Lynn Margileth is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist whose performances weave together original, traditional and spiritual music. She performed with Wah’s band on tour and with Layne Redmond and the the Mob of Angels performances in New York city. She appears as a frame drummer on the CDs: "Welcome Brigid" by Katy Taylor, "In the Beginning" with Layne Redmond and the Mob of Angels, and "Framedrums Without Borders", an international compilation. On another compilation CD, of spiritual songs gathered by the Pathwork Foundation,"Be Still and Know", Lynn sings a passionate chant, “Christ Enter In”, composed by Judi Bachrach. Jeanne Nametz and Ned’s vocals are also featured on this chant.

Important musical influences for Lynn have been her teachers, Amy Fradon, voice, Paul Rishell & Ethan Campbell, guitar, Layne Redmond, frame drums, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, violin, Wah, chanting and David Darling, Mary Knysh, Julie Weber and the staff at Music for people. Lynn is a certified Facilitator of Improvisational Music and a graduate from the extraordinary Music for People program. Lynn says, “One of the greatest gifts in my life has been to find these teachers who have been guides for me to realize my hopes and dreams. Each of these people has been a blessing in my life. I would not be who I am without their guidance and presence.”

Lynn has been singing sacred music all of her life, seeking it in secular song as well, for example, in the songs of Susan Osborn and traditional and contemporary folk music. Over the years, Lynn sang Kirtan at the Rudrananda Ashram in Cambridge, Mass, at Muktanananda’s ashram in Brookline, Mass and then with devotees of Gurumai at house Kirtans in New York city. In a much earlier phase, she loved singing in church and school choirs.

She currently works as a guide for others. From a background as a professional educator, she studied counseling with Bert and Moira Shaw. (www.the5050work.com)  She has a private practice in New York City as a 50/50 Helper, in which she facilitates clients' conscious, healing life choices. This path of self honesty, awareness and intention is based on the teachings of Eva Pierrakos (www.pathwork.org) In addition, Lynn leads backpacking vision quest retreats in the Adirondack mountains for those seeking healing and wholeness though profound and sustained contact with nature. Lynn holds a NY State Wilderness Guide license. She wishes to acknowledge the powerful teachings of the Shaws, Phyllis Luberg, Richard and Judi Bachrach and Joseph Jastrab. She also credits Gail Straub and David Gershon’s work in Empowerment for the personal evolution it offered in her life; “These dedicated and wise people have profoundly shaped who I am though their wisdom and their example. They each have offered openings into a life of infinite possibility.”

“If we open to the guidance available to us on this earthly plane, the infinite possibility is there. Each human being carries this inside at the soul level. This is what love presents to us, if we are open to it. All of the people above are blessings in my life as are my beloved family, friends and husband Ned. I am grateful to each of you, beyond words”.

Ned’s first experience of sacred music was in the local church choir where he sang on Sundays and holy days. Although his knees were often sore from kneeling, the sense of “something bigger” was instilled while singing “sanctus sanctus sanctus” and looking up into the high stone dome of his church where mosaics of stars in the heavens and portraits of Christ and the angels abounded. As a boy he loved entering the sacred atmosphere of the stone church, feeling the silence, or hearing the ringing of the church bell.  Seeing the shimmer of candlelight at midnight services, dressing in special choir clothes, carrying the cross as altar boy and reciting prayers and creeds in unison created positive memories of people gathering to worship.


Ned grew up surrounded by music – his Dad played tenor sax and clarinet and his Mom had an exquisite soprano voice. Ned began formal music training on the trumpet, and fooled around on his Dad’s old bass ukelele.  The house was filled with both classical and jazz music playing on radio or phonograph. In high school Ned was blessed with a passionate voice teacher who loved all kinds of vocal exploration and who encouraged Ned to sing. He was part of an acapella doo wop singing group, sang in musical comedy and was exposed to early sacred music – Gregorian chant, Palestrina and others.


In college Ned was in the college chorus, a member of a Byzantine Russian Liturgical choir and sang in small renaissance music groups. At one point he dropped out of college and went to NYC to study conducting. The year of complete musical immersion was amazing, but in the end he decided against the narrow focus of a music career. The turmoil and social eruption of the 60s called him into a larger life.


Ned had a deep love for theater, and explored both directing and acting. In many ways the spiritual adventure of theater replaced his childhood love of the church.  In the theater he found community, explored an expression of larger emotions than society was comfortable with, and searched for mythic and cultural truths beyond day to day social interactions. Ned was particularly drawn to Greek tragedy because of its larger-than-life characters and everpresent chorus speaking/chanting in unison the hopes and fears of the collective. Where conventional religion seemed too predictable and distant, theater remained alive and vital.


Theater as a profession didn’t work out and Ned turned to publishing. He eventually became a literary agent specializing in spiritual authors. Ned felt a strong conviction and alignment with seekers who explored spirituality outside the safety and confines of traditional religion. He represented many key authors who pushed the boundaries of perception to discover new frontiers of spiritual evolution or who synthesized new paradigms of ancient wisdom - Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Caroline Myss, Chris Northrup, Sam Keen,  Greg Braden, Bruce Lipton and many others.


Ned found personal breakthrough and spirituality in his vision quest work, with the guidance of his close friend and mentor, Joseph Jastrab. Other gifts offered by the wilderness came through sitting on the ground, drumming, sweating, communing with others and taking solitude alone with rocks, trees, streams and the occasional wildness of the storm.  The vision quests with their drumming, digeridoo, and whirling were attempts to reach the mysterious – the sacred – the larger reality beyond mind, creed, ritual.


During a vision quest his dear friend John McDowell introduced him to a new kind of music.  A haunting rich voice sang “Om Namah Shivaya” through the car speakers. One voice called out, many responded – over and over again.   The chanting went on and on – “who is that” – his name is Krishna Das – “what is that” –  Sanskrit chanting, an ancient language going back thousands of years – “what does it mean” – they are mantras – repeated names of god in the form of Hindu deities.  And Ned’s life changed.


Ned had been introduced to Kirtan before, but something about that moment in time – the quest experience with heart open wide and KD’s voice soaring with the responders – the kirtan form was an answer to a prayer that had been going on for a lifetime – starting in Christ Church, through musical comedies, early Gregorian chants, Greek drama with its unison chorus, and the intensity of community sharing in the woods, it all somehow coalesced in that moment. It planted a seed which became the spiritual center of his life.


During this time, Ned and Lynn studied improvisation with David Darling and the staff at Music for People, graduating from a four year program. This experience inspired his confidence to compose melodies for traditional chants on the harmonium. He and Lynn attended Jai Uttal’s unforgettable “kirtan camps” to learn sargham (Jai) and tabla rhythms (Daniel Paul).  Ned played harmonium in Wah!’s band for a few years, touring the US, Europe and Costa.  Ned & Lynn started the beloved Soho Kirtans – monthly gatherings in their New York City loft where people could celebrate and go deeply into mantra and music. Ned was fortunate that his life partner, Lynn, was blessed with a beautiful singing voice, a strong musical background, and a love of mystery and spiritual ceremonial experiences. Together they began a journey with Kirtan that culminated in the release of their first CD, “Bhakti Treasure.”


Today Ned & Lynn continue their journey of sharing their deep love for kirtan by playing in places like Kripalu, Omega, Integral Yoga in New York, and the Woodstock kirtan sangha. They share their vision of love and devotion more widely through touring, social media and community gatherings.