Listen is an album of Eastern chants and hymns rendered in Western modern classic music forms with spacious instrumentation, warm percussion textures and a jazzy bass line. Sat Kartar?s enigmatic voice journeys from deep and sultry to lively and expansive on this collection of songs from the Kundalini Yoga and Sikh traditions.
About Sat Kartar
Sat Kartar’s chant
music events are an experience, ranging from heartfelt ethereal devotion and longing,
to groove-driven, spirited get-up-and-dance fun. Her voice wascharacterized
by veteran music critic Alan diPerna, as “a crystalline vocal instrument,
imbued with a welcoming, almost maternal warmth, and an evocative style of phrasing,
reminiscent of Grace Slick.”
Born in Atlanta, Ga., Sat Kartar’s childhood was full of music. Her father
frequently performed at parties and restaurants. She played piano at 5, guitar at
14, and picked out everything by ear, on piano and guitar, from the Beatles to the
Spanish classical Malaguena. She trained in ballet, and other dance forms. In college,
she was gigging at dances and activist rallies, singing cover tunes of singer-songwriters
and folk artists. One big influence was Joni Mitchell, whose open tunings and unusual
melodies were a doorway and vicarious permission to explore uncharted territory.
Sat Kartar’s signature “wrong way leftie” open guitar tuning style,
(she plays left-handed, with an upside down right-handed guitar) are an influence
of Ms. Mitchell’s sound, and double, in Sikh classical kirtan, as counterpoint
modal accompaniment for raga compositions.
Sat-Kartar has led sacred music events worldwide for 4 decades. She was a member
of the first Kundalini yoga chant band, the Khalsa String Band. Several
world renowned chant artists and yoga teachers, who currently make recordings, tour
and teach today, were part of the KSB alumni and include Guru Singh, Krishna Kaur,
Gurudass Singh, Gurudass Kaur, and Amar Singh & Sahib Amar Kaur. This band toured
with Yogi Bhajan throughout the U.S. and Canada, during 2003-2004.
Around this time, Sat-Kartar began what would be a life study of Northern Indian
classical kirtan, with numerous Sikh musicians, called Ragis (Sikhs who sing devotionally
in Eastern raga scales). “I wanted to bring the enchantment of this world
of music to an American audience in a simpler form, so Westerners could appreciate
the haunting beauty of these ancient scales.” In 1984 and '85, collaborating
with veteran New Age producer Liv Khalsa, they created two timelessly beautiful
recordings, Spirit in Blossom and
Domain of Shiva, a group of hymns
from the sacred Sikh texts, containing 4 raga scales. Symphonically orchestrated
and ahead of its time, this music found a new audience, in the early stages of New
Age Music movement. They also created two 31-minute meditations, which were re-mastered
and re-released in 2009, called Ethereal Journey.
Sat Kartar's quest for spiritual musical
expression found form in a genre of dance electronica. A chance meeting with musician-producers
Akinchina Das and Lalita Dasi, whose background was also Indian classical, turned
out to be instant musical chemistry, and the techno group Overlords of the UFO
was born. Their vinyl EPs Imagine
and Transcendental Overdrive, released
in 1994 and 1997 respectively, drew critical acclaim in the international dance
and DJ market.
In 2002, Sat Kartar began a decade of recording, and released a
CD of chants for use with sadhana practice called
Daily Practice. Co-produced with Dan Charnas, she and her band began
extensively touring the Southwest with this CD, and garnered a regional following.
She has since teamed with veteran producer Thomas Barquee for three recordings,
Listen (2007) and Call for the Beloved
(2011). “Working with Thomas is a special experience. These recordings were
new ground for me, a journey of faith into my heart.” In 2006 Sat Kartar began
touring and offering music events internationally.
She has sung on recordings of many kirtan artists which include Krishna Das, Wah!,
Dave Stringer, Antion Vikram Singh, Siri Ved Kaur. Her
Flow and Listen
recordings have been reviewed in Yoga Journal. Her music is also featured
on several Spirit Voyage compilations, with Kundalini mantra and Sikh sacred kirtan.
Her passion is to share this sacred sound current with those seeking it, in myriad
music forms, in a manner, that it will be accessible for all who are seeking the
deep peace and joy it can bring.
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Product: i was not able to download today''s free offering...very disappointing....:(-- bonnie nelms.
Product: Love Sat Kartar!!! was just thinking on this song earlier this morning during my sadhana, Thanks Sat KArtar!!!!
Great music, still waiting for you here in Peru!!
Sat Nam!!-- Livtar Kaur.
Product: We love this in England too!. This track is often played in my Kundalini yoga class in Cambridge, UK. Sat Nam x-- S Wilson.
Product: Sat Kartar, thank you for sharing your music and love of chanting with the world for so many years lots of love to you , Shakti-- shakti khalsa.
Product: Thank you! This is one of my favorite meditations! It''s so powerful and it gives you amazing energy. When I did this for 40days - I had energy like the energizer bunny... going and going and going without feeling tired. -- Grace Kim (Sangeet Kaur).
Product: Excellent! Thank you!-- Jen.
Product: Este mantra es una maravilla y me hace sentir muy vivo,gracias por ser asi de geniales-- dalphan singh.
BEAUTIFUL MAKES ME FEEL MAY HART IN PEACE AND HE IS BERY BROCKEN. THANKS
I love it! Makes me open my heart and feel fulfilled.
I love her voice, its Line an Ángel
The more I listen, the more beautiful the arrangement seems. So simple and so powerful.
Wonderful work and lovely voice
quiero el mantra como lo descargo
Thank you Sat Kartar, I was looking for the kindest song I could find for this day, I started last night, and found it in this gift FLOW. Why we need what we need and when we receive it, is such a gift of God. Whenever I can stop listening to this, I will order it from Spirit Voyage to take us into the melting heart of I Am I Am, Spring.
I feel honored to be offered the full length of these tracks until I afford the lifestyle which involves honoring Sat Kartar with the purchase of her cd. I noticed many other artists do not offer full-length tracks. I have given this song to a lady at work. She seemed enamored of it. "I AM I AM" IS AWESOME!!!!!
I purchased the flow CD shortly after its release at a Snatam Kaur, Guru Ganesha and Krishan performance. Over the years music has come and gone... one thing is sure though, it is always beautiful to come home to the flow of Sat Kartar and Har Har Har Amritsar... absoutely Celestial...
Sat Kartar has a most beautiful voice, llike an angel
Great music, wonderful human being!
Beautiful voice and soulful. Love Crimson
beautifull voice, beatifull music.
Voice penetrates the heart and soul lifts the spirit to a beautiful place I love her music many blessings sat nam
Me gusta mucho su música y su voz
Beautiful. Fuels the heart and sings to the soul.
I love this music. Its so relaxing
This is a wonderful and soothing music. Quite relaxing and engaging. I would like to get some for my trainings or therapy sessions.I am mental health professional and provides trainings for humanitarian workers on general stress management and and critical incident stress management. Laya Yoga
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