"In Snatam's voice...there is purity, clarity, and love."
- Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now
Snatam Kaur is a world-renowned, Grammy-nominated devotional singer, musician, teacher, and author, known for the stirring luminous quality of her voice and insightful teachings. She is currently embarking on an Into the Light Tour, with summer concert dates across Europe, the UK, and Israel. The tour corresponds to the release of Snatam’s 16th major album release, Nirankaar, and a new Mantra and Meditation workshop series she is teaching live during the tour, on Kirtan and Kundalini, her online school, and on YouTube. Snatam’s touring band includes Ram Dass (piano and vocals), Grecco Buratto (guitar and vocals), and Sukhmani, (percussion and vocals), the same extraordinary musicians who collaborated with her on Nirankaar.
Born in Jodhpur, India, and raised in the heart of San Francisco’s world music scene in Fairfax, California, Amar is a world music DJ, Sound Engineer, Event Producer & Coordinator. He is known for his Electric Vardo shows which brought a multi-cultural experience to San Francisco’s dance clubs featuring music, dance, culinary and visual art from the Middle East, South Asia, the Balkans, Latin America and beyond. He has hosted and collaborated with World Electronica music producers and DJs Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale, Azam Ali, Delhi 2 Dublin, David Starfire, DJ Dragonfly, Beats Antique and many others.
Having grown up in a musical household, Amar spent much of his childhood going to his father’s concerts. During his pre-teen years, he took an interest in the technical aspects of sound. His father, taking notice of Amar’s interest, would ask for his feedback during sound checks. Not long after that, Amar started paying close attention to, and eventually working with the sound engineers and learning from them.
Fast forward to life after going to university and obtaining a degree in International Business & Marketing, and starting up his own business as a gallery/store owner selling art, world music and fair trade crafts where he began to host intimate in-store concerts, Amar went to working full time as a DJ and sound engineer. His love for music and ear for sound nuances made this an easy choice, and a successful one.
With a focus on Classical Indian music and Devotional Chant music, Amar has run sound for many world renown musicians including Ali Akbar Khan, G.S. Sachdev, Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Snatam Kaur. As an event producer, he has worked with the SF International World Music Festival hosting Sachdev and Zakir at Grace Cathedral, co-produced many events including the Tribal Caravan dance festival in LA, and large-scale club events in the Bay Area.
Amar has been working with Snatam Kaur as her sound engineer since 2017, and has now taken on the role of Tour Manager.
Grecco Buratto is a Brazilian-born artist by nature, musician and record producer by trade, and a yogi by destiny. He began playing guitar at the age of 8. He relocated to Los Angeles to attend the Musicians Institute in 1995 and has since recorded with a long list of artists including Pink, Luis Fonsi, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, Earth Wind and Fire, Lamont Dozier and George Duke. He has toured all over the world with international stars such as k.d. lang, Gwen Stefani, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Leehom Wang, JJ Lin, Anastacia, Mandy Moore, and jazz legends Sérgio Mendes, Airto Moreira, and Flora Purim. Recent projects included a Live CD/DVD recording with Brazilian icon Roberto Carlos at Abbey Road Studios, k.d. lang’s Ingenue 25th Anniversary Tour, recording the Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical album Brazil305 by Gloria Estefan and select dates with American singer-songwriter LP.
Grecco has written music for the television shows Dawson’s Creek, Jack and Bobby, Everwood, and Brothers and Sisters, and has had a song placed in the feature film Last Vegas (co-written with Lucy Woodward and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Itaal Shur), and has recorded with film composers Gustavo Santaolalla, James Newton Howard, and Blake Neely for major motion picture soundtracks including Miami Vice, RV, First Daughter and Woman on Top.
Grecco speaks five languages and is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. He has taught internationally and at Yoga West L.A, where he began his journey in 2008 after experiencing an awakening of consciousness while on tour in the islands of Cape Verde. Under the guidance of Guru Singh, he became an avid student and practitioner of the technology, applying years of disciplined music training to his personal practice. He graduated Yoga West’s Teacher Training Level 1 Course in 2010 and began teaching, soon after. He completed his Level 2 training in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation in 2016.
Ram Dass Khalsa
Ram Dass Khalsa, known professionally as Ram Dass, creates music that is spiritually and emotionally restorative. His music opens the heart and stirs the soul. As a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter, he inspires a unique potency through collaboration and improvisation that creates art greater than the sum of its parts. His constant dedication to render the beauty of human experience, triumph, tragedy, and beyond, has led him to the world stage. He performed at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards, has played at Carnegie Hall, and continues to perform at venues around the world every year.
Ram Dass is at the forefront of a movement of musicians aiming to bring healing and solace to the world. In 2021, he recorded and produced a series of musical projects born from his own deeply personal human experience of joy and sorrow, collaborating with the duo AWARÉ to create the EP And Now He Has Wings, a musical journey through his recovery and healing after the death of his newborn son.
Born into a family of professional musicians, Ram Dass was raised to appreciate all musical genres and find the unique nuances of every song and composition he heard. He developed a near-encyclopedic knowledge of wide swaths of the musical landscape, which he calls upon to create novel and moving approaches to music production and songwriting.
Ram Dass produced the score for the film AWAKEN (2022), directed by Bob Degus, starring Gabrielle Anwar (Scent of a Woman), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, The 100, Scandal), and Dave Baez (Dexter, Days of Our Lives).
In 2020, he was the music producer for the EP Underworld, in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner Ian Urbina and singer-songwriter Jai-Jagdeesh, inspired by Urbina’s book The Outlaw Ocean, to bring attention to ecological crime, piracy, and trafficking on the high seas.
Live and touring credits include Snatam Kaur, Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman (the Art Ensemble of Chicago), Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, and Mary), Guster, and Tina Malia.
Production credits include Snatam Kaur, Jai-Jagdeesh, Nirinjan Kaur, and Adrienne Shamszad.
Sukhmani Rayat has distinguished herself as one of the only young female tabla players to emerge from the British Indian classical music scene. Sukhmani has been training under the careful guidance of Shri Bhupinder Chaggar, himself a disciple of the legendary late Pandit Sharda Sahai, master of the Banaras Gharana. While specialized in tabla, Sukhmani is a talented multi-instrument percussionist, something she credits to growing up in a Punjabi immigrant family in Leeds, UK, where she was surrounded by sounds of the city’s thriving and diverse music scene.
Sukhmani has performed and recorded extensively around the world where “she brings deep beauty, passion, and artistry to her playing.” Notably, she has toured and performed with artists such as Snatam Kaur, Ajeet, Jai-Jagdeesh and many more. Sukhmani is also a committed teacher of tabla to a host of students around the world—something that she holds in equal importance to her work as a performer.
In her recent transition to singing and songwriting, Sukhmani brings her rare understanding of rhythm and percussion to her own music, delivering sultry vocals over deep, driving beats. Her debut EP, Here, connects with and empowers listeners to be fully and unapologetically themselves.