Russill Paul
Russill Paul

Acclaimed kirtan musician Russill Paul, author of The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant, and Jesus in the Lotus: The Mystical Doorway Between Christianity and Yogic Spirituality, will participate in the 2009 Himalayan Yoga Tradition Congress, hosted by The Meditation Center in Minneapolis.

The congress will be July 17 through August 1 at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus. Paul will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, in the Brady Educational Center Auditorium. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

As part of the Yoga congress, Paul will also lead a daylong workshop entitled “Sounds of Yoga” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 25. In this workshop, participants will learn the art and spirituality of kirtan. The cost of the workshop is $75.

Kirtan, a call-and-response musical style with roots in ancient devotional chanting of India, has been gaining popularity in the West over the last decade due to performers like Russill Paul, who has been giving concerts and teaching his unique musical style for twenty years. Of his work, legendary American folk singer Arlo Guthrie said, “The music of Russill Paul is not only distinctive, it is extraordinary and brilliant. His fusion of the sounds of India with the energy and technology of contemporary Western music produces a sound unequalled since George Harrison collaborated with Ravi Shankar in the late 1960s.”

Tickets for Friday’s concert can be purchased in advance at www.TheMeditationCenter.org or at the door the evening of the performance. Those interested in attending the “Sounds of Yoga” workshop can also register at www.TheMeditationCenter.org. For further information about Russill Paul, please visit www.russillpaul.com.

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