Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: The Ashram Experience


Legendary jazz musician and composer Alice Coltrane turned to Indian spirituality after her husband, John Coltrane, died in 1967. Eventually she opened the Shanti Anantam Ashram. By this time her own musical career had taken off.

Music was the foundation of Alice's spiritual practice and during this time she released music inspired by jazz, the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed with the Indian devotional music of her religious practice. Originally only made available through her ashram, these recordings were her most obscure body of work until the music was released widely to the public last year by David Byrne's Luaka Bop record label on the compilation entitled The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane.

For this special concert The Sai Anantam Singers, the musicians who were performers on the original recordings, will guide an intoxicating journey through Alice Coltrane's devotional music led by Surya Botofasina, who grew up on the Ashram.

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