Live Music and Yoga with Girish & Gennica Cochran
Saturday, April 30th 7-8:30pm
Seaside Studio (1360 Fremont Blvd, Seaside)
Experience the magic of live music - powerful Sanskrit chants set to modern melodies - while you practice yoga.
Let go and let your yoga flow through the beats and rhythms of Girish's soul stirring tunes. Class ends with a Sanskrit lullaby during savasana followed by one call and response chant. This is a truly magical and incredible musical and yoga experience that allows you to go deeper into your practice and your body.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door
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Check out music by Girish!
Drumming has always been instinctual to Girish, flowing freely
from his fingers and knowing no musical bounds. In his teens, he
started experimenting with pop, rock, jazz and orchestral music. His
first experience of music as sacred art came in college, playing with
jazz bands. "During improvisational sessions," he recalls, "there were
these unexplainable moments of synchronicity and intuition that felt
Girish is an eclectic artist with
roots in jazz, world, and sacred music. His musical talents find
expression in a wide array of instruments – including tablas, world
percussion, guitar, harmonium, and voice. For as long as he can remember, Girish has
created rhythm to accompany life. When he was eight years old, his
parents gave him a little red snare drum as a bargaining tool to stop
him from banging on everything else in the house.
These moments came just as Girish was feeling pulled toward a
sacred life. A college philosophy class inspired him to explore
spirituality through Kundalini yoga, meditation, and the study of
Eastern scriptures. By the time of his college graduation, Girish was
so deep into these practices that he decided to move into an ashram in
the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Thus began an unexpected journey-a
seeming detour that inadvertently nourished his musical artistry.
Girish lived in the ashram for five years, giving up music and
taking the vows of a monk in the Divine Mother tradition called
Dakshina Marg or Mahashakti Yoga. Yet, here, another compelling sound
force emerged for Girish: the chanting of Sanskrit mantras. As a monk
in the ashram he spent hours every day chanting. Girish also studied
Sanskrit as a means to understand the deeper meanings of these ancient
chants, and helped his teacher translate dozens of hymns.
He thought he had given up music for his spiritual practice, but one
day he happened upon a set of tablas at the ashram and was instantly
compelled to play them. This event set him on a life-changing course.
Guided as always by rhythm, and now by his spiritual pursuits, Girish
began to study tablas with Jagadish in the Nada Yoga tradition (yoga of
sound current), which emphasized the spiritual import of music. He
also traveled to New York to learn the art of Indian drumming at Siddha
After New York, Girish then connected with the musician and spiritual
teacher Bob Kindler, known as Babaji. "From Babaji, I learned that
sacred music is a viable outlet of spirituality, one that is profoundly
uplifting and transformative," says Girish. It became clear to him that
his innate musical passions didn’t conflict with, but in fact lead to a
spiritual livelihood. Traveling and performing with Babaji helped
cement this notion.
Girish also studied with legendary tabla master Swapan
Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar School of Music in Marin County, California.
It was in northern California that Girish met other musicians at the
forefront of the chant music explosion in this country. Krishna Das was
just gaining popularity at that time and Girish played with him
regularly. In this context, Girish was quickly introduced to a wider
world of music for yoga. Soon he was accompanying many of the names in
the yoga music genre, including Wah!, Dave Stringer, Donna DeLory,
Thomas Barquee, Snatam Kaur, Shanti Shanti, Steve Ross, Swaha, and
Rasa. His move to Los Angeles in 2000 brought him to the nation's
epicenter of chanting and world music.
As a session player, Girish's work has aligned him with the likes of producers Glen Ballard (Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morrisette) and Michael Brook (Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour)
as well as the creative team at Lucas Art. His talents are featured on
some of the most popular recordings in the world music/new age field