An Exceptional Voice and an Exception to the Rule
By Joel Davis
Whether it’s from her eagerly- anticipated record or live in concert, mantra enchantress Deva Premal’s exquisite voice will re-sound in yoga studios, meditation rooms and concert halls around the world in 2007. This September, Deva and her partner Miten embark on a 23-city North American tour in support of her new release, Deva Premal Sings the Moola Mantra.
Deva learned the Moola Mantra during a recent visit to the Oneness University in Chennai, India, home of the growing Oneness community, among which the mantra is particularly cherished. That momentous visit brought the engaging German-born singer and Miten, her companion in music and life, full-circle to the roots of their musical and personal partnership — a bond that formed in India nearly two decades ago, when they met and began making music together in the ashram of visionary teacher and author, Osho (formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh).
In the 80s, British-born Miten eschewed the rock & roll success he had enjoyed in London to pursue a more spiritual life path, applying his considerable talents as the director of the ashram community’s musical programs. It was in that context that he was taken by the unique, crystalline purity of the young Deva Premal’s voice. Out of their work together, an enduringly love and winning musical adventure blossomed.
Deva’s parents were themselves spiritual seekers. Her father taught himself Sanskrit, creating a handwritten Sanskrit dictionary and singing mantras to Deva in the form of bedtime lullabies. At the ashram years later, she rediscovered the beautiful Gayatri mantra, which she had known as a child, and made a simple recording of it to share with practitioners of mantra meditation.
That “simple recording” was The Essence, an album which unexpectedly became a beloved perennial favorite and worldwide best-seller, launching what can only be described as a phenomenal career for Deva and Miten. Ten years later, they still tour the planet like global gypsies, performing for ever-growing legions of devoted fans.
Deva Premal and Miten are truly an exception to the rule, with their career thriving and renown growing at a time when the music industry in general is seeing a downward spiral in sales and a marked decline in new artist development.
Exuding joy, warmth and purity of intention, Deva and Miten commune in silence
with their audiences after each song, gathering new fans with every
This fall’s tour is sure to be no exception, with concerts scheduled as follows:
8/31 - Rhinebeck, NY
9/8 - Philadelphia, PA
9/11 - New York, NY
9/14-16 - Boulder, CO
9/19 - Calgary, AB
9/22-23 - Seattle, WA
9/26 - Portland, OR
10/3 - Santa Barbara, CA
10/6/7 - Los Angeles, CA
10/11 - Las Vegas, NV
10/13 - TBA
10/17 - Flagstaff, AZ
10/19/21 - Phoenix, AZ
10/25 - Santa Fe, NM
10/28 - Encinitas, CA
10/16 - Miami, FL
11/13-16 - Kona, HI
11/18 - Sebastian, FL
11/22 - Nassau, Bahamas
12/1 - Maya Tulum, MX
12/11 - Maui, HI
Deva Premal Sings the Moola Mantra is constructed as a five-part suite showcasing the Moola Mantra in a tranquil soundscape of sitar, bansuri, dotar, string quartet, grand piano, tabla and ambient electronica. Produced by Ben Leinbach, the recording features special guest musicians Jai Uttal, Kit Walker, Benjy Wertheimer and the extraordinary Nepalese flautist, Manose.
The Moola Mantra celebrates all spiritual paths and the balance of male/female
energy — pertinent since Deva and Miten conduct hugely popular Tantra Mantra
weekends for couples (including the first-ever in Maya
Tulum, Mexico, this fall) — and provides a serene backdrop for meditation
as well as for simple musical enjoyment.
Available from White Swan Records, the recording (along with an exclusive bonus CD), can be ordered from Amazon.com. For more information and tickets, visit www.DevaPremalUSA.com
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