Please join us for Flight School, a Kirtan Workshop lead by Dave Stringer.
The workshop will be held in The Beautiful Space, in Saint Paul near Highway 280 and I-94. For detailed directions and maps, see Locations.
The Beautiful Studio
2242 University Ave., Suite #214
Saint Paul, MN 55114
The workshop will start promptly at 1pm, so please arrive early - the space will be open at 12:30. There will be a short break during the workshop, and light refreshments will be served.
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At the Door Price - $45
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Kirtan Flight School by Dave Stringer
"If you can't teach me to fly, then teach me to sing"
--- from Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie
One of the most thrilling things about Kirtan is watching people light up in the discovery of their own musical selves. When you participate in a kirtan, you’re not just listening to the music.......you are the music.
Over almost ten years of touring, literally hundreds of different musicians have sat in with me. Together we have explored and sometimes redefined the edges of what music can be when the crowd is itself an instrument.
In the process we have created a working body of knowledge about how to move a crowd to participate, and how to employ different musical devices in order to deepen everyone’s experience. It’s knowledge we want to share, and we invite you to come and study with us.
As the audience for Kirtan continues to expand, many people are becoming inspired to participate in Kirtan groups, or introduce chanting to their yoga classes. If you are one of those people, this workshop is for you.
Leading kirtan, or supporting it by playing a variety of instruments, always requires the intention of opening your heart. But it also involves the skillful use of a number of arrangement techniques. Direct experience is the best way to learn them. Ecstasy is both the process and the product
In this hands-on workshop:
We will work on finding a comfortable relationship with your singing voice and developing rhythmic abilities. Participants will learn to chant traditional opening and closing mantras suitable for daily practice and use in yoga classes. The history and philosophy of kirtan are also intensively explored, and participants learn how to present and discuss the mantras.
Instruction will be offered in playing the harmonium and finger cymbals, and a limited number of these instruments will be on hand for use by all. Participants are also encouraged to bring musical instruments with them, but it is understood that the most important instruments are human voices and hands. No previous musical experience is necessary.
Dave Stringer has been widely acclaimed as one of the most innovative leaders of the new international kirtan movement. His sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel. Trained as a visual artist, filmmaker, and jazz musician, Dave started chanting in 1990 when a film editing project brought him to the Siddha Yoga ashram in Ganeshpuri, India. Since 1999, Dave and an extended family of accompanying musicians have conducted kirtans, led workshops, and headlined festivals throughout the world. He has released five albums. www.davestringer.com