What is Mantra Hop ?
Bringing the Bliss of Kirtan with the ecstasy of dance !
From Indian Classical Music to progressive & universal sound orchestrations with interactive Mantra Chanting and Singing with hip hop rhythmic raps, low-fi beats and sub bass frequencies. Chant & Dance to become the co - creative Mantra Hop experience blended within a musical world of live instrumentation based on Rhythm & Raga.
After two years of full time study under a scholarship at SAE media institute because of Covid lockdowns world wide, Shivam Rath has reinvented a new style of sacred mantra music blending his Indian Classical training and signature Crystal Slide with electronic music production. Hence the birthing of the new album Mantra Hop.
This is an initiative focused on group mantra singing mixed with movement and dance from electronic low-fi beats, sub bass and live instrumental looping based on Indian Classical Music, creating a dynamic journey from subtle ceremonial silence, lush atmospheric sound scapes to upbeat dance music, mantra chants, live instrumentation and then returning back to the meditational space.
This flow or structure is also what one would expect in a traditional yoga class and also the format of Indian classical music and is a new type of sharing with never before released music and with moment to moment real time looping and improvisation. The music reflects a fine balance of freedom within the structure and a blend of that which is ancient, timeless to the modern day tastes of technology. A fine blend in simpler words of the head and the hear
What is Mantra & Why Chant ?
Simply Put Maan in Sanskrit means : Mind
& Tra - Liberation .
We chant to free ourselves from the binding chains of the mind and repetitive mental patterns, programs, conditioning. That and to also focus and manifest positive intentions through the power of sound vibrations and the collective energy of group chanting.
What Is Raga ?
The ancient classical music of India originates from nature, it was connected through spirit by priests chanting mantras and invoking the spirits through melody and rhythm. That music was not for entertainment purpose but for focus and spiritual practices. It is with this intention the practice of devotion remains with Indian Classical Music of today and the basis of the Raga Sphere.
Shivam studies and plays music from a vast array of styles an original platforms as can be seen from his above album collection. When teaching and conducting workshops and seminars this is also often the case. A reflection to the musical upbringing and mixed culture of our modern day. This often helps students identify and integrate what they learn, theory and practical back into the larger society and world at hand.
Teaching largely from Indian Classical Music to progressive & universal sound orchestrations. Become the experience of group singing in the ‘harmonic sphere’ of Raga, Mantra, Yantra and Tantra. Charge and heal the physical and subtle body through: Voice and vibration alone. Unveil the universal language of music: Apply it to any life practice, dance, song, instruments.
Since Raga's are already established entities created through the centuries from teacher through student, seldom is ownership governed over the individual Raga's; making them separate from the musician thus the player feels they are the vehicle not the creator.
They are channeling the Raga.
(Note there are hundreds if not thousands of Raga's conveying very specific and individualistic moods, colours and atmosphere.)
What I teach students ?
Inspire the universal language of sound through voice and apply it to ones own unique expression, instrument dance or song
The Indian 'Do Re Mi' ~
Sa - Re - Ga - Ma - Pa - Dha - Ni - Sa (high octave)
Ultimately; universal Language is Music! Whatever language we put on top of it, ultimately the melody, the rhythm and the sounds can be felt, heard and understood to any different onlooker around the world. In Indian instrumental music, percussion and even dance it is well understood that before playing or acting out the composition, raga, song or recital etc - you learn to speak it.
It is this direct association of conscious clarity that gives brain to body action and with the same clarity. Thus the Harmonic Sphere workshop is mainly focused on vocal activity to imbibe the correct sounds, pitch and tone and allow the map of language to be expressed and experienced through the direct flow music (you may read it here, but less theory and more experience is my philosophy!)
During longer sessions, students will then take out instruments if they play one and apply their direct association of the musical language they have been singing to the instrument for a far deeper recognition of the head to hand connection.
Vocalists will be taught how to apply lyrics, mantras etc upon the universal sounds they are learning to sing through the various Raga's chosen through the sessions, learning the relative connection and flow between notes in numerous ways and dynamics.
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