Heart of the Matter: KIRTAN with Sahar, Brenda McMorrow and Adam Bauer
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
Santa Rosa, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us for a Gorgeous, Heart Filled Evening of Kirtan.
Brenda has a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound- she shares her unique blend of original folk-inspired melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants. Adam has been a longtime staple of the East Coast kirtan community- he plays bass (w/Krishna Das for 7 years, and now with Shyamdas), and harmonium. Both have played at venues like Omega, Kripalu, Bhakti Fest and beyond. Sahar’s tabla playing and heart centered kirtan leadership have been called transformative and inspirational. Sing with us! Love offering/donation based.
Brenda McMorrow (White Swan Records) (www.BrendaMcMorrow.com) Canadian Devotional Chant artist, Brenda McMorrow has had a rich and diverse musical career (from folk to jazz to bluegrass) and now, with a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound, she is invited to travel worldwide to share her unique blend of original folk-inspired melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants.
It was when Brenda participated in her first Sanskrit chant while attending a Yoga workshop in 2004, that she had a profound knowing her musical journey was leading her to places more expansive and heart-opening than she had ever imagined. Brenda remembers: “It was a very simple chant (Om Namah Shivaya), and at the time I had no idea what it signified: all I knew was that every cell in my body started vibrating, and I felt absolute joy”. While in India soon thereafter, Brenda began combining her own songwriting with ancient Sanskrit chants - and she has been flowing with this divine wave of Bhakti energy ever since.
Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it's high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. She has accompanied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed Kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer, and has been invited to Bhakti Yoga festivals and events across the U.S., Canada, Italy and Germany as part of her most recent tour schedule. When not on the Bhakti road, Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.
Sahar (www.saharpinkham.com) says, "While evoking deep peace, kirtan is the most ecstatic music I know." He studied tablas with Zakir Hussein, called "the worlds' greatest drummer" by Mickey Hart, and now teaches tablas, djembe, and conga out of his studio in Sebastopol, including a course called The Sacred Art of Drumming designed to give an experiential knowledge through Drumming of Ones' True Nature along with tools to express this in daily life. Sahar facilitates the mens' series Exploring The Male Heart and has a private counseling and hypnotherapy practice.
"Sahar's kirtan was an experience I will never forget...with its rich, meditative, surreal music and chanting that left me in an ecstatic, altered state. The energy was contagious, soothing, mystical and warm. I felt empowered in ways I can't express in logical terms. It must have been the deep connection on a palpable level I felt with not only my own spirit but the sacred spirit permeating the entire room. This transcendental state was beautifully summoned by the gentle rhythms that rippled sweetly throughout the room as the music whorled around. That night will remain with me my entire life." -Neal Grace
"The kirtan was so elegantly moving and transformative ; BRAVO TO ALL ! I wish you could watch yourself from our eyes and see the glory that we are experiencing in so many ways .Your voice touchs us like an angel choir.We learned beauty and humility as we recognized how we wished for our voices to express so deeply as you do.Your fellow musicians exuded divine spirit in their attunement with their music , FABULOUS !" -C. Whittemore
Adam Bauer has been a longtime staple of the East Coast kirtan community, regularly playing bass with Krishna Das (2001-2008) and kirtan pioneer Shyamdas (since 2005), and often sitting in with local and internationally-known kirtan walas at venues like Omega, Kripalu, Bhakti Fest and beyond. In recent years Adam has also been happily leading kirtan at gatherings across the US and Canada. With a humble and gentle style rooted in his own unique devotional journey, Adam embodies a warm presence that invites soulful participation from all. Adam's travels through India and Afghanistan led him in 2005 to create Dharma Boutique (dharmaboutique.com), a collection of fairly-traded and beautifully curated new and antique sensual and sacred treasures. He lives on an old New England farmstead where he is working to achieve full sustainability.