CD Release Chanting Party
Kirtan is catching on as the musical cousin of yoga! Find out what it's all about when Tallahassee kirtan leader Jeffji comes to Cape Coral to host a CD Release Chanting Party on Saturday, November 2, at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), 406 SE 24th Avenue. Jeffji will encourage attendees to sing along with him during the two-hour concert that begins at 7 p.m. The event will celebrate the release of his first CD, "Namaste Every Day," which will be available at a special reduced price. The word “kirtan” (pronounced “KEER-tun”) refers to the spiritual practice of singing chants and mantras, as well as to events such as this one. Kirtan combines the stress-reducing aspects of meditation and yoga with musical performances of traditional Indian melodies as well as more contemporary compositions. Whether the tunes are up-tempo or not, Jeffji always has them resolve into a calm, meditative mood. Each chant is followed by a brief, silent meditation to deepen the experience, which can range from exhilaration and enjoyment to relaxation, insight, and healing. No prior experience is necessary. The chants are easy-to-learn mantras from Yoga and Buddhist traditions, mostly in Sanskrit, sometimes in English, sung to traditional and contemporary melodies. Jeffji plays acoustic guitars. He will be accompanied by CSL’s minister, Rev. Emile Gauvreau, on electric bass; Keith Fendelander on harmonica, mandolin, and electric guitar; and Adam Gaffney on drum kit, djembe and dumbek drums. Fendelander, who also engineered the CD, lives in Lehigh Acres. Gaffney is from Tallahassee. The center has plenty of chairs. If you prefer to sit on the floor, it would be best to bring your own cushion, zafu, or backjack. If you are not able to arrive by the starting time, come whenever you can. But if you arrive late, please enter quietly in case a meditation is in progress. If you have questions, contact Jeffji via jeffji.com or (850) 559-4839.
Center for Spiritual Living
406 SE 24th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL 33990