Monk Party
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Monk Party


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"BLURT: "And They Can Cook""

"All three of us really are monks, though we don't perform with shaved heads and robes," says Monk Party keyboardist Sujantra. "I spend about two months a year studying with our spiritual meditation teacher, Sri Chinmoy, usually in New York, as does Marichi [guitarist] and Shapathanal [drummer]."

Says Sujantra, "When Sri Chinmoy goes into a meditative state, sometimes he writes simple melodies, which we then create a song around.... We call the music a 'meditative wall of sound.' It comes from the same place of calmness we achieve in meditation. A lot [of songs] are instrumental, but some have lyrics.... In 'Like the Supreme Lord Shiva,' we sing about the Hindu god of transformation."

Sujantra is one of the founding operators of the Normal Heights vegetarian restaurant Jyoti-Bihanga, which is a virtual shrine to Sri Chinmoy that's been run by his student followers for nearly 20 years.

"We aspire to create a small corner of the world that is inundated with the spirituality and philosophy of our meditation teacher," says Sujantra.

Monk Party appears December 16, 2006 at the Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga Studio in Normal Heights. Says Sujantra, "Our trap set drummer is in New Zealand, so I'll be switching from keyboards to Indian tablas for an acoustic night. It'll be a quiet set.... We don't usually attract guys who shout, 'Play "Free Bird"!'"
-- Jay Allen Sanford - San Diego Reader


Tracks are available through the band's myspace page, CDs are available from CD Baby.



Sujantra Mc Keever says, “People often think of meditation as tranquil and passive but true meditation reflects nature and nature is both beautiful sunsets and raging storms. They bring the duality of life into the lives of their listeners. That’s a Monk Party.”
The trio’s unique sound, a blend of traditional Indian melodies and modern ambient forms, originates from the simple melodies created by Sri Chinmoy during deep meditative states. All three members are monks, although they don’t perform with shaved heads and robes. The group usually spends about two months per year in New York, studying with meditation guru, Chinmoy.