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Friday, June 10th from 7-9pm $15 before June 9th, $20 after and at the door (please bring a cushion or something to sit on)
Join us for an evening of beautiful, sacred sounds and chanting with Portland's own Shantala, featuring the music and voices of Benjy and Heather Wertheimer as well as special guests Steve Gorn and Bibi McGill. Sure to be an evening of joy and happiness for everyone!
Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Heather and Benjy have released five beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window.
Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. They were named as one of the top Kirtan “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.
Steve Gorn’s bansuri is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels. He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. He has often performed in India and his concert with Ravi Shankar’s disciple, Barun Kumar Pal was televised throughout throughout the country. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement.
Bibi McGill is so much more than the woman behind the blazing guitar riffs that have elevated Beyoncé's live performances to the next level. As the touring guitarist and Musical Director of Beyoncé's 10-piece, all-female band, Bibi showcases her ability to rock her own original compositions within the framework of Beyoncé hits. Having a passion for yoga and kirtan since her first introduction in 1998, Bibi has also performed with kirtan artists Dave Stringer, Karnamrita Dasi, CC White, Simrit Kaur, The Hanumen and Gurunam Singh.