by Michael Debbage (

Shambhu’s impressive 2010 debut took many by surprise however a follow up album especially after a strong debut is always a difficult position to be in. shambhu_Pilgrimage -SMALLNevertheless, Dreaming Of Now not only avoids the dreaded sophomore jinx but it will put to rest any doubt that Sacred Love was just a fleeting musical moment. In fact Dreaming Of Now not only matches Shambhu’s first offering but frankly abundantly exceeds it. But be ready to just follow the musical escapade you are about to embark on as the guitarist continues his boundless musical exploration yet creating a complete unified musical vision.

A Smorgasbord of Musical Dishes

Once again Shambhu teams up with Will Ackerman behind the production board along with several musical guests including the more obvious choices of Charlie Bisharat on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello and Jeff Oster on flugelhorn. Add in the instruments such as the saxophone, flutes and various levels of percussion and combine that with Shambhu’s tasty guitar work on both acoustic and electric and you have all the ingredients for a smorgasbord of musical dishes all for your listening consumption.

Simply Heavenly

The album opens with the optimistic “Waterfall” that cascades and flows with the joy of George Brooks’s saxophone countering with Friesen’s cello all anchored around Shambhu’s melodic guitar work. It completely sets the tone of Dreaming Of Now that is simply heavenly. Followed immediately by the more moody “Windows Of Time” that then flings you into the toe tapping breezy “Starbucks Landing” will keep you keenly aware that this artist, much like his debut, refuses to pigeon hole himself into one specific musical style. “Starbucks Landing” focuses on the electric guitar and no it is not Carlos Santana but our very own Shambhu’s letting loose. Ad

Dreamy Moments

Dreaming Of Now is not without its dreamy moments that can be best found on the title track with Premik Russell Tubbs’ flute work floating effortlessly with Shambhu’s softly shaded acoustic work. This less complicated composition is utterly mesmerizing. The lighter musical hues can also be found on “Country Aire”, “Devodance” or even better yet the naked and stark yet gorgeous closer “Sanctuary” where Shambhu shows us he is capable of doing a superfine William Ackerman like performance but in his own musical tongue.

You Will Like from Start to Finish

Shambhu lost his element of surprise after his strong debut, however this does not take away from the absolute beauty found onDreaming Of Now. With absolutely no filler, Shambhu’s follow up effort shows an artist that has not only blossomed but has also formally announced himself as a ready for prime time musician. The only question is in which genre? It does not matter as Shambhu takes elements of World, Smooth Jazz, New Age and Meditative qualities to create a musical experience that you will like from start to finish making it one of 2013’s finest releases.

Reprinted from Pilgrimage Yoga Online


Shambhu brings down a sublime feeling in the first solo performance of “Revelation” live in San Diego.

Thanks to Sujantra McKeever, Martin Stamper and Tom Warner from Pilgrimage Yoga.


“Dreaming of Now” won the 2013 Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the ZMR Music Awards Show in New Orleans.


Shambhu with co-producers Will Ackerman and Thomas Eaton.
Shambhu with co-producers Will Ackerman and Thomas Eaton.




Dreaming of Now, Shambhu's latest CD
Dreaming of Now, Shambhu’s latest CD

While Shambhu generated a tranquil new age vibe on his debut album four years ago, this time the guitarist opts for a thicker fusion sound on his sophomore effort.

This heavier jazz-rock approach is evidenced by the greater presence of electric guitar in addition to acoustic guitar, as well as more defined melodies and chord progressions.

The sound is fuller and richer, thanks especially to an abundance of horns. Shambhu also gets solid support from a stellar lineup of musicians: George Brooks on saxophone, Eugene Friesen on cello, Premik Russell Tubbs on wind instruments, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Frank Martin on keyboards, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, and Celso Alberti on drums.

His two releases so far show Shambhu to be a varied and diverse composer and, of course, a thoughtful, creative, and fluid guitarist.

Raj Manoharan (Rajman Reviews)

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On Dreaming of Now, guitarist Shambhu’s follow-up to his acclaimed solo debut, Sacred Love: Feel the Journey, the artist has assembled a great cast of supporting players to supplement his blend of jazz, pop, and adult contemporary guitar instrumentals.

Helmed by the producing/mastering duo of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton, the CD travels a winding musical road from the uptempo, joyful opening track, “Waterfall,” to the gently rocking “Windows of Time,” the rollicking “Starbucks Landing,” the pensive “Searching,” and the serene closer, “Sanctuary.”

Some songs may bring to mind the classic jazz fusion of two pioneering groups: Shadowfax and Spyrogyra (minus the latter’s urban emphasis).

~Bill Binkelman

Retailing Insight

Thanks to everyone for attending my CD release event for “Dreaming of Now” at the  Global Heart Concert at Unity Palo Alto.  Special thanks to Will Ackerman, David DiLullo, the Global Heart Concert, my amazing band, and EastWest Bookshop (Mountain View) for hosting this wonderful event.  Enjoy photos of the event thanks to Steve Schecter and Bill Atkinson (group portrait).

Shambhu Band with Will Ackerman
Shambhu Band with Will Ackerman
Shambhu at Global Heart Concert
Shambhu at Global Heart Concert
Celso Alberti and David DiLullo
Frank Martin
Frank Martin
Will Ackerman and Premik perform “Visiting”
Jeff Oster
Dewayne Pate
Dewayne Pate