GIRISH

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For as long as he can remember, Girish has created rhythm to accompany life. When he was eight years old, his parents gave him a little red snare drum as a bargaining tool to stop him from banging on everything else in the house. Drumming has always been instinctual to Girish, flowing freely from his fingers and knowing no musical bounds. In his teens, he started experimenting with pop, rock, jazz and orchestral music. His first experience of music as sacred art came in college, playing with jazz bands. "During improvisational sessions," he recalls, "there were these unexplainable moments of synchronicity and intuition that felt like magic." These moments came just as Girish was feeling pulled toward a sacred life. A college philosophy class inspired him to explore spirituality through Kundalini yoga, meditation, and the study of Eastern scriptures. By the time of his college graduation, Girish was so deep into these practices that he decided to move into an ashram in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Thus began an unexpected journey-a seeming detour that inadvertently nourished his musical artistry. Girish lived in the ashram for five years, giving up music and taking the vows of a monk in the divine mother tradition called Dakshina Marg or Mahashakti Yoga. Yet, here, another compelling sound force emerged for Girish: the chanting of Sanskrit mantras. As a monk in the ashram he spent hours every day chanting. Girish also studied Sanskrit as a means to understand the deeper meanings of these ancient chants, and helped his teacher translate dozens of hymns. He thought he had given up music for his spiritual practice, but one day he happened upon a set of tablas at the ashram and was instantly compelled to play them. This event set him on a life-changing course. Guided as always by rhythm, and now by his spiritual pursuits, Girish began to study tablas with Jagadessh in the nada yoga tradition (yoga of sound current), which emphasized the spiritual import of music. He also traveled to New York to learn the art of Indian drumming at Siddha Yoga Ashram. After New York, Girish then hooked up with the musician and spiritual teacher Bob Kindler, known as Babaji. "From Babaji, I learned that sacred music is a viable outlet of spirituality, one that is profoundly uplifting and transformative," says Girish. It became clear to him that his innate musical passions didn’t conflict with, but in fact lead to a spiritual livelihood. Traveling and performing with Babaji helped cement this notion. Girish also studied with legendary tabla master Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar School of Music in Marin County, California. It was in northern California that Girish met other musicians at the forefront of the chant music explosion in this country. Krishna Das was just gaining popularity at that time and Girish played with him regularly. In this context, Girish was quickly introduced to a wider world of music for yoga. Soon he was accompanying many of the names in the yoga music genre, including Wah!, Dave Stringer, Thomas Barquee, Snatam Kaur, Shanti Shanti, Steve Ross, Swaha, and Rasa. His move to Los Angeles in 2000 brought him to the nation's epicenter of chanting and world music. Girish continues to explore and expand musical borders, and has found new avenues for his artistic expression. Yearning to express the power of Sanskrit mantras through his own voice has been a driving force behind his CD's, Reveal, Shiva Machine, and his new release Diamonds in the Sun.




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Special Guest: Girish Thursday, May 05, 2011

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  • A truly beautiful body of Music....I say that, as whether you chant or not, have a different faith or not, if you are open to beautiful things as I am, you will appreciate this work for the wonderful talent that it is. The Musicality is superb from all involved. I only discovered this artist from a free sample in an email from Spirit Voyage, promoting his latest album "Sky of the Heart" so I have them to Thank, as this was the one that really touched me, I have now subsequently purchased Reveal as well. Well done Girish, you truly have a special gift and I am blessed by it. Namaste

    -- Janet - UK
  • Voice like luxurious smooth melted chocolate - minus the refined sugar, of course. Beautiful and gorgeous.

    -- Clare
  • Absolutely love the beyoutiful essence that comes from Girish, his voice is captivating.

    -- Chelsea Magikhttp://www.magiksea.com
  • The tonal quality, words and music are very soothing and conducive to deep meditation.

    -- Donna
  • Wow!!! Beautiful and soothing... Love it!

    -- kathleen Forrest
  • Beautiful, beautiful <3

    -- Wendy Carpenter
  • Thnks

    -- Graciela
  • Hermoso

    -- Graciela
  • Love this version! Beautiful and so healing. :)

    -- christina
  • thank you very much , it''''s really beautiful , hugs and abundant blessings on their way

    -- Monika
  • lovely ...thank you!

    -- CINDY
  • Beautiful!

    -- Carla van der Werff
  • Beautiful Music.

    -- Cecilia Justusson
  • Gracias por la divina música!!! :)))

    -- Daleep Kaur
  • Me encanta me transportat

    -- Guadalupe
  • Love Ramadada use it tooo

    -- Vincent cook
  • His soothing male voice and deeply felt intention took me immediately into the sacred, inner space of the Heart.

    -- Julianne Riise
  • Thank you... Gracias Namaste

    -- M.Cantu
  • Just simply beautiful.

    -- Enrique
  • Beautiful chanting for meditation and relaxation and Yoga practice. I like it.

    -- Luisa J. Salazar
  • Excellent!

    -- Ravi Pillay
  • its very unique an nice- with a contemporary twist to it all- overall a great new music

    -- venkata krishnan
  • Have been a fan of Girish for years since attending a kirtan @ Yoga for Life in Long Island, NY. I suggested he perform @ Dancing Dogs Yoga in Beaufort, SC where I now reside & my wish came true earlier this year. He just keeps getting better & bringing us to a deeper place.

    -- Barbara Kelly
  • I began practicing Baptiste style Yoga a little over one year ago when I was introduced to music by Girish...I find myself needing to listen to Girish just as much as I need to practice, I am so inspired by the beauty of his music just as much as I am practicing yoga and meditating. Thank you Girish! Love & Peace Always! Carla

    -- Carla
  • fab

    -- joyce
  • This CD is amazing beautfiul to hear and I was estatic to play it in my yoga practice as well as offer it to my Thai Yoga Therapy clients.

    -- Sony Trieuhttp://blissfulthaiyogatherapy.com
  • “Girish's new album is exquisite! Rich, whole sounds fill my heart as I listen to his smooth soulful vocals and accompanying instrumentation. The opening of Diamonds sends tingles through my body - I immediately connected to the mantras and joined in singing.”

    -- Devinder Kaurhttp://www.pranashanti.com
  • gorgeous,deep, makes me want to trance dance

    -- Theresa