Heart and Spirit
June 27, 2022
"Heart & Spirit” is a contemporary Kirtan experience that blends classic rock and world music, with an added bit of trance and a touch of gospel.
"Heart & Spirit" is a collection of traditional and original chants infused with a fresh, inviting resonance; all while remaining true to the sacred and devotional practice that is Kirtan at its core.
The album was recorded with the intention of creating an offering that is as close as possible to a live Kirtan event. “I wanted the mantras and melodies to be clear enough for listeners to know what to sing and when to sing, and to feel like they’ve experienced a Kirtan energetically, spiritually, and musically,” says Kirtan leader Tim Jordan.
Ancient Sanskrit mantras are reinterpreted with a modern, accessible sound on “Heart & Spirit.” A calming invocation of “Om Hari Om” leads into the extended, invigorating “Ganapati” chant. “Shri Krishna/Om Namah Shivaya” has a laid-back groove, and the lyrical “Maheshwari Ma” precedes the album’s dynamic, 20-minute “Shiva” centerpiece. “Govinda” conveys devotion with its rich harmonies, and is followed by the understated “Shri Ram.” The musical journey concludes with the haunting, mysterious “Asatoma” and a quiet “Om Hari Om” prayer.
“Heart & Spirit” covers chants by Michael H. Cohen, Sean Johnson, and Sevika Radecki, as well as original works from Jordan and producer David Vito Gregoli. Guest artists for this debut recording include flautist Steve Gorn, didjeridu player Stephen Kent, bassist Michael Manring, percussionist Jamie Papish, and country trio CALICO the band.