Jai Uttal Kirtan Concert
Fremont Abbey Arts
Seattle, WA
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Jai Uttal Kirtan Concert

6:30 DOORS, 7:30 SHOW

Fremont Abbey & Yoga Shala of Portland presents:

Embark on a vocal journey through the sacred sounds of ancient India. With call-and-response group chanting and storytelling, Jai Uttal and Daniel Paul create a space of invocation, prayer and heartfelt expression.

Jai Uttal, a sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music. Having traveled extensively in India, where he met many beautiful saints and singers, Bhakti yoga became his personal path. Jai has been leading kirtans around the world for more than 30 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

Daniel Paul, a Fulbright award-winning Tabla drummer, has played a lifetime of world music with many diverse artists who share his love for the sacred music of India. From the strictly classical musicians and dancers of the Ali Akbar College of Music, to the modern techno-laced chants of Lost at Last, and now accompanying Jai Uttal, Daniel continues to teach and tour worldwide, introducing new audiences to the ecstatic rhythms of the Tabla.


What is Kirtan?

By fondly repeating His Name... devotees easily become abodes of joy and blessings.
- Sri Ramacaritamanasa.

In Kirtan (KEER-tan) we sing the Divine Name to connect with our own deep inner wisdom and infinite capacity for love. A practice of the Indian devotional path known as Bhakti-Yoga, Kirtan is singing the various names of the One in a call and response format. It is said that these ancient chants already dwell within our hearts. When we sing, we reawaken the timeless collective song of the Self; Divine Light manifests as sound and we remember Who We Are. Through repetition of the Name we immerse ourselves in the bottomless lake of immortal unconditional love that even when we forget its existence, is never absent. Reconnecting with its presence is the ultimate wisdom.

When we see the beauty of our own being we are seeing the beauty of the Being that is the One of which we are all a part. And when we turn towards that One, love is the natural reaction of the heart. - Krishna Das

Singing as a community, we support each other in our continual search to remember our Divine nature. Even as we howl our individual hunger for connection, we hear and support each surrounding heart that breaks only because weve forgotten that its the Divines dwelling place. Over time the chants vibrations gradually dissolve the walls separating us from our souls and from each other. As we sing our passion and joy, hearts soften and relax into loves boundless ocean; individual voices merge into One single ecstatic voice of universal being.

Bhakti Yoga brings us into the realm of mystery, a realm where the dissecting, discerning qualities of the intellect are powerless next to the vast ocean of feelings. Like all Yoga, the goal of Bhakti is union, oneness with the Supreme. But in Bhakti we dont think about the goal, we only weep, laugh, cry, sing and dance with our Beloved. - Jai Uttal

Singing Kirtan requires no previous experience, knowledge of Sanskrit or understanding of esoteric Yoga texts. Although Kirtan is a Bhakti-Yoga practice, theres no need to ascribe to any particular belief system, religion or spiritual practice. No musical talent or expertise is required - you dont even need to sing if you prefer not to. Simply sitting in the presence of the Name with an open heart and absorbing the sacred sounds will evoke the collective memory of Divine being.

I bow to the lotus feet of my Guru, who is an ocean of mercy and is no other than Sri Hari Himself in human form, and whose words are sunbeams as it were for dispersing the mass of darkness in the form of gross ignorance. - Sri Ramacaritamanasa.


Fremont Abbey Arts
4272 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Abbey Arts Seattle
On BPT Since: Jun 06, 2007