ChantLanta 2014

3/7/2014 7:00 PM

ChantLanta 2014
A charity benefit in support of The Learning Tea andSacred Cows Sanctuary.

at Druid Hills Baptist Church
1085 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Free and Open for Everyone!!!
Three weeks from today the ChantLanta 2014 Sacred Music Festival will begin! Between now and March 7th you will be getting information about all the great music and workshops we have lined up for this year! Take a look at the schedule below and start planning which events you want to attend!

For more information, please visit:
Friday, March 7th in the Social Hall
7:00 pm - Opening Meditation
7:15 pm - Community Kirtan Jam
9:00 pm - High Vibe Dance Party
(sponsored by Tribal Council)
Saturday, March 8th, Kirtan on the Sanctuary Stage (see details below)

11:00 am - Mantra Ma

12:30 pm - Wynne Paris

2:00 pm - Cat Matlock and Japa
3:30 pm - Kirtan Bandits
4:30 pm - Stage Closed for Sound Checks
4:45 pm - Fire Ceremony in the Atrium
7:00 pm - Phil McWilliams 
8:15 pm - Blue Spirit Wheel 
9:30 pm - Rahasya 
Saturday, March 8th, Workshops in the Selah Center
10:00 am - 5 Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers 
12:00 pm - Aum Tala Yoga 
1:15 pm - Crystal Bowl Meditation
2:30 pm -- Monkey Chant!
3:45 pm - MahaYoga
5:00 pm - Sound, Movement & Tea
Saturday, March 8th, Workshops in the Parlor
10:00 am - Sufi Zikr Chanting Meditation
11:30 am - The Learning Groove for Kids
12:45 pm - Grounded Kid's Yoga
2:00 pm - Sound of Breath
3:15 pm - TaKeTiNa
4:30 pm - Gongscapes
Saturday, March 8th, Workshop in the Choir Rehearsal Room
11:30 am - Sacred Harp Singing
Sunday, March 9th, Workshop in the Selah Center
4:30 pm - Chanting 1008 Hanuman Mantras
6:30 pm - Pot Luck Dinner and Farewell!


Saturday Morning and Afternoon Chanting on the Sanctuary Stage:
11:00 am
Mantra Ma

Shonali Banerjee + Jocelyn Rose share their voices and hearts, chanting sacred intentional mantras in Sanskrit & English. Engulf yourself in Mantra Ma's blissfully healing live vocal harmonies and pure chanting, allowing their divine voices to wash through you as you listen, entering a deeply meditative healing space. Join your own voice in sacred song to explore the powerful transformational potential chanting offers. Always rooted in truth, love, abundance, and gratitude, Mantra Ma is pure sweetness!!


12:30 pm
Wynne Paris

Wynne Paris is a world beat musician/producer with a special focus on yoga music and kirtan, the call-and-response singing of Bhakti yoga. His live performance combines Kirtan chanting, American music (jazz, gospel music, blues and rock music), world beat rhythms and raga scales. He sings in both English and Sanskrit, and plays guitar, sarod (a 26 stringed, sitar-like instrument from India), harmonium, saz (a stringed instrument in the lute family) and percussion.


2:00 pm
Cat Matlock & Japa

Join Cat MatlockJeffrey D SchmittMelanie Leenhouts Rob Tom for our set of mantra music for removing obstacles at Chantlanta on Saturday, March 8. Cat and Jeff will also be leading a fire ceremony beginning at 4:45pm.



3:30 pm 
Kirtan Bandits
Kirtan Bandits hail from Rome, Georgia and are comprised of Jeffrey Lidke on tablas and vocals, John Graham on 6- and 12-string guitar and vocals, Jen Corry on keyboard, harmonium, flute, and vocals, and Jerry Fields on percussion. Their music includes mantras in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Persian in traditional call and response style with a mix of modern and traditional instruments to produce a graceful, funky fusion of sound, good for both meditation and dance!  

The Saturday Night Program:
7:00 pm
Phil McWilliams

Phil McWilliams' music evokes a longing to see beyond worldly expectations, to find the "Signs of Peace" where we stand, wherever we are willing to look. Subtle harmonies and compelling rhythms are infused with a lifetime of musical experience that ranges from rock, blue grass, and folk to chanting. McWilliams is a seasoned singer/songwriter whose lyrics intentionally blur lines. When words turn to an ancient language, there's no opportunity for him to be misinterpreted. The most logical response is to disengage your left brain and simply be in the moment.


8:15 pm
Blue Spirit Wheel

Blue Spirit Wheel is a progressive evolution in the world of mantra music. Based on the fundamental rhythms contained within the Sanskrit language, the band uses solid bass grooves, dancing tabla beats and an improvisational vocal style to create soundscapes that draw the listener into a deep state of meditation and consciousness expansion. The audience is invited to participate by chanting simple mantras along with the music, or interact with the sounds through dance and movement, or enter a receptive meditative space where the vibrations of the Sanskrit bija mantras create powerful energy shifts.

9:30 pm

Rahasya is a sacred music project led by Surdas and Vajra Yogini. Both lifetime musicians and yoga teachers, the duo tours the country, collaborating with extraordinary musicians, visionary artists, and yogis along the way. Rahasya means "the mystery of the goddess" or "secret". The mysterious journey began back in 2004 in Athens, Ga.

In the beginning Rahasya was a classical and traditional seated kirtan group. Since then, it has evolved into a bhakti infused, super nova of the heart, ecstatic dance and singing experience. Driven by Surdas' syncopated beats and grooves on drumkit, and Vajra's powerful vocals and harmonium, Rahasya's music gets people moving, grooving, and singing ecstatically. Third member "Gershon" (of Dubconscious) adds rich exploratory elements on electric keyboards that weave a beautiful sonic tapestry.

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