Ancient Spirit: Kirtan Cafe Yoga Chant Music
- Artist: Ragani
- Format: CD
- Release Date:9/16/2006
NEW RELEASE KIRTAN/YOGA CHANT CD! From the producers of the largest independent and ongoing kirtan scene in the US, this kirtan CD offers beautiful vocals, a sea of chanters, and rich world instrumentation that bring to life the mantras of India. Following their award-winning CD, Best of Both Worlds (Kirtan Café, Vol. I), Ancient Spirit (Kirtan Café, Vol. II) captures listeners with it's full-length, richly woven kirtan songs (yoga chants). Based upon the sacred kirtan chants of India, this Ancient Spirit CD was released as a tribute to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. CD sponsored in part by: MargaretAnnsPlace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the distinctive needs of grieving children. "Ragani, who has grown to become one of the nation's leading kirtan chanters, proves her worth with this exquisite collection of mantras... a wonderful atmosphere for spiritual journeys and growth." -Music Design In Review "...brings to mind a winning collaboration between Enya and the sadly departed George Harrison..." -Conscious Choice magazine "Though it involves music, the ancient practice of kirtan is not about musical ability or training, it is about the heart. These ancient mantras from India contain powerful renewing and transformational energies that serve to reconnect us to the Eternal Being that lies within us all. All the mantras, melodies, and instruments are designed to lead us toward this meditative state... Kirtan has an organizing effect on the mind and body, and it offers a means of finding our way back to the core of our being, to our heart, and to the divine." - Ragani (copyrighted text excerpt from ww.RaganiWorld.com) AWARDS: International Music Awards: Runner-Up in 'Best Production' CDBaby: All-time 'Editor's Pick' Backroads Music: 'Best of the Year' 2006 White Swan Music: 'Top Pick' CD ADDITIONAL ARTISTS ON THIS CD: Featured are master percussionists TIM MAHER and GIRISH GAMBHIRA (performed and recorded with Glen Ballard (Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morrisette), Michael Brook (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour), Lucas Arts, Rasa, Krishna Das, Axiom of Choice, Robert Gass, Lost at Last, Dave Stringer, Donna Delory, Wah, David Hykes, and Steve Gordon, among others). Additional featured musicians are: MICHAEL KASHOU (recorded with Garbage on their platinum debut CD; played and recorded for two solid decades with many prominent musicians, ie Paul Cebar, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes), Swamp Thing, John Kruth, among others); TERRY VITTONE (Bitter Pleasures, which toured extensively with acts including Mink DeVille and The Producers; sideman for John Seiger and Semi-Twang; Paul Cebar, national tours with Robert Cray and the BoDeans; Terry's songs covered by the House of Blues artist Paul Black, the gospel quartet Masonic Wonders, and jazz singer Donna Woodall, and he has licensed his songs for film and television). ----------------- CHECK OUT KIRTAN WITH RAGANI- LIVE! The monthly first Friday Kirtan with Ragani event in Milwaukee is one of the largest independent and ongoing kirtan scenes in the nation. Visit artist website for lots of kirtan goodies (videoclips, lyrics, photo gallery, etc.)!
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