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Snatum Kaur Appearing in Northampton, MA

May 7th, 7:30pm

by Staff


Concert, chantfest, musical group meditation, a yoga class in melody . . . how best to describe a live performance by Snatam Kaur and her band?"It's all of these things and more," says Alan di Perna, writer for Rolling Stone magazine.

Snatam humbly says of her music, "My mother was my first music teacher. She taught me to love Gurubani kirtan (Sikh sacred music). She showed me that music is much more than just singing or playing an instrument, it's about making a real connection to God and the Infinite; that it can be a tool to help us overcome challenges of life." When she was six, Snatam's mother took her to India where she met Bhai Hari Singh, one of the master chanters at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest Sikh temple in the world. Snatam absorbed the sacred music continually being performed there. "Chant is the soul and life of the Sikh tradition. It's the main way Sikhs express their devotion to God. There's an amazing energy that happens when a community gathers to sing together," Snatam relates.

Back in America, Snatam grew up in California with her mother and step-father, a former manager of the Grateful Dead. It was there that, through stressful times, "I learned to go to the family meditation room and sing as a way to pray and release emotions. I learned the power of healing through sacred chant." She also learned to play the guitar and violin, and honed her songwriting skills.

Snatam has an amazing ability to transform traditional chants into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear yet awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. Sacred Sounds Radio calls her music "spiritually uplifting and deeply soul cleansing." Ram Dass, celebrated author of Be Here Now, says that "in Snatam's voice...there is purity, clarity, and love." Snatam's CDs Prem, Shanti, Grace, Anand and LIVE In Concert are setting the industry standard for excellence in New Age sacred music. "It seems to take nine months to make a new CD. It's a creative and spiritual process. I bow my head and ask God, 'What do you want to deliver?' And the energy always comes through."

The public's response to that sacred energy has been whole-hearted. Fans report playing Snatam's music as their babies were born and as loved ones died. The sound of Snatam's crystal-pure voice, the evocative Sikh mantras she sings, and the flawless instrumentation, create a sublime atmosphere that transports the soul. Children respond so powerfully that some parents confess they use Snatam's CDs to help their youngsters relax and fall asleep at night. This inspired Snatam to create her newly released children's album Feeling Good Today, and yoga DVD Shanti The Yogi's Mountain Adventure.

Thursday, May 7, beginning at 7:30PM she will be performing at First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton, MA. Tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance online at www.spiritvoyage.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $30.


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