David Newman (Durga Das)
David Newman or Durga Das, as he is also known, is a renowned Kirtan chant artist, sacred singer songwriter and a practitioner and educator of Bhakti Yoga – the Yoga of Love. David travels extensively sharing kirtan, devotional music and the spiritual, meditative and musical aspects of yoga. His music embodies a devotional mysticism, distinctive musicality, poetic intimacy and a joyous, often ecstatic quality. A dedicated troubadour of chant and sacred song, David has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David is also the founder of The Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife Mira and daughter Tulsi. davidnewmanmusic.com • staystrongproject.org • yogaonmain.com
Brenda McMorrow and John de Kadt
John de Kadt is a percussionist, poet, and storyteller. He has studied and played ethnic hand percussive instruments for 33 years and plays drums from India, Ireland, Brazil, Egypt, Switzerland, Africa, Cuba and more. He’s studied with percussion masters around the world, taught drumming on PBS and live nationally on NBC. He’s performed with David Darling, Subash Chandran, Ganesh Kumar, Jai Uttal, Robert Bly, Baba Olatunji, Colman Barks and many others. John has played on many recordings and has released four CD’s “This Rhythm Is Not Mine” and “Rhythms of the Infinite” and “One River” co created with Benjy Wertheimer. He is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed group The Hanumen who released there first CD in 2013 called "The Hanumen". John travels internationally performing his unique and blend of poetry, story and percussion.
Brenda McMorrow is a Canadian Devotional Kirtan artist, and has had a rich and diverse musicalcareer (from folk to jazz to bluegrass) and now, with a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound, she is invited to travel worldwide to share her unique blend of original folk-inspired melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants.
It was when Brenda participated in her first Sanskrit chant while attending a Yoga workshop in 2004, that she had a profound knowing her musical journey was leading her to places more expansive and heart-opening than she had ever imagined. Brenda remembers: “It was a very simple chant (Om Namah Shivaya), and at the time I had no idea what it signified: all I knew was that every cell in my body started vibrating, and I felt absolute joy”. While in India soon thereafter, Brenda began combining her own songwriting with ancient Sanskrit chants – and she has been flowing with this divine wave of Bhakti energy ever since.
Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it’s high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. She has accompanied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed Kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer, and has been invited to Bhakti Yoga festivals and events across North America, Europe and Asia as part of her most recent tour schedule. When not on the Bhaktiroad, Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.
For Gaura Vani, the road to As Kindred Spirits took a few detours and scenic byways, but now the view behind him couldn’t be better. Gaura was born into an American Hare Krishna family and left the US at age six for a gurukula (temple school) in the holy city of Vrindavan, India. He studied ancient Sanskrit and Bengali prayers, learned to play traditional instruments and sing sacred music. It was here that a lifelong desire to make inspirational music was born. After returning to the states and a typical American lifestyle, Gaura rebelled against his spirituality: he drank, ate meat, and committed other Hare Krishna no-nos. He started a rock band and flirted with Hollywood, landing bit roles in a few blockbuster movies and TV shows.
When waves of inner emptiness became too hard to ignore, Gaura switched gears and became a monk at a temple in Venice, CA. Later, he went to India, found his guru, Radhanath Swami, and through an interesting turn of events, became the lead singer of a Slovenian rock band. In Washington, DC, Gaura met his beautiful wife and started a wonderful family. A desk job in the State Department was made slightly less claustrophobic by evening and weekend kirtans. A rotating cast of fellow kirtaniyas gelled into a band, and As Kindred Spirits was born. Over time, the desire to inspire and serve the world through music consumed him, and the cubicle was traded in for a kurta, the briefcase for bhakti
In January 2009, Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits launched the radical, first ever Chant4Change, when 1,000 people gathered in Washington, DC on the eve of the presidential inauguration to empower the new Obama administration. Since then, they have performed for NPR, CBS, Lollapalooza, Burning Man, Bhakti Fest, as well as in countless yoga studios and grassroots get-togethers on every continent.
With unsuppressed enthusiasm, SRI Kirtan unites their distinctive harmonies in joyful Mantra Music. Since 2004 when Sruti Ram & Ishwari met and recognized their unique sound, they have performed at national chant festivals including Bhakti Fest, Boston Yoga and Chant Fest, Omega Spring and Fall Chants.SRI Kirtan’s first CD, Fire of Devotion, was released in 2007. In 2010 Mantralogy Records released Live Your Love, which reached #10 on Billboard World Music Chart. Their latest CD is set for release in Aug. 2014. SRI Kirtan is the true embodiment of bhakti love, sharing their eclectic sound and joyful harmonies as an offering to their love of the Divine.
Steve Gorn’s bansuri is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels. He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His gurus are Sri Gour Goswami, of Kolkata, and Pt. Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, as well as Ustad Z. M. Dagar. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement. In the world of kirtan, he performs regularly with Gina Salá and Daniel Paul, and has recorded and performed with Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Shantala, Wah, Karnamitra Dasi, Vishal Vaid, and Swami Mangalananda. His recordings include Luminous Ragas, Colors of the Mind, and Illuminations, with Nepali flutist, Manose.
Masood Ali Khan PhD.
Masood Ali Khan PhD. Born in London to Muslim Indian parents is a musician of eclectic qualities from Didgeridoo, guitar, to hand drums. Masood became very well known Internationally known as a top International fashion model and one of the original male supermodels. He is also an actor making his debut as a lead in the beautifully shot multi award winning movie called "The Italian Key'. A practitioner of yoga for over 25 years with an innate desire to help humanity and be spiritually connected. He recorded his first album within the anticipated 'The Yoga Sessions™' Series, where he plays the enchanting new percussive instrument called the 'Hang' (pronounced "Hung"). Masood brings his unique sound and performance to the new age and world genre and rapidly growing yoga and devotional music movement by combining the power of the Heart and Mind's healing potential to help humanity. He creates storytelling compositions with captivating melodies to inspire the spiritual being within the human. His music has received top 10 listings, nods and rave reviews from Yoga Journal, LA yoga Magazine, Light of Consciousness, Bhakti Beat and other online published reviews as well radio airplays on: The BBC (Musical Rickshaw), KPFK (The Global Village), Mantra Radio, New World Kirtan and WPRI (In the Spirit).
After a phenomenal debut album 'The Yoga Sessions:Masood Ali Khan' that spread like wild fire though the yoga and hang drum world Masood then released his second album 'The Yoga Sessions:Hang with Angels:Masood Ali Khan', the fifth release in the critically acclaimed The Yoga Sessions series from Yoga Organix and White Swan Records.
Eleven tracks of original compositions feature vocal performances from Suzanne Sterling, Visvambhar Sheth (Mayapuris), Kamaniya Devi (Prema Hara), Lisbeth Scott, Sheela Bringi (PremaSoul), Radha Rosen (Govindas & Radha), Terra Gold and Monica Page. The world class cast of instrumentalists includes renowned flautist Steve Gorn, Go-Ray & Duke, Clinton Patterson (PremaSoul), Ray Ippolito (As Kindred Spirits) and global percussionist Marla Leigh.
Buoyed by master musicians from around the world, the recording is studded with ethereal, meditative and richly-colored soundscapes especially designed for savasana and also ideally suited for wellness applications such as meditation and bodywork, or as beautiful atmospheric music for a mellow evening.
His third album project a is 'Mantra Grooves' and debut as solo producer and publisher. A collaboration with long time friend and author Yogi Cameron, Masood created music for specific mantras that Yogi Cameron teaches in his latest book 'The One Plan'. This musically eclectic album some features LA's finest yoga music stars some who appeared on Hang with Angels, new collaborations with the band Aykanna, Deepak Ramapriyan (BOLT) and MJ Greeenmountain (Hamsa Lilla), offering essential mantras expressed as Americana, traditional Indian, Reggae Dub and Tribal dance.
Masood over the last years has recorded on a growing number of artists and producer album projects such as: DJ Drez, Steve Gold, Mark Brydon (Moloko) Sheela Bringi, Monica Subia Page, Earthrise SoundSystem, Jacqueline Maxwell, Ashley Wynn, Terra Gold, Sasha Lazard, Tadasana His music has been licensed for a'Occupy Love' a full length feature movie and many yoga dvd projects the latest is a DVD for master yoga teacehr Peter Sterios for 'Gravity and Grace~ Yoga for Longevity' which was filmed at the Eselan Institute Big Sur by Mikki Willis of Elevate Films. He was for some time head of the teaching faculty at 'The Open International University for Complementary Medicines' in Colombo, Sri Lanka where he gained diploma of acupuncture and PhD.
A longtime student of spiritual practice and musical magic, Adam Bauer is an emerging presence in the chanting, yoga and creative arts space. His first solo record, Shyam Lila, will debut on Mantralogy Records in Spring 2014. Adam began practicing hatha yoga in 1986, and co-founded reggae-rock pioneers The Equalites in 1987. A kirtan musician for the past twelve years, Adam played bass with Krishna Das from 2001 to 2008, and with Shyamdas from 2005 until his untimely passing in 2013. He has performed at hundreds of gatherings over the years, sharing stages with Ram Dass, Jai Uttal, Deva Premal and Radhanath Swami, among many others. He has played bass at Bhakti Fest and at every Omega Ecstatic Chant since its inception in 2004 (except for that lost week at Burning Man in 2006), and has accompanied esteemed singers like Gaura Vani, Brenda McMorrow, Karnamrita Dasi, David Newman, Daniel Paul and Gina Sala, to name just a few. Now accompanying himself on harmonium singing his own original kirtan compositions, Adam has led kirtan at world-class venues like Omega Institute, BhaktiFest and the Wanderlust Festival and at more humble gatherings in Canada, India and across the US. Through bhakti yoga, the community practice of kirtan and satsang, Adam continues his own journey of healing and transformation, offering a unique voice and perspective through these simple yet powerful ancient devotional practices.www.iamadambauer.com
Additionally, Adam has a unique online store, Dharma Boutique, filled with sacred and sensual treasures collected on his travels in India. www.dharmaboutique.com
Throughout the ages and across cultures, prayer through song and simple body movement has been a powerful vehicle for connecting with the Divine. In addition to offering the increasingly popular kirtan (high-energy call-and response chanting from the Hindu/yoga tradition), ONE LOVE weaves together ancient and contemporary chants from many spiritual traditions and cultures, including Sufi zikr, earth-based religions, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and more—an uplifting and participatory musical celebration of global prayer!
The Ithaca, NY-based band features Jody Kessler on guitar and vocals, Doug Shire on keyboard and harmonium, Shakti Moksha on vocals and percussion, and Joe Smellow on percussion and an array of flutes, harmonica, pan pipes, didgeridoo, and more. In addition, the band is often joined by guest musicians and singers from areas where they tour.
One Love was chosen in 2014 as the most outstanding emerging band by BhaktiFest, the most popular yoga and chant festival in the US.
Music from their highly-acclaimed CD, as well as audio and video clips from live events, can be found at www.onelovechant.com and on Facebook at One Love Chant.
Jody, Joe, Doug and Shakti describe their passion for chant in this way: “We express our love and longing for the Divine through music, using our instruments and our voices in joyful repetition of the Name. The interesting paradox is that through chanting the many Names, we deepen into the experience of the Nameless. You are invited to join us in that journey.”
Carrie Grossman (Dayashila) is a devotional singer, writer, and longtime student of the world’s wisdom traditions. After many years of study in the fields of comparative religion and mind-body medicine, she spontaneously began to compose sacred music and later released her debut album, Soma-Bandhu: Friend of the Moon. Carrie is also senior editor of Common Ground magazine and author of the blog Live from Lee-La Land. She loves creative expression in all forms and is constantly mesmerized by the one sacred source whose light shines through all things. www.thelightinside.org
John William Bauld & Shonna Brown
John William Bauld: mantra musician, kirtan artist and teacher of yoga… His debut solo album produced in California by acclaimed Grammy-nominated Ben Leinbach contains a unique blend of sacred Sanskrit mantra and english adult contemporary music perfect for yoga class accompaniment, meditation, relaxation, and listening enjoyment. John studied yoga and philosophy through the International Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Centre in Nassau, Bahamas where he was officially awarded the title “Yoga Siromani” – teacher of yoga, and is the co-foudner of Anandafest “Naturally so being” Canada’s premier yoga retreat and festival. The intention is simple: to foster community, healing, unity, and empowerment through the universal language and sound dynamics of music. www.johnwilliambauld.com
Shonna Annapurna Brown travels throughout North America teaching yoga and sharing the divine practice of Bhakti through kirtan. A dedicated student and teacher, Shonna has studied at both The Kripalu School of Yoga & Ayurveda, and The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre & Ashram where she was awarded the title Yoga Siromani, Teacher of Yoga. She continues the commitment to her practice as co-founder of AnandaFest, Canada’s premier annual Yoga Festival & Retreats. www.shonnabrown.com
Devadas is a devotee, a kirtaniya, a composer and a recording artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He is a leader in the New York City kirtan scene and travels extensively offering the practice to all comers.
His recordings include Brooklyn Mellows, an homage to the late great kirtaniya Aindra Das (released by Mantralogy in 2013), and "Bhajans", an album of traditional and original chants. As a composer, he’s collaborated with indie rocker J Mascis to score the soundtrack to the feature documentary One Track Heart / The Story of Krishna Das.