Edo and Jo have been featured on national radio and various print, and online media.
YOGA JOURNAL GERMANY
December 2014, Germany
Edo and Jo were featured in Yoga Journal Germany with their song 'Om Shanti ' included in their Yogi Beats CD.
YOGIN'IT - THE SECRETS OF KIRTAN
Sonia Ribas, September 2014, Los Angeles
Edo and Jo, mantra musicians and yoga teachers, were interviewed by Yogin'it, a global online yoga portal, about the secrets of Kirtan. In their own words, “singing helps our throat chakra expand, so the energy can start flowing between our heart and our mind. The sound vibrations elevate our spirit. The more we do it, the more profound it becomes. The result: we experience an amazing bliss within.”
If you’re interested to hear about the amazing power of Kirtan, the bliss it creates and its powerful community effect, don’t miss our chat with them.
ABC RADIO NATIONAL - LIVE STUDIO RECORDING & INTERVIEW
Geoff Wood, August 2014, Sydney
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.
SOUL TRAVELLER RADIO - FEATURED ALBUM BLISS
The brand new album "Bliss" from Edo & Jo is now out and is Soul Traveller Radio's Featured Album this month.
Edo & Jo are acclaimed Australia/India based mantra musicians and singer/songwriters. For the past six years they have toured extensively throughout Australia, South-East Asia and India. Their music is an enchanting mix of Eastern mantra and Western pop that is both soothing and uplifting..
YOGA JOURNAL - CHANGEMAKERS
Diana Timmins, July 2014, Sydney
ABC RADIO NATIONAL - THE YOGA OF MUSIC
Geoff Wood, 17 November 2013, Sydney
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Stories of self-transformation and of lives changed, of a guru avatar and the search for the god within, of music and yoga – they all come together this week as we meet a young Australian duo, Edo & Jo, singer-songwriters and kirtan musicians practising the yoga of music.
Kirtan is mantra-based devotional music drawing on ancient Hindu scriptures like the Upanishads but influenced by the more recent Bhakti tradition of ecstatic worship. It’s also become a growing musical style in the West where the influence of post-rock and electronic music, and the lifestyle philosophy of yoga, have combined to create what’s been called New Kirtan. And right at the heart of this movement are our guests this week.
YOGI TIMES - KIRTAN ALIVE LOS ANGELES
Stephan Warth, 2013, Los Angeles
Kirtan Alive is a mantra folk-pop album performed by Australian Kirtan masters, Edo & Jo. The album comprises of nine sacred chants, most of which where recorded live in Sydney, and captures the voice of the yogic language effortlessly by virtue of grace and soul.
Kirtan is a form of the divine practice of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion that is open (universally) for everyone. They are vibration mantras, hymns, and sacred songs of the universe.
AUSTRALIAN YOGA JOURNAL - UNLEASH THE JOY
Sue White, 2012, Sydney
Take a chance on chanting and you may just find yourself in the heart of an ancient yogic tradition. Sue White interviews Edo and Jo and Dave Stringer about the history of kirtan, the power of mantra and how it's connected to yoga.
Excerpt from the article:
Like many Westerners now converted to kirtan, Kahn doesn’t just love the experience of the practice, but the speed at which it works. “It’s a fast way to experience peace in the body. The way sound resonates with the body is very instant. There’s something about a group coming together, too; when a group of people chant Om it changes the vibration in the room,” he says.
Dave Stringer is also eager to emphasise that like yoga itself, it’s not a religious practice. “I project the mantras on a screen, so people can follow them. I don’t use a spiritual name, I don’t wrap it in religious clothing. [And] I’ve learned to speak in a practical way about something that is essentially esoteric,” he says.