Live studio recording & interview with Geoff Wood, Rhythm Divine, ABC Radio

AIred on 20 August 2014.

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Yoga means many things to many people – exercise, well being and spiritual practice. But it can also include music. And it’s Sacred Sound Yoga that’s at the heart of our program this week as we hear an exclusive live session of new mantra songs from the young Australian singer-songwriters and spiritual seekers, Edo & Jo.

Edo Kahn, a former member of the Australian band Gelbison, is an award-winning songwriter whose songs appear regularly in films, TV and on radio while Jo Mall Kahn, who grew up in Malaysia studying piano and flute, is also a singer and songwriter.

We first met them last year, just back from Tamil Nadu in the south of India where they live part of every year at the temple complex of their spiritual teacher, Sri Narayani Amma. More than a devotional centre, Narayani Peedam is also the place where Edo & Jo study, lead regular kirtan and yoga events and take part in daily pujas or ritual offerings.

Kirtan is mantra-based devotional music drawing on ancient Hindu scriptures like the Upanishads but influenced by the more recent bhakti yoga tradition of ecstatic worship. It’s also a growing musical style in the West where the influence of rock, folk and electronic music, have combined with the lifestyle philosophy of bhakti yoga to create a new mantra-based music or New Kirtan.

But you know I really don’t like labels. Let the music speak for itself. Edo and Jo have a new album of mantra songs just out called Bliss and they came into our studio 227 this week to lay down a set of live songs from that album, along with a unreleased song just for The Rhythm Divine. On this session engineered by RN's Louis 'The Upsetter' Mitchell, Edo plays a Gibson acoustic guitar with Jo on harmonium, flute, and our Steinway grand piano.

New Music + New Website

We've been working hard behind the scenes to launch our two new albums and our new website! You can now preview + pre-order the cds which will be released out Sat 16 August. Tickets for our Sydney launch is selling fast too so if you intend to come please click here to prebook. We hope to see you there for an nourishing evening of music, mantra and meditation.


Sydney Album Launch Sat 16 August

You're in for a treat! Let's warm our body mind and soul this winter with a beautiful evening of meditation, mantra, music, chai and nourishing treats. Edo and Jo, acclaimed mantra musicians and singer/songwriters release their eagerly awaited new albums - Bliss and Chakra Meditation CD - and the Top 12 Yoga Schools in Sydney are getting behind it!

Edo and Jo live half the year in a rural village in South India immersed in the ancient vedic tradition of mantra and bhakti yoga. The two-year journey of writing and recording these new cds spans two continents, contrasting locations and inspirations. From a little village recording studio to the famous Indian composer A.R Rahman's studio (Slumdog Millionaire) in Chennai, flying across the ocean to Sydney's Alberts studios home to Australian icons Easybeats and AC/DC, you are left with a unique sonic palette of classical Indian instrumentation, vintage keyboards/organs, eclectic beats and electric guitars to marry the ancient with the modern. Soothing, uplifting, mesmerizing and electric! 

The evening will be a joyous and deep experience, starting with a meditation led by Conscious Club co-founder Gary Gorrow and flowing into the bliss of chanting with Edo and Jo.

"These records have been made possible due to the support of a beautiful community and family of dear friends who have given so generously to our pozible crowd funding campaign. Thank you for making this new music a reality! We hope you enjoy the records... we will get you the cds before the launch!"

5% of proceeds will go to A SOUND LIFE charity, bringing the healing power of music and yoga to those in need -

When : Sat 16 August, 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:45pm)
Where: Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington
How much: $35 (online), $45 (door)

3 options for tickets for purchase online:
Option 1: Ticket only - $35 (online), $45 (door)
Option 2: Ticket + 1 CD -  $50 ( $10 discount for pre-purchase CD)
Option 3: Ticket + 2 CDs  - $70 ($15 discount for pre-purchase CD)

Soup, chai and treats will be available on the night by Angie Gluten Free.
CDs will be available on the night for $25.

Chidren under 13 years free!