June 15, 2017

Deva Premal & Miten Come To Portland

I’m still glowing from the beautiful experience of seeing Deva Premal & Miten with Manose in Portland last week. Several members of our satsang were ther […]

October 25, 2016

A Conversation With Miten

I so totally love Miten’s new CD ‘Temple at Midnight’ — we sang several of the chants this year at Fall Omega Ecstatic Chant, and I’ve had the CD […]

June 23, 2016

Where Is Western Kirtan Headed? Conversations With Kirtan Leaders, Part 3.

This podcast is the third and last of the series about where Western kirtan is headed, and features the second part of my conversation with Jai Uttal & Ben […]

June 18, 2016

Where Is Western Kirtan Headed? Conversations With Kirtan Leaders, Part 2.

The next two podcasts will be released back to back, and they continue the conversation about where Western kirtan is headed. Creative artists today are facing […]

June 5, 2016

A Conversation With David Newman (Durga Das)

There’s nothing better than a good blast of Bhakti love, and the Hanuman Festival next weekend would be the perfect place to get you some. It’s happening Ju […]

May 15, 2016

Where Is Western Kirtan Headed? Conversations with Kirtan Leaders.

This week’s show begins a series of interviews on where Western kirtan is headed. The topic is serendipitous, and came about because of a conversation I had s […]

March 23, 2016

A Conversation With The Kirtan Rabbi

I met Reb Drew, the Kirtan Rabbi, several years ago. Chanting in Hebrew was a new experience for me, but to my surprise it took me to the same place chanting in […]

February 11, 2016

Madi Das & Dave Stringer Go to the Grammys

It’s a pretty special night at the Grammys when members of our kirtan family are nominated! In this edition of the New World Kirtan Podcast artist Madi Da […]

December 10, 2015

A Conversation with Jai Uttal & Ben Leinbach

One beautiful day last month my son Jesse & I drove up from San Rafael to Ben Leinbach’s studio where Jai Uttal was just beginning work on his next C […]

November 25, 2015

A Conversation with Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas

Our show this week features an interview with Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas. Vijay is a rising star in the kirtan movement, and I loved his stories of ashrams, […]

July 3, 2015

Fireworks with Krishna Das

Don’t know why, but every once in a while Krishna Das is the only artist I want on my playlist. I’m in one of those moods now, and thought I’d […]

March 26, 2015

A Conversation with Sean Johnson of the Wild Lotus Band

This conversation with Sean Johnson was recorded way back in December before Christmas. I’d intended to release it sometime in January, but then came the […]

March 5, 2015

Dave Stringer & Donna De Lory Talk Radiance Sutras

When Dave Stringer sent me the Radiance Sutra material last year I wondered what would be created musically around these beautiful translations of the Sanskrit […]

November 19, 2014

Calling Out to Hungry Hearts, Words & Music by Krishna Das

This week at the top of the podcast we have the recipe for a yummy tulsi chai tea concentrate that you can make either iced or hot — SO good on a cold mor […]

September 25, 2014

A Conversation With Donna De Lory

I’m almost finished listening to the recordings made at this year’s Bhakti Fest, and I’m happy to let you know that Donna De Lory’s grea […]

September 19, 2014

Memories of Bhakti Fest West 2014

This week’s podcast is very different from our usual Bhakti Fest wrap-up, and it’s because this year I had a very different experience at the festiv […]

August 27, 2014

A Conversation with Deva Premal & Miten

Years ago I was doing Yoga to a CD by Shiva Rea, when I heard a voice on the soundtrack singing words that were unfamiliar to me. The voice was so pure & c […]

August 5, 2014

Jai Uttal’s Kirtan Camp — and other stuff (Part 2)

This week we pick up where we left off with Jai Uttal in this second part of our conversation, listen to Part 1 here. Jai has lots of great insights about our B […]

July 25, 2014

Jai Uttal’s Kirtan Camp — and other stuff

Last week Jai Uttal & I had a conversation that started out to be about his kirtan camp, but turned down many other delightful & insightful roads. This […]

June 17, 2014

A Conversation With David Newman

David Newman or Durga Das,  is a kirtan chant artist, sacred singer songwriter, best-selling author & inspirational teacher. His music is deeply joyful, an […]

May 13, 2014

A Conversation With Gina Sala

Gina Sala is a vocalist, composer, music director, sound healer and teacher from Seattle. Her love of the human voice has taken her to performing and studying t […]

April 22, 2014

What’s A Kirtan Flight School?

Do you love kirtan, wish you could play it but have no musical experience? Do you have a kirtan band & want to get better at playing & leading the chant […]

April 2, 2014

Dave Stringer Comes To Corvallis

If someone had told me back in 2009 that in 5-years I’d be writing a blog post about Dave Stringer’s kirtan concert in Corvallis I would have though […]

March 7, 2014

MC Yogi at TEDx Mission

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons has been quoted as saying, “The world needs more artists like MC Yogi.” MC Yogi pioneered a new sound when he blended […]

February 12, 2014

Dave Stringer & Donna De Lory Talk Radiance Sutras

When Dave Stringer sent me the Radiance Sutra material several months ago I wondered what would be created musically around these beautiful translations of the […]

January 21, 2014

Remembering Shyamdas

It’s hard to believe it has been a year since our beloved Shyamdas left his body. This week’s podcast is a return to the tribute w […]

January 7, 2014

A Conversation With Nina Rao

Nina Rao tours with Krishna Das, and has been his assistant since the early 90’s — she also leads kirtan on her own, and has a new CD “Antara […]

September 2, 2013

A Conversation With Saul David Raye

I know Saul David Raye through his kirtan sets at festivals, but many more people know him for his Yoga classes — unique because they weave together heart […]

August 7, 2013

A Conversation With GuruGanesha Singh

GuruGanesha Singh is a bright light in the world of devotional chant, and his irrepressible spirit shines through everything he does. He certainly was an intere […]

July 1, 2013

A Conversation With Mike Cohen

I met Mike Cohen a few years ago when he was house sitting in Portland — we had lunch at a local food cart & spent a lovely afternoon together. He has […]

June 18, 2013

Laughing With Ragani

The delightful Ms. Ragani & I have some history. When I first started singing kirtan, the Yoga teacher used CDs. We chanted to a lot of different artists, I […]

June 6, 2013

How To Survive Being Married To A Musician

Via Dearbhla Kelly  elephant journal
Los Angeles-based yoga teacher, writer and neurophilosopher Dearbhla Kelly’s take on what it’s like to be ma […]

May 15, 2013

A Conversation With Donna De Lory

Donna De Lory loves to dance — on stage she is a whirling dervish, literally dancing through her entire set. Her harmonium is on a stand, so she never has […]

May 1, 2013

A Conversation With Larisa Stow

The first time I saw Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe perform at Bhakti Fest my eyebrows were about singed off with the energy. Larisa’s unique blend of man […]

April 23, 2013

The One That’s All Deva Premal and Miten

Years ago I was doing Yoga to a CD by Shiva Rea, and the background music caught my attention. It was the the purity of the voice — who was the artist and […]

April 16, 2013

Calling Out To Hungry Hearts — Words & Music by Krishna Das

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Krishna Das. As a singer I appreciate the deep resonance of his voice — it’s an amazing instrument. But […]

February 12, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks With Jai Uttal, Part II

In Part 2 of our conversation, Jai Uttal & I chat about why he loves to do kirtan with children, and a surprise … why he found it so difficult to sing […]

February 5, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks with Govindas & Radha

Govindas & Radha are a husband and wife team who lead kirtan concerts, Bhakti Yoga workshops & transformative retreats throughout the world. They also o […]

January 30, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks With Dave Stringer

Dave Stringer has been a big supporter of the New World Kirtan podcast almost from the beginning of the show. He invited me to my first live kirtan in Portland, […]

January 26, 2013

A Tribute to Shyamdas

This was a tough one to produce. Shyamdas was a bright light in our kirtan community, showing us the way of the true Bhakti. Teacher, singer, friend, kirtan gan […]

January 24, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks With Jai Uttal Part 1

I’ve always admired Jai Uttal as a musician, and he was pure pleasure to interview for the Denver Chant Fest. Here is Part 1 of our conversation.

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April 27, 2011

An Interview With Govindas of Govindas & Radha

Kirtan’s Culture of Love: An Interview with Govindas of Bhakti Yoga Shala
by Sony Trieu/April 23, 2011
Love!  How would you define it? Myriad textbooks, both […]

March 14, 2011

Interview with MC Yogi

This is one of my favorite interviews, one that Wisconsin Public Radio did with MC Yogi. Enjoy!
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October 26, 2010

Mostly Dave

What’s not to love about Dave Stringer?  He inhabits a genial spirit, and creates music which never fails to lift my mood.  In my heart there is a speci […]

 
October 8, 2010

It’s All Jai

The podcast this week comes to you from Cape Cod in October—what more need I say?  The weather is incredible, there’s lots of seafood and I’m surro […]