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Illumination: Soundtrack for the Satya Yuga

by Michael H. Cohen

Illumination blends ancient Eastern mantras and modern Western grooves, masculine and feminine energies and the individual (I) with the collective (We) to create an extraordinary inner experience.
Genre: New Age: Yoga
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shiva Groove
5:28 $0.99
2. Hanuman Bolo
9:12 $0.99
3. Jay Jay Ma
8:19 $0.99
4. Maha Lakshmi
8:15 $0.99
5. Hare Om Shivaya (4/4 Version)
8:37 $0.99
6. Om Shanti Om
5:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Illumination blends ancient Eastern mantras and modern Western grooves, masculine and feminine energies and the individual (I) with the collective (We) to create an extraordinary inner experience. As you chant along with the many voices on these tracks, you are invited to relax, listen to others and allow their voices to pull the energy of these potent mantras through your heart. This process creates a profound inner illumination. As your experience ripples outward, it can illuminate others and transform the world - creating a portal to the Satya Yuga (Age of Truth).

Produced by Ben Leinbach at Old Bull Studios in San Anselmo, CA and Jeff Ciampa at Studio Orange in Columbus, OH. Mastered by Hans Christian at Studio 330 in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Illumination features virtuoso guitarist Gawain Matthews, and exquisite vocalists Joni Allen, Allie Stringer and Suzanne Sterling. Front cover art and design by Emily Balivet. Back cover photo by Joy Santos.

Michael H. Cohen – lead vocals, harmonium
Ben Leinbach - drum and percussion programming, keyboards, electric guitar, choir vocals
Jeff Ciampa – drum and percussion programming, keyboards (3, 4, 5)
Joni Allen – lead vocals (2, 5)
Johanna Beekman - choir vocals (2, 3, 5, 6)
Cameron Cohen - vocals (2)
Lakshmi Devi Dasi - choir and ad lib vocals (1)
Jim Feist – tablas (2)
Rob Fordyce - electric bass (1, 2)
Samantha Keller - choir vocals (1, 4)
Gawain Matthews - electric guitar (1-5)
Suzanne Sterling - choir and ad lib vocals (3, 6)
Allie Stringer – featured vocals (4), lead vocals (2, 5)

All music composed by Michael H. Cohen © 2006-16 Shiva Datta Music, LLC (BMI). © 2016, Shiva Datta Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved. “Om Shanti Om” contains a sample of ‘Mere Guru Dev’ by Jeff Kagel, published by Mustamullah Music (BMI). @ 2003. Used by permission of Licensor. All Rights Reserved.

Infinite thanks to Philip Lipetz, Swami Kaleshwar, Shirdi Sai Baba and the Guru Parampara for so generously sharing the wisdom of the Dattatreya lineage and the practice of Collective Spirituality. A deep bow of gratitude to the virtuoso musicians featured on this project: exquisite vocalists Joni Allen, Allie Stringer and Suzanne Sterling; virtuoso guitarist Gawain Matthews; renowned producers Ben Leinbach and Jeff Ciampa and gifted mastering engineer Hans Christian. Heartfelt appreciation to Rob and Shannon Crane and Cindy Marteney for providing beautiful and welcoming homes during the recording sessions. Finally, I am grateful to the many Kirtan Leader Institute students who have so fully and authentically stepped into the challenging, yet infinitely rewarding, practice of leading Kirtan. Your authenticity, love for Kirtan and desire to learn fills me with inspiration.

Om Namah Shivaya. Om Namah Shivaya. Om Namah Shivaya, Om.
Hare Om, Hare Om, Hare Om. Om Namah Shivaya.

These potent mantras open a channel for cultivating Divine Energy. Om Namah Shivaya… I humbly call on the profound energy of Lord Shiva the Transformer.

Hanuman Hanuman, Jay Hanuman.
Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay. Jay Hanuman.
Hanuman Bolo, Hanuman Bolo, Jay Hanuman.

All praise to Hanuman - the Funky Monkey - who is able to hold Masculine (Ram) and Feminine (Sita) energies within his Heart. May I grow my capacity to do the same.

Jay Jay Ma Kali Ma, Jay Jay Kali Ma.
Sita Ram Sita Ram, Jay Jay Sita Ram.
Hanuman Hanuman, Jay Jay Hanuman.

Victory to Kali Ma, the transforming aspect of the Divine Mother that cuts through negativity. Kali Ma, please help me overcome any obstacles (inner or outer) to embodying Masculine and Feminine energy within my Heart.

Om Aieem Kleem Shreem, Maha Lakshmeyei.
Maha Lakshmeyei.
Devi Sai-ee Ma.
Om Aieem Kleem Shreem. Om Maha Lakshmi-ayna Namaha.

This mantra expresses longing for the support and protection of Lakshmi, the goddess of spiritual and material prosperity. May I experience abundance and health, and gain access to profound spiritual energy.

5. HARE OM SHIVAYA (4/4 Version)
Om Namah Shivaya. Om Namah Shivaya.
Hari Om Shivaya.
Om Sai Shree Sai Jay Jay Sai-ee.

A hauntingly beautiful invocation of Shiva, who has the power to create sudden and profound endings for the sake of new and more beautiful beginnings. Lord Shiva, please remove that which no longer serves. Please make space for Divine Grace to flow and create within my self, relationships and life in the world.

Om Shanti Om, Shanti Om, Shanti Om.
Lokha Samasta Sukinoh Bhuvantu.
Om Shanti Om. I am Peace. We are Peace.

Mere Gurudev, Charanon Par, Sumana Shraddha, Ke Arpita Hai.
Tere Hee Dena, Hai Jo Hai. Wahi Tujha Ko, Samarapita Hai.

Om Prema Om, Prema Om, Prema Om.
Om Prema Om. I am Love. We are Love.

These closing mantras seal the energy of my practice in my heart. Endless appreciation for the One who brings light to those places where darkness resides. May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May all beings everywhere experience peace, love, abundance and creativity.

(Mere Guru Dev used with permission from Jeff Kagel, aka Krishna Das).



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What people are saying about Illumination
"A gorgeous production with superb playing and rock solid lead vocals. Mike Cohen has gifted us with very hip and creative 21st century devotional music. I'm sure this CD will be listened to for years to come.”
— Hans Christian, musician, owner of Studio 330 and Allemande Music

”I’ve always loved chanting along with Mike Cohen, whether it be with his recorded tracks or with him live in concert. But the new "Illumination" album has taken his music to a whole new electronic dimension! Accompanied by the smooth vocal stylings of Joni Allen, Allie Stringer, and Suzanne Sterling, Mike has remixed familiar mantras into my new favorite chants. This album will be getting a lot of play time on my show!"
~ Joni Yung, host of the Yoga Chat with the Accidental Yogist podcast

 "Illumination: Soundtrack for The Satya Yuga by Mike Cohen is a joyful expression of sacred chant that grooves. The vocal harmonies and layered instrumentation transport the listener to an ecstatic state. Mike's music is Ddiverse and could be used for anything from meditation to dance. Mike is a musician's musician."
--  Colleen Buckman (Kalyani)  singer/songwriter, producer and Kirtan Leader

“This is the real deal a joyous Kirtan album featuring Mike's rich vocals in Sanskrit accompanied by sublime female harmonies. All the tracks are good and mellow, perfect music to relax to but it has quite a rocky sound with an upbeat tone. Some of the tracks start slowly but in true Western Kirtan fashion build up even getting get quite wild like the particularly good Hanuman Bolo. Jay Jay Ma is super calming but builds up to ecstatic tempo and features Indian sound. Other tracks are mystical and deep like the beautiful Shiva Groove. The instrumentation on the album is varied and the beat is always solid. It's not really sitting down Kirtan but more likely to get you on your feet as each track develops into a fuller and faster sound. A Lovely album. “
— Ruth Levy-So, Sahai Sacred healing 

“Mike Cohen's new album, Illumination: Soundtrack for the Satya Yuga, is a welcome addition to any music collection. It is at once engrossing, empowering, and most certainly, illuminating. It comes at a time when the world needs this kind of uplifting and shared vision most. Each time I have the pleasure of listening I am left feeling
more connected, centered, grounded, and loved. I am grateful to Mike for this profound offering.”
— Erica Settino, Founder & Executive Director at Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc.

“Listening to Illumination, I immediately want to get up and dance and open my voice. The joy on this CD is infectious. Mike's joyful offering of Kirtan and teaching is a true gift to the world.”
—Jeanie Manchester, yoga studio owner, Kirtan Leader

“Illumination: Soundtrack for the Satya Yuga encompasses the fullness of deep sacred Devotion along with divine whimsical play. It is surprisingly light at times, and also deliciously humble in its devotion to the divine feminine. It is really a musical, Bhakti party to celebrate every time you sing along with it. Listening to Illumination makes me want to take out my instruments and crayons and get to work coloring outside the lines with reverence and intention. I love this album!”
— Carolina Lorenzo,  yoga teacher, therapist, Kirtan Leader

“I'm loving your CD! It's been on repeat in my car for days.”
--Markus Stobbs, poet

“Michael Cohen's latest CD release "Illumination" is a step forward into an exalted modern mystical Kirtan track!  Soaring guitar riffs backed by ancient drum grooves are filled with penetrating voices that uplift, engage and fill the soul with love and light. His tunes will have you dancing then sitting in meditation.  His compositions are exquisite.  Illumination does more than shine—it soars.”
— Robert Castellino, author, photographer, visionary ecologist

Katie Wise

Power and Grace!
Michael Cohen’s third album, Illumination, completes a series of three incredible and diverse albums. I’ve been listening to Mike’s music since I began my studies with him as part of his Kirtan Leader Institute in 2014. For his third release, Mike chose to collaborate with powerful producer Ben Leinbach- and boy am I glad he did! Rich vocal harmonies, infectious grooves, soaring guitar solos, traditional Indian instrumentation and electronic beats blend together to create something new and impactful. I put the CD on repeat, and soared into another state. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, Hare Om Shivaya started as a tender lullaby, and turned into an ecstatic rock explosion rarely heard in this genre. Michael is not only a gifted and powerful Kirtan leader, and skilled teacher, but a true and lasting musical force to be reckoned with. I’m grateful to know Mike, and I owe everything that’s opened up in my musical life to him.

Michael J Downey

Timeless mantra/groove with cutting edge energy
Michael Cohen comes of age with his new album “Illumination, Soundtrack for the Satya Yuga” and confirms his place as a true leader in this mantra/groove/devotional genre. Mike hails from Boulder, Colorado, where he founded the Kirtan Leader Institute and has trained hundreds since 2010, and travels nationwide, sharing his blessed musical talent in diverse settings from festivals such as Bhaktifest to yoga classes around the country. The infectious groove and his powerful, yet warm voice makes Illumination an ‘inner experience’ that can’t help but get the mind, body, and spirit moving.
From the deep resonant OMs and spoken word Sanskrit diving in to “Shiva Groove,” the powerful back and forth of his ‘om namah shivaya’ woven with electric guitar and smooth backing vocals creates this beautiful, unique, almost ‘crossover’ of mantra and mainstream.
“Hanuman Bolo” is an in-the-pocket groove, again with this unique, cutting edge style melded with timeless call and response vocals.
And in “Jay Jay Ma,” his call and response vocals are interwoven in a hypnotic, almost mystical groove.
There’ s softness and accessibility to “Maha Lakshmi” that’s lined with unbelievably powerful yet smooth backup/response vocals, and woven with an amazing electric guitar solo by Gawain Matthews.
Also easing into the flow, “Hare Om Shivaya” starts with a clean, clocking piano over a trance-like bed of flowing strings. This groove provides the perfect setting for the powerful call and response duet with Mike and a smooth female vocalist. And it builds and builds more vocals, drums, electric guitar, to a thundering, thundering end…
Finally, the piece de resistance, “Om Shanti Om,” the real, anthemic single that’s impossible to not get caught in its soulful groove. The chords start simple. The vocals reach out and grab you and won’t let go. Big, big backup/response vocal and Mike’s powerful voice build to a level that this anthem will leave you breathless!
This is one that’s going to become a trailblazer that is ultimately satisfying for his fans and devotees of devotional/mantra music, and also gather new travelers to this path, illuminating their way…