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Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band come to Sedona playing at 7 Centers Yoga Arts
Critically acclaimed New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band come to Sedona playing at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, Monday July 9
Critically acclaimed New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band come to Sedona playing at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, Monday July 9

Sedona, AZ - Critically acclaimed New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band come to Sedona playing at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, Monday July 9, 2012, 7pm.

Music industry leader Nettwerk Records has signed popular chant musicians Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band to their Nutone label and released their latest album Devaloka, quickly becoming a huge hit in the yoga world and beyond.

Monday at 7 Centers Yoga Arts The band will be sharing material from their new album Devaloka, with shades of rock, jazz, funk, choral, Indian, Irish, Middle Eastern, and folk styles merging with the magic of the mantras. Reviewer Lloyd Barde of Common Ground Magazine in San Francisco writes, "Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band's music is a veritable kirtan cauldron of simmering, bubbling, delectable chants. The gumbo feeling they bring from the gulf jives well with the musical blendings that bring to mind Grateful Dead jams, a little Santana spice in the percussion section, and an all around endearing space that draws you in with each listen."

Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band's music is part of a trend that brings mantra music into the mainstream-- giving the ancient sounds a contemporary voice that transcends musical, cultural and sectarian boundaries. With the rising interest in yoga as not only a practice, but a lifestyle, a growing appetite for inspiring new music has been fostered. The practice of kirtan, a powerful chant based music, has been steadily gaining popularity in the west and has been featured recently in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and NPR's All Things Considered.

Vocalist and harmonium player Sean Johnson is the founder of the band. He's been playing kirtan music across the U.S. and abroad for over a decade. His soul-stirring voice is equally influenced by vocal exploration of his ancestral Irish heritage as well as study in Indian vocal music and love of yoga. Sean is also the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga Studio and Soul School, a yoga teacher training program in his native New Orleans. Grammy nominated kirtan artist Jai Uttal says "Sean's voice is a warm, soothing river of serenity."

Bass and guitar player and New Orleans' native Alvin Young spent years on the fabled Crescent City music scene playing with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and many more. His voice on bass and guitar weaves the jazz, rock, classical, and folk styles he's been immersed in for the last 35 years. The hallmark of Alvin's expression on the bass is a rare and deeply melodic quality that illuminates the trio's sound.

Percussionist and singer Gwendolyn Colman brings a unique ethnic sound to the band with years of experience drumming with middle eastern ensembles, flamenco troupes, and avant garde bands. Her 'ride' includes frame drums, cajon, high hat, kick drum, doumbek, and karkobs, playing with merging ancient rhythms with a modern, urban flare. Gwendolyn can move seamlessly from a traditional middle eastern trance rhythm, to subtle jazz brushwork, to a New Orleans hip hop street groove. Her powerful vocals are influenced by early opera training.

Together Sean, Alvin, and Gwendolyn create a contemporary world-spirit music that evokes and expands on the magic and mystical feelings first stirred in the pioneering golden age of East-West musical exploration in the 1960's. The soul of New Orleans meets the spirit of India.

The kirtan concert will be held at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona, AZ 86336. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at Crystal Magic, Golden Word and bhaktitribesedona.com. For more information, contact 928-203-1147 or bhaktitribesedona@gmail.com.

To find out more about Sean and the band visit www.SeanJohnsonAndTheWildLotusBand.com.




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