today’s World Music movement, Wah! has performed with Deepak Chopra, Gregg Braden, Wayne Dyer and Neale Donald Walsch. If you have taken a yoga class in the last 5 years, you have undoubtedly heard her music. Her Savasana CDs have sold over 60,000 units worldwide; in 2011 iTunes featured her with a compilation titled “Greatest Yoga Music Ever.” Her new book Healing: A Vibrational Exchange brings her work to a wider audience; she has lectured at Princeton University, Loyola Marymount University, conferences and EXPOS throughout the country. She is an innovator in her field, using a deep understanding of music to create high energy experiences that are transformative and expansive to the soul. Wah Music
DEEPAK & THE BREATH OF LIFE TRIBE
Deepak and the Breath of Life Tribe are a world sacred music ensemble based in Los Angeles that was started in March of 2010. Their style is an eclectic blend of traditional East-Indian music and World Beats infused with an array of modern Western genres ranging from Rock, Pop, Funk, Blues, Jazz, and even Hip-Hop.
The Tribe is led by Deepak Ramapriyan who has played with many major artists and yoga teachers in the world including India.Arie, Jason Mraz, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Donna Delory, Saul David Raye, Micheline Berry, Shyam Das etc… as well as being one of the lead kirtan artists that plays for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar when he is doing his discourses around the planet. Breath of Life
SCOTT AND SHANTI MEDINA
Scott and Shanti Medina are a dynamic husband/wife duo combining the bhakti of devotional chanting with the deep captivation of mantra offering an ecstatic journey through the rhythms and potency of sacred sound. Scott’s classical guitar training and heartfelt spirit inspired him to begin sharing devotional chanting after being on staff at Omega Institute Rhinebeck, NY where he began his training in the art of kirtan over 20 years ago. Shanti began sharing her love of chanting over 10 years ago when she received her Yoga and Pranic Healing certifications. Their chants are universally accessible and easy to follow creating an atmosphere of ecstatic devotional connection and sweet bhakti bliss. Together they co-create inspiring community gatherings across the Front Range and beyond. Their home studio, Prajna, in Boulder, CO hosts a variety of events, teacher trainings, classes and retreats with mentors from across the globe. Energize Shanti or find them on Facebook.
Sheela Bringi, a young Indian American multi-instrumentalist and singer, was raised in the rugged foothills of Colorado surrounded by American music, but singing the ancient melodies and mantras of her parents’ native South India. Her vocals and multifaceted talents on the harp, the Indian harmonium, and bansuri bamboo flute create a lush and evocative live performance rooted in the beauty of ancient tradition. As a young woman, Sheela trained in North Indian classical music, and later jazz and world traditions with world-renowned pioneers. Her ability to inhabit multiple musical worlds has won her a following in the yoga community, in the overlapping Indian and world music scenes, and made her a sought-after addition to edgier club music projects (she’s toured with Karsh Kale and DJ Drez, among many others). Sheela Bringi
Gaura Vani is a multi-disciplinary artist – fluent in music, film and visual arts. He is most known for his Mantra Music performances (an emerging genre based on ancient Indian mantras or chants). Gaura Vani’s events are unifying and transporting – a mix of participatory rhythm and song, story and dance. He travels often to Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia performing both as a solo artist and with his sacred music ensembles “The Hanumen” and “As Kindred Spirits.” Gaura Vani performs regularly at eclectic venues like private homes, theatres, temples, yoga studios as well as festivals like Lollapalooza, Bhakti Fest and Wanderlust. Guara Vani