Shambhu and Frank Martin

I wish to thank Shambhu for bringing a little sunshine into my life on this miserable wet and windy day in October; while all around radiates a healthy does of glumness, Shambhu’s brand new album permeates a radiance so powerful it lightens the very soul.

Perfection in track one on the composition Waterfall, the acoustic style really captures the title so well with the trickledown effect of the guitar, this is a very professional piece to start with and paints a perfect picture of what we are to expect from the rest of the album. The Cello of Eugene Friesen is sublime in this composition; Waterfall for me, was a great piece to start a new album with, a perfect representation of what you will come to know as the Dreaming Of Now experience. The gentle refrains of Windows of Time struck me as a piece that will live long and prosper in the realms of the new age music fan and if this album is what the so called New Age music genre is becoming then I say hallelujah.

George Brooks

Just listen to the Sax of George Brooks, add the Violin of Charlie Bisharat and you will see what I mean, a true classic of a composition. Total change for track three, much more world genre related, far more upbeat and up-tempo in its style and in parts reminded me of the work of my favourite world band Incendio. This track indeed had fire and passion; even though the title was somewhat curious in Starbucks Landingit still worked for me and was a timely tempo change for the project. Some very, on the ball, piano by Frank Martin and at times one could almost feel that Shambhu had a little Santana thing going on there, which of course isn’t surprising given his musical history. So dear constant reader, it’s time for the title track Dreaming Of Now and one of the most beautiful guitar based pieces I have heard for many a year. Shambhu is joined by Premik Russell Tubbs on Wind Synth and Flute and the combination of them both gives us the listener the perfect example of exquisiteness in music, one could easily imagine listening to this piece whilst lying on your back on a summer’s day in the forest watching the clouds drift by.

We move to Rendezvous, a melody filled sandwich of musical delights that will ease your mind and feed that harmonious hole in your tuneful heart. This has just about everything as a track, a little Jazz influence and the delicate and respectful percussion played by Celso Alberti was brilliant, the piano of Frank Martin which accompanied Shambhu’s guitar was stunning, this will be one of those compositions that would sell an album off its own back, it is that good and everyone who performed on it, should now take a bow.

The quietness that Country Aire gives off as a musical offering is much needed for me now, I watch the rain fall out of my window, but this interlude of harmonious beauty gives me a feeling that all is as it should be. Shambhu’s guitar playing here really comes into its own, this track almost tells a story and through the strings one can hear the words that paint a picture of a perfect repose into the calming influence of our countryside.

 

We recorded 12 songs at Fantasy Studios over a weekend, and 8 of them made it onto Dreaming of Now.
We recorded 12 songs at Fantasy Studios over a weekend, and 8 of them made it onto Dreaming of Now.
Devodance has an element of nature right from the off that tugs us right into a whole new world of majestic playing and musical attractiveness. The early natural sounds are well used, I think I even heard a rain stick, but the song picks up from its early gentle start and flourishes with some excellent bass from Kai Eckhardt and some utterly delicious Flugle Horn from the one and only Jeff Oster, this was one of my favourite tracks off the album.
So the stage is set and upon it under a single light, sits Shambhu, he picks up his guitar and gazes around the lime lit room, slowly he plays a sombre but perfectly played piece called Searching. There is a certain melodic majesty about this piece, in some small way it reminded me of an acoustic set I had heard some years ago from David Coverdale of Whitesnake and I had to hold back my eagerness to sing Sailing ships to this piece. A delightful track and a fine example of what a superb guitarist Shambhu actually is.
Kai Eckhardt (bass)

We are heading to the end of the album my dear readers, but before we even get anywhere near, let me tell you about this delightful offering that sees some wonderful Cello again from Friesen. Some creative guitar from Shambhu delivers us a piece called Tropical Afternoon. Having spent many of these moments myself, I can tell you that this fits perfectly, a must mention here, there is some very excellent Bass played on this track by Eckhardt and this whole composition fulfils its promise ten fold. Jasminehas an almost Celtic feel about it at times, proving this release is a real genre crossing album, some very powerful percussion from Jeff Haynes is easily matched by Alberti’s enthusiasm on drums. This is a piece that really lets go and enjoys the atmosphere that these amazingly talented musicians have thus far created.

Celso Alberti

So it’s time to tell you about the very last track on the album constant reader, it’s the shortest piece at just over two and a half minutes and rightfully so, the sole property of the master Shambhu. Here is once more a splendid guitar based track, to ease you towards the end of the experience that we can now call Dreaming of Now. This album has been a delight to review, an album that is beautifully and masterfully produced by Will Ackerman. Dreaming of Now is a much needed multi-genre guitar based album that the musical world can feel eternally grateful for, its shows us that out there in this vast world of musical banality there is still a real heart beating, there are still real musicians that care and that guitarists like Shambhu can bring you the constant listener, an album that will restore your faith in all that is good in the contemporary instrumentalist genre.

~By Steve Sheppard, OneWorldMusic.com (United Kingdom)

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This album will help dissolve the cares of the day with the colorful array of styles and textures. Elements of jazz fusion, Indian, contemporary instrumental and New Age spark up the tracks making sure there is something for each listener to love.

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Following the acclaim of his debut album, Sacred Love, guitarist Shambhu brings his instrumental reveries to new heights of heartfelt ensemble brilliance.

With a luminous troupe of master musicians, Shambhu weaves his spirit-freeing songs into the joyous tapestry of Dreaming of Now.  

The album’s co-producer, Will Ackerman, pioneering founder and guitar genius of Windham Hill Records, describes it as “bold, assured composition and performance which unquestionably establishes Shambhu as not only a principal player in the New Age world, but also as a force to be reckoned with in a far broader spectrum of musical styles and genres.”

~ East West Bookstore, Mountain View, CA

Dreaming of Now at CD BabyAmazon.com and iTunes.

 

EWBSacred Love is the 4th best selling CD at East-West Bookstore in Mountain View, CA. If you’re in the area, visit this beautiful store and buy copies for friends and family. East-West is an oasis — a resource for conscious living with amazing products for a holistic life of peace, love, calm, and joy. Looking for a beautiful scarf from Tibet, Wayne Dyer’s latest book,  a Buddha statue for your shrine, or a seminar on chanting? This is the place to visit.

We are also forever delighted that East-West hosted Shambhu’s sold-out performance last November with David DiLullo and friends…and we hope to set up a new concert date soon.

Thanks to recording artist and journalist Michael Diamond for this kind review of Sacred Love in Awareness Magazine:

Shambhu
Sacred Love: Feel the Journey
www.ShambhuMusic.com

While there are many musicians in this genre hunched over computers recording in home studios (myself included), there are very 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 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.

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.

Thanks to Ed Jennings for this beautiful review of Sacred Love for Music of Our Heart Blog.

Excerpts below.

I actually hear something more profound when I open my heart to Shambhu’s tone and resonance. I arrive at a place of renewal and spiritual awakening when I listen to Sacred Love. Shambhu’s music is the essence of the morning light unfolding the soft petals of a rose, revealing the fragrance of the flower to the joy of our senses. :)…

You’re in for a rare treat. So unplug yourself from all the electronic trappings that prevent us from floating downstream and listen to Shambhu’s gift of spiritual, healing music. The happiness you have long been seeking will truly become your natural reward.

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The photos above and below are part of a transformation that I’m helping promote. I work with ThingLink but I’m also a musician. And a lucky one that I get to pioneer something I feel is truly new, innovative and important.

Like lots of indie musicians, I’m always looking for new ways to promote and share information about my music. In this case, I’m promoting my debut CD, Sacred Love.

Now this is a post about images but I get to be the star too — so check out the photo below. I’m bronzed like Hans Solo in Star Trek.

You’ll notice small dots inside the image. They are called ThingLinks: in-image links from inside this photo to any place I choose. The tags act like channels to information I want to share. The tags are easy to set up with a description (250 characters) and URL. In this case, I set up ThingLinks to my blog, my latest press release, my Twitter and Facebook pages, to my photographer’s website, and there’s a surprise.

There is a Sound Player embedded in this image. Click on the play button and my song, Edge of Eternal, plays.

That is cool!

So for musicians like me, that photo – which I was only able to observe before – has become something more than a beautiful composite by photographer Mario Covic. It’s now an information wallet I can share throughout my social network.

Here are some things I can do with Thinglinked images that help me socialize me images:

  • Announce my ThingLinked photo to friends and fans on Facebook and Twitter, and email a link. Fans can do the same. If ‘m lucky, I made a new fan. Thanks to this ThingLinked photo.
  • Embed a photo with ThingLinks… in my other blogs and websites. The links stay in the image. And fans can share it, too.
  • Allow readers to add their OWN ThingLinks to the image. I wonder where fans would place links.
  • Receive stats from ThingLink (as part of a free account) on how many people are interacting with my images with views, hovers and clicks.

Try hovering your mouse over the image and I put links into – and see what comes up.

After you sign up at ThingLink.com, you add three lines of code to your blog or website page. ThingLink works on websites and blogging platforms. If you’re hosting a WordPress site, there is a beta ThingLink plug-in that you can download via WordPress.

Have fun and share your stories.

Thanks to RJ Lannan for this review of Sacred Love. You can also read it at Zone Music Reporter.

Unanticipated

I read the song titles and scanned the liner notes and I immediately got the impression that this music would have a strong connection to the earth. I mean the earth as a planet and as a cosmos. My theory was validated after the first two or three cuts. There is something organic in the music. It is almost palpable. Guitarist and composer Shambhu, along with many talented musicians created a plethora of emotional and romantic songs on his album Sacred Love – Feel the Journey. After I was finished I became a believer. I did feel the journey. The music has a rare quality to it. It is virtually lighter than aire. The sound is clean and pure and it was not hard to imagine, once I read the notes that told me that Will Ackerman and his studio musicians had their hands in the project.

The guitar and the violin dance an aural bossa nova in the opening number called Together. There is that sweet, sensual audible push and pull, sway and swirl and the surrender of two lovers into their own special world for just the time it takes to play the song. The music suggests that whenever they are together, they have escaped the ordinary.

My vote for one of the most peaceful songs ever written goes to Edge of Eternal. The horns and voices are that of the angels and the guitar melody is celestial. After a minute into the song you feel weightless, after the end, you feel blessed. Some of the credit is due from Jill Haley‘s English horn and Eugene Freisen‘s cello. This was my absolute favorite on Sacred Love.

The track Natural Moment had a funky east tumbles into west kind of vibe. It was likeable for its lively tempo, its great mix of sitar and electric guitar and its cheeky melody. It felt like the song was improvised, reworked and improvised again. It was just the kind of tune that had endless potential.

I can always tell when producer and guitar great Will Ackerman starts plucking on a tune and it was he that started the song Imagine. Ackerman has a quality that I call musical grace and it is that approbation that mixes with Shambhu’s tune and makes it on the one hand, very familiar and on the other, new and exciting. Together they make the music timeless.

Premik Russell Tubbs is the flute player for the ethereal tune Nirab Amare. The song was originally written by spiritualist and teacher Sri Chinmoy who is credited with a body of works in words, music and art that staggers the imagination. The free flowing tune sets the physical free to roam in the endless possibilities of the spirit. This probably is the best song on the album for its poignancy and sense of pure bliss. Chinmoy’s teaching of divine surrender does not go unheeded.

The final track is called Humility. The guitar is somewhat more insistent in its lead and the flute also plays a large part in a tune that considers man’s worthiness. There is a polyphonous marriage of sound that was not as reverent as I thought it could be, but more of a mild celebration. Still the joyous tune of Eastern and Western influences was pleasantly satiating.

If ever there was an album that invited introspection, Sacred Love is the one. The album as a whole was a pleasing blend of acoustics and a harmonious mixture of philosophies. And there is the overwhelming sense of the spiritual love. Shambhu is a first rate song writer and guitarist, and perhaps an even better dreamer.

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Excerpted From O’Dwyers Public Relations Report

For Tech PR Pro, Album is Decades in Making
By Greg Hazley

Technology PR veteran Neil Vineberg worked some of the tech sector’s most hallowed accounts during his 30 years in the business. But always  on the periphery of his professional efforts at agencies like Middleberg Euro RSCG, GolinHarris and Dentsu was a deep connection with music.

So one could say Vineberg’s October debut album, “Sacred Love – Feel the Journey,” was decades in the making and the fulfillment of a project that was on his back burner through the 1980s, ’90s and ’00s, amid more pressing concerns in the revved up world of tech publicity.

But when business slowed a bit in early 2010, Vineberg, who has taken the spiritual name of “Shambhu,” saw his first real opportunity to publish his original works — instrumental tunes that feature a jazzy,  New Age sound supported by a menagerie of instruments and skilled players.

“I’ve really had this music project on the shelf since I was 21,” he said.

The result is a 12-track journey that Vineberg calls a “spiritual” and “uplifting” journey. He says the album is an attempt at storytelling through music, only a slight departure, he says, from his years spent crafting narratives for clients through news and other PR tactics. Years of studying meditation, as well as music, also helped produce the landscape of “Sacred Love,” he said.

Opening with an acoustic jaunt, “Together,” and closing with the seven-minute, ethereal epic “Humility,” Vineberg’s songs conjure sonic landscapes and showcase tight, melodic guitar riffs, pleasantly meandering flute, as well as sax, cello, violin and other instruments. An executive who spent a lifetime writing and honing publicity didn’t make a lyrical album; he lets the layers of sound convey the message on “Sacred Love.”

“I know I’m doing this at the most unlikely age, but I think music can bridge social misunderstandings and bring people together,” he said. “So why not now.”

The album is on iTunes here: