Healing Voices Kirtan

is creating kirtan and mantra music

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Welcome to Healing Voices Kirtan on Patreon! YAASSS!!

The vision of producing healing chants and mantra music has been a long time coming, and it keeps getting bigger and better. The patrons of Healing Voices Kirtan are making that ever-expanding idea a reality, and I'm truly grateful. THANK YOU!


"Hi! So... WHO ARE YOU and, like, WHY and stuff?"
These are really amazing questions, and good on you for asking. My name is AJ, and I'm a singer, kirtan leader, recording artist, and music producer. I was introduced to this musical call-and-response chanting thang juuuust about 7 years ago when a friend asked me to come to a kirtan event he was leading. I'd never heard of it, we were singing in a language I didn't know, and the people were weird. But at the end of that evening, there was a palpable shift in my energy; in the person I was, and, I believe, the person I would become. Not long after that, I began singing response vocals and harmonies with my friend's group. In time, we recorded an album. I wound up co-producing another single we released. It keeps getting better and better. The core group of us still perform several times a year, with more recording on the horizon. <fingers crossed> 

During those 7 years, I sang with other kirtan leaders, too. I began learning more about mantras, about the stories connected to the names I was chanting, about Sanskrit... and I'm still learning. I doubt it will ever end. The healing aspect of this practice has always resonated very powerfully with me. Something physiological happens with your body and your energy when you chant these mantras, even more so when a community gathers to chant together. About four years ago, I began leading my own events under the Healing Voices Kirtan moniker. Now, after years of writing and performing my own chant compositions (OK, the mantras are ancient... it's just the music part that I write), this year I finally started professionally recording, arranging, and producing them because, well... it's time. And there's a LOT of ground to cover!


WHAT DO THE PATREON FUNDS GO TOWARD?
The funds raised here are applied toward a few different aspects of Healing Voices Kirtan's mission. 

1) MUSIC/STUDIO PRODUCTION: writing, recording, collaborating with other musicians and engineers, mixing, and releasing music that sounds good, feels good, changes our energy, and heals the world. There are software and equipment costs with music production, in addition to hiring incredible musicians who also believe in this sound healing modality. (Yeah, I said it!) There are costs to copyright and distribute the music, and costs to hire smarty-pants people to help get it into the hands and ears of more people in more places, all over the world. I'm working on mantra music singles (starting a new one each month), and have already envisioned at least two album ideas worth of kirtan music, so these are the types of kirtan music production projects Patreon helps fund. 

2) LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION: I love studio recording, but where the magic of kirtan and mantra music is really felt is when it's being shared with others. There's nothing quite like the energy that pulsates through a room when a big group is chanting together and celebrating love, consciousness, creativity, joy, Divine Mother Earth, and a list of other tree-hugging, hippie things that make life worth living. Yeah, I'm weird now, too. I definitely have my moments of flower-childness, but I'm also grounded and approachable... qualities I believe help me reach those who may have been reluctant about coming to an event, or who might be put off by the idea of call-and-response chanting and how all those weird instruments sound. Live kirtan events also have costs... again: sound and visual equipment, instruments, live musicians, venue rentals, travel costs, promotion and marketing, cookies!

3) ONGOING DEVELOPMENT: There's always more to learn and ways to keep developing. Even with a music degree, I continue to study and refresh my music theory. There are voice lessons and harmonium lessons and kirtan leadership lessons to be had. There are sound techniques and other healing modalities to understand, embody, and be able to communicate intelligently. There are software programs to learn and audio production workflows to better understand. There are mantras to delve more deeply into. There are set-ups and breakdowns to dissect. There are marketing strategies to develop and implement. There are tours to book and schedule, and contracts to write. These all take time, and many of them also require outside assistance of trained per-feshinuls.


WHERE IS THIS ALL HEADED?

Recording/producing and playing live kirtan events – this is the starting point. I really can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want or couldn't benefit from the healing energy of kirtan. I feel like the world needs a little more of that vibration at the moment. It's my vision to bring kirtan and mantra music to more people in more places; to make it accessible technologically and socially and musically. There's a much more far reaching discussion about this vision to be had, and that's part of what I'm sharing on this Patreon adventure.  

So maybe you're new to kirtan and mantra music, or maybe you're a seasoned practitioner. Wherever you land on the spectrum, Healing Voices Kirtan is creating a community that is affirming, aware, thoughtful, and musical. There's a whole world of people ready for our healing voices. If not us, who? And if not now, when? We're doing this together, and it's all happening right now!  -AJ

Tiers
Muladhara Patrons
$2 or more per month
The foundation on which everything else is built. You are the rock(stars)! 

Includes: 

  • Access to the HVK Patron-only activity feed
Svadhishthana Patrons
$5 or more per month
Nurturing and sustaining this journey. MP3 downloads of singles as they become available, and more.

Includes:

  • All of the above
  • MP3 download of the latest chant I’ve completed, produced, and am currently sharing with the world (next up is slated for June 30!) 
  • Behind-the-scenes access as I unbox new equipment and gadgets, and share all the parts that contribute to studio recording and live event performances
Manipura Patrons
$10 or more per month
Power and strength that's helping this music radiate around the world and back, and you'll get to see more behind-the-scenes of how that actually works.

Includes: 

  • All of the above
  • Video and/or live stream access creative meetings, mixing sessions, rehearsals, music lessons, and other activities related to my process of improving, creating, and performing this music to share with the world
Anahata Patrons
$25 or more per month
The heart of this project, coloring it with compassion, love, and beauty. We'll get to hang out as a group and learn cool stuff from even cooler peeps. Plus: ceramic swag! 

Includes: 

  • All of the above
  • Monthly, online group hangout: live Q&A with me (and the occasional special guest: other kirtan leaders, singers, healers, artists, and other amazingly cool peoples you’ll get to know). LIMITED BONUS REWARD: When available, a digital freebie from each interview guest – available only during the month the interview was originally posted (or while supplies last).
  • MP3 download of Facebook live chant recordings (originals or traditional chants only)
  • HVK coffee mug. WHAATTT?! (Merchandise is sent the month following your initial contribution. Example: your first pledge is processed August 1st, your merchandise ships in September. Mug design forthcoming.)
Vissudha Patrons
$50 or more per month
Vissudha is the chakra guiding this entire adventure, because ALL OF OUR VOICES MATTER. The world really needs them now more than ever, and here's another way for yours to be included: by joining in response on my next kirtan chant. 

Includes: 

  • All of the above.
  • Inclusion as a response singer on the current kirtan track I’m producing. YES! (You can record yourself with a smart phone!) Your responses will be part of the final recording.
  • By necessity, this also means you'll have early access to tracks what are in progress, giving you an inside view of how things progress and change.
  • Credit as a response singer on any liner notes/production notes connected with this release. You can choose to remain anonymous if you prefer.
  • HVK "I'm with the band" stainless steel water bottle. Again: WHAAAAAATTTTT?! The band needs hydration at all times, amiright? (Merchandise is sent the month following your initial contribution. Example: your first pledge is processed August 1st, your merchandise ships in September. Water bottle design forthcoming.)
Ajna Patrons
$150 or more per month
You see things on an entirely new level. We should talk about that, one-on-one! Then, make plans to gather a group every other month for exclusive, Patreon-only HVK events streamed right to your living room or community center! Internet connection required.

Includes: 

  • All of the above
  • Monthly one-on-one call or Skype with me (approx. 30 minutes) so we can connect and share what's happening in our lives!
  • For every two consecutive months at this level, you'll have access to a Patreon-only, live stream kirtan slated to happen every other month (beginning in August). This 60-minute kirtan will be wired for broadcast, so make sure you've got the good speakers and subwoofers hooked up. Invite friends and family to your home, or bring together a larger group in a community gathering space. Make it unique for your guests! A party, house blessing, special occasion, or maybe it's dinner and sacred mantra chanting with those you love the most.
  • After three consecutive months at this level, your name will be included as a Contributor in the credits on forthcoming EP/album
Sahasrara Patrons
$500 or more per month
You're accessing higher states of consciousness. Connected to the All-That-Is. In the KNOW.

Includes: 

  • All of the above
  • Contributor credit on forthcoming EP/album
  • For every five consecutive months at this level, I will travel to your hometown and lead a public Healing Voices Kirtan event for your community. Domestic only. International events are possible, but would require a separate, additional financial agreement.
Goals
1% complete
THANK YOU group hang

With this first milestone, we'll have an awesome online group hangout (on Google, Zoom, or some other fantastic virtual meeting space) and I'll profoundly express my gratitude! I'll bring everyone up to speed with what's on deck in my kirtan life, including sneak peaks at what I'm working on, as well as sharing more of my vision for bringing Healing Voices Kirtan to more and more people. (This hangout will include everyone at ALL Patron levels!)
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Welcome to Healing Voices Kirtan on Patreon! YAASSS!!

The vision of producing healing chants and mantra music has been a long time coming, and it keeps getting bigger and better. The patrons of Healing Voices Kirtan are making that ever-expanding idea a reality, and I'm truly grateful. THANK YOU!


"Hi! So... WHO ARE YOU and, like, WHY and stuff?"
These are really amazing questions, and good on you for asking. My name is AJ, and I'm a singer, kirtan leader, recording artist, and music producer. I was introduced to this musical call-and-response chanting thang juuuust about 7 years ago when a friend asked me to come to a kirtan event he was leading. I'd never heard of it, we were singing in a language I didn't know, and the people were weird. But at the end of that evening, there was a palpable shift in my energy; in the person I was, and, I believe, the person I would become. Not long after that, I began singing response vocals and harmonies with my friend's group. In time, we recorded an album. I wound up co-producing another single we released. It keeps getting better and better. The core group of us still perform several times a year, with more recording on the horizon. <fingers crossed> 

During those 7 years, I sang with other kirtan leaders, too. I began learning more about mantras, about the stories connected to the names I was chanting, about Sanskrit... and I'm still learning. I doubt it will ever end. The healing aspect of this practice has always resonated very powerfully with me. Something physiological happens with your body and your energy when you chant these mantras, even more so when a community gathers to chant together. About four years ago, I began leading my own events under the Healing Voices Kirtan moniker. Now, after years of writing and performing my own chant compositions (OK, the mantras are ancient... it's just the music part that I write), this year I finally started professionally recording, arranging, and producing them because, well... it's time. And there's a LOT of ground to cover!


WHAT DO THE PATREON FUNDS GO TOWARD?
The funds raised here are applied toward a few different aspects of Healing Voices Kirtan's mission. 

1) MUSIC/STUDIO PRODUCTION: writing, recording, collaborating with other musicians and engineers, mixing, and releasing music that sounds good, feels good, changes our energy, and heals the world. There are software and equipment costs with music production, in addition to hiring incredible musicians who also believe in this sound healing modality. (Yeah, I said it!) There are costs to copyright and distribute the music, and costs to hire smarty-pants people to help get it into the hands and ears of more people in more places, all over the world. I'm working on mantra music singles (starting a new one each month), and have already envisioned at least two album ideas worth of kirtan music, so these are the types of kirtan music production projects Patreon helps fund. 

2) LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION: I love studio recording, but where the magic of kirtan and mantra music is really felt is when it's being shared with others. There's nothing quite like the energy that pulsates through a room when a big group is chanting together and celebrating love, consciousness, creativity, joy, Divine Mother Earth, and a list of other tree-hugging, hippie things that make life worth living. Yeah, I'm weird now, too. I definitely have my moments of flower-childness, but I'm also grounded and approachable... qualities I believe help me reach those who may have been reluctant about coming to an event, or who might be put off by the idea of call-and-response chanting and how all those weird instruments sound. Live kirtan events also have costs... again: sound and visual equipment, instruments, live musicians, venue rentals, travel costs, promotion and marketing, cookies!

3) ONGOING DEVELOPMENT: There's always more to learn and ways to keep developing. Even with a music degree, I continue to study and refresh my music theory. There are voice lessons and harmonium lessons and kirtan leadership lessons to be had. There are sound techniques and other healing modalities to understand, embody, and be able to communicate intelligently. There are software programs to learn and audio production workflows to better understand. There are mantras to delve more deeply into. There are set-ups and breakdowns to dissect. There are marketing strategies to develop and implement. There are tours to book and schedule, and contracts to write. These all take time, and many of them also require outside assistance of trained per-feshinuls.


WHERE IS THIS ALL HEADED?

Recording/producing and playing live kirtan events – this is the starting point. I really can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want or couldn't benefit from the healing energy of kirtan. I feel like the world needs a little more of that vibration at the moment. It's my vision to bring kirtan and mantra music to more people in more places; to make it accessible technologically and socially and musically. There's a much more far reaching discussion about this vision to be had, and that's part of what I'm sharing on this Patreon adventure.  

So maybe you're new to kirtan and mantra music, or maybe you're a seasoned practitioner. Wherever you land on the spectrum, Healing Voices Kirtan is creating a community that is affirming, aware, thoughtful, and musical. There's a whole world of people ready for our healing voices. If not us, who? And if not now, when? We're doing this together, and it's all happening right now!  -AJ

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Tiers
Muladhara Patrons
$2 or more per month
The foundation on which everything else is built. You are the rock(stars)! 

Includes: 

  • Access to the HVK Patron-only activity feed
Svadhishthana Patrons
$5 or more per month
Nurturing and sustaining this journey. MP3 downloads of singles as they become available, and more.

Includes:

  • All of the above
  • MP3 download of the latest chant I’ve completed, produced, and am currently sharing with the world (next up is slated for June 30!) 
  • Behind-the-scenes access as I unbox new equipment and gadgets, and share all the parts that contribute to studio recording and live event performances
Manipura Patrons
$10 or more per month
Power and strength that's helping this music radiate around the world and back, and you'll get to see more behind-the-scenes of how that actually works.

Includes: 

  • All of the above
  • Video and/or live stream access creative meetings, mixing sessions, rehearsals, music lessons, and other activities related to my process of improving, creating, and performing this music to share with the world
Anahata Patrons
$25 or more per month
The heart of this project, coloring it with compassion, love, and beauty. We'll get to hang out as a group and learn cool stuff from even cooler peeps. Plus: ceramic swag! 

Includes: 

  • All of the above
  • Monthly, online group hangout: live Q&A with me (and the occasional special guest: other kirtan leaders, singers, healers, artists, and other amazingly cool peoples you’ll get to know). LIMITED BONUS REWARD: When available, a digital freebie from each interview guest – available only during the month the interview was originally posted (or while supplies last).
  • MP3 download of Facebook live chant recordings (originals or traditional chants only)
  • HVK coffee mug. WHAATTT?! (Merchandise is sent the month following your initial contribution. Example: your first pledge is processed August 1st, your merchandise ships in September. Mug design forthcoming.)
Vissudha Patrons
$50 or more per month
Vissudha is the chakra guiding this entire adventure, because ALL OF OUR VOICES MATTER. The world really needs them now more than ever, and here's another way for yours to be included: by joining in response on my next kirtan chant. 

Includes: 

  • All of the above.
  • Inclusion as a response singer on the current kirtan track I’m producing. YES! (You can record yourself with a smart phone!) Your responses will be part of the final recording.
  • By necessity, this also means you'll have early access to tracks what are in progress, giving you an inside view of how things progress and change.
  • Credit as a response singer on any liner notes/production notes connected with this release. You can choose to remain anonymous if you prefer.
  • HVK "I'm with the band" stainless steel water bottle. Again: WHAAAAAATTTTT?! The band needs hydration at all times, amiright? (Merchandise is sent the month following your initial contribution. Example: your first pledge is processed August 1st, your merchandise ships in September. Water bottle design forthcoming.)
Ajna Patrons
$150 or more per month
You see things on an entirely new level. We should talk about that, one-on-one! Then, make plans to gather a group every other month for exclusive, Patreon-only HVK events streamed right to your living room or community center! Internet connection required.

Includes: 

  • All of the above
  • Monthly one-on-one call or Skype with me (approx. 30 minutes) so we can connect and share what's happening in our lives!
  • For every two consecutive months at this level, you'll have access to a Patreon-only, live stream kirtan slated to happen every other month (beginning in August). This 60-minute kirtan will be wired for broadcast, so make sure you've got the good speakers and subwoofers hooked up. Invite friends and family to your home, or bring together a larger group in a community gathering space. Make it unique for your guests! A party, house blessing, special occasion, or maybe it's dinner and sacred mantra chanting with those you love the most.
  • After three consecutive months at this level, your name will be included as a Contributor in the credits on forthcoming EP/album
Sahasrara Patrons
$500 or more per month
You're accessing higher states of consciousness. Connected to the All-That-Is. In the KNOW.

Includes: 

  • All of the above
  • Contributor credit on forthcoming EP/album
  • For every five consecutive months at this level, I will travel to your hometown and lead a public Healing Voices Kirtan event for your community. Domestic only. International events are possible, but would require a separate, additional financial agreement.