Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band
Friday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open your heart to the power of kirtan – mantras charged with dynamic rock, funk, gospel, and world grooves.From Bhakti Fest to The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Sean Johnson And The Wild Lotus Band strike peoples’ hearts with their soulful, imaginative, and dynamic music that bridges the east and the west. They are a favorite headliner at music and yoga festivals nationwide. Sing, dance and travel on a revelatory journey through myriad sounds, flavors, and languages including belly dance rhythms, Motown-inspired grooves, back porch guitar stomp, gospel chorus, and passionately sung verses from Rumi, The Radiance Sutras, and mantric chants from yoga and other spiritual traditions. A concert also often features an entertaining story told by Sean accompanied by Alvin and Gwendolyn’s enchanting music.
When most people see the words ‘yoga’ and ‘music’ in the same sentence they might think of wind chimes, crystal bowls, synth pads, and dolphin sounds. But for the better part of a decade New Orleans-based Sean Johnson And The Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) have been changing this perception, reinventing the yoga soundtrack by merging ancient mantras, rock, funk, gospel and world grooves. Their dynamic sound has won over yogis and non-yogis alike and transformed hundreds of yoga studios in America and Europe into thriving concert and dance halls. They are regarded as one of the most distinctive guiding voices in western kirtan music.
In 2007 they released their first album Calling The Spirits independently which caught the ears of pioneering Canadian record executive Terry McBride, founder of Nettwerk Records and Lilith Fair. In 2009 McBride signed the band to Nettwerk for the release of the follow up album Devaloka engineered and co-produced by Misha Kachkachishvili in New Orleans. When Putumayo World Music founder Dan Storper heard Devaloka he chose music off the record to be featured in a series of Putumayo releases which include tracks from international artists designed to accompany yoga practice (Yoga, 2010, World Yoga, 2012, and Yoga Lounge, 2014). Storper also hired Sean to co-curate the albums and write the liner notes. These albums have helped propel the band’s music to listeners across the globe. Their songs have also appeared on the Sounds True and White Swan labels.
August, 2014 brought the release of their third studio album Unity. White Swan Music describes the album as “A collection of ten unique. soul-stirring songs that reveal the band more at ease than ever with interpreting and expressing mantra music through the guts and authenticity of their own American roots. The album takes the listener on a revelatory journey through myriad sounds and flavors – from bellydance rhythms, Motown-inspired grooves, back porch stomp and gospel chorus to trance-inducing eastern strings with passionate verses from Rumi, tantra yoga sutras, and chants from a variety of spiritual traditions. Some songs are perfect for a yoga flow playlist and other for simply savoring life, at full blast.”
Sean, Alvin, and Gwendolyn tour extensively as a trio and are a favorite headliner at yoga and music festivals nationwide. In 2010 they were the first kirtan band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival to a large and appreciative crowd. Their debut at Jazz Fest was noted by Alex Rawls at Offbeat Magazine and chronicled in the international online magazine Elephant Journal. They were invited back to the Jazz Fest stage in 2014 & 2015.
Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
Facebook Band Page: http://www.facebook.com/SeanJohnsonAndTheWildLotusBand
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/sjwildlotusband
Best Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVGFCwvfxxE
Yoga Journal Free Audio Stream And Download: 20 Minute Relaxing Yoga Practice with Sean accompanied by original music on guitar by Alvin Young: http://www.yogajournal.com/seanjohnson
More Video Links: http://www.youtube.com/user/SeanWildLotusBand/videos