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June 21 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM MDT
Krishna Das has been called the “Chant Master of American Yoga” by The New York Times and “Pavarotti of Kirtan” by Yoga Journal and is notable for making yoga and chant music more accessible Western listeners. His music layers traditional kirtan –chanting of the divine names — over popular arrangements and songs. This summer’s tour will include Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Harmony Festival and Wanderlust Festival, with more dates to be announced soon.
To critical acclaim, Krishna Das released his latest album, Heart As Wide As The World. His first studio album in more than ten years, the album is a collaboration with David Nichtern (“Midnight at the Oasis”), who produced and played guitar. It also features musicians like Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates) on drums/percussion and world musicians Steve Gorn on bansuri flute and Benjy Wertheimer on esraj.
Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called a yoga rock star. With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the most profound 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 chant artist of all time, with over 300,000 records sold.
KD spent the late 60s 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’s 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, he returned to the 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 and in such heroes as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and Bruce Springsteen (whom he laughingly calls the Bodhisattva of New Jersey). KD co-founded Triloka Records, a California-based label specializing in world music, releasing artists such 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, leading to chant with people worldwide.
Since 1996 KD has recorded 14 albums, including his latest ones Heart as Wide as the World and Chants of a Lifetime (book + CD).
KD promises that the chanting hits you, and you want to be a part of it. 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.
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