Sacred chants at Mahalo

BRATTLEBORO — The popular New England Kirtan leader Adam Bauer brings his sacred chants to Brattleboro at the Mahalo Art Center, 972 Western Ave., at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 22. The suggested donation is $15 to $20 at the door. This show will be Bauer's unofficial release gig as his new album "Wonderville," his second, drops on noted Kirtan label Mantralogy that day.

Joining him on this gig are Mitch Pashawari Cohen on drums, Eric Olsson on guitar, Joseph Kalidasa Getter (Mirabai Moon) on woodwinds and drums, Garrett Sawyer on electric bass, and Jacqueline Glen and Ananda Devi on vocals.

Bauer travels the globe sharing the heart-expanding beauty of group chanting in gatherings large and small. From Bhakti Fest and Wanderlust to more intimate festivals, ashrams and yoga studios, he enchants and inspires listeners with his deep, soulful presence wherever he goes.

Bauer spent much of his Boston childhood on a bicycle exploring Harvard Square, absorbing the rich cultural ferment of the 1970s. Unsatisfied with the socio-economic offerings of the early 1980s, at 18 he took his vows of renunciation, poverty and celibacy and lived as a monk for several years, studying massage and healing work while living in a small but vibrant community above The Western Front, a funky jazz and reggae club. He eventually rejoined the mainstream world again, but never quite shook a core orientation of service and renunciation.

The later 1980s found him studying Hatha Yoga with Eddie Modestini — a practice of solo-healing he experienced as a complement to the work of giving and receiving healing touch with others. He was also discovering music, starting a 15-year gig playing bass in The Equalites, a reggae-rock band he co-founded who became a cornerstone of the music scene in western Massachusetts.

His post-monk plan of moving to a remote stretch of the California coast instead turned into decades of vibrant life in rural Massachusetts. He has been homesteading for almost 30 years at Tree Toad Farm near Amherst, Mass., where he offers healing session work, special events, and customized retreat accommodations for people hungry for a nourishing alternative to the pace and practices of modern living.

Bauer was blessed to spend many years playing bass in support of sacred chant pioneer Krishna Das, and later with Bhakti Yoga legend Shyamdas, both of whom nourished his love of sacred sound and the yoga of devotion. For the last several years, and especially since Shyamdas' passing in 2013, Bauer has been on the road offering his own voice, teachings, and kirtan across America, Canada, and India. A lifelong student of the devotional life, Bauer enjoys sharing perspectives on the path of love and devotion wherever the opportunity arises.

Trained and certified as a massage therapist, ontological coach, and neo-tantric practitioner, he brings a variety of experience into his coaching and hands-on session work. A longtime student of the I Ching, sacred sexuality and sacred song, Bauer works to synthesize and integrate life in a body with love, healing and devotion.


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