February 9, 2012

Denver: Kirtan Event with Dave Stringer this Friday, February 10th.

“Stringer transported us to another time and place. His fiery, soulful voice gave the entire room a feeling of a down-home gospel jam and one could not help but sing along.”  ~ LA Yoga Pages

Chant Artist Dave Stringer, an internationally-beloved chant artist, is coming to Denver’s Temple Event Center on February 10th to perform at Friday Night Yoga Club.

Stringer has been widely profiled as one of the most innovative musicians of the new American kirtan movement. His sound infuses the mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant intensity of American gospel and jazz. He is regarded as one of the most gifted singers in the genre.

Tickets are available for a yoga and live music class followed by a concert or as a concert only ticket.

Catch the live music/yoga class with Denver’s own Denise Cook and Hilary O’Toole at 6 p.m., or come for the Kirtan (sacred chant) concert at 8 p.m. The call and response form of mantra chanting known as Kirtan is a consciousness-transforming practice, directing the singers to vanish into the song as drops merge into the ocean.

If you’ve never practiced Kirtan, the form is simple: a lead group calls out the melodies. The crowd responds, clapping and dancing as the rhythms of tablas, finger cymbals, harmonium, guitar and other instruments build and accelerate. The mantras are projected overhead, making them simple to follow.

Many of the chants that will be sung in Denver are found on “Joyride,” Stringer’s exuberant new live CD. Stringer’s live performances are renowned as exciting, dynamic joy-fests, finally here is an album that truly captures the live experience. It just might be the next best thing to being there. “Joyride” was recorded live with a ten piece band and an audience/choir of 100 people. It features six previously unrecorded full-length call and response Kirtan, averaging 17 minutes each. Get the free track “Bolo Bolo” from the album here.

Tickets for yoga and concert are $25 in advance and $30 the night of. Concert-only tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the night of.

As always, yummy organic food and drinks, free massages and wellness sessions will be offered.

Also, 10 percent of net proceeds benefit the Chanda Plan Foundation. Please bring a cushion, blanket and yoga mat. More info is available on facebook and online at www.fridaynightyogaclub.com. A limited amount of tickets are available here.

This event will sell out!

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