LINCOLN CITY – Sacred chanting, or kirtan, has its roots in the sacred music of ancient India. It is growing rapidly in popularity in the West along with the rise of yoga in American culture. Now, it has arrived in Lincoln City, with a performance by the touring kirtan ensemble Shantala. The Lincoln City Cultural Center will host this experience on Monday, Sept. 16, starting at 6:30 pm.
Chanting events involve active audience participation and are open to people of all religious backgrounds. The music carries the audience through a journey of etheric beauty, ecstatic percussion, and singing with the devotion of the heart. It is a celebration of life, love, and the beauty of the human spirit.
Award-winning international artists Heather and Benjy Wertheimer, as Shantala, work to create a sublime soundscape of musical harmony between East and West with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics, and exotic instrumentation. Call and response chanting with Shantala is fun, uplifting, and inspiring.
Benjy Wertheimer is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards) and vocalist specializing in Indian classical music. He has played with a diverse range of musicians, including Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. Heather Wertheimer is a nationally award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist. In Lincoln City, they will be performing with a special guest, Sean Frenette.
As Shantala, Benjy and Heather tour throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to sharing the stage and recording studio with sacred music luminaries such as Krishna Das, Deva Premal, and Jai Uttal, they have released a number of critically acclaimed CDs, including their newest, live kirtan release “LIVE in Love.” Other recordings include the popular chanting CD “The Love Window” and world dance CD “Circle of Fire,” which reached #1 on the international New Age radio charts in November 2002. Heather’s CD “Church of Sky” was named one of the 10 best CDs of 2004 by New Age Retailer Magazine.
Tickets, $15 in advance and $20 at the door, are on sale now at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101, or by phone with a Visa or Mastercard, 541-994-9994. They are also available online at www.shantalamusic.com.