Layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das ” known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD ” has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time. His album ‘Live Ananda’ (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.
KD spent the late ’60’s traveling across the country as a student of Ram Dass, and in August 1970, he finally made the journey to India, which led him to Ram Dass’ own beloved guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji.
Given the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the path of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion.
After two and a half years with Maharaj-ji, returned to USA – alas, six months after his return, word came that Maharaj-ji had died.
He took solace in music, finding peace and strength in both his Bhakti yoga practice as well as in such heroes as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and Bruce Springsteen (whom he laughingly calls “the Bodhisattva of New Jersey”). KD also co-founded Triloka Records, a California-based label specializing in world music, releasing such artists as Jai Uttal, sarod virtuoso Ali Akbar Khan, and legendary jazz musician/composer Jackie McLean.
In 1994, KD started leading chant at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC, with an ever-growing audience of yoga students that has led him to chant with people all around the world. In February 2013, Krishna Das performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA streamed online to millions of viewers. The award-winning film ‘One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das’ has been in over 100 US cities, over 10 countries worldwide and is available on DVD everywhere.
With the release of his 15th album Trust In The Heart , October 2017 – KD returns to the roots of kirtan, a collection of prayers and chants that would feel equally at home being sung in a temple as being cranked up on a car stereo on a cross country sojourn, with melodies that recall both American rock as well as traditional Indian influences.
“The chanting just hits you and you want to be a part of it,” KD promises. “That’s the point of this whole thing. That’s what cuts through all the ‘stuff’. You get lit up. You don’t have to know what it means.”
Wah! is a legend in the yoga world, creating high energy concerts of Sanskrit mantras using electronic keyboards, drums and bass. If you’ve taken a yoga class in the last five years, you have no doubt heard her music. Wah! has been on the leading edge of developing yoga music, cultivating her sound and reinventing the traditional kirtan of India. In 2011 iTunes featured her with a compilation titled "Greatest Yoga Music Ever." www.wahmusic.com
The music of HuDost, the Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and KY, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating that nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines. Having toured the US, Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, travelled rocky and glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade, in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. In 2013 their amazing son was brought into the world.
HuDost has two new projects that have both been released in 2015 including a World Chant ‘Sufi Kirtan’ album as well as a collaborative record with Steve Kilbey of the Australian band The Church with special guest Jon Anderson of YES. Both are receiving rave reviews. On past albums HuDost has worked with Grammy Winner Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel) and Grammy Winner Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, Primus). HuDost’s acoustic album ’4th Way Folk’ was released in 2013 and received a strong response of positive reviews. Scope Magazine refers to it as “an exceptional folk album that takes the genre in new and beautiful directions.”
HuDost functions as a duo (with the core musicians Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines) or as a band, incorporating musicians of varying sensibilities and backgrounds, and often including performance art and dance in their shows. As a duo their instrumentation includes vocals, harmonium (Indian Pump-Organ), Shahi Baaja (Electric Indian Auto-Harp), guitars, Bazouki, Dulcinet, percussion, and a slew of sonic ambient effects. Their music is a rich, eclectic blending of Pop and Rock with traditional Sufi music, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Balkan folk music, Farsi, Turkish, Arabic, and Folk. Their sound crosses all borders and barriers, taking the listener on a journey they will never forget.
Highlight Performances Include Bonnaroo, Resident band at FloydFest, BhaktiFest, World Café Live, Blissfest, Alex Grey’s CoSM, the Salvador Dali Museum, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, headlining The Islands Folk Fest (Vancouver), WMNF’s Tropical Heat Wave Festival, The Levitt Pavilions, WoodSongs at the Kentucky Theater (on PBS), Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Music City Roots, Tim Robbins’ WTF?! Fest, and many more…
Highlight Collaborations/ Opening for other artists Include Ani DiFranco, Philip Glass, Jon Anderson, Joan Osborne, Snatam Kaur, Steve Kilbey, California Guitar Trio, Bell Orchestre, Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Mercan Dede, and many more…
Los Angeles-based sound artist HÄANA has been featured in Vogue, and special appearances include opening for The Rolling Stones with Kanye West, performing for Michael Jordan’s wedding, and for President Obama’s Inaugural Ball. Her original music utilizes cutting edge electronic sounds, and she counts Massive Attack, Björk, and Trentemøller as influences in crafting her production. The resulting sonic palate takes listeners on a journey whose destination is a crossroads between classical and contemporary, organic & man-made, familiar and mysterious. HÄANA has shared the stage with numerous musical giants (Bassnectar, MOBY, The National, EOTO) & appears on releases by Irma Thomas, Beats Antique, Random Rab, An-Ten-Nae, Desert Dwellers, Dimond Saints, among others.
“Sonic stardust.” (Vogue) "Rather breathtaking." (Clash) “Luminous frequencies & violin instrumentation tied with foreign Icelandic lyrical messages are found in her voice...” (Afro Monk) "It has the ability to seep into your soul in ways only orchestral & electronic music can.” (Infectious Magazine) “Majestic” (Nothing But Hope & Passion)
HÄANA is also deep in the yoga/music/meditation scene, and performs her original orchestral and intuitive scores at numerous yoga festivals and studios around the world, including US and Canadian Wanderlust Festivals, collaborating with lauded teachers Elena Brower, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Eoin Finn, Aarona Ganesan, Jill Knouse, and many others. She facilitates meditation experiences with her project DEEPSØNØS.
Garth Stevenson is a Brooklyn-based film composer and double bassist. Raised in the mountains of Western Canada, nature became his primary inspiration and the common thread between his life and music. In the past four years, Garth has released two full-length solo albums, informed by his experiences carrying his 150-year-old double bass to the woods, the beach, and the desert. His most recent and critically acclaimed release, Flying, is a seventy-five minute homage to a recent life-changing trip to Antarctica. Of Flying, iTunes praises, “Garth Stevenson joins the likes of Brian Eno and Sigur Rós as a practitioner of this ethereal yet accessible genre… ‘The Southern Sea’ offers the aural equivalent of effortlessly swimming underwater without ever needing to come up for air.” Flying was recently featured on WNYC’s New Sounds radio program along with Ben Frost and Yo-Yo Ma and was featured on the main page of iTunes.
Stevenson introduced his music to the yoga community at the Wanderlust Festival in 2009 where he improvised during classes and led large groups of hikers into the mountains to perform his solo music. He has performed at Wanderlust every year and partnered with the festival for the release of Flying. He collaborates regularly with teacher Elena Brower at Virayoga, her studio in New York. Together they have led classes at Wanderlust, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, Mexico and at the world’s largest yoga class in Central Park for 13 000 people and for France’s largest yoga gathering in history for over 3000 people in front of the Eiffel Tower. His latest album, Flying, is designed to follow the arc of a yoga class is being used by teachers all over the world. Flying was featured in Yoga Journal, Origin Magazine, Yoganonymous, and Flow Yoga Magazine. His song Hourglass was recently featured in a video produced by lululemon. He has also collaborated with Schuyler Grant, Amy Ippoliti, Kia Miller, Tommy Rosen, Kelly Blaser, Kate Greer, Richmond Dickson, Sianna Sherman, Stacey Rosenberg, Kenny Graham, Tara Glazier, Kevin Courtney.
Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price make up the indie folk band Lobo Marino. The band has been touring nationally for six years and has recorded seven records. Their music carries the message of humanity’s need to find balance with native. Mystically political and whole heartily grassroots this DIY band finds themselves playing on large festival stages as well as at the backyard fire pits of intentional communities across the country. In their home town of Richmond,Virginia, they founded their own community space called “Earth Folk Collective” where they open the space for gatherings and donation based workshops on all types of topics of wellness and sustainability. They also are the founders of Fonticello Food Forest, a public orchard intended for community gleaning
DJ TAZ RASHID brings a high vibrational energy to any room instantly by mixing the beats and rhythms of Love, Ancient New World, House, Kirtan, Devotional, and all the cosmic sounds. His vision is to be a channel to cause the expansion of all those around by tapping into the creative wisdom of the body and allowing them to feel, let go and awaken.
Taz has been producing and part of creating mindful events globally over the last few years and as a musician, he plays guitar, keyboard, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to the Divine and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their Divine higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, Hanuman Fest, Arise Festival, Bhakti Fest, The Zen Cruise, Bali Spirit Fest, Global Mala, and many more high vibrational gatherings.
With his expertise in producing and playing music for yoga and meditation, Taz's mission is to help others to create inspiring music playlists in their classes through breath beat sequencing and other novel techniques that foster a sound healing classroom experience. Taz's yoga music workshops assists teachers to create the soundscape for their classes which enriches the yoga practice and also supports the instructor to develop their own unique sound. His workshops are designed to empower the participants to cultivate the yoga dj extraordinaire within themselves. For a Free Gift of music txt on your phone LOVEYOGA (one word) to the number 44222 or visithttp://bit.ly/1QiKmuZ
Charanpal Kaur, M.A. is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, vocalist, and intuitive counselor. Her lioness nature and inspirational energy brings healing laughter and spontaneity to her classes. She teaches on two international online yoga communities; Kundalini Lounge (London, UK) and Kundalini Live (Monterrey, CA). Many know her from her viral youtube video, The Keep Up Spirit. She is a multi-instrumentalist with three mantra albums to date. Her last release, JALA, charted #3 on iTunes charts. Charanpal has a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology and thrives living in the redwoods of Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband, percussionist and producer, Ghansham Singh. The duo also create mantra, meditation, and dance music under the name AkalStars. For more information, visit www.CharanpalMusic.com.
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.
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.
Vincent Boyce is an innovative and creative guitarist who creates expansive, lush, and socially rich ambient compositions to support/enhance meditation and yoga sessions. He produces his music under the name blqlab [‘blak-lab’].
A New Jersey native, Vincent spent his early adult years in Santa Cruz, CA., studying Art/Design and surfing, while developing a deep connection between yoga, meditation, nature and music.
Upon relocating home to New Jersey, he’s forged these interests into a terrifically rewarding form of self-expression, playing ambient guitar in support of yoga/meditation sessions. Over the last several years he has slowly shared this passion with a broader audience to great reception. His network has since grown, and he is currently very active in collaborating with many talented, passionate, and visionary members of the yoga/meditation community.
Much of Vincent’s work is inspired by “spacious minimalism”, where the tonal qualities of notes played offer the listener an affordance of relaxation and exploration, reflection and focus. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, and NYU, music, composition and sound design were integral components of his Undergraduate and Master degree curriculum.
He constantly challenges himself to play live ambient compositions that are simultaneously very apparent as well as nearly invisible, resonating to those that “tune-in”, and unnoticeable to those that do not. He characterizes this as a magical journey, creating something that is both "there" and "not there" at the same time. He thrives in live studio settings, where his playing is informed/transformed by the energy and activity present in the room.
Learn more about Vincent and check out samples of his work by visiting his website, www.blqlab.com, or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blqlab/
Johnny is a RYT-500 advanced certified yoga and meditation teacher and has been a devoted yogi for over 10 years. Trained in diverse healing modalities, his energy practices and multi-instrumental sound healing invoke powerful experiences for his students. A mixture of modern science, ancient wisdom, and raw love, Johnny is a living example of the internal power we each possess for positive change and the ability to fulfill one’s dreams and dharma. He is an active contributor to the #1 meditation app Insight Timer, inspiring thousands of meditations worldwide with his healing music. His first musical meditation release, The Meditation EP, was featured as a teacher’s resource on Elena Brower’s TEACH.YOGA for its unique blend of rhythms influenced by neurological principles. Johnny has taught sound healing for Lululemon, NY Yoga Magazine, The Rubin Museum, and educational institutions including Ramapo College and SUNY New Paltz. Johnny currently teaches workshops and immersions in New Jersey and New York. His sound healing music (free downloads), mix tapes to support asana practice, and meditation resources are available at JohnnyScifo.com.
Prajna Vieira is the lead singer of the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble and is also known for her work with Jai Uttal and other artists. She was introduced to kirtan as a young child when her father returned from a spiritual journey in India and began taking her to a local satsang. She has dedicated her life to studying, practicing and sharing traditional yoga practices and Bhakti arts. Prajna lives in the SF Bay Area, where she teaches yoga asana, yogic philosophy, and harmonium.
David Estes is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and band leader of the Ananda Rasa Kirtan band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. David grew up in India and spent several years immersed in the practices of kirtan, sanskrit text chanting, meditation and service as a full time Ashram resident. Ananda Rasa Kirtan is rooted in traditional sanskrit chants and mantras sung to original Indian raga melodies and explores the ecstatic and mystical moods of Bhakti in call and response chanting with the audience.