Music is used in almost every facet of our service, other than the message, and it’s sometimes even used in the message. At USC, the music is coordinated with the minister’s message, is lyrically appropriate, high quality and heart-opening.
We have a talented and dedicated Music Team led by Todd Lowry on piano who is joined by other team members, Brian Griesmeyer, Kent Pittsenbargar, and occasional guest musicians. We also have a different professional vocalist featured each week. Our regular rotation includes Bill Brooks, Dianna Hughes, Anne-Marie Lax, and others. At times, we bring in special guest musicians from other parts of the country. Our professional-quality sound system allows us to capture music and our Sunday message with clarity and beauty.
Sacred Chants: An Evening of Kirtan
We have had the joy of presenting a monthly evening of Kirtan in the Albuquerque community over the past decade. Its third incarnation was launched as SACRED CHANTS. We currently present our monthly Sacred Chants both in-person and on Facebook Live. Featuring musicians within the Unity community, local guests, and national touring artists, Sacred Chants events at USC celebrate the joyful and sacred practice of devotional chanting and the sacred songs from many spiritual traditions.
During these gatherings, mantra, music and meditation come together as a creative and timeless vocal spiritual practice. Members of the Kirtan Musicians leading the chants are: Todd Lowry (keyboards), Suzanne Taichert (percussion & Celtic harp), Brian Griesmeyer (guitar), Martyne Backman (harmonium), Lesley Goddin (drums).
Individuals participating create the opportunity to experience greater peace, personal transformation and insight. All are welcome and encouraged to sing, dance, and meditate as the energies unfold throughout the evening. No musical training or experience is required. It’s not about right notes, it’s about authentic spirit! We gather with the understanding that our open hearts and voices are an offering of love and devotion to the Divine and a blessing to all.
Feel free to bring your meditation cushion or yoga mat. Some back jack and regular seating will also be available. Doors will open 20 minutes prior to the event. Use main entrance unless you required special access due to special needs. Those individuals may enter via the south ADA accessible door. Your admission love offering helps us to cover expenses including the space.
Come and join us for the songs that express love, devotion, spiritual connection, mythological stories, oneness with God, and social connection and evoke a whole realm of emotions, engaging for the performers and the audience. There’s also room to move or dance to the singing.
Check our calendar and Events to see when the next Sacred Chants is coming. You can also get on the email list for updates or cancellations; to do so, email firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time, events are scheduled based on availability of venue/team musicians on a Friday or Saturday evening. The intention is to host at least one event a month. Start time is 7:00 pm with the final closing by 8:30 pm. Most chants are presented in call and response fashion and lyrics will be projected on a screen.
Unity Spiritual Center ABQ also holds occasional concerts. Check our Events for updates!