Elephant Prayers - A Kirtan Vocal Ensemble CD by Daniel Paul offers Sanskrit mantras with soft folk instrumentals for kirtan and yoga music.
Elephant Prayers contains ten 'kirtan' mantras sung to the dieties of the Hindu pantheon: Rama; Sita; Radha; Krishna; Shiva; Ganesha & Kali. Soft and simple, easy to sing folk songs for a new world with a chorale of vocal harmonies backed by soft guitar, harp, harmonium, dulcimer and tabla drums.
Daniel Paul - vocals, synth & tablas
Manose - Himalayan melodies of Nepalese bansuri bamboo flute
Heather Neeraja Parsons - vocals
Glenno Falkenberg - harp, guitar, dulcimer
Ned Leavitt - harmonium
Daniel Paul is a veteran tabla drummer and bhakti yoga practitioner who first pursued the path of music under several of India’s great classical masters at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California: (Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain, Jnan Ghosh and Swapan Chaudhuri). A graduate after nine years of study which included becoming personal assistant to Maestro Khan, Daniel was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled throughout India, where he fell in love with the singing of kirtan, the gospel music of the sub-continent! Returning to the U.S. in 1989 Daniel found a welcoming kirtan mecca on the island of Maui, and began the first of countless kirtan tours and workshops on the mainland and beyond. The past 10 years have found him primarily accompanying grammy nominee Jai Uttal, but his varied career has included classical recitals with India’s master flutist G.S. Sachdev, techno raves at Burning Man with Lost at Last, the soft prayers of Singh Kaur and Snatam Kaur, and opening for Bob Dylan at the Waikiki Bandshell with Hawaii’s legendary Henry Kapono!
Daniel’s numerous recording appearances include Jai Uttal's recent CD, Queen of Hearts, as well as: Kirtan! The Art and Practice of Ecstatic Chant, Footprints, and Monkey, and on a new series of “Jai Uttal Live” online releases. Daniel can also be heard on his own CD Between Two Worlds and Elephant Prayers - A Kirtan Vocal Ensemble.
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