Frances Narayani and Mat Baker are a husband and wife team share a love and passion for devotional music, kirtan and the power of sound. Having travelled together for many years offering workshops and Kirtan around the world, they are now more focused at home to be with their young children. For more information on there individual work please find Frances at www.francesnarayanibaker.com and Mat at www.matbakermusic.com.
Frances Narayani Baker is a facilitator, teacher, singer and writer. She is known for her powerful devotional singing and for facilitating voicework that encourages our highest expression. Her work focuses on supporting people to bring freedom to their singing voices, irrespective of talent or skill, allowing it to become a tool of authentic expression. The voice, for everyone, can be used as a powerful tool for self discovery and transformation, enabling us to bring awareness to our true emotions and connect to the wholeness of our being.
Frances’s journey began as a yoga teacher, teaching in London for many years. During this time she discovered the practice of Kirtan and subsequently discovered her voice. Until then, she had always believed she could not sing. This discovery had such a profound and transformative effect on her that she began to lead Kirtan and voice workshops which took her to many countries around the world. After the birth of her son in 2018, Frances’ focus turned more towards home. She now offers one to one sessions online and in person and workshops and personal retreats locally where she lives near Órgiva, Spain.
Frances studied voicework with Chloe Goodchild and the Naked Voice and has learnt yoga and trained as a teacher in the lineages of Krishnamacharya and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. She is greatly influenced by the work of Kim Rosen (Saved by a Poem) and has also explored the Hakomi Method and counselling skills.
Mat Baker is a singer/songerwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His primary instruments are bouzouki, guitar and percussion. His devotional lyrics and soulful voice are often described as moving and evocative.
Mat performs solo, singing devotional folk, as well as collaborating with a variety of inspirational musicians. His passion for African and devotional music has led him to perform and record with a diverse range of bands and musicians including Senegalese Sufi Fusion Band – Bakk Lamp Fall, Kora player Jali Burama Mbye and most recently as one half of Bhavana (Kirtan). He has also worked with Lady Smith Black Mambazo & Soul Drummers and Orishirishi (Island Monkey).
Mat’s early years were spent living and traveling through Southern African which inspired a deep love of African music and rhythms. During his twenties he travelled and studied music through India, Spain and Morocco while developing an interest in meditation and the healing arts. This journey has influenced his music deeply.
He has studied with Glen Velez (world renowned frame drummer) , Reinhart Flatishler (TaKeTiNa), Lori Cottler, Quim Gironel, Guitar Institute London and facilitators of The Naked Voice.
“Narayani is a walking song. Her devotional chant penetrates the mind awakens the heart, generating deep stillness and inner peace. Her sincere commitment to the yoga of body and sound is empowering and inspiring for all who are blessed to practice with her.”Chloe Goodchild, The Naked Voice
“Narayani has a bold, rich voice and a heart filled with devotion. Her Kirtan will meet you in a beautiful space of love.”David Newman, aka Durga Das
““Narayani brings a powerful devotion, presence and sound to her kirtan offerings. She generates a sublime energy and holds sacred space which encourages a great unfolding of spirit and connection to take place.””Brenda McMorrow
Narayani is a true yogini in the bhakti tradition. When she chants she truly disappears, so that you can hear the divine mother resounding through her. Narayani embodies devotion and her contribution to the world through nada yoga is a delight and inspiration to us all.[/testimonial