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manish vyas

 
manish vyas Manish Vyas learned to play tabla at the best address for this complicated percussion instrument: Ustad Allarakha (the late father of Zakir Hussein.)

Born in India to a family of musicians, he performed for many years as a singer, percussionist and composer in traditional kirtan bands, gathering plenty of knowledge about traditional folk, bhajans and the energetic Qawwali music from the Sufi tradition.  He is an accomplished player of the santoor, an instrument from Kashmir with 86 strings, as well as keyboards and the Indian harmonium.
 
Manish has integrated many different styles into his music as a result of playing with many international musicians.  He has toured worldwide with Prem Joshua, and performed and co-written music with Deva Premal and Chinmaya Dunster.

Read a story about Manish's  U.S. 2003 tour with Prem Joshua

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shastro

 
shastro Shastro is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist born in Italy.  The development of his unique musical style evolved over many years during his frequent visits to other countries including Spain, Turkey, Africa, South America and India.  These journeys were inspired by a spiritual search that led him to experience meditation in India and the opportunity to create music for various meditation techniques.

His music can best be described as relaxed world music.  He performs on Spanish guitar, Indian bamboo flutes, African kora harp, hammered dulcimer and Turkish nai flute, all with equal ease and beauty, integrating these ancient instruments into a compelling contemporary sound.

Shastro comments on music and healing:

"What I regard as Music with a capital M… is what heals.  If music doesn’t have a healing effect on me, I don’t call it music, or I should say it’s not Music, with the capital letter.  Or we could call it objective music, to use a term Gurdjeff would love.

"This Music is the language of the soul, which speaks to us about many things—about the joy overflowing from the heart, the immense silence surrounding us, the pilgrimage that we are all undertaking... about what the Buddhists call The Emptiness Of The Heart.  If music can stir these kinds of feelings in me, then it can only be healing, and if it doesn’t, then it’s not Music, in my opinion.  It’s only noise, and there is plenty of that around.  So why create more?  Music is an oasis of peace in the ever-growing noise of our man-made environment.

How to reconcile individual tastes?  What if one type of music heals for one but doesn’t for another?...
 
"That’s why I use the term objective music, he reiterates.  No matter who is listening to it, that music will have a healing effect because it’s coming from the source from where we are all coming from...something in your soul will be triggered, it will strike a chord deep within you.  Of course in order to notice it you will have to be a little silent, relaxed, in a receptive mode.  I mean you have to give it a chance; it’s not like aspirin!”  

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