Kirtan & Sacred Sound
There is no room for logic inside this space. Prepare to meet the vulnerable strength and the sweet surrender. Come sing. Come chant. Come melt in the heart.
California based Kirtaniyas are a global collective of musicians, producers and dancers. These energetic, multitalented artists grew up in a Vedic culture of song, dance, philosophy and devotion between ashrams and temples both in India and the western world.
Vijay Krsna, band leader, studied devotional Indian folk music known as “Kirtan” in the sacred village of Vrindavana, India. This rare traditional art form is an ancient call-and-response mantra chanting practice, that originated in the Indian subcontinent over 5000 years ago. Joined together with his musically gifted wife Sarasvati, soulful vocalist Rasika and drummer Nitai, Vijay formed the Kirtaniyas in 2009. They have since expanded the group, sometimes performing with up to 12 members on stage. They have travelled the world to over 15 countries infusing new life to these ancient chants with youthful spirit and energy.
Besides the largely traditional approach to their acoustic sets, the Kirtaniyas push the boundaries of genre to combine all of their passions into one new and unique sound. Melodious electronic dance music and subsonic bass meets the call and response singing of ancient Sanskrit mantras, accompanied by live acoustic instruments. This is where the boundaries between performers and audience become blurred, everybody is united in one voice and everybody becomes the band.
Kirtan and sacred Chants with Katrin Skusa (Germany)
I´m doing music (especially singing) as long as I am here on earth. I love to sing in choirs and learned the piano, violin and flute. When I was 16 I began to write German texts and produced the first songs with a few people. I was blessed to make a lot of experiences during the coming years with studios, tv, radio, bands and gigs and different music styles.
When I met my inspiring spiritual father Master Sha in 2012 and brought out the sound of heart and soul (which everyone can) everything changed – I connected on a deeper level with my higher source of creativity and started “flowing” singing purposely. This had a great impact on my music development and it transformed more and more over the years.
Some melodies return, others are like a wave of time… What I really like about singing this way is that it´s always different, spontanous and tailor made for each situation. It also carries the frequency of the soul with a positive message which can be understood by everyone – but you have to listen with your heart. Because there´s nothing for the mind to cling to, you can let yourself dive into the sounds, listen with your heart and create a new world of images and feelings within yourself…
‘Sing Your Heart Out’ Devotional Singing with Ruth Blake.
Sing songs from around the world in a spirit of joyfulness, connection, and devotion to all life and creation. You will be guided through learning multiple parts and harmonies as we go, each new song a heavenly journey into our collective expression of love. You will be amazed at the beauty of sound we can create together! All welcome, no experience or confidence required. All you need is your heart, your ears, and your voice!
Ethereal songstress Ruth Blake carries her audiences on powerful wings across lyrical skies, through ever-changing landscapes that prise open our hearts, connecting us to our most intimate pains and joys.
Having tentatively begun performing solo in the Autumn of 2014 with just 3 of her own songs; Ruth then wrote, crowd-funded, and recorded her debut album, ‘Lullabies for Grown-Ups’ in a flurry of inspiration, releasing it just 14 months later on the Winter Solstice of 2015. She is currently in the early stages of recording her second album, ‘Creation’.
Ruth has engaged with various indigenous and contemporary healing traditions over the years to explore the deepest nature of her human experience and our interconnectedness with the great web of life. Her music has been born out of her own healing journey and has become her most cherished medicine. As well as her own music, she performs sacred songs and mantras from around the world, and has recently begun to follow a new heart calling to facilitate others to unlock and enjoy their own voices through devotional group singing and 1-2-1 vocal healing. (She will be leading devotional singing groups in the sacred sound area throughout the weekend).
In one moment simple, hypnotic guitar riffs and crystalline vocal melodies lead us open-eyed into the darkness of the void; at another her wild spirit calls our human community to unite with rousing lyrics for this time in history – inspiring us to return to the truth of the heart. Not to be missed!
An ILLUMINA Live Mantra concert is 2 hrs. long.
There’s group singing, dancing, chanting, laughing, silence, stillness and great relaxing & let go!
The feelgood factor is a major part of the ILLUMINA live experience.
The space is beautifully held with lots of permission for everyone to find true expression of who they really are deep inside through their voice & being.
Illumina’s original music mainly honors the Hindu, Sufi (Islamic) and Sikh traditions however American Indian, Tibetan, Latin American & Taoist chants are also part of their repertoire.
Renowned singers and spiritual facilitators Lila & Anaam make up Illumina ~ A Sacred Songs/Mantra & Chanting professional music duo who hold a space of healing and celebration in their music.
BIO: They use beautiful vocal harmonies and melodies of Sacred Sounds and Mantras from all around the world to reconnect to the still, silent presence of our Divine nature.
Known for their powerful live concerts, they have had the honour of presenting their unique music at such prestigious venues as the Royal Academy of Arts & The Indian High Commission affiliated Nehru Centre & Alternatives UK – Saint James Church, Piccadilly.
Illumina are based in London U.K.
Tom started singing kirtan at the Shivananda yoga centre in Putney and with a Hare Krishna band in 1993.
In 1996 had the great blessing of meeting Gopal Hari and Ambika from the Babaji band Goma.
For many years he toured with them across UK and Europe, and learned that Bhakti practice is about the heart and that music is merely the tool to express devotion to the Highest Self and Guru.
Tom’s Guru is Sri Haidakhand Baba who emphasised the practice of mantra and karma yoga (selfless service) as the simple and best way to a meaningful life.
Tom has also been blessed to support kirtan wallahs (mantra singers) and teachers from other other spiritual lineages like Krishna Das, Craig Pruess (Heaven on Earth Music), Bhagavan Das, Shiva Rea (Yoga as Conscious Evolution) and many others lovely souls from India and UK. All share the same spirit of humility and endless gratitude to their teachers.
He is part of the band the Babaji Temple Singers.
As CD Producer he works with Bhajans / Kirtan / world music.
Since 2014 Tom has been running Kiran retreats, teaching Harmonuim, singing, and percussion, sharing what his Guru Babaji has given him, the joy and healing power Bhakti yoga.
Kirtan with Sivani Mata
Sivani Mata feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others
Offerings with Elahn & Gisela
This year invites depth in ceremony in the heart through Vedic Fire ceremonies, Despacho, Kirtan and Yoga.
More coming soon
For the last 11 years or so Elahn Keshava & Radhe (Gisela Lirusso) have been running Shekinashram the much loved devotional sanctuary and Bhakti Yoga ashram in Glastonbury. The ashram is dedicated to inspiring others by sharing the astonishingly sweet nectar of devotional life.
Having spent many years running daily and weekly programmes, and retreats introducing people to the different facets Bhakti Yoga, Elahn & Radhe, along with their young daughter Tulsi, travel when possible to share the journey of bhakti sadhana. Principally using the medium of kirtan and sacred storytelling to share some of the age old secrets and wisdom of the sages from the Bhakti Yoga tradition, they have become well known for both their soft ambient moods of devotional chanting and ecstatic high energy kirtans. This year they will mostly be joined by David Oliver on drums and Emily Willmott on percussion as well as other friends, and extend a very warm invitation to everyone to join them on this beautiful and inspiring pilgrimage to the Heart of the Beloved.
We are a group of yogis that live together in Southampton as a community with the shared passion on a path of sound.
The intention of our practice is to truly commune in the space of stillness through intense, original expression.
Our emphasis is on participation rather than performance, so we try to encourage even the shyest individuals to find their voice.
FB Page @southamptonkirtan
www.southamptonkirtan.co.uk – website in progress
EP available on iTunes and Spotify – The RSHKSH EP
Bhanu has had a deep passion and connection with sound since attending a one day sound workshop in 2008. This connection led him to study a Diploma course with the British Academy of Sound Therapists (BAST) in the UK, and qualified in 2011. His journey with BAST invited him onto the path of self-inquiry, particularly when playing instruments, as each instrument may highlight a resonance, an emotion or resistance within the body, and through working with case study clients, identified a wide variety of relaxation and profound healing experiences within his clients. Bhanu went on to study Gong, Drum and Mantra therapy with BAST and travelled to Switzerland and California to study with the Tama Do Academy of sound, colour and movement. This added tuning forks, colour silks, essences and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory into his therapy practice, along with Qi Gong movements as a personal daily practice. In 2011 Bhanu qualified as an IY yoga teacher and now runs yoga classes in his home town of Ellesmere in Shropshire along with yoga and sound workshops, soundbaths, gongbaths, 1-1 therapies and retreats in Shropshire and Dorset. Bhanu loves to help others and invites you to join him on his journey as he spreads the awareness of yoga and sound with others.
Gong Bath and led Meditation with Tanya and John Carter
Tanya and John Carter of Crystal Conscious have been working together for over 10 years, working with different types of healing modalities. Ranging from yoga, sound therapy, crystal therapy, and energetic healing. The culmination of this at present is that they have found a unique healing practice which uses Paiste planet gongs together with Kundalini yoga and other meditations, working with specific intentions, (which they intuit for different times and places.) To enhance this practice they also use the energies of the crystal kingdom to help ground and unify the healing. Within these sessions they have found that working on the subconscious mind using positive affirmations and a conscious sleep practice helps release and shift unwanted habits and patterns. This has a deeply profound effect on all who come and experience these techniques, finding them to be truly transformative and life changing. The experiencing is in the experience. John and Tanya are ever adapting and changing these techniques to bring you their leading edge practices.
Magdalena Atkinson – a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, yogini, mother and a dreamer….
“Magdalena’s songs ebb and flow through the core of the spiritual heart bringing healing to the unrested mind and quells the vexatious spirits that knock on my door”
Steve Lee Glastonbury 107.1 FM Presenter of “The Drive-Thru”
Ammaprema Grace and Neil
Ammaprema is an International Sage of Sacred Sounds & has been working with Sacred Sound and Yoga for 25 years. Recently returned from Sacred Sound activations in the USA, she returns again to Colourfest in 2018 and this year, she has added a new Crystal harp to her extensive collection of Symphonic Gong, Tibetan and Crystal bowls, & Solfeggio Chimes.
Her events are always popular at Colourfest as she integrates the heart practices of Integral Yoga into her work.
Her trainings with Lama Gangchen, Jessica Macbeth, Tom Kenyon, Jhadten Jewall, Integral Yoga & Rev Padma Devi Sumananda, taught her how to work with Sacred Sound as a spiritual practice, and to integrate it into the healing modalities, she uses as a Vortex & Spiritual healer & Gentle Yoga teacher.
Working with her son Neil they provide a beautiful soundscape of Sacred Sounds to relax and open your heart.
This year she is offering 2/3 Events of Sacred Sound, one of which will be inside for deeper appreciation of Crystal Sound.
She works in the moment sometimes with guided visualisation and with the purity of the sound and silence that emerges within the sound.
She now lives near Dartmoor, where she has a healing sound practice, and is currently writing a book on Sacred Sound.
She also mentors Sound Healers and sells Tibetan Bowls from the Integral Yoga Devon Centre.
Neil is a talented musician in his own right and a Tai Chi Practitioner from Bristol, he has also worked for many years with these sounds.
Crystal sound activation with Ammaprema Grace & Neil O’Donnell. (Inside- in the Library)
Ammaprema is bringing her new Crystal Harp and chakra set of Crystal Bowls to Colourfest this year.
These intense sounds are held from the heart and will open you to a deep cleansing and activation, in connecting with your guides and teachers, and following your heart path from a place of ease and grace.
SACRED SOUND WITH AMMAPREMA GRACE & Neil:
Using the Gong, Tibetan and Crystal bowls, Solfeggio chimes and new Crystal harp, Ammaprema will relax you and open you to the peace of your heart through the magic of Sacred Sound.
(People with children are asked to sit near the door so that disturbances are limited).