Dave Stringer has been widely profiled in publications all over the world as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement. Stringer’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel.
Initially trained as a visual artist, filmmaker and jazz musician, Stringer’s work underwent a significant shift when video editing work brought him to an ashram in Ganeshpuri, India in 1990. It has also been informed by a subsequent period of service teaching meditation to prison inmates, and expanded by his interest and research in neuroscience.
An articulate and engaging public speaker, Stringer probes the dilemmas of the spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor. His work intends to create a modern and participatory theatrical experience out of the ancient traditions of Kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.
In the last decade, Yoga has grown from Indian roots into a global cultural phenomenon. Simultaneously, Kirtan, an ecstasy-inducing, call-and-response form of mantra chanting, has experienced a worldwide renaissance. Stringer and a diverse ensemble of accompanying musicians travel extensively, headlining festivals in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Stringer often collaborates with internationally celebrated yoga teachers, creating music for workshops led by Shiva Rea, Bryan Kest, Gurmukh, Saul David Raye, John Friend, and many others. He has released six CDs under his own name, and his music is played in yoga studios worldwide. His voice also appears on numerous soundtracks, including the blockbuster film Matrix Revolutions and the video game Myst.
Stringer’s newest CD, “Yatra”, a collaboration with singer Spring Groove, has recently been released by Mantralogy Records in the USA and Silenzio in Europe.