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Sacred Love

by Shambhu

"...a musical playground and landscape for superb and spacious listening: peaceful, moving, and shining with bright light and illumination from start to finish. “Sacred Love” is one of the best CDs of the year (or any year!)". ~Lloyd Barde, Common Ground
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Shambhu is an acclaimed guitarist and composer who performs an exquisite fusion of contemporary acoustic, world, Indian and jazz styles that engender feelings of tranquility, harmony and fulfillment.

Shambhu’s technical mastery of the guitar enables delicate expressions of nuance and subtlety while engaging audiences in deep spirit. His music has been called ‘magical,’ a ‘journey’, and ‘opening a space within’.

Shambhu has performed with Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden, Premik Tubbs, and played on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum album, “Whitney.” He studied meditation for three decades with the renowned mystic Sri Chinmoy.

Visit Shambhu on Facebook, ReverbNation and Twitter. Watch “The Making of Sacred Love” on YouTube.

Shambhu plays Taylor Guitars.


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Review: NEW AGE MUSIC WORLD

The Contemporary New World Music of Shambhu
When you integrate one proficient acoustic guitarist with select vocalists and instrumentalists, along with the skillful production talents of Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy Winner Will Ackerman, the final product might expectedly be a top rated album compiled by dedicated music professionals that virtually everyone would love and appreciate.

Shambhu is the proficient guitarist clearly asserting in his website news pages that his first album has truly been a “ labor of love “ while composing, performing and co-producing with Will Ackerman, along with his time spent working beside other top music professionals. This I can believe since at the end of the day, Shambhu and his insightful selection of collaborating musicians has paid off rather handsomely, and by their collective time spent together, have helped convert this debut release into a commodity of premium value.

Sacred Love – Feel The Journey is New Age Fusion, Contemporary Instrumental, and Jazz, having East, West, and World elements which help facilitate the conversion of artful melodies into solid gold entertainment that requires only simple involvement for the rest of us to acquire the appreciable benefits of this grand endeavor. Sacred Love has already achieved a quantifiable amount of success, where at present Sacred Love – Feel The Journey is # 1 for the month of October 2010 in ZMR’s Top 100 Chart, but I also have a feeling this album will appreciate in value even more over time.

Shambhu is an esteemed musician in his own right performing concerts or on albums with top music entertainers like Bob Hope, Carlos Santana, John Anderson and on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum album titled simply Whitney. The list goes on since Shambhu has also been involved in projects with many of the respected musicians I continually write about like Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster, Eugene Friesen, Ann Licater plus many more.

Sacred Love – Feel The Journey on the Acoustic Shine label has an impressive cast and crew since many have toured or recorded with top musical groups themselves. Some of these artists on Shambhu’s album include Tony Levin of Peter Gabriel on bass, Jeff Haynes of Pat Metheny on percussion, George Brooks of John McLaughlin on saxophone, Celso Alberti of Steve Winwood on drums, and then Premik Tubbs of Santana and John McLaughlin on flute.

Together is the first of 12 songs total and what a memorable impression it creates. The center stage guitar and violin pairing established securely alongside flute and reflective instrumentation is magnificent, plus it is easy to visualize this song and others in a Cinematic role since the warm, sincere, and dynamic atmosphere echo the characteristic essentials for a multitude of made for the big screen movie settings.

Natural Moment is a warm and casual song that positively takes off and ascends to new heights. First expressed during the initial sequences, xylophone and numerous percussion enhancements become the lively components that merge into a free spirited narrative complete with smooth and graceful electric guitar rhythms which intensify and progress neatly into a picturesque arrangement.

Maiu Breeze is refreshing by exhibiting a jazzy tropical presence. First conveyed by acoustic guitar highlights, the integral xylophone rhythms and harmonious vocals filled with energy and vitality are a natural accompaniment to the guitar arrangement. Together they merge perfectly to bring out the compositional fascination of this album and its entirety, creating a dynamic atmosphere that leaves one with an impression of total harmonic refinement.

This first release by Shambhu will always be termed a debut as one might expect, but when you consider his proficiency as a guitarist, the impressive number of outstanding talents on this extraordinary album, and their combined lifework totaling a significant number of decades as esteemed music professionals, then this masterful first album by Shambhu truly does amount to a rewarding and appreciable “ labor of love. “

Full musician credits are Eugene Friesen – cello, Charlie Bisharat – violin, Ravichandra Kulur – flute, Michael Manring – bass, Jill Haley – English horn, Claytoven Richardson – lead vocal, Jeff Oster – flugelhorn, Noah Wilding – vocals Todd Boston – sarod, mixed and engineered by Grammy Award winning Corin Nelsen.

Visist shambhumusic.com to sample / purchase or go to his CDBaby.com page and Amazon.com page.

Review: NEW AGE RETAILER

Sacred Love: Feel the Journey
Acoustic guitarist Shambhu’s debut, Sacred Love, clearly reveals him to be an artist to keep your eyes, and ears, on.

Produced by Will Ackerman and engineered by Corin Nelsen (do these two ever sleep?), Sacred Love bubbles over with influences ranging from world beat to jazz to New Age to traditional Indian, all flowing into a musical melting pot, a sumptuously delicious smorgasbord of melody and rhythm (the tracks range from jaunty and joyful to subdued and meditative).

Featuring one of the longest lists of accompanists to grace an Ackerman-produced album, everyone involved contributes, and the sheer virtuosity is mind-boggling. Strongly recommend this album to your fans of the gone-but-not-forgotten band Shadowfax.

John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

Contemporary New World Music of Shambhu
When you integrate one proficient acoustic guitarist with select vocalists and instrumentalists, along with the skillful production talents of Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy Winner Will Ackerman, the final product might expectedly be a top rated album compiled by dedicated music professionals that virtually everyone would love and appreciate. Shambhu is the proficient guitarist clearly asserting in his website news pages that his first album has truly been a “ labor of love “ while composing, performing and co-producing with Will Ackerman, along with his time spent working beside other top music professionals. This I can believe since at the end of the day, Shambhu and his insightful selection of collaborating musicians has paid off rather handsomely, and by their collective time spent together, have helped convert this debut release into a commodity of premium value. Sacred Love – Feel The Journey is New Age Fusion, Contemporary Instrumental, and Jazz, having East, West, and World elements which help facilitate the conversion of artful melodies into solid gold entertainment that requires only simple involvement for the rest of us to acquire the appreciable benefits of this grand endeavor. Sacred Love has already achieved a quantifiable amount of success, where at present Sacred Love – Feel The Journey is # 1 for the month of October 2010 in ZMR’s Top 100 Chart, but I also have a feeling this album will appreciate in value even more over time. Shambhu is an esteemed musician in his own right performing concerts or on albums with top music entertainers like Bob Hope, Carlos Santana, John Anderson and on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum album titled simply Whitney. The list goes on since Shambhu has also been involved in projects with many of the respected musicians I continually write about like Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster, Eugene Friesen, Ann Licater plus many more. Sacred Love – Feel The Journey on the Acoustic Shine label has an impressive cast and crew since many have toured or recorded with top musical groups themselves. Some of these artists on Shambhu’s album include Tony Levin of Peter Gabriel on bass, Jeff Haynes of Pat Metheny on percussion, George Brooks of John McLaughlin on saxophone, Celso Alberti of Steve Winwood on drums, and then Premik Tubbs of Santana and John McLaughlin on flute. Together is the first of 12 songs total and what a memorable impression it creates. The center stage guitar and violin pairing established securely alongside flute and reflective instrumentation is magnificent, plus it is easy to visualize this song and others in a Cinematic role since the warm, sincere, and dynamic atmosphere echo the characteristic essentials for a multitude of made for the big screen movie settings. Natural Moment is a warm and casual song that positively takes off and ascends to new heights. First expressed during the initial sequences, xylophone and numerous percussion enhancements become the lively components that merge into a free spirited narrative complete with smooth and graceful electric guitar rhythms which intensify and progress neatly into a picturesque arrangement. Maiu Breeze is refreshing by exhibiting a jazzy tropical presence. First conveyed by acoustic guitar highlights, the integral xylophone rhythms and harmonious vocals filled with energy and vitality are a natural accompaniment to the guitar arrangement. Together they merge perfectly to bring out the compositional fascination of this album and its entirety, creating a dynamic atmosphere that leaves one with an impression of total harmonic refinement. This first release by Shambhu will always be termed a debut as one might expect, but when you consider his proficiency as a guitarist, the impressive number of outstanding talents on this extraordinary album, and their combined lifework totaling a significant number of decades as esteemed music professionals, then this masterful first album by Shambhu truly does amount to a rewarding and appreciable “ labor of love. “ Full musician credits are Eugene Friesen – cello, Charlie Bisharat – violin, Ravichandra Kulur – flute, Michael Manring – bass, Jill Haley – English horn, Claytoven Richardson – lead vocal, Jeff Oster – flugelhorn, Noah Wilding – vocals Todd Boston – sarod, mixed and engineered by Grammy Award winning Corin Nelsen.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Rico en composiciones y fascinante en melodías!.
El primer lanzamiento al mercado del compositor y guitarrista Shambhu lleva el título Sacred Love. Un premiado trabajo en el que el artista nos muestra a través de su guitarra diferentes géneros encerrados en un mismo CD, desde el suave sonido del jazz pasando por una rítmica fusión y una música perfecta para la sanación, idónea para el mantra. Acompañado por fantásticos músicos, Shambhu da protagonismo a alguno de ellos en diversas piezas, pasando su guitarra a ser acompañamiento y disfrutando del sonido de los diferentes instrumentos. Grandes artistas como el propio Will Ackerman, que además de co-producir Sacred Love, acompaña con su guitarra, Tony Levin y George Brooks en el bajo, Jeff Haynes a la percusión, Eugene Friesen en el chelo, Charlie Bisharat en el violín, Ravichandra Kulur a la flauta, Celso Alberti a la batería y muchos talentos más que engrandecen las composiciones de Shambhu, ya de por sí fascinantes.

Lo mejor desde el comienzo. "Together" es la pieza que abre el CD con un rítmico sonido y una melodía de lo más interesante, se muestra seductora. Shambhu toca la guitarra y la kalimba, entonando la estupenda sintonía principal y surgiendo poco a poco a ritmo de suave percusión los demás instrumentos como el violín, que reproduce unos solos asombrosos, el bajo y el sarod. Qué belleza!. Mi preferida.

"Edge of Eternal" es una composición íntima, muy delicada. la guitarra rasguea suaves notas, lentas, frágiles y estas son seguidas con ternura por la maravillosa voz de Noah Wilding, el chelo de Eugene Friesen y el cuerno inglés de Jill Haley. Otra asombrosa y emocionante composición de Shambhu. Me gusta!.

Toda la inocencia la guarda para sí "Eyes of a Child". Una obra enternecedora y amable que posee las notas de una dulce canción de cuna escrita para guitarra y en la que Shambhu dobla su instrumento con una pasión sobrehumana, consiguiendo unos acordes penetrantes y realmente emotivos. Otra maravilla de Sacred Love!.

"Natural Moment" es misteriosa, regida por un ritmo oriental hechizante. Algunas sorpresas deja ver esta pieza, como el piano del gran Rocky Fretz, que al igual que los instrumentos que surten de vida a esta composición, va naciendo dentro del mágico baile como la guitarra, el violín, el sitar... y algunos instrumentos más.

"Revelation" es una de esas piezas en las que Shambhu sólo acompaña con arpegios de su guitarra y con una dulzura alucinante a los demás instrumentos. Una de las obras más emocionantes de todo el álbum, "Revelation" posee una melodía profunda y nostálgica que cala en la más hondo, donde chelo y cuerno inglés describen una música apasionada, de lo más hermosa. Me gusta!.

Tres grandes para una gran composición, "Imagine". Shambhu y Will Ackerman a las guitarras y el bajista Michael Manring dan vida a esta serena obra, una pieza en la que las guitarras se unen para ofrecernos una música cariñosa y reflexiva, creadora de maravillosos sueños.

Con un comienzo incierto, la guitarra de Shambhu presenta "Maui Breeze". Un tema que va cogiendo un ritmo sutil a golpe de percusión y voz, en este caso, del cantante Claytoven Richardson. Radiante y optimista, dentro de una agradable calma, "Maui Breeze" es hipnotizadora.

"Nirab Amare" penetra en nuestro interior para permanecer y aplacarnos. Tan dulce, tan pausada, la música es creada por arpegios de Shambhu que acompañan a la sedante flauta de Premik Russell Tubbs y a los cantos de los pájaros y sonidos naturales del condado de Windham, en Vertmon. Una estupenda manera de decir: "descansamos?". Otra de mis favoritas!.

La belleza y lo sorprendente de "Hide and Seek" radica no sólo en su composición, también en las dos voces de la melodía principal de esta impresionante obra; las voces de Claytoven y Michael Denten. Shambhu sólo sigue a las voces con arpegios y la percusión y el bajo mantienen el estupendo ritmo de la pegadiza música. Una composición pacífica que me encanta!.

Guitarra, flauta y saxo dan vida a "Shiva Grove", un tema donde dos instrumentos mantienen una relajada conversación, mientras la guitarra crea un fondo musical. El saxo de George Brooks y la flauta de Ravichandra Kulur crean una fusión de lo más interesante, como si el jazz y la música oriental se uniesen en un género nuevo. Una música relajante y perfecta para la meditación.

"Call to Spirit". Nuevamente aires orientales en otra pieza de Shambhu, pero en esta ocasión con mucha fuerza. Otra música perfecta para la meditación y la relajación, donde misteriosos cantos indios surgen al paso del sonido de la guitarra, el chelo, la flauta, la percusión y algunas campanillas.

Como final para Sacred Love, Shambhu opta por un bonus track bajo el título "Humility". Este es el tema más extenso de todo el álbum, más de siete minutos de inmensa paz y armonía, donde guitarra y flauta alternan melodías bajo un sonido de instrumento asiático que se mantiene de principio a fin. Me gusta!.


Sacred Love es el nuevo y premiado lanzamiento del compositor y guitarrista Shambhu, un gran trabajo, rico en composiciones y fascinante en melodías, donde no hay una sola pieza que pase desapercibida para el oyente. Poseedor de diferentes ritmos y matices y con un poder de seducción difícil de explicar encerrados en doce temas de lo más interesantes, Sacred Love es un álbum muy altamente recomendable. Compruébelo usted mismo!.

reviewsnewage.com
15/01/11

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While there are many musicians in this genre hunched over computers recording in home studios (myself included), there are few who have taken the music making process to the heights that Shambhu has on his “Sacred Love” CD. Sparing no expense to work with some of the top people in the music industry, Shambhu set out from California for the bucolic splendor of Vermont to record at the studio of Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy winner Will Ackerman. To say that the supporting musicians are an all-star cast would be an understatement, and includes bassist Tony Levin, who plays with Peter Gabriel, Eugene Friesen of The Paul Winter Consort on cello, and a host of other top notch musicians who tour with the likes of Santana, Pat Metheny, Ravi Shankar, Yanni, and more.

But at the center of this luminous universe is acoustic guitarist and composer Shambhu. In his own words, “My compositions reflect a diversity of musical influences from across the globe, from contemplative to Indian-jazz fusion to contemporary instrumental.” All radiating a “heartfelt feeling throughout.” This is simply some of the finest music of this type that I have ever heard. And I’m obviously not the only who thinks that, since the album was named “One of the Best of the Year” for contemporary music by Common Ground magazine and has received nominations for Best New Artist, Best Album of the Year, Best World Music CD, and Best Acoustic Instrumental CD. A track from this CD is featured on a recently released compilation entitled “The Gathering,” produced by Will Ackerman.

One of the outstanding features of this project is that it is actually a multi-media experience. Shambhu thoughtfully filmed the entire recording process, and in the beautiful accompanying booklet, entitled “A Guide To The Journey,” as well as on his website are links for the videos on YouTube, which I found absolutely fascinating. “Sacred Love” is a journey well worth taking.

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
It is the highest joy
To feel the taste of life

Shambhu’s music is very expressive. It easily plunges you into an exciting world. In general, Shambhu’s guitar solo is weightless and deeply meditative. It is free from pain and suffering. His music inspires you to open your heart and to hear the vibrations of love and compassion. It gives a rest for your soul and helps to achieve clearness for your mind.

“Sacred Love” is the debut album by Shambhu. It was produced by legendary Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy winner Will Ackerman. Many first class musicians have participated on the recording of this release. As a result “Sacred Love” is a multicolored carpet which imbues with the aromas of various cultures and musical traditions.

The debut album by Shambhu has the unique, mesmeric flavor of the music of India. And at the same time it is a really western born project. Cello, violin and other parts of traditional instruments bring tenderness and a classical charm to “Sacred Love”.

One wants to listen to these fine tunes very attentively in order to not to miss each nuance. Shambhu’s music is penetrated by many subtle details and when you listen to the composition “Imagine” you, without effort, are able to recognize the thoughtful and slightly ringing guitar of Will Ackerman. His touching soul manner of performing cannot be confused with anybody else.

In conclusion I’d like to say that “Sacred Love” has a perfect sound design. Its sounding is pure and exquisite. When I listened to the album of Shambhu one thought appeared in my mind again and again: how could I live without this wonderful music all the time before?

Serge Kozlovsky
http://sergekozlovsky.com

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Sacred Love" is a fascinating and inspiring collection of twelve pieces composed and performed by guitar virtuoso Shambhu and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning Windham Hill-founder Will Ackerman. Styles range from quiet meditations to Indian-jazz fusion, and some very impressive musicians join Shambhu on a wide variety of instruments. To quote Shambhu: “my work has one goal: to convey a celestial abode in music and superb musicianship that invite listeners to explore, enjoy and reflect within.... 'Sacred Love' invites full-on, soulful listening.” While it’s true that this music won’t stay in the background, it can provide a colorful backdrop for other activities. The blending of Eastern and Western musical traditions gives Shambhu’s music a very distinctive sound, and the incredible team of Ackerman and engineer Corin Nelsen makes the quality of that sound as close to perfection as it can get.

"Sacred Love" opens with “Together,” a joyful and optimistic piece that features Charlie Bisharat on violin, Premik Russell Tubbs on wind synth, and Tony Levin on bass - a great beginning! “Edge of Eternal” is quieter and more subdued, and features Imaginary Road regulars Jill Haley on English horn, Eugene Friesen on cello, and Noah Wilding on wordless vocals - lovely! “Eyes of a Child” is a gorgeous guitar solo that “expresses the illumination of a child who still marvels at the beauty of simplicity and the simplicity of beauty.” My favorite track is “Natural Moment,” a lively and upbeat celebration of oneness and cultural diversity. Shambhu performs on guitars, sitar, synth pads, and kalimba backed by Tony Levin, Charlie Bisharat, Jeff Haynes (percussion), and Rocky Fretz (piano). If you can keep your body still while listening to this one, you really need to loosen up a bit! “Revelation” is another favorite. It begins as a graceful duet for guitar and cello, later adding English horn, bass, and light percussion. A slow, tranquil flow creates a musical daydream. “Maui Breeze” is as light and refreshing as its title. Claytoven Richardson (vocals) and Jeff Oster (flugelhorn) also appear on this track. “Shiva Grove” is an east/west jazz fusion with sax (George Brooks) and flute (Ravichandra Kulur) soaring over the chordal guitar foundation. “Humility” is the concluding bonus track, and is a duet for guitar and flute (Kulur). Also an east/west fusion, it conveys gratitude and humility before “the Source of Creation” and brings this exciting album to a close.

There is a 25-webisode series on the making of Sacred Love on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/shambhumusic) that is well worth checking out. Recommended!

Lloyd Barde, Music Editor, COMMON GROUND Magazine

Common Ground Interview: Sacred Love
On his stunning debut CD, Shambhu performs music of the heart, in an exquisite fusion of contemporary instrumental and indo-jazz that listeners will find healing, soulful and abundantly enjoyable. Shambhu’s mastery of the guitar and compositional elegance enables full-bodied expressions of nuance and subtlety while engaging audiences in deep spirit. “Sacred Love” offers an endless panorama of luminous music that pours from Shambhu’s guitar and creative vision, lifting us with billows of heartfelt, spacious and ever so inviting inspiration. This is a masterful, melodic and magical expression overflowing with exquisite compositions played to perfection with guest appearances by today’s finest musicians. The songs transport me to places I have only dreamed of — this tuneful journey has left me spellbound!

Shambhu’s guitar playing is exquisite, powerful and delicate at the same time, while redefining a new standard for instrumental music. It’s a pioneering work that captures the whole contemporary music sound – where it has come from, where it is now, and what’s possible. It includes heart, vision, dazzling playing, and endless imagery. People often think of instrumental music as something that dwells in the background. Shambhu’s music invites full-on, soulful listening and continually draws you in deeper and deeper, revealing your own core. Shambhu collaborated on the CD with the legendary Grammy Award winners Will Ackerman (co-producer and Windham Hill founder) and Corin Nelsen (recording and mix engineer). Musicians featured on the CD include: Tony Levin on bass (Peter Gabriel), George Brooks on sax (John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Larry Coryell), Ravichandra Kulur on flute (Ravi and Anoushka Shankar), cellist Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Jeff Haynes on percussion (Pat Metheny), Celso Alberti on drums (Stevie Winwood), Premik Tubbs on flute (John McLaughlin and Santana), Todd Boston on sarod, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, vocalists Noah Wilding and Claytoven Richardson, as well as other amazing artists.

I have known Will Ackerman since the early Windham Hill days in 1980. Throughout his own masterful catalog, time-honored compositions and innovative releases (such as “Passage” or “Hearing Voices”) he has provided a level of artistry and excellence that sets him apart. His production work, notably over the past decade, has helped numerous fine artists who had not yet found their musical voice discover the path to the best work of their career. With Shambhu, he encountered an artist that already knew his way.

Will’s comments: “It’s utterly true that I love that this music, while truly spiritual, allows for unfettered joy as well as contemplation. There is a brilliant range to Shambhu’s music; moments when the mood is achingly tender and meditative and times when the music just grooves. Not relegating himself simply to introspection, Shambhu creates music which embraces and celebrates all aspects of life which ultimately feels very profound to me.”

That is part of why I feel “Sacred Love” may well be the best project Will has been involved in, which is not to be said or taken lightly.

Each song is its own journey and sound painting with unique colors, shades, rhythms and vistas from Shambhu’s inner experience. The songs flow with a fresh weaving of acoustic, world, and Indian musical styles and grooves. The earth rhythms make you want to dance, and the celestial melodies are elevators into a heavenly realm. The beauty of nature is expressed in ways that are everywhere evident. Shambhu is a Sanskrit name meaning “Source of Happiness”. He has performed over the years with Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden, Premik Tubbs, and played on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum album, “Whitney.” He studied meditation for three decades with the renowned mystic Sri Chinmoy. Blessed and inspired by the contributions of an amazing assemblage of brilliant musicians, the songs show themselves over time, some immediately, others in surprising, unplanned ways. It’s a “soul-elevating journey through music into the deep recesses of your heart.”

I am certain you’ll agree the results are a musical playground and landscape for superb and spacious listening: peaceful, moving, and shining with bright light and illumination from start to finish. “Sacred Love” is one of the best CDs of the year (or any year!)”.

~Lloyd Barde, Music Editor