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Hi friends! To connect to me and The Wild Lotus Band please visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sean-Johnson-And-The-Wild-Lotus-Band/85237802992 . To connect to Wild Lotus Yoga visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Lotus-Yoga/37501890681. (Friends, will be writing a more informal bio soon. In the mean time, here's the more official one...) Music Bio (Yoga Bio Below) http://www.SeanJohnsonKirtan.com/ "A joy to listen to whether you're a yogi or anyone who appreciates wildly creative music." - Yoga Journal "Their music will ignite the world...a hybrid of East and West that will bring joy to your heart and get your body boogieing." - Yoga Chicago New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) are celebrated as one of the most exciting and musically dynamic kirtans artists in the west. Their innovative approach to chant music transcends genres—shades of rock, jazz, funk, and folk styles merge evocatively with the magic of the mantras. They are the first kirtan artists to ever be invited to play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Yoga Journal has praised the band, “A joy to listen to whether you’re a yogi or anyone who appreciates wildly creative music.” Yoga Chicago says, "Their music will ignite the world...a hybrid of East and West that will bring joy to your heart and get your body boogieing." Sean and the band's latest album Devaloka was released by Nettwerk/Nutone Music- home of Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and many other artists. Sean worked closely with Putumayo World Music co-curating and writing the liner notes on their album Yoga released in September 2010 that features the band’s music along with many other inspiring world music artists. The band's music was also featured on a compilation cd titled "A Collection of Kirtan Chant" distributed exclusively in Whole Foods stores nationwide. Yoga City NYC says, “Their music is capable of being energetic, grounding, mellow, tender, sweet- eerie, rapturous and blissful all at once.” Vocalist and harmonium player Sean Johnson is the founder of the band. He’s been leading kirtan across the U.S. and abroad for over a decade. His voice is equally influenced by vocal exploration of his ancestral Irish heritage as well as study in Indian vocal music and love of the path of bhakti yoga-- the yoga of the heart. Sean is also the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga Studio and Soul School, a yoga and spirituality teacher training program in his native New Orleans. He has a Master’s degree from The Naropa Institute with a focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice. He shares the practice of mantra in an inviting and accessible way that taps into the universal spirit of life and music- weaving stories, myths, and poetry. Grammy nominated kirtan artist Jai Uttal says “Sean’s voice is a warm, soothing river of serenity.” Bass and guitar player and New Orleans' native Alvin Young spent years on the fabled Crescent City music scene playing with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, local legends James Booker and James Black and many more. His voice on bass and guitar weaves the jazz, rock, classical, and folk styles he's been immersed in for the last 35 years. The hallmark of Alvin's expression on the bass is a rare and deeply melodic quality that illuminates the trio's sound. Music has been a pivotal part of Alvin’s spiritual journey. Percussionist and singer Gwendolyn Colman brings a unique ethnic sound to the band with years of experience drumming with middle eastern ensembles, flamenco troupes, and avant garde bands. Her ‘ride’ includes frame drums, cajon, high hat, kick drum, doumbek, and karkobs, playing with merging ancient rhythms with a modern, urban flare. Gwendolyn can move seamlessly from a traditional middle eastern trance rhythm, to subtle jazz brushwork, to a New Orleans hip hop street groove. Her powerful vocals are influenced by early opera training. Gwendolyn’s spiritual quest has led her from Rastafarian to Baha'i to yoga - with the heartbeat of her drum always at the center. Together Sean, Alvin, and Gwendolyn create a contemporary world-spirit music that evokes and expands on the magic and mystical feelings first stirred in the pioneering golden age of East-West musical exploration in the 1960's. The soul of New Orleans meets the spirit of India. Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band's 2007 release Calling The Spirits, with its funky, tropical kirtan sound, has become a big hit in the yoga world. Their rocking, groove-driven Nettwerk/Nutone debut Devaloka released in September 2009 has already expanded their ever-widening audience, consistently ranking in the top 100 world music charts on I-Tunes since its release. The band tours worldwide playing at music festivals, yoga studios, concert halls, retreat centers, and yoga conferences. For bookings contact manager Jackie Dobrinska at SeanJohnsonAndTheWildLotusBand@Gmail.com Yoga Bio http://www.WildLotusYoga.com/ Sean Johnson is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans, voted "Best Place To Take A Yoga Class In New Orleans" for the last 8 years. He is also the founder of Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga and spirituality teacher training program that focuses on bringing soul and imagination to the art of teaching yoga. Sean in his teaching seeks to weave the emotional power of bhakti yoga with the sensuality of hatha yoga to free the spirit and bring more love, creativity, and depth to our lives. His playful classes focus on opening the heart through ecstatic chant, storytelling, mythology, creative vinyasa flows, mystical poetry, and enchanting music. He has been a presenter at many yoga conferences including Yoga Journal, German Yoga Conference, Art Of Vinyasa, Midwest Yoga Conference, Ojai Yoga Crib, and more. Sean is also a founding member of The New Orleans Healing Center, one of the most progressive and ambitious recovery projects in New Orleans. A 55,000 square foot former furniture warehouse is being converted into an urban healing center that will house Wild Lotus Yoga downtown, as well as The New Orleans Food Co-Op, an organic restaurant/coffeeshop/juicebar, an arts bazaar, a performance hall, healing arts center, street university, broadcast facility, women’s center, interfaith space, police sub-station, gardens, and more. Visit http://www.NewOrleansHealingCenter.org/ for more details.Recently Added
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