For many years Jai Uttal has occupied a special place in the vanguard of the world music movement, delighting an international audience by embracing an extraordinary variety of cultures and musical traditions ranging from Appalachia to the rock of the 1960s to the Kirtan chants of ancient India.
As Jai’s work increasingly became devoted to kirtan, in 2003 he began the first of several recordings focused on the practice of bhakti yoga (kirtan) for the Sounds True label, these have included Kirtan! The Art and Practice of Ecstatic Chant, Music for Yoga and Other Joys…, Loveland, Dial M for Mantra, and Pranayama, a collaboration with his wife, yoga teacher and bhakti dancer Nubia Teixeira. It’s this marriage and subsequent birth of son Ezra that fuelled a creative rebirth for Jai that culminated in the 2008 recording Thunder Love, a sonic approximation of darkness giving way to dawn and finally opening up to love. Most recently Jai released Bhakti Bazaar, the follow-up to his very popular Music For Yoga and Other Joys.
Jai has been leading Kirtans worldwide for over thirty years. “These ancient chants,” writes Jai “contain a transformative power and healing energy. By singing these prayers we join a stream of consciousness and devotion that has been flowing for centuries.”
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