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Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits – In the News
Boston Globe Boston Globe covers Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits

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Intentional or not, Vani’s eclectic style has allowed him to take his songs and message from Krishna temples and yoga studios to a wider range of audiences. In the past year Vani has performed at diverse venues for all types of music fans from backpacked Chicago indie rockers at Lollapalooza to hippies and modern primitives in the Nevada desert at Burning Man to a jubilantly dancing crowd at the Church of the Holy City in Washington, D.C., who had gathered to celebrate President Obama’s inauguration.

Vani and his band, As Kindred Spirits, bring their unique brand of kirtan music to Boston Common on Sunday. The performance is sponsored by the Boston chapter of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness to celebrate Rath Yatra, one of the most sacred holidays in the Hindu world.

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Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits – In the News
Mantralogy and Gaura Vani on CMJ College Music Journal (CMJ) covers the release of Mantralogy.

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Home to hard rocking acts such as Coheed And Cambria, Equal Vision Records has announced the creation of their new mellower sub-label: Mantralogy. Initially conceptualized by punk monk Gaura Vani and Equal Vision founder Steve Reddy at a backyard yoga retreat, Mantralogy aims to unite the punk ethos with ancient philosophies and the culture of conscious living with music. The new imprint centers around kirtan, the 5,000-year-old practice of sacred Hindu chant that enables people step out of their habitual selves and collectively open up to a powerful, spirituality through repeated musical mantras.

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RockOm.net Review of Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits
RockOm.net review and profile of Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits.

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RockOm: What was the inspiration behind Ten Million Moons and how is it different than your past CD?

Gaura: Well my last CD was almost like it fell on my head. I’ve lived in Washington, DC for the past 10 years and a friend of mine called me up from California and said, “I got a hold of some recording equipment. What are the chances of you flying out to California so we can make an album together?” So we got together in a friend’s bedroom in a house full of people and tried to record during the times when no one was making noise. We did basically the whole album, give or take a couple of tracks, in a week. We threw a couple more songs on, some live recordings, and that was the first album. It had a lot of raw energy and was really from the heart and was coming from the love we all share as musicians.

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Yoga Mates Profile of Gaura Vani
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YM: Where did you get your name and what does it mean?
GV:
My mother gave me my name. It means literally “the song of the Golden One.” My name refers to Gauranga, also called Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, whose street kirtans were a protest against India’s rigid cast system and whose teachings were a predecessor to Gandhi’s reform movement.

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Harmonist.us Review of Ten Million Moons Harmonist.us review of Ten Million Moons.

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As I see it, Gauravani & As Kindred Spirits’ new record, Ten Million Moons, has done musically exactly what Bhaktivinoda was urging devotees to do with their Bhagavatam study. They have taken the traditional songs of the Gaudiyas and reflected their bright light in a most refreshing, heart-stirring, and bold way. True to the tradition, they have made these songs more appealing to a greater audience as well as the devotee community by adding the flavor of their own experiences and musical influences into the mix.

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Kirtans.blogspot.com Jahnavi Reviews Ten Million Moons Kirtan in Oxford review of Ten Million Moons by Jahnavi.

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The album presents kirtan through a variety of musical styles, from the traditional mridanga and karatal arrangements on ‘Bhaja Gauranga’, to the bassline driven beats on ‘Stop and Talk (Hey Natha)’. Instruments and vocals that span cultures are richly layered throughout, giving a sound that is both timeless, and refreshingly modern. This is particularly so on the energetic opener ‘My Body Is A Temple’, and the moving, strings driven ‘Moods of Kirtan’. There are some unexpected surprises too, such as the gospel choir and Hammond organ on ‘Sleeping Soul (Jiv Jago), which work surprisingly well!

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Dandavats.com Review of Ten Million Moons
Dandavats.com Review of Ten Million Moons by Sita Pati das.

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With Ten Million Moons Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits are beginning to hit their stride. I’m not afraid to share my mixed opinion of the first album now and to say that this new album is light-years ahead of it, a shining testament to the hard work and dedication of the group.

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ISKCON News Review of Ten Million Moons ISKCON News Review of Ten Million Moons by Madhava Smullen.

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It’s purely Indian flavor, but don’t let that fool you. This is a band not afraid to experiment and to explore their widely varied collective musical backgrounds. Stop and Talk (Hey Natha) is a hip-hop ballad with Sanskrit lyrics, its electronic beats wrapped in futuristic synthesizer and propelled along by a rumbling bassline. Where Was I Last Night? (Nami Danam Chi Manzil) is an Arabic hymn with a distinctly middle eastern groove. Sleeping Soul (Jiv Jago) melds gospel harmonies in English with a sweet kirtan melody, creating an instant classic as catchy as any pop song – and one which I defy anyone with a beating heart and soul to not feel simultaneously overjoyed and deeply moved by.

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Kirtans.blogspot.com Ten Million Moons Review Kirtans in Oxford Review of Ten Million Moons.

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We posted about Gaura Vani – the young American kirtaniya – in January, when he organised the great Kirtan-Fest, Chant4Change in honour of the new President’s inauguration. Now, he has released a new CD of kirtan and Indian sacred songs – Ten Million Moons. We were lucky enough to be sent a copy for review and have solicited a couple of responses from two young musicians, which you can read below.

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