Poster for the event
CHANT 4 CHANGE, January 19, 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, at Church of the Holy City:
Celebrate the Inauguration of Barack Obama on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with sacred activist Shiva Rea, world-renowned kirtan/chant artists Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits and 400 other conscious revolutionaries.
I suspect that this event is going to sell out very quickly. It’s a relatively small venue. You can buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets at $70 a piece. It’s for a good cause.
Thanks to Daily Cup of Yoga, I ran across a recent audio interview with Krisha Das on CBC Radio. [MLS: A shame, but the archive only goes back to 2009 now.] I’ve commented before that he’s kinda been the soundtrack of my yoga practice. The lengthy discussion centers on his spiritual practice that parallels his experience with kirtan music. It really gave new insight into his music. I’ll Krishna Das speak for himself.
I was checking out Spirit Voyage Music, a distributor of sacred music (some would call it New Age), and I realized that they are located in northern Virginia, in Purcellville. They are strong on Kundalini, but have lots of other world music styles. They also have a ticket outlet for concerts.
I followed a link to the blog of one of the employees, Hargobind, and discovered that I had just missed a concert of Dave Stringer, one of my favorite kirtan musicians, at Willow Street Yoga on September 15. I will have to add this to my blog roll and ping it frequently because he will probably be in the know of other concerts in the DC area.
I am listening to Dave Stringer‘s Japa album, which I bought online. It gives me another chance to listen to Donna de Lory, who sings many of the backup and chorus vocals, just as Dave did on her last album. This type of kirtan is not for meditation, yoga practice or even more casual listening when you just want to leave the music and lyrics in the background — it is just too celebratory, too joyous to cultivate your inner stillness. Despite the lyrics being in Sanskrit and repetitive, I feel myself engaged in the music.
Krishna Das will be coming to the Washington, DC area in late May. He will bring his special interpretation of kirtan to Alexandria, VA at 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 26 at the George Washington Middle School Gymnasium, 1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA.
Tickets cost $20 each in advance, $25 at the door. Maureen Clyne of Prasada Yoga has more information and tickets on sale.
Kirtan is chanting as part of devotional yoga and is usually accompanied by harmoniums, tablas, drums and other instruments. Krishna Das has become the soundtrack of my yoga experience so I will try to make it to the show.
I bought Donna de Lory’s CD called The Lover and the Beloved, put out by Ajna Music [Gone out of business]. I really like it, more than all the junk on the radio these days. It’s mesmerizing. You can hear some extended sampling of the cuts at CDBaby — and also buy it there.
I’ve also bought a couple of CDs by Krishna Das who is much more traditional in his approach to kirtan chanting. He will be performing in Alexandria, VA on Thursday, May 26. More information is on his site.
Why do these artists insist on publishing their sites completely in Flash?