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Music for Yoga and Other Joys - Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach - AudioBook CD

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Music for Yoga and Other Joys - Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach - AudioBook CD

Music for Yoga and Other Joys

by Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach

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About Music for Yoga and Other Joys

Grammy nominated globe music pioneer Jai Uttal, and multi-talented producer/instrumentalist Ben Leinbach provide a moving blend of melody, rhythm, texture, and chant on Music for Yoga and Other Joys. Known for their eclectic blend of Eastern and Western sounds, Jai and Ben have yielded their initially CD particularly tailored to accompany your yoga practice as it joyfully permeates every aspect of lifetime. Featuring dotar, electrical guitar, slide tamboura, banjo, bansuri, and Jai’s passionate singing, Music for Yoga and Other Joys takes you on a gentle journey into the mysterious ocean of Spirit.

About Jai Uttal

Love may take various forms—the bodily, the psychological, the spiritual among them. Each will stand alone in a gorgeous method, but when the myriad kinds of love entwine, really revelatory elements may occur—as they do throughout Thunder Love, the long-awaited hot album by globe music voyager Jai Uttal.

“I feel like this album is about opening about love—finally,” he states. “That concerned letting go of the big piece of me that mentioned ‘I don’t need love,’ or on absolutely bad days, ‘love doesn’t exist.’ For me, it’s taken big catharses to change those deep internal patterns. I’ve immersed myself in a remarkable amount of spiritual practices, but really embracing human life…that’s what brought me through the instances of terrible darkness and addiction.”

Thunder Love is, in numerous methods, a sonic approximation of darkness providing method to dawn. But in its depiction of the initial rays of the modern increasing sunlight, there’s an acknowledgment of the shadows that came before, shadows that Uttal addresses with bold directness on songs like “Bolo Ram (Let the Spirits Sing),” a multi-layered, densely-percussive piece that ranks with his many individual outpourings.

That song finds Uttal “looking…for some evidence that there’s nevertheless a reason to be alive,” proof that’s eventually revealed in the many positive method. A synonymous dichotomy functions its technique through “Hanuman’s Heart,” a bracing electrical blues cleaved by Jai’s piercing electrical guitar. On both songs—as perfectly as many of the disc’s different offerings—he dovetails smoothly from narrative to chant, from English to Sanskrit, creating for a fascinating sonic and emotive blend.

“The songs tend to have verses that describe the human condition and Sanskrit mantras as choruses. These prayers are thus entwined with my internal condition, my daily existence, that they have to go together with all the English lyrics,” he explains. “The mantras are not always representative of linear thoughts, but they connect us to a better thought—at instances, I’ve felt they were truly the only thing keeping me alive.”

Those historic Sanskrit words have unmistakable force, but Uttal’s own lyrics are every bit as striking. He hadn’t worked extensively in English-language lyrics since the Grammy-nominated 2002 album Mondo Rama—which, in numerous methods, was his darkest effort—but on Thunder Love, the words flow vibrantly, within the poignantly picturesque imagery of “Down on My Knees” to the simple bliss of the epic “Never Felt This Love.”

“I felt a subconscious should pull back and not be as emotionally expansive,” he claims of his more recent forays into meditative territory, a room he explored with wondrous results on Kirtan!, a double-disc collection of conventional sacred chant. “The task was more internal, more introspective, because I was rediscovering myself, reassessing my lifetime.”

That reassessment was sped along by his wedding to Brazilian-born Nubia Teixeira and the next birth of son Ezra Gopal, Jai’s initially child—events that pulled him from what he pertains to as “the many troubled time in my lifetime.” He credits his partner not merely with fostering an psychological renaissance, but a musical 1 too, thanks to her impelling him further into the gentle rhythms of her homeland.

“I’m continually moved by the (Brazilian) culture,” Jai states. “I fell in love with all the sounds years ago, but it wasn’t until I met Nubia that I certainly became immersed in it. It’s a big nation with thus much territorial variety that you’re constantly finding anything hot.”

Uttal has cut a serpentine swath through the musical planet over the course of the recording profession that’s spanned over 2 years, with treks into multi-cultural globe music, avant-garde jazz, electronic rock and conventional Indian kirtan—or sacred chants—that have become staples in the yoga-practicing community.

While he started his journey as a child, studying classical piano, Jai’s initially love was the conventional music of Appalachia—a sound that’s found its means into his recordings regularly ever since. His exploratory nature shortly took him even further afield, causing a move to California, where he immersed himself in research with all the famous Ali Akbar Khan—with whom he maintains a musical connection to the present day.

Jai then started usual pilgrimages to India, living among the Bauls, the wandering street musicians of Bengal, and singing with all the kirtan wallahs in the temples of his guru, the very revered saint, Neem Karoli Baba. Upon returning to the states, he started weaving those variegated threads together in earnest, earning common important acclaim with all the initially recording issued under his own name—1991’s Footprints, on which he teamed with jazz icon Don Cherry.

Soon thereafter, Uttal formed the Pagan Love Orchestra, a loosely-knit aggregation that recorded many acclaimed albums, notably Shiva Station, on which he worked carefully with manufacturer Bill Laswell—a contributor on Thunder Love also. With those musicians—many of whom, like keyboardist Peter Apfelbaum, stay in his camp—he’s built a sonic land that’s consistently shifting, but eminently relatable at every turn.

“Music has constantly been the means for me to feel complete and to feel free,” he explains. “On another level, it’s been the means for me to feel pain and channel it. When I am doing music, it’s as if all my insides are calling out. Folks have mentioned they find superb joy in what comes forth when that occurs, and if that’s the case, I feel I’ve completed what I am here to do.”

About Ben Leinbach

Ben Leinbach is an award-winning manufacturer, composer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. His favorite thing besides hanging out with his family is striving to shape cool recordings. Accentuating an artist's essence through a well-conceived supporting track; chiseling away at a musical creation looking for the most perfect alchemy of ingredients to bring a track to life; programming bumpin' grooves; creating sonic sanctuaries of beauty and tranquility, or evocative cinematic zones - these goals keep Ben functioning hard at his craft.

Ben maintains an eclectic blend of music on his production/composition plate. He produces everything from cool hop to meditation music.

In the planet music realm, Ben has worked extensively with planet music pioneer Jai Uttal. Together they have built many common records, including the evocative ambient soundscapes found on the award-winning Spirit of Yoga, the hypnotic globe grooves on Music for Yoga and Other Joys, the wild ride on Jai’s Grammy-nominated Mondo Rama, the ecstatic chanting on Jai Uttal’s Kirtan (which was nominated for a California Music Award) and Loveland: Music for Dreaming and Awakening.

Ben has collaborated with other Kirtan and devotional globe music artists. Deva Premal, Miten, and Ben co-created a globe music and chanting extravaganza called The Moola Mantra. Ben has equally yielded recordings with Kirtan artists David Newman, Diana Rogers, Brenda McMorrow, Yofiyah, and countless others.

Ben has moreover composed music for a number of Yoga instructional CDs and DVDs with Shiva Rea , Rainbow Mars, Nubia Teixeira, Erin Fleming, and Jill Johnson.

Ben moreover produces, records and mixes tracks for singer/songwriters, r+b singers, and rappers. A partial list of artists involves Sarah Davis, Amie Penwell, Greg Lamboy, Jo D’Anna, Mary Kelly, Mary Redente, The Unknowns, Asha Charles, Deane Nelson, Smoky Rosier, and Carolyn Dicharry. Please check out the discography section to find the full range of projects that Ben on which Ben has worked.

Ben operates his own recording studio in San Anselmo, California.

As a freelance sound engineer Ben has recorded projects that span the musical spectrum from planet music to rap, rock and roll to Latin-jazz. He has designed recordings with rappers E-40 and Spice-1, percussion greats Pops and Peto Escovedo, saxophonist Joshua Redman, movie composers Lawrence Rosenthal and Gary Malkin, soul diva Ledisi, previous Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Tim Alexander of Primus fame, Dawn Robinson from En Vogue, planet music pioneer Jai Uttal, The Turtle Island String Quartet, monster bassist Michael Manring, previous Santana percussionist Orestes Vilato, drumming freak-of-nature Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and steel pan maestro Andy Narell.

As a drummer Ben has done with sax awesome Chico Freeman, bassist Michael Manring, jazz singer Kurt Elling, and has jammed with Joshua Redman. A limited of his previous bands shared bills with Green Day, Primus, The Ohio Players, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Flipper, Charlie Hunter, and John Scofield. His jazz quartet when backed up a Jay Leno stand-up comedy routine. He has additionally done with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Clint Eastwood's son Kyle Eastwood, and Mingus Amungus.

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