Dave Stringer returns to Madrona MindBody Institute on his Satellite Sky tour ~ Come join us!
An evening of Kirtans and music from the new albums: Elixir and The Satellite Sky ~ with Daniel Paul, Sparrow Grace, Brent Kuecker, and Special Guests.
Dave Stringer is profiled in publications worldwide as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement. Kirtan is an ecstasy-inducing, call-and-response form of mantra chanting that is currently undergoing a worldwide renaissance. Stringer’s sound invokes the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel and the ringing harmonies of Appalachia. His work translates the venerable traditions of kirtan and yoga into inspiring and thoroughly modern participatory theatre, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.
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The Satellite Sky Tour is an evolution of Dave Stringer's previous concert tours. Every concert will begin and end with the soulful call and response Kirtan he is well known for, but he will also feature ecstatic songs from his recent album Elixir, and his intimate new album The Satellite Sky.
Elixir is a collection of eclectic and modern songs based on poetic translations of the Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche. The Satellite Sky is an elegant and philosophical work that seamlessly blends elements of Americana with influences from East Indian and gypsy folk traditions, producing a new genre that might be called Country and Eastern.
Kirtan is a practice of mantra chanting that stills the mind and frees the heart. The music infuses the mysticism of traditional Indian ragas with the devotional intensity of American gospel and jazz. Sung in call-and-response form, ecstasy is both the process and the product. Dave Stringer is an internationally celebrated musician who has a gift for making the Sanskrit chants come alive and rock!
Kirtan (from the Sanskrit word meaning “to sing”) is a folk form that arose from the Bhakti movement of 15th century India, originally played and sung by musicians with very little in the way of formal training. The Bhaktis wrote ecstatic love poems to the divine, and went around singing all the time. Their message was simple: Cultivate joy. See the divine in one another. In the eyes of Love, we are all the same. In a caste-bound society, this was, and still is, a radical message. They taught Sanskrit mantras to common people using simple melodies, accompanied by handclaps and finger cymbals and drums. Crowds gathered, and in a pre-amplification age, other instruments and more voices were added to strengthen the sound. Kirtan is still hugely popular in modern India. At big festivals, there can be many thousands of divine-intoxicated people singing and dancing.
DAVE STRINGER BIO
Dave Stringer 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. It has also been informed by a subsequent period of service teaching meditation to prison inmates, and expanded by his interest and research in neuroscience.
In the last decade, Yoga has grown from Indian roots into a global cultural phenomenon. Simultaneously, Kirtan, an ecstasy-inducing, call-and-response form of mantra chanting, has experienced a worldwide renaissance. Stringer and a diverse ensemble of accompanying musicians travel extensively, giving concerts, workshops and retreats in North and Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia .
Stringer’s eighth album, "Elixir" was released by Sounds True in February, 2015. Elixir is based on Lorin Roche’s translations of the Radiance Sutras, a classic work of philosophy in the tradition of Tantra. His ninth album, "The Satellite Sky" will be released in October 2015. The Satellite Sky is an elegant and philosophical songwriter album that seamlessly blends elements of Americana with influences from Hindi and Gypsy folk traditions, producing a new genre that might be called Country and Eastern.
Artist Website: http://davestringer.com/