Shalom Tour; Sacred Chant and World Folk Music
with BENJY & HEATHER WERTHEIMER OF SHANTALA & MIKEY PAUKER
April 29, 2018
2631 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
$20 in advance,
$24 at the door
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Shal om Tour, April 2018 - California, Arizona and Idaho
Mikey Pauker and Shantala:
Sacred Chant and World Folk Music
Kirtan singing to open the heart!
The vision for this tour emerged from our powerful experiences together in September 2017 in Joshua Tree, CA, at Bhakti Fest. Benjy and Heather of Shantala had the opportunity to collaborate with Mikey Pauker onstage during the festival, and we each felt a deep resonance with the other’s music. We all recognized the fabric of devotion woven through our musical offerings and felt drawn to explore more deeply together.
This tour is a synthesis of sacred chanting in the languages of Sanskrit and Hebrew and uplifting songs in the style of world folk music. The music is a blend of East and West, meditative and ecstatic, ancient and contemporary. Everyone is welcome, and there will be a lot of audience participation and invitation for all to sing.
The roots of religion all have their origins in the same soil. We believe in building bridges across the lines of different faiths, trusting in the ground that anchors those bridges. When we move deeply enough into sacred space, we find common truths and shared experiences. We want to sing to God in many different languages. We believe in honoring the sacredness of spirit and nature. One sun is shining down upon us all.
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.
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