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The Sai Anantam Singers

"... the beautiful melodies and stirring gospel rhythms retain their ability to raise the listener to a state of bliss." - The Quietus

"Performing a set that was just drums, keys, and a choir, the Sai Anantam Ashram singers led the theater’s crowd — some of whom were seated on pillows on the floor, rather than the standing room that existed at other shows in the room — in vigorous chants. (Everyone was handed a songbook as they entered the theater.) It was more of a spiritual experience than a gig you’d be used to seeing in a festival context." - Stereogum

"Pianist Surya Botofasina, who grew up in the ashram, plays pulsating, rhythmic gospel chords on the organ and piano, interspersed with the kind of swooping synth sounds that Alice loved. Eleven singers – three male, eight female – move between Hare Krishna-style chants and melismatic church harmonies, led by Surya’s mother Ekene Botofasina. Alice and John’s daughter, Michelle Coltrane, disrupts the trance-like meditations with some Aretha-style wigouts, Sandhya Sanjana provides a complex Indian raga, and there are even hints of Gregorian plainsong. Even for the stubborn atheists in the audience, this is music that has a rapturous spiritual energy – one that recalls Christopher Hitchens talking about the “transcendent and the numinous”. - The Guardian

"But now here we are, close to 2020", Botofasina marvels, "and this music feels almost brand new, to our emotional landscape... and our political landscape. And I feel an incredible amount of dedication, of loyalty and more than anything, just gratitude, for being able to be so close to this music for so long." - Vice

"The ashram singers, though, are wonderful. Shyam Reyes sounds (and looks) a bit like Michael McDonald, although his voice is richer and happier. When Michelle Coltrane (Alice’s daughter) solos on ‘Om Shanti’ it is tender and strong; Indian classical and jazz singer Sandhya Sanjana steps forward for a delicate, almost tentative raga. Radha is in charge, conducting the singers, pointing out the soloists in turn; she has a Madonna mic and a strong, kind gaze. She also sings, and she talks about her love and gratitude for Alice Coltrane, and leads a call and response with the audience. Who knew a call and response could be moving, so warm and gorgeous?" - The Quietus

“Backed by a keyboardist, bassist and drummer, the Sai Anantam Singers, led by musical director Surya Botofasina, were electrifying in their vibrant gowns and white garments. For nearly two hours they sang the music of Alice Coltrane with fervent passion and religious zeal.” - Downbeat