I frequently see confusion arising around the LEVEL’S in our school, which are distinct from the CLASSES and INTENSIVES we offer. The confusion tends to show up when students are looking to take our Level 2 or Level 3 intensives.
Classes and Levels
Typically, a class is something you take and then move on to the next one. Psych 101 […]
Vocalist and Kirtan Leader Institute instructor Dawnia Dresser has a beautiful way of describing the difference between singing and sacred chant.
1. The External Loop
Dawnia has been singing since age 5. Until she discovered Kirtan several years back she would sing to people, and they would respond to her singing. If her audience respo […]
In June I visited the Bay Area to work on new tracks and participate in a 4-day Integral Unfolding retreat.
I’m very lucky to have a beautiful and welcoming home in which to stay while in town. One evening I returned from the retreat and got to meet my host’s Zen teacher who was spending the evening. I had heard of this man- John T […]
Three Kinds of Art
Author, musician and educator Greg Thomas turned me on to the teachings of jazz/cultural critic Albert Murray.
Starting at minute 20 of the video linked above, Thomas presents Murray’s three types of art within the genre of jazz:
FOLK ART is exemplified by the BLUES (B.B. King). Strong emotional valence, ver […]
I’m the kind of guy who likes to geek out about things like conversations, so below are my current thoughts on the topic.
The Drama Triangle
I run into so many people who want to feel empowered in their relationships but keep getting caught in frustrating emotional entanglements. Does this ever happen to you?
What’s going on here? […]
Coltrane, Ray Charles and Elvis
As a musician I struggle with the notion of cultural appropriation. The great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane was influenced not only by a rapidly evolving jazz tradition, but also Indian Classical and Western Classical music. Ray Charles loved Country and Western Music, and his classic Soul Music was an i […]
First tour, first album, first video
In the Fall of 2009 I launched a 2 1/2 year North America tour across with a West Coast jaunt. We had just released my first video, which featured Hare Om Shivaya, the first song from my first Kirtan album. Click HERE to watch this video, which has now been viewed over 23,000 times.
Bhakti Fest 2009
Music is magic. For many of us music delivers the most wondrous experiences of being fully alive and fully human. We all have an innate desire to bond with our tribe through chanting, clapping and dancing. Those who have discovered mantra (which is also magic) and Kirtan (magic squared!) are blessed to have found an extraordinarily beau […]
NEW MUSIC: Lalita Invocation. Click HERE to listen.
We invoke the Goddess Lalita, aka the “Divine-est” Mother. Lalita is “Ma Amba” (creator of the entire manifest universe) and is associated with “Sundari” (Beauty). In the spiritual lineage of Sri Kaleshwar Lalita is referred to as “ParaShakti” &# […]
TOP SEVEN REASONS TO CHANT, EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU CAN’T
Chanting is your birthright. It’s a universal human impulse, and unlike singing is a spiritual practice! Chanting is a social experience that will lift your spirit, produce positive sensations, help you express your voice in the world and heal your 5th Chakra. Intrigued? Learn mo […]