“Heart & Spirit” is a collection of traditional and original chants infused with a fresh, inviting resonance; all while remaining true to the sacred and devotional practice that is Kirtan at its core.
The album was recorded with the intention of creating an offering that is as close as possible to a live Kirtan event. “I wanted the mantras and melodies to be clear enough for listeners to know what to sing and when to sing, and to feel like they’ve experienced a Kirtan energetically, spiritually, and musically,” says Kirtan leader Tim Jordan.
Ancient Sanskrit mantras are reinterpreted with a modern, accessible sound on “Heart & Spirit.” A calming invocation of “Om Hari Om” leads into the extended, invigorating “Ganapati” chant. “Shri Krishna/Om Namah Shivaya” has a laid-back groove, and the lyrical “Maheshwari Ma” precedes the album’s dynamic, 20-minute “Shiva” centerpiece. “Govinda” conveys devotion with its rich harmonies, and is followed by the understated “Shri Ram.” The musical journey concludes with the haunting, mysterious “Asatoma” and a quiet “Om Hari Om” prayer.
“Heart & Spirit” covers chants by Michael H. Cohen and Sean Johnson, as well as traditional and original works from Jordan and producer David Vito Gregoli.
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- Tim Jordan – vocals, harmonium
- Brian Kukan – bass
- AJ Nowak – vocals
- Manda Mosher – vocals, guitar
- Ian Gothe – flute, 12 string guitar, harmonica
- David Vito Gregoli – acoustic/electric guitars, dobro, mandolin, charango, keyboards, percussion, gopichand, vocals
- Christo Pellani – drums, percussion
- Samantha Lawrence – vocals
- TJ Troy – tabla
- Darby Orr – organ
Also contributing their special talents are:
Bansuri flautist Steve Gorn (Jai Uttal) who perform on the haunting “Shiva 1”, the heart felt “Govinda” and the anthemic “Sri Krishna/Om Nama Shivaya”
Didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent (Steve Roach, Baraka Moon) is Ganesha in “Ganapati”
Legendary fretless bassist and mainstay of the original Windham Hill, Michael Manring is featured on the opening tune, penned by New Orleans kirtan wallah Sean Johnson “Om Hari Om 1′.
“Shri Ram” features response singer Manda Mosher’s acclaimed Americana trio, Calico the Band.
Dumbek/Riq maestro Jamie Papish, along with drummer/percussionist Christo Pellani propels the motion in “Shiva part 4”.
Produced & Recorded by
David Vito Gregoli
“ Wow, just listened to an advance copy of Tim Jordan’s brand spankin’ new Kirtan CD – Heart and Spirit. The tracks are amazing, and such devotion! Featuring guest artists Michael Manning, Stephen Kent, Steve Gorn, Jamie Papish and Calico the band, plus the talented members of the Tim Jordan Kirtan Experience: AJ Nowak, Manda Mosher, Christo Pellani, producer Vito Gregoli and many more!! The album sounds spectacular. Great job Vito Gregoli… well done!”
– Michael H. Cohen, Dattatreya Kirtan Institute
“Rich vocals, pulsating rhythms, nice layering of instrumentation.” –- Marie Michaels, Music without Words
“I listened to the whole album from beginning to end..have to say, its friggin brilliant. The production, musicians, voices.. mix.. everything is fantastic. Easily one of my favorites in Kirtan and miles ahead of Krishna Das! Really honestly, was a pleasure listening” — Ricky Kej, Raveolution Studios