Denver Chant Fest
The new, national-level chant and yoga festival, the DENVER CHANT FEST, is making its debut in Colorado February 15-17 2013. One of the first winter festivals of its kind in the US, the DENVER CHANT FEST will gather the nation’s top Bhakti (spiritual song) musicians including Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, C.C. White, Govindas and Radha and beloved sound-smiths including DJ Drez and an array of local live musicians and DJs.
Internationally-beloved yoga instructors including Bryan Kest, Janet Stone and Saul David Raye are all on-board to rock festival-goers’ souls in the beautiful Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. On President’s Day weekend, the Fest is the perfect taking-off point for a week-long winter adventure in theMileHighState.
Festival Line Up
Jai Uttal, a sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music. Having traveled extensively in India, where he met many beautiful saints and singers, Bhakti yoga became his personal path. Jai has been leading kirtans around the world for more than 30 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices. His new album “Kirtan Kids” was recently released by Sounds True. www.JaiUttal.com
Dave Stringer has been widely profiled in publications all over the world as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement. Stringer’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel. Initially trained as a visual artist, filmmaker and jazz musician, Stringer’s work underwent a significant shift when video editing work brought him to an ashram in Ganeshpuri, India in 1990. His work intends to create a modern and participatory theatrical experience out of the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.
Stringer often collaborates with internationally celebrated yoga teachers, creating music for workshops led by Shiva Rea, Bryan Kest, Gurmukh, Saul David Raye, John Friend, and many others. He has released six CDs under his own name, and his music is played in yoga studios worldwide. His voice also appears on numerous soundtracks, including the blockbuster film Matrix Revolutions and the video game Myst. Stringer’s newest CD, “Yatra”, a collaboration with singer Spring Groove, has recently been released by Mantralogy Records in the USA and Silenzio in Europe. www.davestringer.com
C.C. White’s distinct Soul Kirtan performances have won her wide recognition as “The Soul Queen, Mahalia Jackson, and Lioness of Kirtan” embodied in one exotic, soulful being. Her unique, soul-flavored chant performances effortlessly enrapture audiences, lifting their vibrations sky high with powerful, soaring call-and-response vocals and masterful musicianship. She’s been invited to sing for Amma 2 years in a row, and her CD’s being played on the popular independent radio station KCRW. C.C. has also just finished recording George Harrison’s song “My Sweet Lord” with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, as a beautiful, vibrant duet, produced by James Hood.
C.C. new CD “This IS Soul Kirtan!”, debuted at #11 on the “World iTunes Chart”, and features a thrilling mixture of Kirtan, Old School Soul, Southern Blues, Gospel, R&B, and Jazz. The CD continues to receive rave reviews in national publications (such as Origin Mag and Yoga Journal), and has sold out at every festival she’s played at on the East and West Coasts. It’s available on iTunes and www.SoulKirtan.com.
GOVINDAS AND RADHA
Govindas and Radha are California-based kirtan singers, and as their spiritual names suggest -”servants of the divine”. They are the directors/owners of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica CA. They are a husband and wife team and their commitment to love, service, and devotion is the essence which is reflected and transmitted through their music. Through repetitously chanting the names of God/Goddess from ancient India, Govindas and Radha will guide you on a musical meditation and yogic ritual deep into the essence of Bhakti—the yoga of the Heart, the yoga of Love and Devotion. Their music is best described as a “trance inducing mandala where voices open, hearts expand, and meditation, devotion, prayer and music merge together as One.” They lead evenings of kirtan, bhakti yoga workshops, and transformative retreats throughout the world. http://bhaktiyogashala.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/govindasandradha
Formed in the heart of Venice Beach California, and immersed in one of the most culturally diverse communities in LA, arises the heart driven, and service orientated Hip Hop emissaries of peace, the Luminaries. From the underground parties in “Dogtown” to the biggest festival stages on the west coast, the Luminaries have now taken their message international and crowds everywhere sing along the anthem, “Peace Worldwide Starts From Inside!”
Luminaries bring an amazing live show that’s reminiscent of the golden era of Hip Hop, fused with a soulful, electro, live band, funk filled experience! As expressed by one of the “Grandfathers” of the genre, and early founder of modern rap, Afrika Bambaataa reminded us the power of “Peace, Unity, Love, and having Fun!” In the same vein, Luminaries create a sound scape of Hip Hop mantras inviting audiences to participate in the connectivity of one another while going crazy on the dance floor!http://luminariesmusic.com
Drez blends yesterday’s roots with the innovative urban beats of today. His accomplishments during his gradual evolution from Hip Hop DJ to World Music Taste Maker have made him one of the top DJs and producers in LA’s eclectic music scene. When he isn’t in the studio producing, spinning at an underground Hip Hop club or jamming with local artists in impromptu late night sessions, you might find him on his mat. Drez is a certified yoga instructor who teaches privately in Los Angeles and spends time helping fellow musicians with their yoga practice at home and when away on tour. Drez’ unique talents are highly in demand at local yoga classes as well as yoga retreats and world music festivals from Europe to Asia. His trailblazing, genre-bending body of work has been documented in magazines ranging from The Source to Yoga Journal. www.djdrez.com
SAUL DAVID RAYE
Saul David Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing and spirituality. He began practicing Yoga and Meditation as a teenager and has studied with masters in various spiritual and healing traditions. He spent several years in Asia and India studying and practicing Yoga, Thai massage, Pranic healing and meditation. Saul’s teaching brings alive the holistic nature of Yoga and healing in a way that is simple, powerful and accessible, allowing people to connect more deeply with their own authentic power and spirit. He holds certifications in Yoga, bodywork and energy healing , is an ordained minister and musician who infuses his classes with healing music and chants. He has been on the faculty of numerous national conferences and has been featured in different health publications. He is a student of Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamigal & Sri Swami Vishwananda and continues his studies under his guidance. http://www.thaiyoga.com/