Jul
25

Reading the news these days can be so discouraging. Probably like you, I feel the need to be informed, but the energy of the news is toxic and fear-inducing. What can we do to stay centered & positive?
The Mahamantra chants in this edition of the New World Kirtan Podcast wil […]

May
31

Five years ago Dave Stringer was one of the first kirtan artists to visit Corvallis, and last month over Easter weekend he came back to town for an incredible weekend of kirtan. His band had a stellar lineup of musicians & they were mostly from Oregon — Johanna Beekman was […]

Apr
10

We have a strong kirtan scene here in Corvallis, and it’s been so gratifying to watch it grow. We’re a small town & there’s not a lot of live kirtan, so on the weeks we don’t have live music I put together a set for our Friday satsang. Over the years […]

Jan
30

As I sit in my basement studio & look outside with today’s forecast calling for freezing rain, the title of this podcast seems appropriate. ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ is a melancholy & evocative 19th century Christmas carol, and the title just seemed to fit the […]

Dec
07

In his edition of the New World Kirtan Podcast, we feature live cuts from a few of the artists who played at the Midwest Yoga & Kirtan Fest. What an incredible time we had together! I hope you can get a sense of the Spirit & the Love that was present — it was so, […]

Oct
11
Posted by Kitzie

Thanks to our elected leaders we’ve had one hell of a few weeks here in the United States. The Supreme Court fight was a watershed moment for a lot of people, women and men — triggering for many women and brutal for everyone. Last Friday I really just wanted to chant […]

Sep
13

In this edition of the podcast, we feature an interview with San Diego’s Pilgrimage of the Heart kirtan band, followed by the kirtan they played that night for their sweet community. You’ll hear Tom Warner, Sita Rose, Fast Heart Mart & the owner of the Pilgrimage of the […]

Aug
21
Posted by Kitzie

This edition of the podcast is the second to feature chants from the soundtrack of the wonderful movie ‘Mantra; Sounds Into Silence’ — if it comes to your community please support it, or be a movie captain so YOU can be the one who brings it to your community! Get the detai […]

Jun
26
Posted by Kitzie

In this edition of the podcast, we feature music from the soundtrack of ‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ — there are so many beautiful chants we’ll have two podcasts devoted to the music we heard in the movie. If you have the opportunity to see this wonderful movie i […]

May
08

April was quite the month for sacred music here in Corvallis! It began with a great weekend with David Newman — on Saturday night the Unitarian Church was full for his kirtan, and his band — which included Bejny & Heather Wertheimer of Shantala, Sean Frenette & […]

Apr
02

I’m just back from Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band’s Bhakti Immersion in New Orleans, and what a wonderful & transformative experience it was! I spent it with 40 beautiful people, most of them Yoga teachers, who wanted to bring more Bhakti Yoga into their […]

Feb
14

“It seems appropriate to start the New Year with a Fresh Tracks set”, said I back in January when this podcast was taking shape and before the totally nasty sinus infection descended. Yuk, glad that’s over, thank you antibiotics. And now … it’s Valen […]

Dec
20
Posted by Kitzie

The dark and cold of winter lends itself to introspection, and lately I’ve been thinking about this past year & the changes it brought to my life. Last December I had just been diagnosed with a large spinal tumor, and had the surgery to remove it was in January. Now it see […]

Nov
22

The use of chanting and spiritual music for awakening has a long history, and in this week’s podcast we have chants from many different religious traditions. We’ll begin with a chant from the Sufi tradition with HuDost, then a Gregorian chant from Thomas Barquee, then we’re […]

Oct
23

This week’s set is for those of you who don’t play an instrument but would like to gather in satsang to sing kirtan. It’s structured much like our Friday night kirtan here in Corvallis, and the chants are ones we love to sing in our satsang. You could get a few […]

Sep
28

I really loved doing this interview with Jen Canfield of the Call & Response Foundation & Ian Boccio of the Atlanta kirtan community & the kirtan band Blue Spirit Wheel, and it kicks off a new direction for the podcast.
I’ve felt deeply drawn to creating communit […]

Aug
30

This edition of the podcast is a rich Fresh Tracks set, and as it worked out several of the artists featured in the set will be playing at Omega Fall Ecstatic Chant this weekend, so I’m happy to give them a shout-out! We start with the Hanumen’s ‘Invocation’, the Chaitany […]

Jul
27

This week’s set is based on one released in 2013 that is by far the most downloaded of our podcasts over at Soundcloud — it also came from a desire I had to create a setlist that affirms power & prosperity. The chants in the set are from the incredibly rich Kundalini […]

Jun
15

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 there, including the two friends who won the tickets in the giveaway. We were admitted to the hall early to hear their sound […]

Jun
05

Our set this week is based on one our satsang group loved several weeks ago. The selections are from a group of chants called Shanti Mantras or Peace Mantras, the Hindu prayers for Peace (Shanti) found in the Upanishads. The chants this week are only a few of them, and they’re […]

May
26

In this week’s episode I’ll tell you all about my current obsessions — physical therapy & narrating the beautiful book ‘Sid’ by Zen master Anita Feng. I’ll also let you know about my big idea of featuring stories of local kirtan communitie […]

Apr
13

This week’s set is to honor the Divine Mother, the force behind the new life bursting forth all around us as Earth returns to the light. I can also feel this force re-awakening in me as I recover from spinal surgery — it’s as though my body is coming back to lif […]

Mar
17

About two months ago I stepped away from the podcast for surgery to remove a tumor from my spine. I’m happy to be back with the best possible news — the tumor was benign and I didn’t lose any nerve function. In the introduction to this edition of the podcast I&# […]

Jan
20
Posted by Kitzie

In the essay “Be the Bison” from Gopi Kallayil’s wonderful book “From the Internet to the Inner-net’ he writes that “when the swift & brutal winter storms strike in the valleys & mountains of Montana, the wind starts howling & heavy snow covers the grou […]

Nov
21

It took me a while to get to a place where felt I could do this podcast. Two weeks ago many of us thought we would be electing the first woman president and … we didn’t. That was bad, but would have been bearable except for the large uptick of cruel remarks and racial inciden […]

Nov
03

I don’t know about you but at this point in our election I feel like I need a psychic shower. The toxicity is stressing us out, and there’s nowhere to escape the election because everyone is talking about it. This week’s podcast will help you to accomplish both the psychic […]

Oct
25

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 on repeat prior to this week’s interview. It was hard to pick a favorite song, so I’m glad I was able to feature a g […]

Sep
30

This week I’m back from a wonderful vacation on the East coast where I was blessed to attend the first Lovelight Yoga & Arts Festival in Darlington, MD and Omega Fall Ecstatic Chant in Rhinebeck, NY. The events were very different, and I loved them both — I&#8217 […]

Sep
04

In the last podcast I shared that I was suffering through another back spasm, and since then many of you have written about back spasms with your stories and suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to share these with me — so many people suffer from this ailment. I thought I […]

Aug
22

This episode is a Fresh Tracks set, but it should be called The Return of the Back Spasm … Ugh. Although it’s been going on for several weeks the spasm hasn’t been as bad this time and I learned a few things from the last one — I’ll tell you about th […]

Jul
22

This week’s podcast is an interview with Wynne Paris, director & producer of the Lovelight Yoga & Arts Festival, held in Darlington, Maryland August 26-28. There’s lots going on, and the kirtan lineup is stellar, starting with Krishna Das and Trevor Hall. The venue […]

Jul
08

When I was looking over the results of the recent New World Kirtan listener survey I noticed lots of interest in local kirtan, and several of you expressed an interest in starting a band in your community. This week’s podcast will help you get started. Here’s a link to a […]

Jun
23

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 Leinbach that began in Part 2. We’ll also talk with Nina Rao, and she’ll tell us her view of the current kirtan […]

Jun
18

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 unprecedented challenges, and our kirtan musicians are being deprived of income because of the growth of streaming. How […]

Jun
05

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 June 9-12 in Boulder, CO and in this week’s show we talk to David Newman who is headlining. It’s always a pleasure to […]

May
26

I don’t repeat podcasts very often, but the Fresh Tracks shows are an exception. Fresh Tracks are podcasts with all new chants, and sometimes I bring them back because so often they deserve another listen. This week’s show posted about a year ago, and it has some of m […]

May
15

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 several months ago with Dave Stringer & Madi Das — I was interviewing them because their CD ‘Bhakti Without […]

May
03

This week’s New World Kirtan Podcast explores the deeper meaning of the Gayatri Mantra, one of the oldest & most powerful mantras in existence. Here’s a simple translation: “O Divine Mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant […]

Apr
17
Posted by Russil Paul

It is wonderful to see devotional chanting and mantra practice develop into this huge wave here in America and worldwide. And it feels especially rewarding to be among those who helped create this wave. Here is that story …
In late eighties, the west was just beginning to blend […]

Apr
14

Last week I found myself waiting for the results of a biopsy. If you’ve been in a similar position you can probably relate — the compulsive checking for THE CALL, waking up at 3AM with mind racing. It was a great lesson to show how much work I have to do to control wh […]

Apr
11
Posted by Crystal Freeman

Article originally appeared on Power Press Podcast on March 22, 2016.
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Forget the image of podcasting as an old boy’s club: the visibility of women in the community seems to be on the rise – and many of u […]

Mar
23

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 Sanskrit did. Rabbi Hahn travels extensively to bring Hebrew Kirtan, Jewish meditation and Torah learning to Jewish ins […]

Mar
10

30 Fresh Tracks sets — that’s some kind of milestone! I love introducing new artists and new offerings from our favorite artists so these sets are special to me — #30 is no exception. The CDs featured in this show had so many great tracks it was really hard to m […]

Feb
11

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 Das & producer Dave Stringer talk about the vision behind their CD ‘Bhakti Without Borders‘ nominated for […]

Feb
04
Posted by Kitzie

About a year ago I was in terrible pain from a back spasm that ultimately became a spiritual journey. I did some of the hardest & deepest work of my life during that back spasm, and many of the chants from this week’s set were on repeat in my playlist this time last ye […]