Dave Stringer & Donna DeLory
Saturday May 4th at 7pm
Please bring your own
pillow, zafu cushion or bolster to sit on,
we will provide chairs.
For a reduced rate pay through Triangle Yoga.
Call 919-933-9642 with your credit card, or stop by the studio!
$35 at the door.
For a reduced rate purchase your tickets through Triangle Yoga ($25)
Call 919-933-9642 with your credit card or stop by the studio!
Children under 10yrs FREE!
200 S. Elliott Road
(across from Whole Foods)
The Great Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
LOCAL KIRTAN ARTISTS
Danielle Koppel, Rangadevi Dasi,
Jon Seskevich and David Sotar Hoffman,
will open the show at 7pm!
Danielle Rangadevi Sotar Jon
KIRTAN is a folk form that arose from the devotional Bhakti yoga movement of 15th century India.
The primary musical feature of kirtan is the use of call and response, a figure that also deeply informs Western bluegrass, gospel music and jazz. The form is simple: a lead group calls out the melodies and the mantras. The crowd responds, clapping and dancing as the rhythms build and accelerate. The Bhaktis had no use for orthodoxy. They wrote ecstatic love poems, and went around singing all the time. They saw the expression and form of the divine in every direction they looked. Their message was simple: Cultivate joy. See the divine in one another. They taught Sanskrit mantras to common people using simple melodies, accompanied by handclaps and finger cymbals and drums.
The intention of Kirtan is consciousness-transformative, directing the singers to vanish into the song as drops merge into the ocean. Sanskrit is the mother tongue of many modern languages, and a kind of periodic table of elemental sound-meaning. The mantras are primarily recitations of names given to the divine. But perhaps the true understanding of the mantras can be found in the sense of unity, well-being and timelessness that they elicit. The mantras quiet the mind,
and the music frees the heart. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.
ABOUT DONNA DE LORY
Singer and songwriter DONNA DE LORY has always followed divergent musical roads. The petite, vivacious brunette with the mighty voice happily dallied in the mainstream as Madonna's sassy tour sidekick for over a decade, but her own parallel journey as a solo artist follows a more eclectic muse. A devoted student of yoga and spiritual teachings, De Lory's lushly conceived solo albums, like her 2009 ecstatic groove Sanctuary, are not only inspired by Western pop, but Indian devotional music, Sanskrit mantras, Northern African grooves, psychedelic arrangements, and dance beats. Donna blends her rich spiritual practice, sonic collages and diverse musical inspirations into a unique, world music-meets-kirtan style that's been called "the perfect combination of earth Mama and fairy child, with a voice that oscillates between the passionate laments of Janis Joplin and the crystal clarity of Enya" (Sharon Gannon). Donna De Lory has also recorded with legendary artists including Santana, Julio Iglesias and Jewel.
"Playing music is my yoga," says De Lory. "It's my bliss. When I play, I get lost in the music, my mind stops, I am in the moment and I am free. This is a place I never want to leave.
“I’ve always admired Donna’s voice; her songwriting is poignant and heartfelt.”
“Donna's concerts bring the house down and raise the sky.”
“Her voice is so beautiful... Maybe it's just me or maybe it's my time of life but for whatever reason
this is sacred music to me... I listened enthralled and mesmerized... Donna has a voice like milk and honey and will warm you even on the darkest day...”
"For Donna De Lory, creating music has always meant melding the sensual and rhythmic sides
of her soul into a compelling tuneful blend that exposes her fragility as well as her strength."
ABOUT DAVE STRINGER
DAVE STRINGER has been profiled in Time, Billboard, In Style, and Yoga Journal as a leader of the new American Kirtan Movement. Kirtan (from the Sanskrit word meaning “to sing”) is an ancient practice of mantra chanting that has become popular as a participatory live music experience in hundreds of yoga studios across the U.S. As Dave says, at a kirtan “You’re not just listening to the music, you are the music.“
An articulate and engaging public speaker, Stringer probes the dilemmas of the spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor. His work intends to create a modern and participatory theatrical experience out of the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.
Dave’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sound of American gospel music. A spontaneous and articulate public speaker, he probes the dilemmas of the spirit with a sly and unorthodox sense of humor. His work translates the ancient traditions of Kirtan and Yoga into inspiring and thoroughly modern participatory theatre, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.
Initially trained as a visual artist and jazz musician, Dave started chanting in the early 1990’s when a film editing project brought him to the ashram of Swami Muktananda in India. When the editing project ended, he remained in India to teach school in a rural village, and continued studying the traditions of yoga with Swami Chidvilasananda. After returning to the US, Dave taught meditation and chanting to prison inmates, and began leading Kirtans at Yoga studios in Los Angeles and Chicago.
In the past 8 years Dave and his band have toured all over the United States, Canada and Europe, giving more than 400 performances. He has collaborated on recordings with Vas, Rasa, Donna De Lory, Axiom of Choice, Suzanne Teng, and Sheila Nicholls, and has performed with other noted kirtan singers Krishna Das and Jai Uttal. His voice can also be heard on the soundtracks of the film Matrix Revolutions and the video game Myst.
Stringer’s newest CD, “Yatra”, a collaboration with singer Spring Groove, has recently been released by Mantralogy Records in the USA and Silenzio in Europe. Dave's Website
Dave's newest CDS!
Dave's Divas: Top Row: Donna De Lory, Dasi Karnamrita, C.C. White, Kim Waters