Mantra-based music is presented at the Lensic Performing Arts Center when The Wings of Mantra World Tour 2019 comes to Santa Fe on May 3.
Featuring Deva Premal, Miten and bamboo flutist Manose with support from band members Joby Baker (bass/vocals/keyboards), Rishi (percussion), and Spencer Cozens (keyboards), the concert includes traditional chants from India as well as original chants with a Western flair.
“I’ve known Deva Premal & Miten’s music for a long time,” says John Meade, who helped organize the Lensic performance. “Their concerts create a wonderful feeling of community spirit. They often encourage the audience to sing along with them. It’s a great audience experience.”
Meade expects the trio to play tunes from “Deva,” their latest CD, and other albums. Miten also plays songs from his album “Temple At Midnight.”
“It’s heart-centered music from genuine and wonderful people,” adds Meade.
A couple for two decades, Premal and Miten have been making music together since the late 1990s. Miten began composing original harmonic melodies for ancient chants and Deva sang the lead. They recorded their first album, “The Essence,” in Premal’s mother’s kitchen in 1998. Since then, they have recorded more than two dozen albums together, with Manose featured on some of them.