Some ragas you ought to check out

If you’ve missed our coverage of Sangita Yoga and Naren Schreiner — well, you haven’t been paying attention, have you?

As we noted earlier this month, Naren has finished a new album of sacred chants . Now there’s a quick video about it, which is well worth you time on a calm Saturday. From the description:

In this video interview, Naren describes the project and the vision behind this groundbreaking album release. New Earth Records and Sangita Yoga Music present Naren’s newest album, Sangita Yoga: Sacred Chants of India, a compilation of sacred texts from India set to Naren’s original raga-based compositions, accompanied by guest musicians on tabla, santoor, sarangi, violin and cello.

And here’s the video. Enjoy:

Happy day off, unless you’re among those who have migrated your day off to Sunday.

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It’s not Tuesday, but that’s OK: A Hanuman Chalisa with Tim Miller

Just wrapping up my day at work — or seeing how I can avoid practicing, perhaps — and I dug a little deeper than normal on the YouTube video lists and found the following video, which would be perfect for a Tuesday but, well, there’s no time like the present:

For those keeping count, that is our second Chalisa video of the week.

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New Krishna Das Hanuman Chalisa: Sundara Chalisa. Get it free

Krishna Das has made a new Hanuman Chalisa available for free download. Link to that is right here.

Plus there’s new video:

Here’s info about it:

This version of Sri Hanuman Chalisa sung by Krishna Das was filmed at the Open Your Heart in Paradise Retreat Maui, Hawaii, December 2014.
Musicians: Krishna Das (harmonium & vocals), Arjun (tabla), Rick Frires (bass guitar), Nina Rao (kartals), David Nichtern (guitar), and Genevieve Walker (violin).
Audio recorded and mixed by Kevin Reilly.
Video filmed and edited by John Phaneuf.

Remember, he and Tim Miller are doing a first-ever retreat together in March.

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The yoga of music goes to college

It’s not secret we’re big fans of Naren Schreiner, who leads Sangita Yoga — the Yoga of Music — and performed at last year’s Ashtanga Yoga Confluence and will be doing so again in May.

He brings a sweet, light, quietly devotional perspective to music, focusing it on honoring the Divine. (Yes, somehow quiet even though it is music. And from our experience, it seems like a lot of kirtan leaders are celebrating themselves when they sing and not you know who/what.)

So we are happy to pass on the following video, although we also have to say we aren’t fans of the location! (That’s for you college football fans… er… fan?)

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Krishna Das announces release date for new album

We’ve covered Krishna Das pretty consistently, although we haven’t said much about his crowd-sourced new album, mainly because it was already well above its goal when we saw it — sort of suggesting it didn’t need the “Confluence bump.”

But now the new album, Kirtan Wallah, has a release date, so we’ll let you know. It’s coming April 15. Tax Day.

Hey. We just did tell you. It’ll be available both digitally and on CD. (Too bad no album release; albums sound better.)

Here’s a little description:

With the release of his 14th album, Kirtan Wallah-one who sings kirtan, KD offers a westward-leaning album, fully embracing his American roots in rock and country and yet embodying the spirit of deeply devotional Indian chants. There are some traditional melodies that would be right at home in an Indian temple, his rich baritone voice and harmonium leading the chants. But at its heart, this album is a natural confluence of KD’s musical streams, bansuri flute weaving its way through acoustic guitars and country swing, and tabla and kartals underscoring melodies that would fit well in the Townes Van Zandt catalog.

There’s a “4 a.m. Hanuman Chalia” on the track list.

Here’s an 11-minute video on the album’s making:

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A couple of chances to share in sacred music

This one’s a bit of a provincial post. Apologies. But both of these events seem worth some highlighting.

First up, tomorrow — Sunday — in celebration of the full moon, the Pancha Vayus will be performing at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Encinitas/Carlsbad. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Directions for those who need them are right here.

Secondly, and with a little more lead time, Naren Schreiner of Sangita Yoga — who performed at this year’s Confluence — is giving a class in Los Angeles this coming Friday, June 28. It’s happening at InYoga Center. Here’s how Naren describes it:

Next Friday, June 28th, I’ve been invited to give a class at InYoga Center on “The Yoga of Music” to their students, followed by a Kirtan and Bhajan presentation at 8:30pm.

I will present some beautiful traditional Indian bhajans and also lead the group in sacred kirtan.  The Center has a large and beautiful space, and so we’ll create a very sacred environment there.  My friend Robin Sukhadia will play tabla.

If you’re out in that part of LA, give some thought to attending.

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Here’s the Krishna Das documentary trailer

We posted a few days ago that the trailer for the Krishna Das documentary, “One Track Heart”, had hit iTunes’ trailer page.

Well, you know how the Internet goes. From there it is just a step to its being on Youtube. So, without further adieu:

We did manage to get to Kino MacGregor’s Led Primary today, although we weren’t able to stay for her arm balance workshop. We may make it to her backbending one tomorrow, depending on some things. (Those things eventually will be made public!)

We’ll get something up about her Led class, likely tomorrow.

Update, March 28: Screenings are up at the film’s Facebook page.

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