Q&A with Jim Gelcer: Quieting the Mind and Opening the Heart with Kirtan

YogiTunes with Jim Gelcer

“To me, all the stellar moments are connected to “letting go.” Letting go of all inhibitions and ego and just singing with wild abandon. And that can happen in a large or small group, in a live setting or even singing along with a Kirtan CD in your car!”   First of all, Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us and tell us about your work! We are so very excited to have recently welcomed you to the YogiTunes community. You have a diverse musical background – from Jazz to Klezmer to composing music for film and …

Wah!: The Dynamic Nature of Mantra Music and the Joy of Inspiring Performance Spaces

Wah!: The Dynamic Nature of Mantra Music and the Joy of Inspiring Performance Spaces 6

“Singers should soar. You have to have your feet in the earth and be the lotus rising and blossoming towards heaven” – Wah!   Welcome Wah! Thank you so much for joining us. So, to start off, why do you make this music? The endless hours it takes recording, editing, mixing and proofing the songs gives me hours and hours of time in the mantra. Every track you listen to once, I’ve probably listened to 1000 times. That’s a thousand repetitions of every mantra in each track! Time spent immersed in mantra and yogic teachings keeps me in a higher energy. …

DJ RIA on the Inseparable Nature of Music and Yoga, and what’s to come in 2017!

“I love the yoga scene so much because the people are so sensitive to what you play and they are in it until the end. There’s so much more focus and appreciation from the crowd. Music gets heard and the frequencies are felt!” – Rire Norman    You started practicing mindfulness and clean living at a young age as a result of the teachings and lifestyle of your parents. How do you think that helped you discover a deeper sense of what this world has to offer? What drives you to strive to share that deeper sense with others, and why …

Yoga Nidra, Indian Ragas, and the Essense of Music: Q & A w/ Stevin McNamara

“[Music] can inspire us to great things, to a higher awareness of who we are. A true musician can transport us to another level of consciousness. Every note must live and breathe with that energy” – Stevin McNamara     Welcome Stevin! Your new album is titled Savasana Yoga Music – Healing Guitar for Massage, Sleep and Yoga Nidra…  and it is a truly beautiful work.  I’ll ask you about Yoga Nidra separately, but for now can you talk a little about your inspiration to record this collection and also the way you have presented it? It seems clear that your intention was …

Bringing Music to your Life, and Life to your Music: Q & A w/ Derek Beres

“Yoga is very rarely considered choreographically—I don’t mean teaching to rhythm, but having a strong musicality—and that’s a shame. Little makes me happier than music, and given how powerful it is on our nervous systems it’s best to understand how to use it well” – Derek Beres   Welcome Derek! You are writing a new book, ‘Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health’ – please tell us about it! There’s a popular sentiment that’s been around for eons: humans are comprised of a body, mind, and spirit. In truth we’re just one animal. I’d argue we have …

Moving Towards Bhakti: Q&A w/ Lea Longo

by Andrew Ross Collins Lea – when and where did you first experience kirtan  ?  Please tell us how it impacted you – would it be fair to say it was a transformative moment  ? Yes, it was a spiritual awakening moment for me. In January of 2006 , I visited India for the first time in Auroville, and attended a Yoga Chanting retreat where mantras and the Yoga of Sound was introduced. We chanted daily with Indian masters. It was a major discovery for me since I had never heard of such a practice in Yoga. The mantra had …

Q&A w/ Duke Mushroom

by Andrew Ross Collins “So far they have not created the app for, “What’s in your head”, but it’s a pretty wild Modern Shipibo Dance Party Who Concert going on in my cabeza. 24-7!!” – Duke Mushroom Duke – thanks for taking some time to let us get to know you and your work better – we appreciate it. Thank you for asking me, love what Yogitunes is providing to our community. Can you tell us a bit about what is inspiring you musically right now and what you are working on ? Ha, well, that’s a loaded question, as I …

Yoga Music 2.0, Q&A with Alex King-Harris (aka Rara Avis)

“My greatest inspiration as a performer right now is facilitating a total body experience that allows individuals to come together as a community and connect with themselves and each other in a deep and meaningful way.” – Rara Avis Aside from being the CEO and Co-Founder of YogiTunes, Alex King-Harris (aka Rara Avis) is an internationally known pioneer of contemporary music for yoga, dance and the healing arts.  Andrew Ross Collins decided it was time to see what else Alex was getting up to and pick his brain a bit about how his practice of composing and performing music has evolved …

Q&A with Trevor Oswalt aka East Forest

“I’ve always seen of the entire point of yoga is to get you ready for savasana – in order to receive what is there to be received. In that sense, yoga is all practice for dying.” Trevor Oswalt, aka East Forest Trevor is a wonderful artist who has created a very unique sound by improvising in yoga classes using his voice and keyboard as primary instruments for creating beds of sound that immerse yogis in a bath of sonic richness. We caught up with him just before he goes on tour to learn a bit more about his intriguing projects …

Mantra Magic: Q&A with top selling chant artist Rogerio Jardim

“I have always been a firm believer that you should always follow your heart with no expectations. Doing something because that’s what you love.” – Rogerio Jardim Q: Please tell us a bit more about the collaboration between yourself and Veronique Dumont, for example who brings what elements to this project. A: It is a very interesting project.  Initially I build a base with a drone and some harmony then send that to Verionque.  She records a specific mantra to what I’ve created then sends me back the recording along with instructions regarding length, dynamics and rhythm.  Included will be …