'Evening of Ecstatic Chanting comes to Sedona this weekend

Jai Uttal, a sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music.

Jai Uttal, a sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music.

Jai Uttal, sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, will be performing live at Sedona Creative Life Center, Friday March 9, 7 p.m., for an ecstatic kirtan, and at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a workshop.

Join Jai Uttal and Daniel Paul on Friday and Saturday for two ecstatic events brought to you by Bhakti Tribe Sedona.

March 9, 7 p.m.

Kirtan! An Evening of Ecstatic Chanting

Embark on a vocal journey through the sacred sounds of ancient India. Drawing from an unbroken tradition of Indian devotional singing, Jai Uttal will introduce and lead us in the ancient practice of "Kirtan" (or chanting), the heart of devotional yoga.

Sometimes soft and meditative and sometimes loud and wildly rhythmic, Kirtan takes the participant on a deep emotional and musical journey through our mostly unexplored inner world. With solo performance and call-and-response group chanting, Jai creates a space of invocation, prayer, and heartfelt expression.

No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration of the heart, independent of vocal or musical technique.

March 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awakening Bhakti Workshop: A Celebration of Divine and Human Love

Bhakti Yoga is the path of personal relationship with Spirit, with God, with Goddess; a relationship that includes all the flavors and moods of the human heart.

In the journey of Bhakti our emotions become the fuel to reconnect us with the Divine and to find healing and wholeness within us. Through singing Kirtan we explore, express and share the deepest caverns of our souls and ultimately find the eternal spring of love.

Jai will share and demystify some of their secrets particularly the 'fact' that with just a little understanding of music and rhythm and a lot of self acceptance we all can sing and lead and share our hearts with others. The practice of chanting, itself, can become our teacher, guiding us home.

Jai Uttal, a sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music.

Having traveled extensively in India, where he met many beautiful saints and singers, Bhakti yoga became his personal path.

Jai has been leading kirtans around the world for more than 30 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices. His new album "Kirtan Kids" was just released by Sounds True. www.jaiuttal.com

Tabla drummer and vocalist Daniel Paul earned his degree in the classical music of India from the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1984.

Nine years of intense study under India's great masters, found Daniel on the teaching/performing staff of the College and as personal assistant to the legendary Maestro Khan.

In 1987 Daniel received a Fulbright Research award for a yearlong survey of the many styles of tabla drumming in India.

After returning to settle in Hawaii's kirtan community, Daniel became Jai Uttal's principle accompanist, introducing new audiences to the tabla drums, one of the world's most unique instruments. www.tabladaniel.com

The kirtan concert will be held at Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Drive, Sedona, AZ.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

The workshop will be held at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona,

Tickets are $55.

For more info 928-203-1147 or www.bhaktitribesedona.com

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