Hoagy Wing joined us on drums for our latest chant-in-the-new-year extravaganza! Our audience sang robustly with us as we led chants old and new, and our we had to add a second tray for candles during our the cherished Memorial Service portion of the program. (December 31, 2019, Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, Philadelphia)
Scott led a participatory workshop on kirtan--"Nada Brahma: God as Sound"-- in the afternoon, followed by a full evening program of chanting.
Members of Mandala and members of the choir of the Church of St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia, under the direction of Erik Meyer, collaborated on a concert of Scott's choral and chamber music. The evening closed with a rousing version of the kirtan, "All Shall Be Well." You can see a video of part of the finale on our About page, and read about the event here.
Mandala led the Northeast Convention of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis in kirtan before and during the Eucharist. Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA
We began work on our new CD, "All Shall Be Well," at Silvertone Studios in Ardmore, PA. Salim Nair will be adding bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) and other Indian instruments from his studio in Kochi, India. This one will be much more spare and lean than the lush "Deep Mystery." We are very excited!
“I love that your work is such a beautiful tapestry of divinity! Thank you again, Scott" wrote one attendee at this year's celebration.
We got a lovely message after the NYE Kirtan at St. Martin's:
I want to let you know how much B-- and I enjoyed listening and chanting at your kirtan last evening. Such a sacred, beautiful, and enjoyable way to release the past year and welcome the new. The memorial was also very meaningful for us. The chant that you wrote for Abbie and inviting her to lead it, I think, was the high point for us. We hope to go to the kirtan in future years, too."
Feedback like this is so very encouraging; thanks to everyone who attended!
We had a great time at Now and Zen Yoga, helping raise money and awareness for international entrants to the West Chester Film Festival. As the culmination of a weekend retreat, we also got to expose much of the audience to kirtan for the first time, which we love doing! Proprietor Wendy Keslick is a sweetheart and a joy to work with.