Saturday 5th March, 7:30pm at Red Tent Yoga, Byron Arts & Industry Estate
“A volcano of a voice!” — LA Yoga Pages
Dave Stringer has been profiled publications as diverse as Time, Billboard, In Style, and Yoga Journal Germany as a leader of the new American kirtan movement. Kirtan (from the Sanskrit word meaning “to sing”) is an East Indian form of mantra chanting that’s become popular as a participatory live music experience worldwide. As Dave says, at a kirtan “You’re not just listening to the music, you are the music.”
Dave’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sound of American gospel. His work translates the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga into inspiring and thoroughly modern participatory theatre, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.
Initially trained as a visual artist and jazz musician, Dave started chanting in the early 1990’s when a film-editing project brought him to the ashram of Swami Muktananda in India. When it ended, he remained in India and continued studying the traditions of yoga with Swami Chidvilasananda. After returning to the US, Dave taught meditation and chanting to prison inmates, and began leading kirtans at yoga studios.
In the past six years Dave and his band have toured the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe, giving 100-150 performances per year. He’’s collaborated on recordings with Vas, Rasa, Donna De Lory, Axiom of Choice, Suzanne Teng, and Sheila Nicholls, and has performed with Krishna Das and Jai Uttal. His voice appears on the soundtracks of the film ‘Matrix Revolutions’ and the video game ‘Myst’.
Kirtan is a folk form that arose from the devotional Bhakti yoga movement of 15th century India. Its primary musical feature is the use of call and response, a figure that also deeply informs Western bluegrass, gospel music and jazz.
“For me, to align the individual-dissolving Eastern tradition of kirtan with the individual-affirming Western traditions of gospel, jazz and rock music is no contradiction. Both arise from the same impulse toward giving form to what is ecstatic and liberating and transcendent.”
Discography-Brink (2000), Japa (2002), Mala (2004), Divas & Devas (2007), Joyride (2009)
All Tix @ the door: $25 Doors open 7pm 7:30 Kirtan Info: email@example.com