"Shimshai is a heart-centered musical prodigy and one of the most gifted performers I've ever experienced". ~Bruce Pavitt (Founder of Seattle based Sub-Pop Records, Nirvana’s first record label)
Shimshai is a California based musician with such a wide variety of styles and influences it is hard to categorize. He has found himself opening for musicians like legend Joan Baez for multiple shows at one point and opening for large reggae acts another day. The growth of his fanbase has spread so exponentially in the past 5 years underground that people from all parts of the world request his performances there. International performances in places like Colombia, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, England, France, Israel, Denmark, Vancouver, and especially Germany have been helping make Shimshai a household name in the worldwide reggae/ world music / spiritual music community.
Said to have “A voice like an angel” Shimshai’s fans range from children to great grandparents, it seems like people representing all different kinds of race, ethnicity, and religions are flocking to Shimshai’s show and music.
"Shimshai's music emanates a divine presence and a quality of peace, a truly 'natural mystic' energy that flows into the hearts of his listeners. His musicality is superb, as is that of his bandmates, and his singing is sublime and transcendent." -Jai Uttal
You will find Shimshai performing solo for a more mellow meditative concert, as a trio or duet as a hybrid of high energy and meditative, and with a full band for a very high energy, dance your heart out and still feel that you are attending a uniquely special event, kind of experience. Shimshai has performed worldwide at numerous festivals, notably The Ancient Trance Festival (Germany), Sunrise (UK), Earthdance (USA), Harmony Festival (USA) and many others. Shimshai recently, February 2012, opened for Folk Legend JOAN BAEZ with an amazing response. He has shared the stage with other artists as Michael Franti, David Grisman, Mickey Hart, Jai Uttal, Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Bhagavan Das, Dezarie & members of Midnite, Hamsa Lila, Youssoupha Sidibe, and many other gifted musicians. Additionally Shimshai has performed twice on television including the widely broadcast interview and performance on FOX Central Coast CA & Mel Van Dusen Presents. Surrounded by music from birth and formally trained on piano in his native state of Washington, today Shimshai performs effortlessly on guitar, sitar, flute, and a variety of woodwinds. He plays many of the instruments on his self-composed and self-produced albums.