Kirtan with Jim Gelcer featuring Matt Pszonak
on Sat Feb 2, 2013 @ 8pm
@ Downward Dog Yoga Centre
735 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G1
(2nd floor on Queen, west of Bathurst at Tecumseh)
Join kirtan singer Jim Gelcer and guitarist Matt Pszonak for an evening of meditative mantra music. Come beat the February blues by opening up your voices and experiencing the healing power of transcendent sound.
Buffalo native, Matt Pszonak, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording engineer, and producer. In 2001, he opened Groovetree Recording in Venice, CA. His clients included Sarah McLachlan, Meshell Ndegeocello, and critically acclaimed songwriter Tom Freund. His production can be heard on the “Keepintime” DVD, a historic concert at the El Rey Theatre that features studio legends James Gadson and Paul Humphrey performing with the world’s top DJ’s.
While at Groovetree, Matt produced tracks for yoga teacher Shiva Rea’s “Jala” and “Nataraja” albums. He has worked with many artists who live in the world where yoga and music meet: Joey Lugassy, Jai Uttal, Brenda McMorrow, Steve Gold, C.C. White, Govindas and Radha, and Dave Stringer. He recently produced C.C. White”s “This is Soul Kirtan” and Steve Gold”s “Let Your Heart Be Known”.
Jim Gelcer is an accomplished singer, drummer, keyboard player, composer, and producer. Originally from Cape Town, and based in Toronto, Jim has recorded and performed around the world with artists as diverse as Lee Aaron, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Dave Young, and Reg Schwager. He is at home in a wide range of genres, including jazz, r&b, rock, pop, classical, and world music. His yoga practice led him to learn about and become immersed in kirtan — the joyous practice of singing sacred mantras to bring out our inner voice and true nature.
One of the few Canadian artists invited to perform at Bhakti Fest, Jim”s debut recording “Bhagavan” was declared one of the year”s best by Full Lotus Kirtan Show and In The Spirit. Yoga Chicago magazine called him “the perfect bhakti singer”. His kirtan style has been called “welcoming, inviting, and contagious”, and mashes up traditional Sanskrit chants with r&b, jazz, and rock.
Kirtan is call and response chanting that creates powerful positive vibrations and makes you feel good too.
PRICE:$ 20 + HST at the door, OR$ 15 + HST by February 1st