6-7:15 p.m. Chant with Swan Kirtan
7:15-7:30 p.m. Tea Intermission
7:30-8 p.m. Chant with Cy & Melanie Scofield and friends
Swan Kirtan is a devotional chanting group of musicians from Maine. We play a fusion of Eastern and Western music. We offer chants from multiple faiths. Our kirtan is in traditional Indian raaga style.
"What a band. Beautiful Kirtan." - Jai Uttal, Grammy Nominee.
"I really love your CD. I am listening to it all the time in the car. It's really beautiful" - Edit Mello
Ashok Nalamalapu was born in India and has been a devotee since his childhood. He has been leading multi-faith chants and playing harmonium since 2011, singing in the traditional Indian Raga style. Ashok has been studying with Indian classical musicians and grammy nominee, Jai Uttal. As part of his spiritual path, he has led kirtan at many festivals across the country including Bhakti Fest in California, Lovelight Festival in Maryland and Maine Yoga Fest. Ashok has also led kirtan at colleges, temples in India and the US, and yoga centers such as Kripalu, Ananda Ashram and Integral Yoga Institute. In addition, he has served as a Master of Ceremonies, inspiring the audiences at all the major US kirtan festivals. He is a lead vocal singer at Swan Kirtan band. His debut album, "We are all One" is released recently and is available on cdbaby.com.
You can reach him at [email protected]
Cy Scofield is a multi-instrumentalist, yoga teacher, and kirtan leader living in Rockport, Maine. Cy grew up in a musical family in Maine and learned to play many instruments throughout his childhood. Cy recieved his bachelor's degree in music from Brown University, and then went on to study Hatha Yoga at Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia, Canada. During his time at the Ashram he was introduced to the bhajans and kirtans of Indian devotional music, which he developed a deep love for. He recieved his Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification in 2012 and then moved back to his home area in Maine where he now teaches yoga and leads kirtans with his wife Melanie.
Melanie Scofield studied music in college, spending two years at The Boston Conservatory studying clarinet and voice, and two years at Berklee College of Music studying percussion and world music. After college she traveled to India for 4 months to study Tabla in Pune with a renowned Tabla teacher Rajeev Devastali. Music has always been part of Melanie's life. Right now she enjoys collaborating with her husband Cy on various music projects, including a Funk band called "Bottomless Funk" where she plays clarinet, percussion, and sings, and also offers kirtan every other month in Rockland where she plays tabla and sings.
Other musicians will be announced as we get closer to the date.
People of all faiths are welcome. No prior experience is needed. This event is hosted by Soul Cafe. No one is turned away for lack of sufficient funds. Free for children under 12.