The Kirtan Choir is more of an idea than a "band". Taking it's name from the ancient Indian practice of kirtan, in which devotees seek to achieve a state of ecstasy through the repetition of sacred names, this experimental chamber orchestra approaches music with a minimalism that focuses on listening to something larger than the sum of it's parts for inspiration. Each manifestation of the group features different instrumentation and personnel. But the idea of this intimate, sonic simplicity and egalitarian focus on listening to the whole rather than showcasing the individuals is ever consistent.
released 07 February 2012
on CD by Jeunesse Cosmique (Canada) and on tape by Skrot Up (Denmark).
Barbara Arriaga plays cello and sings.
C.J. Boyd plays electric bass, harmonica, cymbal, and sings.
Jim Edwards processes these sounds into something else entirely.
This experimental chamber orchestra approaches music with an ethos of minimalist, intimate, sonic simplicity. Listening for spaces between notes, they establish an egalitarian improvisational love of the whole sound rather than mere individuals.