Jim Gelcer is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed musician and composer. His love of music and yoga led him organically into the world of kirtan, where he is now in demand as a kirtan leader and has just released his first kirtan album, Bhagavan.
Kirtan is an ancient form of call and response singing. The idea behind kirtan is that by repetitive chanting of ancient Sanskrit and other mantras, we open our hearts and reveal our true nature. If you’ve ever been at a concert where the singer sang a line and then held the mike out to the audience and they sang a line back together, you’ve experienced a form of kirtan.
Jim artfully combines traditional kirtan with modern influences like jazz and world music into a unique blend unlike anything else you’ve heard. What happens when you combine a deeply devotional soul with a sophisticated pop music sensibility? At a live kirtan with Jim you may hear mashups of mantras with just about anything from Leonard Cohen to Bob Marley, Bill Withers, or even Black Eyed Peas.