Award-winning international artists Heather & Benjy Wertheimer as Shantala open hearts around the world with their passionate music. Shantala creates a sublime soundscape of musical harmony between East and West with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics, and exotic instrumentation. Call and response chanting with Shantala is fun, uplifting, and inspiring.
Benjy Wertheimer is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards) and vocalist specializing in Indian classical music. He has played with a diverse range of musicians, including Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. Heather Wertheimer is a nationally award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist.
As Shantala, Benjy and Heather tour throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to sharing the stage and recording studio with sacred music luminaries such as Krishna Das, Deva Premal, and Jai Uttal, they have released a number of critically acclaimed CDs, including their newest, live kirtan release LIVE in love. Other recordings include the popular chanting CD The Love Window and world dance CD Circle of Fire, which reached #1 on the international New Age radio charts in November 2002. Heather’s CD Church of Sky was named one of the ten best CDs of 2004 by New Age Retailer Magazine.
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.
Kamaniya and Keshavacharya are kirtan gypsies, touring internationally as the sacred music duo Prema Hara. Attracted by Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, both have spent many years living in ashrams, searching for the divine through devotional service and singing. Seeing so many people's hearts transformed through the power of chanting sacred mantras, they were inspired to commit their lives to sharing the universal practice of kirtan with the world. Prema Hara has toured extensively throughout the USA & Europe, quickly gaining recognition as one of the West’s most prominent mantra music bands. Prema Hara is represented by the esteemed Mantralogy kirtan record label and have released three albums: Sweet Surrender (2010), Tears of Love (2011) and their latest highly acclaimed release Ocean of Grace (2014), featuring an all-star line-up. Visit www.PremaHara.com to listen to their music and connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PremaHara.
Gina Salá is a vocalist, composer, teacher and kirtan leader with a repertoire spanning languages. She has began chanting at the age of 3 living in a hindu ashram and has deepened her practices in extended time living in the Himalayas, a Buddhist monastery and in India with her teachers in sanskrit, mantra, sound tantra and classical Indian singing. Gina Salá’s performance credits include the UN, Cirque du Soleil and more. With devotion to the Magnificence in all, she leads retreats and workshops internationally, including her annual “River of Sound Tours” to India. Gina Salá also offers private sessions in freeing the voice, Sanskrit and sound for wellness. Her passion is singing us awake to Who we are.
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.
Kirtan Soul Revival
Kirtan Soul Revival (KSR) is New York funkiest devotional mantra music experience. They use traditional Sanskrit mantras, original music, spirituals and music from around the world to create a unique, dynamic sound that merges funk, rock, rhythm and blues, world grooves, and chants. Lush three-part harmonies add fullness and depth to their sound. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names. KSR invites their audiences to participate fully through call-and-response chanting. Through KSR’s simple presentation, even non-singers can easily experience the joy of being surrounded by harmony in a space that encourages improvisation and exploration. The Kirtan Soul Revival experience invites participants to open their hearts to Spirit and to life!
Suzin Green’s powerful yogic chant has touched countless people worldwide. A gifted musician with roots in western classical, improvisation, and the avant-garde, Suzin was one of the early voices of the American Kirtan scene. The founder of Devī Yoga, Suzin walks a dual path—as a musician and performing artist, and as a teacher, therapist, coach, and guide. She is that rare combination of spiritual teacher who is both mystic and skeptic, deeply reverent, yet always questioning. Chanting with her can take you to the heights of bliss and depths of stillness. Suzin’s discography includes the 2014 release, Daughter of the Mountain. Embracing kirtan’s interactivity and bliss with the depth of intensive mantra practice, Daughter of the Mountain invokes a profound sense of inner stillness and pulsating grace. Inspired tabla grooves by Daniel Johnson, rich layers of ethereal vocals from Suzin, and mesmerizing sonic effects create a rapturous listening experience. Other releases include her classic kirtan CDs, Hearts on Fire and Devī Demo; and Dream Shield Journey, an invocation to the Sacred Feminine for solo piano and voice. Suzin is also a featured artist on Women’s Yoga Chants and Meditations and Music for Sound Healing. Daniel Johnson is a Philadelphia-based tabla player who balances masterful technique with captivating freedom and joy. A highly respected drummer, he has accompanied numerous classical Indian musicians and kirtan artists as well as performing with the Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra, jazz legend Badal Roy’s Dharma Jazz, and the Grammy-winning Paul Winter Consort. Daniel has extensive training with prominent tabla maestros in India and the USA. He is a regular on the Philadelphia music scene and also teaches tabla in Philadelphia and Princeton, NJ. Daniel and Suzin have worked together for nearly 20 years. Like Jai Uttal in California and Krishna Das in New York, they are credited with bringing Kirtan to New Jersey. Hearts on Fire, Suzin’s first kirtan album was recorded with Daniel’s world music band Sura. With the release of that album, they were in high demand, performing at East Coast yoga centers and conferences. The 2014 release of Daughter of the Mountain kicked off their long-anticipated return. They are now are touring again, bringing their powerful music to audiences everywhere. For more information, please visit suzingreen.com and suradanieljohnson.com
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.
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.”
Tomek Regulski is a Manhattan-based composer of classical music, and a student of the sitarist Acharya Roop Verma. He feels blessed to have found a teacher who is not just trained in the classical approach to music, but who is also deeply steeped in its spiritual aspects. Roopji’s musical teachers are the great maestros Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and his spiritual teachers are Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati and Swami Shyam of the Himalayas. Learning from Roopji has given Tomek a spiritual insight to the creation of sound and music; a gift which he shares in the form of live music for yoga and through his own sound meditation classes.
Emcee, Singer, DJ, producer, and percussionist. Srikalogy uses Ableton Live to perform his original music, improvising live with Indian percussion and ambient vocals. His projects incorporate dub, hip hop, reggae, world beats, and sacred mantras. His mission is to uplift, open hearts, and move
Ajeet Kaur is a Spirit Voyage recording artist, yogi, and teacher. Growing up in a musical and spiritual home, Kundalini Yoga has always been central in her life. Ajeet’s love of music as a form of healing and connection awoke at a young age, leading her to study traditional Indian and Irish music. Ajeet now tours the world both with her own band and with beloved chant artist Snatam Kaur. Her recordings, concerts, and workshops are an offering of her own devotion and her desire to share healing with everyone. Her first album, Sacred Waters, has reached many hearts, and her second album, At The Temple Door, featuring Todd Boston, Snatam Kaur, and Sukhmani Kaur Rayat was just released in June 2014. Ajeet has also been featured on Snatam Kaur and Gurunam Singh's albums.