Upcoming Bhakti Events...
Coming to Sedona for the first time in September...Rick Franz
Sedona Zen Den
50 Skyview Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86336
$10 Suggested Donation - no one turned away
Rick has been playing and touring with some of the world's most well known kirtan wallas for many years. He started leading kirtan three years ago during a self imposed "walk-about" which continues to this day. A graduate of "Berklee College of Music" he brings an eclectic, developed musical style, along with a quirky, piously-irreverent sense of humor and a lot of heart. Winding his way to BhaktiFest this fall he pauses here in Sedona for a sweet and deep evening where souls meet. Fun!
His new CD, "A Muse In Grace" can be heard for free in it's entirety at www.museingrace.com and can also be purchased there.
We are happy to be a part of this wonderful monthly event in Sedona!
In October we are THRILLED to bring Kirtaniyas back to Sedona!
"Los Angeles based Kirtaniyas are a global Kirtan collective from London (UK), Hilo (Hawaii), Hamburg (Germany) and Gainesville (Florida). These energetic, multitalented twenty-somethings grew up in a Vedic culture of song, dance, philosophy and devotion between ashrams and temples both in India and the western world. Lead vocalist Vijay first met electronic music producer and mridanga drummer Nitai in 2003 in the sacred village of Vrindavana, India while studying devotional Indian folk music known as “Kirtan”. This rare traditional art form is an ancient call-and-response devotional 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 “Kirtaniyas” in 2009. The four have since travelled the world to over 15 countries infusing new life to these ancient chants with youthful spirit and energy. Early 2012 saw the release of the long anticipated first album called “Heart & Soul” through Silenzio (Europe) and White Swan Records (USA). Funded largely by the groups growing fan base, the album debuted at #11 on the itunes World music chart. All the band members are multi-instrumentalists accomplished in traditional Indian style vocals, harmonium, classical violin, tabla and mrdanga drums, hand cymbals, bells, gub gubi and electronic music production. They have collaborated with artists such as Kula Shaker, Cheb i Sabbah, The Polish Ambassador, MC Yogi, Jai Uttal, DJ Drez, Hiatus, SaQi and others."