TAKE A TRIP down your inner Ganges - the mythic spiritual river of India. This album permeates your senses with rich images of the East. Masterfully played on sitar, Tabla, Bamboo Flute, Santoor and Saxophone, the music moves from meditative stillness to rhythmic celebration of the great river of life.
An inspiring collection of compositions played with high craftsmanship - melting the traditional musical boundaries of East and West.
8 tracks, total time 62:30 min.
Prem Joshua and Manish Vyas, both extraordinary multi-instrumentalists, composers and musical partners since their twenties, have been recording and giving concerts together all over the world.
More info: www.manishvyas.com/water-down-the-ganges
I heard 'Water down the Ganges' on sirius radio today and went immediately to iTunes and purchased. Totally awesome. I am sure I speak on behalf of all the yogis here in the Arizona desert that we would love to hear you play a concert here. Namaste.
-- Robert McIntosh , AR, USA
I listen to this CD virtually every day now. I particularly like Sawari and Trust. I am looking forward to the next release. Thank you so much for the gift of your music. It is incredible.
-- Anita Bardalai, Danbury, CT, USA
I like vocals alaps in "Shivoham" and "Water down the Ganges". Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas' music is the best combination in the whole world.
-- Mayur Vyas, Jhambua, INDIA
Stretch The Mind Into Silence
Vyas and Joshua have played together since 1987 and have collaborated on ten recordings, but this is the first album that they have conceived and composed together. Though they are accustomed to working in large ensembles, on this record, available from the White Swan label, they play every instrument themselves.
This is notable because nine different instruments, including sitar, tabla, santoor, a traditional Indian instrument with 86 strings, and soprano saxophone are included to create a big sound that is alternately energetic and meditative, ancient and contemporary. The Indian classical music style is pervasive on the record, and the tracks seem to bleed from one song to the next.
Tempo and instrumentation vary from track to track, but the entirety sounds like one extended piece. Joshua plays soprano saxophone with the mystery of a snake charmer on Sawari, above Vyas’ rapid fire percussion. On Trust, Joshua plays sitar and traverses the Eastern scale, while Vyas’ tabla fills the space between the notes. Moon Song is the most meditative piece, with Vyas on harmonium and Joshua on flute.
Throughout, the duo creates a sound that is passionate and soulful, and its complexity stretches the mind into silence. - Adam Skolnick, LA Yoga Magazine