Kirtan Wallah

by Krishna Das

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With the release of his 14th album, 'Kirtan Wallah'—one who sings kirtan, KD offers a westward-leaning album, fully embracing his American roots in rock and country and yet embodying the spirit of deeply devotional Indian chants. There are some traditional melodies that would be right at home in an Indian temple, his rich baritone voice and harmonium leading the chants. But at its heart, this album is a natural confluence of KD’s musical streams, bansuri flute weaving its way through acoustic guitars and country swing, and tabla and kartals underscoring melodies that would fit well in the Townes Van Zandt catalog. Remarkable is that this fusion has simply tumbled out naturally from KD’s years of chanting to the chords of his heart, effortlessly pulling worlds together, drawing a heart-connection between Bengali kirtan & rock, between the Kumaon Hills and Nashville. “Sri Argala Stotram (Selected Verses) / Show Me Love” is a mash up of traditional Hindu prayer and Foreigner’s rock ballad “I Wanna Know What Love is”; “Saraswati” written by Russian pop icon Boris Grebenschikov is complete with acoustic guitars reminiscent of the Stones; “I Phoned Govinda” and “4AM Hanuman Chalisa” are explorations of Nashville country. While it’s certainly noteworthy that as he evolves as a kirtan wallah, KD continues to move closer to his Western roots, the heart of this latest album is still in the Names that he’s singing. Kirtan is the spiritual practice of calling out to the Self through these Divine Names, and the depth of KD’s devotion to this practice is revealed in his singing. Watch the making of 'Kirtan Wallah': goo.gl/f0M5qX

credits

released April 15, 2014

Krishna Das - vocals and harmonium
Janaki Kagel - vocals on track 2 and track 6
Jenni Muldaur - vocals on track 2 and track 8
Boris Grebenschikov - vocals on track 4
David Nichtern - guitars
Mark Egan - bass
Nina Rao - kartals
Genevieve Walker - violin
Yaitza Jaya Sita Lopez - cello
Kevin Bents - keyboards
Steve Gorn - bansuri, clarinet
Kosmic Kirtan Posse - choir vocals

Produced by David Nichtern
Recorded and Mixed by Jay Messina
Mastered by Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound, New York City, USA
Recorded at Avatar Studios and MSR Studios, New York City, USA
Executive Producers - Angel & Thomas Eason, Diana Schilke, Jim Sanger, Nancy Wittenberg, Laura Bouch, kianikas, Yogi Beaty
All songs published by Mustamullah Music (BMI)
*Except Sri Argala Stotram (Selected Verses) / Show Me Love which embodies portions of "I Wanna Know What Love Is" written by Michael L. Jones and published by Somerset Songs Pubishing, Inc.
*Except Saraswati written by Boris Grebenschikov published by Mustamullah Music
Copyright 2014 Krishna Das Music

CD Package Artwork & Design - Shamina Rao-Herel / indiainkdesign.com

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