Ann Arbor Kirtan Members

Swami Atmananda Saraswati (Atmaji)
Lead vocals, harmonium
Atmaji is Co-Director of the nonprofit Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He began practicing yoga, chanting, and meditation in 1970. He lived in the Ann Arbor Siddha Yoga Ashram for 6 years and became a certified Siddha Yoga Meditation teacher under Swami Muktananda in 1978. He has subsequently been trained in the Shiva Yoga meditation techniques by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda and is an experienced meditation and Self-inquiry facilitator. Singing and accompanying kirtan for over 40 years, he has helped facilitate kirtans at ashrams, temples, yoga studios, retreats, festivals, and homes around the U.S., India, and Australia.
Dennis Chernin
Lead vocals, harmonium
Dennis K. Chernin, M.D., M.P.H. has actively practiced and taught meditation and breathing techniques for thirty years. His teachers were trained in the Himalayan Mountains in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Currently, he practices holistic and family medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Besides offering medical care, he also offers patients and students individualized instruction on meditation using chakras, mantras, and the breath. Dr. Chernin also serves as the medical director of two county health departments and is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine program.

John ChurchvilleJohn Churchville
Tabla, vocals
John has been performing and teaching music for over 25 years and continues to break new ground on both fronts. He has performed all over the world and is versed in many different styles of music. He is a specialist in Indian tabla drumming, drum set and percussion. He has won a Detroit Music Award in 2014 for his work on Joty Drums and was nominated again twice in 2016 for Sumkali's album Tihai. As an educator, John has taught lessons, classes, and workshops to thousands of students of all ages. He holds private studio classes for tabla drumming as well as general music lessons in the Sonic Workshop. John is currently a member of APME, ISME, NAfME and is a two-time nominee for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award. 

Alice Greminger
Cello, vocals
Alice Greminger

Swami Lalitananda Saraswati (Kashi Amma)
Lead vocals, harmonium
Kashi Amma is Co-Director of the non-profit, Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a 200 hour certified Hatha Yoga instructor, Self-Inquiry facilitator, and meditation teacher. Kashi Amma obtained her training in Australia at the Sri Nityananda Ashram under the guidance of her Guru Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda and Devi Ma Saraswati. She was also a member of the Sri Nityananda Ashram Kirtan group.

Mark Maxwell
Saxophone, flute, didgeridoo, vocals
Saxophonist, composer, performer, and recording artist Mark Maxwell has recorded 22 CDs, has sold over 500,000 units, has streamed over 25,000,000 times, and is a delightful and versatile performer and entertainer.

Matthew Pancone
Lead vocals, harmonium, soundboard


Special Thanks To Past Members:

Glenn Burdick
Krishnamoyee Churdar
Rosanne Emanuele
Anoop Gopal
Bidisha Gosh
Ken Kozora
Catherine Lily
Karen Levin
Madhavi Mai
Judy Piazza
Richard Smith

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