Kirtan at 222 Arts and Wellness Center
KIRTAN WITH SATYA LEE HARRINGTON AND FRIENDS
Thursday, January 21, 2010
6:30 _ 8:00 pm
222 Arts and Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester MA
978 281 6222
Join acclaimed vocalist Satya Lee Harrington for her Cape Ann kirtan
debut as she leads us through an evening of devotional chant and sacred
Kirtan is a joyous form of devotional, call-and-response chanting that
originated in India centuries ago. At kirtan, we sing the Names of the
Divine from many traditions (Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian). The
repetition of these names brings us into a state of collective bliss.
The practice of Kirtan can quiet the mind, heal the body and enrich the
spirit. Scientists have proven that certain sounds can calm the nervous
system, realign the chakras, and remove blockages’both physical and
emotional. And singing is a great way to beat the winter blues, by
opening our hearts and kindling the light within.
Kirtan is a wonderful practice for those who feel they ‘cannot
meditate.’ The quieting effect of chanting is immediate’the mind is
stilled, the heart is opened, and the spirit is set free.
The rhythmic sounds of the tablas (Indian drums) and the drones of the
tamboura, sitar and other Indian instruments also add to the bliss of
kirtan, by inducing deep meditative states.
No singing experience is necessary to join a kirtan. There is no such
thing as a ‘wrong note’ in kirtan because all sounds are sacred. You
become one with the song and with the music.
ADMISSION IS FREE, with donations gratefully accepted. All ages are
welcome (kirtan is a great way to calm your children down! 🙂
ALSO, IT IS OKAY TO LEAVE EARLY OR ARRIVE LATE
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Lee Harrington is a vocalist, kirtan walli, best-selling author,
Kundalini yoga instructor and sound healer from Woodstock, New York. She
used to be terrified of singing in public, until she discovered the
practice of kirtan. Then, as she puts it, ‘her heart cracked open and
her true voice sprang out.’ She has been studying sacred chant (in the
Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Sufi, and Native American traditions) for many
years, and has sung in a wide variety of musical groups, ranging from a
gospel choir in Harlem to an acapella ensemble in Woodstock to an
all-female rock and roll band in New York City. Her kirtan vocal style
has been compared to that of Snatam Kaur and Deva Premal, and she was
recently selected the ‘Best New Female Vocalist’ in the kirtan category
by Eastern Sun magazine.
Tonight Lee Will be accompanied by acclaimed bassist Adam Bauer (who has
played with both Krishna Das and Shyam Das) and drummer Dani Danalian’a
violinist and percussionist (who has played with famed Indian dohlak
master Nandlal Nayak and has made an independent recording, Raga For
Peace, with Anupama (Tabla) and Shailendra Mishra (sitar).
ABOUT THE 222 ARTS AND WELLNESS CENTER:
222 Arts and Wellness Center was founded by healer Lin Chandler in YEAR,
with the aim of bringing more peace, balance, and healing into the
blossoming Cape Ann Community. At the Center, we offer ancient healing
services such as Reiki, yoga, massage, spiritual counseling, polarity,
Angel readings, etc. We are now happy to offer sound healing as well, in
the form of toning and kirtan (devotional chant).