continues his intuitive and soulful musical explorations with a tranquil, acoustic guitar EP, Life Passage
that will be released on September 29, 2022 by Tiger Turn Productions. He is joined by a stellar ensemble of new age, jazz and world musicians: bassist Michael Manring, pianist Frank Martin, flutist Premik Russell Tubbs, violinist Nathaniel Wolkstein, and percussionist Nelson Myers-Daly.
Born during the pandemic, the songs of Life Passage" reflect Shambhu’s calm and uplifting musical sound which synthesizes new age, jazz and Indian styles.
“The music is a soothing antidote to the stresses that many are feeling in today’s world,” Shambhu said. ”Heartfelt music can truly lift us up.”
All About Jazz reviewer Jakob Baekgaard
described Shambhu’s sound as “not world music, fusion, finger-style, new age or smooth jazz, but all these things in a personal expression.”
Shambhu recorded Life Passage" at his Hamptons Sanctuary Studios in Westhampton, NY. The EP was mixed and mastered by Todd Boston at Spatial Sound Studios in Portland, OR.
The five songs on Life Passage" were written, arranged and produced by Shambhu, except Shambhu", co-written with his guru, Sri Chinmoy.
Shambhu transforms stillness and silence into calming sounds. He's an acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer who the Marin Independent Journal called a consummate guitarist". His music has been recommended by Deepak Chopra on CNBC. Shambhu's relaxing music eases the busy minds of listeners.
Shambhu worked with Grammy winning record producer Will Ackerman on his 2010 debut album, Sacred Love
, which reached #1 on the ZMR (Zone Music Reporter) New Age music chart. His second album, Dreaming of Now
, also produced with Ackerman and Tom Eaton, won Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the ZMR Music Awards. His third release, Soothe
, saw two songs move into rotation on Sirius XM. His fourth release, Lilac Skies
featured the popular song Pondering When", which All About Jazz called “fingerstyle pearls”. His fifth release, Heart Awakening,
saw two singles play-listed by Sirius XM.
Shambhu is featured on Equinox
(with Premik Russell Tubbs), Whitney Houston's Whitney
, Jeff Oster's Next
, Ricochet – The Echoes Living Room Concerts (Vol 20)
, two Will Ackerman compilations, The Gathering II
and The Gathering I
(ZMR Award for Best Album of the Year"), The Guitar—The Best of New Age Reviews", Ann Licater's Doorway to a Dream
and Matteo Palmer's Safe Haven
Shambhu has also played / recorded with Carlos Santana
, Paul McCandless
, Eugene Friesen, Tony Levin
, Jeff Haynes, Ravichandra Kulur, George Brooks, Premik Russell Tubbs
, Grammy winning producer/drummer Narada Michael Walden
, Jeff Oster
, and the late E-street saxophonist Clarence Clemons, among others.Life Passage
is being distributed by Tiger Turn (TT) Productions, a multimedia production studio led by founder Kabir Sehgal, a multi-Grammy Award winning record producer.
About The Songs
Because of You" features Shambhu and the innovative bassist Michael Manring, and pianist Frank Martin in a contemplative new age/jazz fusion. Michael is featured on Shambhu’s debut release, Sacred Love
and on his third release, Soothe
. He has performed and recorded with New Age music legends, including Will Ackerman, Suzanne Ciani, Michael Hedges and Thomas Dolby.
Gentle Flower" is a slow dance with love. Shambhu is accompanied by pianist Frank Martin, who has been featured on many of Shambhu’s releases. Frank has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Sting, Whitney Houston, Narada Michael Walden, John McLaughlin, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and others.
The title song, Life Passage" features Shambhu on acoustic guitar reflecting on the passing of the late jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea who Shambhu studied with online during the pandemic and who passed quite unexpectedly.
With Mars Dawn", you’re on the first journey to Mars, the great Red Planet. The serene sound of Shambhu's guitar is bathed in a lush, orchestral string setting by Nathaniel Wolkstein with a french horn by Premik Russell Tubbs, calling us to an ultimate and unknowable destiny. Nathaniel is a creative violinist and multi-instrumentalist. Premik soars on EWI/French horn. Shambhu and Premik recorded together in the group, Equinox", which toured the U.S., Europe and Canada. Premik has appeared on multiple Shambhu’s releases. He has performed with Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, and recorded on dozens of albums produced by Will Ackerman for Masako and others.
The final song, Shambhu" is an Indian temple-beat fusion based on a melody by Sri Chinmoy. Shambhu plays guitar, e-sitar and e-pads. He’s accompanied by New Zealand world percussionist Nelson Myers-Daly, a member of the meditative music duo, Monk Party, and the multi-talented Premik Russell Tubbs on bansuri flute.