DOWN 2 US is a musical journey depicting the liberation of the human spirit when it is awakened and inspired by finding love with another. The styles range from rhythm & blues and latin influenced grooves to ethereal new age flavored gems, while the lyrics speak of life experiences both personal and universal. Together Roshan & Shivani have molded these elements into a fresh distinctive sound.
These two artists each bring years of professional performing and songwriting experience to this partnership. Their accomplishments include: staff songwriting for Motown, film scoring, and performing throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia, the Caribbean, and Hawaii, playing jazz, rock, blues, Latin, country, new age and more. Add to this list their experience as studio musicians and in sound engineering, as well as record mixing (such as this one) and you'll see one reason why they call the recording DOWN 2 US. They accomplished nearly all facets of the project "double handedly"!
Some of the songs, like Heaven Help Us , Mankind, and the title cut Down 2 Us reflect Roshan and Shivani's concern for the environment, respect for all life, and their belief in personal responsibility. Others, such as the R&B style Anything You Want and Simon Says are good time dance songs. They call Soft Summer Dreams, Old Friends, and Pegasus Rising cosmic love songs, and are the most autobiographical. Rounding out the album is a bluesy The Last Ride and the transcendental Moon Magic. The two instrumentals, The Meeting and the intro to Pegasus Rising are examples' of the improvisational magic of their 3 earlier recordings in the style that brought them together in the first place.
Anyone who has seen Roshan & Shivani perform will notice immediately the musical empathy and compatibility they possess. This is highlighted by the interplay between Shivani's captivating voice and Roshan's unique "singing guitar". Their search for soulfulness and beauty through music has created in DOWN 2 US a true "Work of Heart".
THE ROSHAN & SHIVANI STORY
For Roshan & Shivani, music and life are inseparable. The joy of living is infused into their music as much as the love of music permeates their everyday life.
Before they met, Roshan had dreamed of a full moon meditation where previously unacquainted musicians would perform together. Shortly after this a friend arranged a meditation for the next full moon. It was at this auspicious occasion in Malibu, California that they met. When Shivani asked, "What song shall we play?" Roshan replied, "Let's just play." As celestial music flowed from them they realized they had found a level of fulfillment that few people ever experience. The magic of this moment has grown and filled their lives and music ever since.
Sonic Light, an improvisational album based on colors, was their first recording and was originally intended only as a holiday gift for friends and family. But thanks to a friend who sent a copy to a major New Age distributor, it was accepted and sold internationally, receiving favorable reviews in national magazines. They soon produced two more recordings, Cosmic Dance and Let There Be Light.
They formed two bands: Mandala - playing their original music, and Clear Sky - covering other music in many styles. Upon moving to Hawaii in 1988 they continued to perform as Clear Sky, and since the release of their first vocal album, Down 2 Us, are again giving original music performances as Roshan & Shivani. Down 2 Us was written, arranged, produced, performed and recorded by Roshan & Shivani on their new label, Cosmic Cat Music. Many more recordings are planned to follow.
Although they currently enjoy performing many types of music in a variety of contexts and with various musicians, the most deeply satisfying experience for them is performing their own cosmic and uplifting music.