Ben Leinbach; Deva Premal; Jai Uttal; Snatam Kaur; Jaya Lakshmi
Release Date: 14 June 2011
An all-star collaborator, Ben Leinbach has a reputation for working with some of the biggest names in chant music. His calling card is his absorbing arrangements, which blends the essence of Eastern spiritual traditions with Western instrumentation and electronica.
On SANGHA (Sanskrit for "community"), Leinbach presents an album of new recordings that highlight his work with such artists as Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur, Jaya Lakshmi and others. The warm kirtan chant of these luminaries captivates, as listeners sway and groove along to Leinbach's arrangements of guitar, tabla beats, light keyboards and ambient effects. The music is positive and uplifting, displaying the pure beauty of mantra chant.
1.) Om Asatoma (feat. Deva Premal & Miten) -7:13
2.) Tantroktam Devi Suktam (feat. Jaya Lakshmi) -6:48
3.) Rama Bolo (feat. Jai Uttal) -9:45
4.) Sat Narayana Waheguru (feat. Snatam Kaur) -7:36v
5.) Nataraj (feat. Mukti) -6:17
6.) Guru Brahma (feat. Donna De Lory) -6:15
7.) Hari Om (feat. Prajna Vieira) -4:59v
8.) By Your Side/Jaya Gurudev (feat. David Newman) -6:45
About the Artist
In contrast to the rock 'n' roll lifestyle of Miten, Deva Premal was raised in an atmosphere of mantra and spiritual discipline.
Born in Nurnberg, Germany in 1970 of a mystic/artist father and a musically talented mother, she was taught violin, piano and received voice training. By the time she was five years old, she was already chanting the Gayatri Mantra daily, and since that time she continues to integrate meditation into her life.
She has studied Shiatsu, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy and Massage, but music remains her first love. The influence of Indian classical music is evident in her singing, although she has never attempted to copy or steal from the tradition
"It just comes naturally, as if I'd heard it all before, in another life."
Among the numerous letters of appreciation she has received since the release of her albums, many describe how her music has been used to accompany and enhance the sacred passages of birth and death. In fact, Elisabeth K?bler-Ross, the world famous author of On Death And Dying, requested that Miten and Deva bring their music to accompany her passing. "We have played for many people," says Deva, "but to play personally for Elizabeth was something I will never forget.?
About the Artists
Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community. His musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries. From the hillbilly music of the Appalachian Mountains to the passionate strains of Bengali street singers, from the haunting rhythms and melodies of ancient India to contemporary electric rock sounds, Jai?s music distills the essence of diverse musical forms. He resides in the San Francisco Bay area of California.
Ben Leinbach is a producer, engineer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in the San Francisco Bay area of California. He has been making records with Jai Uttal for over a decade. His production and engineering work spans the musical spectrum from world music to rap, from pop to salsa. Ben Leinbach resides in Northern California and is also a gigging jazz and rock drummer.
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