Kirtan concert with Shantala, featuring Steve Gorn, Bibi McGill, Greg Barnett, Signa Cheney.
Sacred chanting (kirtan) has its roots in the sacred music of ancient India. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.
About The Artists...
BENJY and HEATHER WERTHEIMER have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo SHANTALA. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Heather and Benjy have released five beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window. They also have a passionate international online following, with hundreds of thousands of YouTube video views, millions of iTunes/Apple Music downloads, and millions of streams on Spotify in 2018 alone. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal.
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STEVE GORN has performed Indian classical music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. A disciple of Sri Gour Goswami of Kolkata, and Pandit Raghunath Seth of Mumbai,he is well known to audiences in India and the west. He has been praised by critics and leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners recognized to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music. A Grammy winner and five time Grammy nominee, Steve Gorn is creating a new idiom, a music that combines the essence of classical Indian tradition with a contemporary world music sensibility. The strength of this music arises from a virtuoso mastery, generating a vibrant fusion, alive and accessible to western ears. From Indian classical music to world music and jazz projects with Paul Simon, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter and others, Steve infuses great mastery with a haunting, lyrical sweetness to bring the healing breath of the sacred to our demanding contemporary lives.
For more info: www.stevegorn.com
GREG BARNETT plays music that expresses love, joy, gratitude, and the Divine as beautifully as he can in the hope that we will all benefit. Greg plays guitar and bass for Tao Theory, Mukti, Ananda Rasa Kirtan, Jens Jarvie and the Heart Wide Open, Peter Alexander, and Acharya Mangalananda. He has also recently performed with Jai Uttal, Prema Hara, Shantala, Gina Sala, Kirtan Soul Revival, Sirgun Kaur, Adam Bauer, and Ben Leinbach. Greg composes and performs as a solo guitarist. He has a Master of Music degree from Florida State University. He performs original music and classical guitar repertoire for private events and public venues.
For more info: http://gregbarnett.net
Musical force of nature, BIBI MCGILL, electrifies audiences with melodic, driving, emotionally moving, and spiritually elevating live performance and DJ'd sets. Dubbed by Rolling Stones Magazine as a Zen Master, hippie, rock goddess who can seriously shred," Bibi is a phenomenon. She is considered one of the greatest rock guitarists alive. Bibi served as Beyonces lead guitarist and musical director for almost a decade, leading the ten-piece all female band that literally rocked the world. She has graced stages in over 100 countries, including two performances at the White House, with legendary solos at the 2013 Superbowl and the Glastonbury Music Festival.
For more info: https://www.bibimcgill.com/
SIGNA CHENEY teaches yoga to inspire inner peace, joy and a life guided by intuition, compassion, inner strength, service and grace. She has studied, practiced and taught yoga since 1988. Her practice and teachings have focused on Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa, pranayama, authentic voice, mantra, harmonium, crystal sound and gong. She is certified both in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga, and is a Natural Health Educator with studies in Massage Therapy and Transformational Breathwork.
For more info: https://www.signayoga.com
HEATHER WERTHEIMER is a kirtan artist, singer, songwriter, and guitarist who combines her special love of both music and yoga to lead devotional chanting internationally. With a rare ability to sing directly from the heart, she infuses sacred chanting with a powerful sense of peace and depth. Heather has toured in the U.S. and abroad with her husband Benjy, Steve Gorn, Manose, and Deva Premal & Miten. Heathers debut CD with Shantala, Church of Sky, was named by New Age Retailer as one of the top ten albums of the year. It has been aired on radio stations internationally. Heather brings the richness of her healing background as a therapist, meditation teacher, and yoga teacher into the practice of kirtan. Since 2017, Heather has been an authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditation as taught in Blue Throat Yoga.
Master musician BENJY WERTHEIMER is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). His extraordinary and unique musical gifts from East and West create a sense of wonder and awe in the listener. In addition to touring with Shantala, Benjy is a founding member of the sacred music ensemble The Hanumen (including Gaura Vani, John De Kadt, and Visvambhar Sheth of the Mayapuris) and has toured and produced two CDs with them since 2009. Benjy has toured and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), and virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell. He has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Ancient Future world fusion music ensemble, Benjy also toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master G.S. Sachdev. He studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar). Benjy has produced 17 CDs since 2000, which receive extensive airplay around the world, and his CD Circle of Fire went to #1 on the New Age radio charts.
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