New album Urban Kirtan just released!
Hawaii, Thailand and New Zealand
Tuesday October 18, 1966 Fifty years ago I was working with Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and The Trinity. We were in Paris at the famous L’Olympia Music Hall with top French music idol, Johnny Halliday. Also on the bill was an unknown newcomer performing his first ever...
Monday October 17, 1966 It’s no fun to be driving into Paris at the start of the rush hour, on a cold and stormy Monday morning in a car that had been built to be driven on the opposite side of the road. Especially when you have had no sleep, having spent the night...
I have had several requests to write about YB’s relationship with Virsa Singh and what I know about the first India trip. I will do that, but I feel the need to move forward chronologically. Also, I want to finish the story of the 1970 Summer Solstice. At the end of...
A unique sequence of events ... The Hawaiian Islands and the Hawaiian people are unique in many ways. Their indigenous culture is rich in story, song and chant and is uniquely different from other Polynesian cultures. “Oli”, chanting in the Hawaiian language, is still...
I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I left LA in June of 1970 to drive to New Mexico for 3HO’s Summer Solstice Gathering. You might have thought of me as a Hippy – and I certainly looked like one – but I was never very good at Hippiedom. Still,...
RARE MEDITATIVE MUSICAL OPPORTUNITY! Aloha friends! We are on our beloved island of Kauai for one more week, inspired to be presenting Sikh Sacred Gurbani Kirtan – outside the temples for almost the first time ever. We lived on Kauai for 13 years leading Sacred...
On January 17th 2021, at 9am Mountain Time, I was in conversation with respected chronicler of the Gurbani Sangeet musical heritage (amongst his many other talents), Bhai Baldeep Singh.
Who knows where this interaction will be taking us, but I’m sure we will be covering how I brought Gurbani Kirtan to American ears. Also why, even though I am still a firm believer in the power of Gurbani Sangeet, I have decided to focus on opening the possibilities of Gurbani in Western musical settings.
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A new Graphic Video History of Antion
I am feeling very happy to share true story of British Musician who was playing Guitar and Piano with many groups including The Animals, The Echoes, Brian Auger and the Trinity, Johnny Hallyday and Eric Burdon. He became a rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist with Eric Burdon and The Animals during the 1966-1968 period. Currently plays classical Indian and Hawaiian music. In London he found a giani, Giani Joginder Singh Sarl, who agreed to teach him Gurbani Kirtan. As his name was Vic, the Giani suggested he call himself Vickram Singh.It wasn’t long before he realized that he would need to learn to read Panjabi and in particular the script or alphabet that the Guru Granth Sahib is written in, Gurmukhi. Briggs currently goes by the name Antion and plays Hawaiian chant music.
Born in London as Vic Briggs, Antion is a ‘60s rock star, sound healer, multicultural musician, world-class guitarist, singer, recording artist, Hawaiian chanter, master of sacred Sikh Kirtan, and international teacher of Naad Yoga, sacred voice and Vocal Empowerment. Antion’s multicultural mastery and practice of Sacred Voice has given him a unique perspective to help those who wish to nurture and develop Sacred Voice.
Based in New Zealand and Hawaii, he gives private Voice Empowerment coaching sessions and teaches workshops in Sacred Voice, Secrets of the Yoga of Sound, and Living Love Kundalini Yoga® together with his wife of over 40 years, Elandra.
Antion’s History in a Nutshell
Antion Meredith has had an amazing life, with many musical, lifestyle and geographical transitions.
When Ram Das spoke, Vic was deeply moved yet, at the same time, excited. He was beginning to see what he wanted for his own life.
chant & voice
If we accept the idea of Naada Brahma, meaning that God is sound (or Sound is God), then the question must be, how can we, as spiritual beings having a human experience, best use sound to release us from our earthly bonds and hasten our spiritual evolution towards our ultimate reunion with our Divine Selves and ultimately with the Supreme Creator.