There's nothing quite so fun as a CD Release event for Roots, Rock, Rama! Jai Uttal's New Album Release Concert I've been to a few and they rock! Celebration, meditation, dance of the devas, and love song to the universe...Jai Uttal's new dbl album "Roots, Rock, Rama!" is all that and more. This will be held in the beautiful, new Community Meditation Center at Spirit Rock with a full band, & the wonderful voice of Jai Uttal.
The title "Roots, Rock, Rama!" is a play on the name of the Bob Marley song "Roots, Rock, Reggae." Marley is one of Jai's main musical influences, and disc 1 of his new album is deeply steeped in reggae's earthy rhythms, hypnotic bass lines, jubilant horn charts and soulful vocal harmonies. Jai calls this disc the "Rama Sun" CD. CD 2, known as "Rama Moon," evokes an entirely different mood. Grounded in the gentle, lilting sway of Brazilian samba, it touches on the pastoral splendor of the more acoustic tracks from the Beatles' "White Album." The Beatles are another major influence; Jai brings their pioneering fusion of Indian music and Western pop into the 21st century.
With his unique gift for phrasing and melismatic ornamentation, Jai can wrest a thousand moods from a simple Sanskrit mantra. "Roots, Rock, Rama!" represents not only a grand summation of Jai Uttal's musical and devotional journey but also a new chapter in conscious music-making. After all these years and many recordings, concerts and workshops, he's still wide open to new musical epiphanies. "The universe is filled with colors and melodies," he says. "They're just everywhere, if only we could see and hear them more clearly. I feel that all art exists to enhance devotional practice and devotional expression. So I just try to hear the melodies." Tickets available now; expect a full house!
Joining Jai will be Tina Malia, Sandy Cressman, Ben Leinbach, Josť Neto, Mark Gorman, Peter Apfelbaum, Jeff Cressman and others tba. Stay tuned for the full listing of band members, from Jai's Pagan Love Orchestra to his Bhakti band, and others who have supported Jai over the years...
Saturday, March 18, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre (Marin County)
Sliding Scale $30 - $100
Tickets at Spirit Rock Event page