Our favorite kirtan artists, Shantala (Heather and Benjy Wertheimer), return to The Movement Center with their special guests: Grammy-winning bamboo flute master Steve Gorn and multi-disciplined recording artist Jared May on bass.
$15 in advance online through February 12 / $20 thereafter (including at the door)
Parking is available in the lot at the corner of NE 31st & NE Holladay Streets.
About the artists:
Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Heather and Benjy have released five beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window.
Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. They were named as one of the top Kirtan “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.
Steve Gorn’s bansuri is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels. He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. He has often performed in India and his concert with Ravi Shankar’s disciple, Barun Kumar Pal was televised throughout throughout the country. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement.
Jared May excels as a performer and recording artist in a huge range of musical styles, including jazz, soul, reggae, gospel, Kirtan , rock, country, live electronic, and hip-hop. In addition to his work as a world-class bassist and educator, he's also a longstanding member of the eminently sustainable rock band, the Ginger Ninjas, who tour the world carrying their gear on bicycles and pedal-powering their shows.