Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove
Formed in 2016, this high-energy Kirtan band features three outstanding chant leaders (Mike Cohen, Dawnia Dresser, and Michele Heaphy), who lead original chants, and have collectively released four albums and two EP's of original, accessible sacred chant music. A collection of accomplished Boulder, Colorado-based musicians, the Shakti Groove blends masculine and feminine energies with devotion and prayer to lift the spirit and awaken the soul. Their effervescent style brings brightness and warmth to energize and nourish the body.
The Shakti Groove features high-level professional musicians including cellist James Hoskins, bassist Bill McCrossen, vocalist Robyn Broyden, percussionists Ken Matarazzo and David Hinojosa and many amazing guest musicians!
This group has played at numerous Kirtan & Yoga Festivals (Bhakti Fest, Telluride Yoga Festival, Hanuman Festival, and more), regularly tours Colorado, and teaches hundreds of students annually through the Kirtan Leader Institute which Mike Cohen founded in 2010. They delight mantra enthusiasts at their regularly scheduled Boulder & Denver area Kirtan events.
Listen to the "Greatest Hits" of the Shakti Groove!
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Kirtan Leader Institute
Mike Cohen is also the founder of the Kirtan Leader Institute where he has trained and apprenticed thousands of aspiring Kirtan Leaders since 2010. Both Dawnia Dresser and Michele Heaphy are senior teachers within Kirtan Leader Institute.
Mike and the KLI teachers provide Kirtan education for all levels of students from total beginners to the highly advanced. They have guided students to share with others, build thriving chant communities, and write/record compelling original chants. KLI is a full-service school providing online group classes, self-guided (on demand) classes, and sacred chant mentorships throughout the year that lead up to KLI’s master classes and in-person intensives (in Boulder, Colorado) during the warmer months.
We are so proud of our twenty Kirtan Leader Institute students and alumni who have gone on to release professional recordings of their original chants - LISTEN HERE!Explore Classes
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