Sean Johnson is a New Orleans based Yoga teacher, kirtan artist, and all around rockstar!
About Sean and the Wild Lotus Band
New Orleans World Music Trio Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band is celebrated as one of the leading voices in Western Kirtan Music – merging mantras with evocative rock, world-funk, and trance grooves. The band apprears on Putumayo World Music’s recently released compilation, Yoga, co-curated by Sean, and is signed to Nettwerk/Nutone Music, home of Sarah McLaughlin, Barenaked Ladies, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das, David Newman, Donna DeLory, and more.
Vocalist and harmonium player Sean Johnson is the founder of the band. He’s been leading kirtan across the U.S. and abroad for over a decade. His voice is equally influenced by vocal exploration of his ancestral Irish heritage as well as study in Indian vocal music and love of the path of bhakti yoga– the yoga of the heart. Sean is also the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga Studio and Soul School, a yoga and spirituality teacher training program in his native New Orleans. He has a Master’s degree from The Naropa Institute with a focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice. He shares the practice of mantra in an inviting and accessible way that taps into the universal spirit of life and music- weaving stories, myths, and poetry. Grammy nominated kirtan artist Jai Uttal says “Sean’s voice is a warm, soothing river of serenity.”
Bass and guitar player and New Orleans’ native Alvin Young spent years on the fabled Crescent City music scene playing with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, local legends James Booker and James Black and many more. His voice on bass and guitar weaves the jazz, rock, classical, and folk styles he’s been immersed in for the last 35 years. The hallmark of Alvin’s expression on the bass is a rare and deeply melodic quality that illuminates the trio’s sound. Music has been a pivotal part of Alvin’s spiritual journey.
Percussionist and singer Gwendolyn Colman brings a unique ethnic sound to the band with years of experience drumming with middle eastern ensembles, flamenco troupes, and avant garde bands. Her ‘ride’ includes frame drums, cajon, high hat, kick drum, doumbek, and karkobs, playing with merging ancient rhythms with a modern, urban flare. Gwendolyn can move seamlessly from a traditional middle eastern trance rhythm, to subtle jazz brushwork, to a New Orleans hip hop street groove. Her powerful vocals are influenced by early opera training. Gwendolyn’s spiritual quest has led her from Rastafarian to Baha’i to yoga – with the heartbeat of her drum always at the center.
Together Sean, Alvin, and Gwendolyn create a contemporary world-spirit music that evokes and expands on the magic and mystical feelings first stirred in the pioneering golden age of East-West musical exploration in the 1960’s. The soul of New Orleans meets the spirit of India.
Sean and the band headline festivals and conferences and lead bhakti and kirtan intensives worldwide, and are the first kirtan band ever to the the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
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Calling the Spirits
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Home Studio Schedule
When not on tour, Sean teaches three classes a week at the studio he founded, Wild Lotus Yoga, in New Orleans. Schedule Below:
6pm – 7:30m Shakti Flow Yoga
6pm – 7:30pm Floating Lotus: Serenity Yoga (gentle)
6pm – 7:30pm Flow Yoga
Current Tour Dates
BhatiImmersion – New Orleans, LA
Plantation Antique Gallery – Mobile, AL
River Rock Yoga – Ocean Springs, MS
Bliss Yoga – Baton Rouge, LA
February 25th – 26th
Texas Yoga Conference – Houston, TX
Wild Lotus Yoga – New Orleans, LA
April 15th – 17th
BhaktiFest Spring OMmersion – Joshua Tree, CA
“A joy to listen to whether you’re a yogi or anyone who appreciates wildly creative music.” - Yoga Journal
“Their music will ignite the world…a hybrid of East and West that will bring joy to your heart and get your body boogieing.” - Yoga Chicago
“Perhaps the most powerful version of “I’ll Fly Away” at The New Orleans Jazz Festival came from Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band. As he droned it as a private dirge in the Lagniappe Stage, his intensity silenced the talkers and sat those who wanted to dance or rhythmically clap, which would have forced a beat on a version that worked just fine without one.” - Offbeat Magazine
“Sean’s voice is warm, soothing river of serenity.”–Jai Uttal, Grammy-nominated Kirtan singer
Sean and The Wild Lotus Band crack your heart open into a million pieces of sweetness.” –Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi, Laughing Lotus Yoga, NYC & SF
Check out this video of Sean and the Band at Bhakti Fest!
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