For those of you want to find out what Kirtan is, or are intimidated by singing Kirtan, this is the episode for you! Mike Cohen, founder of the Boulder, CO-based Kirtan Institute, teaches us about this ancient practice of singing mantras in part one of a two-part series.
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Mike Cohen was a professional saxophonist until he heard kirtan. Today, he tours as a kirtan musician, and coaches students in the domains of musicianship, leadership, spirituality, energetics, chant writing and community building. His students have gone on to create thriving kirtan communities throughout the U.S., and some have recorded CDs. He recently shared his thoughts about Kirtan Leadership with The Namaste Counsel.
Recently Yoga International sat down with kirtan artist Mike Cohen to discuss The Dattatreya Kirtan Institute, his music, his greatest influences, the creative process, touring, and more. Mike has released two albums, Soul Contact and Om Dattatreya, Journey to the West ...
Mike Cohen was a professional saxophonist in his teens and 20s. Then, he crossed over from the “performance” side to the heart-driven bhakti (devotion) of kirtan. Like many, my inherent shyness, family history, and experiences with other musicians led me to feel I was just not cut out to sing ...
Michael Cohen’s Soul Contact is pitch perfect. Soul Contact features the divine voices of Joni Allen and Allie Stringer. Opening with “Sai Isha Sharanam” (Dance of Ganesh), the music moves from an ancient incantation, straight to the energy of the modern world. Mike’s chants are direct and concise, with interesting twists on the melody.