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Ten Million Moons – The Long-Awaited CD Release Party

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June 10th, 2009

Gaura leads first kirtan Gaura sings

Ananta on mrdanga Full house

Finally, it was time to release the album that we had been working on for the last two and a half years: Ten Million Moons. Eddie Stern’s Asthanga Yoga New York and Sri Ganesha Temple, always being supportive, offered to host the event. It was the perfect venue because it had an Old World ambiance and because, with Sri Ganesh and Radha Govinda Deities acting as witnesses, it was a place where we could make the album a true offering.

L to R: Gaura, Acyuta, Vish, Ananta Acyuta sings

Ray and Nistha Vish plays flute

Wah! Need I say more? The crowd

L to R: Ray, Nishta, Janaki, Keli, Gaura Clapping

L to R: Kamala, Keli L to R: Shrutiram, Mike D (Beastie Boys), Shyamdas, MC Yogi

The tickets sold out online, and each guest recieved a complimentary copy of Ten Million Moons as appreciation for their support. By the time the show started, the room was packed.

Guests at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party Guests at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party

Getting ready to eat Wah!

Guests at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party L to R: Vishvambar, Bhima Karma, Syamdas, Shrutivan

Gaura began the night by singing, “Guru Gauranga Jayate,” which was an offering of respects to his guru and to all teachers.  It was an honest and humble way to begin a night in celebration of Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits‘ newest accomplishment.

L to R: Yashoda Dulal, Badarayan L to R: Shyamdas, Kamaniya

Vishvambar Acyuta Gopi Ray Ippolito on guitar, Nishta Raj on Violin

Then, accompanied by special guest Wah! on bass, we went on to sing a few more of the songs featured on the album. Everyone was on their feet. There was then a break to mingle and eat some of the vegan snacks brought over from the Radha Govinda Temple in Brooklyn:  samosas and dhoklas and salad!

L to R: Katy and Ashley Turner Guests at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party

Shyamdas MC Yogi

MC Yogi gets the crowd going. Mike Haziza and Acyuta Gopi

Guests at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party L to R: Shyamdas, MC Yogi, Nahdi, Ananta

The second half of the program was full of more improvisational chanting. Our friend Mike joined in for some beatboxing, MC Yogi stood up and rapped about Ganesh and Krishna, and Shyamdas accompanied the kirtan in the final set. Finally, Gaura asked Srikanta Prabhu from the Radha Govinda Temple to chant. He lead a more traditional Hare Krishna kirtan that ended the night with everyone excited for all that is to come.

Srikanta Prabhu Guests at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party

Guests at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party Gaura

Gaura, Vish, Shyamdas and Ananta Guests at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party

L to R: Juliano, Jamila, Nahdi L to R: Ananta, Saci Suta, Raghunath

Guest at Ten Million Moons CD Release Party L to R: Sita Ram, Vrindavanath, Steve, Caitanya Nitai

A very special thanks to Adideva Cuffee for taking all the amazing photos.

Listen to the entire Kirtan!

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