Kirtan with Arjun Baba
Saturday 20th January 7.00 – 9.30pm
Donations (minimum £5)
We are very pleased to be hosting an evening of Indian music & Kirtan with Arjun Baba (vocal & harmonium) and John Ball (tabla).
This very special evening is paid by donation. The minimum donation is £5.00.
All income goes directly to the musicians and we ask you to give generously to support them.
Arjun Baba’s intention is to share the traditions of Kirtan/Bhajan, & Sufi Ghazal/Qawwali devotional music to the west & worldwide. By sharing the chant, as well as the raag, melodies, & beautiful profound history of Hindustani music, he is considered a unique and leading kirtan singer in the western world for over 19 years.
With annual tours through UK, Europe, India, & the US his passion is to express the beauty of this music and practice. Born in New York City, living many years between India and California, he currently resides in Rishikesh, India, and returns to the west annually to share this path of music and devotion.
Since 1998 he has recorded 7 volumes of bhajan and kirtan, 6 of sufi qawwali music, as well as 6 volumes with his collective “Arjun & Guardians”, where songwriting and eclectic styles are explored. He is also a member of Fanna Fi Allah Sufi Qawwali Party (where he has studied in the lineage of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), and The Dub Kirtan All Stars (featuring producers Freq Nasty and David Starfire); as well as collaborating with DJ Drez, MC Yogi, and The Kirtaniyas.
“Arjun is the real deal.” – Carlos Menjivar , Managing Director ; Jivamukti NYC and Worldwide
“Very few practitioners of the Kirtan practice can match Arjun’s level of authenticity. He is truly one of the finest I have ever heard.” -Shiva Baum- Executive Producer of Krishna Das’ Breath Of The Heart and Producer of Bhagavan Das’ Now/former head of A&R, Triloka Records
“Arjun delivers an uplifting kirtan filled with authentic Indian musical sensibilities, and the harmonious sweetness of a long time Spiritual Devotee of Bhakti Yoga“. -Sridhar Silberfein- Founder & Producer – BhaktiFest
“The most inspired kirtan I’ve heard since Bhagavan Das” – Yoga Arts, Chicago
“Arjun’s music comes from a deep place, it reveals so much and connect the listener to so much more” – Matthew Lombardo, Jivamukti Yoga
John Ball is a dedicated and experienced performer and teacher of North Indian music specialising in tabla and the one hundred string santoor. He is currently Musician in Residence at the University of Sheffield.
He has studied tabla with some of the great maestros of Indian Classical Music including Pandit Yogesh Samsi and Ustad Faiyaz Khan of Delhi and is a regular member of several innovative performing projects including Rafiki Jazz, Sarathy Korwar Band and Ruhaani where he incorporates traditional Indian music elements into cross-cultural music contexts.
from General, posted January 2018