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❝Dave Stringer has integrated his interest in Kirtan, an Indian tradition of devotional chanting, with his masterful grasp of Western popular music, creating an exciting style of psychedelic pop as informed by traditional Eastern music as the Beatles.❞~ All Music Guide

❝A departure from ancient kirtan. Stringer’s performance shaped the experience into a far more compelling musical encounter.❞~ The Los Angeles Times

Dave Stringer is a Grammy®-nominated producer, singer, songwriter and innovative modern Kirtan artist, profiled in publications all over the world. Stringer’s sound connects the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American Gospel and the ringing harmonies of Appalachia. He is currently featured in the documentary films Mantra: Sounds into Silence and The Power of Mantra. 

Initially trained as a visual artist, filmmaker and jazz musician, Stringer’s focus shifted significantly after video editing work brought him to an ashram in 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.

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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 venerable traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.

In the last decades, 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, giving concerts, workshops and retreats worldwide.

He was nominated for a Grammy® in 2016 for his work as the producer and co-writer of the album Bhakti Without Borders, and nominated as an artist for a Grammy® in 2023 for Mantra Americana along with collaborator Madi Das. Mantra Americana II, the sequel, is now in current release. Thrum, a recording of jazz-inflected duets in English with singer-songwriter Sheila Nicholls, is set for release in the Spring of 2024.

❝A volcano of a voice! Stringer transported us to another time and place. His fiery, soulful voice gave the entire room a feeling of a down-home gospel jam and one could not help but sing along.❞~ LA Yoga Magazine