A Grammy-nominated singer and pioneer in the world music community, Jai Uttal has led kirtans worldwide for more than 30 years. His musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries. From the hillbilly music of the Appalachian mountains to the passionate strains of Bengali street singers, from the haunting rhythms and melodies of ancient India to contemporary electric rock sounds, Uttal’s music distills the essence of diverse musical forms.
Early in his career, Uttal made regular pilgrimages to India, singing with kirtan wallahs in the temples of his guru Neem Karoli Baba, and studying with Ali Akbar Khan and master teacher Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Upon returning to the United States, he formed the Pagan Love Orchestra, which gained international prominence with the release of several critically acclaimed albums, including Footprints and Thunder Love. Uttal’s subsequent recordings continue to be prolific and widely praised. They include the Grammy-nominated Mondo Rama and Bhakti Bazaar.