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Kirtan artist mixes gospel, jazz and funk

Dave Stringers mix of American gospel, jazz and funk will be on display at The Mobius on Wednesday, March 21, at 8 p.m.

Stringer has been profiled in Time, Billboard, In Style, and Yoga Journal as a leader of the new American kirtan movement. Kirtan (pronounced keer-tahn) is a form of mantra chanting that has become popular as a participatory live music experience at hundreds of yoga studios worldwide. Dave's sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sound of American gospel, jazz and funk.

Initially trained as a visual artist and jazz musician, Dave first started chanting mantras when a film editing project brought him to the ashram of Swami Muktananda in India. Ater the film project ended, he remained in India to teach school in a rural village, and contined his studies of the traditions of yoga under the guidance of Swami Chidvilasananda. He began teaching meditation to prison inmates and leading kirtan at yoga studios across America in the mid 1990's. Dave and his band tour tirelessly, performing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. An articulate public speaker, he probes the dilemmas of the spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor.

His work constructs a modern, participatory theatrical art form out of the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.

Dave has collaborated on recordings with Donna De Lory, Vas, Rasa, Axiom of Choice, Suzanne Teng, and Sheila Nicholls, and has performed with other noted kirtan singers Krishna Das and Jai Uttal. His voice can also be heard on the soundtracks of the film Matrix Revolutions and the video game Myst.

A volcano of a voice! Stringer gave the room a feeling of a down-home gospel jam, and one couldn't help but sing along.

Adam Skolnick / L.A. Yoga Pages.

A departure from ancient kirtan... Stringer's performance shaped the experience into a far more compelling musical encounter.

Don Heckman / The Los Angeles Times

Tickets are?$15 advance at Soundpeace, and $20 at the door.?The Mobius is located at 281 4th St. Ashland. For more information, call?541-488-8894 or visit ?www.theMobius.com.