Western Baul bands have repertoires made up mostly of music composed to lyrics written by Lee Lozowick—a body of work totaling nearly five-hundred songs. Some of the songs are more clearly about spiritual principles, but many seem to address ordinary life experience and can be understood on both mundane and more subtle levels. “As above, so below.” Regardless of the lyrical content, the music is a vehicle for relationship and communion which is an aspect of Western Baul practice. However, it is often appreciated by audiences as a simple joy in the midst of everyday life, without spiritual underpinnings. Although five of the six musical projects listed here are no longer active, the music lives on and communicates vibrantly through sound and video recordings. A few song tracks from each band are included.
Liars, Gods, and Beggars
Attila The Hunza
The Denise Allen Band (2003-2019) plays dynamic pop-rock that uses sophisticated composition and arrangements to convey a wide range of emotion and style. More hard-driving blues and rock ballads are woven with tender love songs, enhancing the underlying impactful communication of the lyrics. Denise Allen Band music is soulful and energetic, infectious and irresistibly danceable. The songs can be a reminder about the innate joy that is dormant, waiting to be activated and circulated in our being. The band released six CDs of music, played half a dozen European tours, and gigged regularly in Arizona for a number of years.
Lee Lozowick Project
Small Change (2012-present) is a musical duo which currently plays in Arizona and whose members participated in earlier Western Baul musical projects. It has the specific intention to perform songs composed to Lee Lozowick’s lyrics by Western Baul bands that are no longer in existence. The songs can be experienced as music that momentarily brings the soul to life, but also as the literal expression of the timeless teaching itself. The music and performance continue to invoke an influence that has the potential to be received at levels that can open us to the Divine more deeply. The repertoire of Small Change includes songs of all of the above-mentioned bands as well as some originals, with an emphasis on songs that more directly communicate the teaching. The duo has released two CDs.
There are other musicians who have initiated performance art projects rooted in practice of the Western Baul path. Some have been inspired to write and perform their own music as a vehicle for the expression of their work with the teaching. These include the band Manny from France and Michael Menager from Australia. Iliria Nueva from Germany performs traditional European folk music.