RIYL: Dornob, Ravi Shankar, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Pete Townshend, Phil Keaggy, Oregon, Spyro Gyra, Will Ackerman
- "Shambhu Debut" · May 13, 2015
Influences: Will Ackerman, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, Sting, the Beatles, Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden
Shambhu (Sanskrit for “Source of Happiness”) spent years studying meditation with spiritual headliner Sri Chinmoy, his devotion inclusive of his growing guitar skills. Like fellow seekers Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Pete Townshend, and Phil Keaggy, Shambhu fuses meditation and music in ways intended to encourage and inspire anything from bliss to mind-expansion.
Expressing himself through a blend of folk, Indian, and jazz styles, he shows technical mastery on guitar that evokes delicate yet intricate expressions of nuance and subtlety.
His debut CD Sacred Love (released October 2010) features likeminded collaborators such as Windham Hill kingpin Will Ackerman (whose label signed Shambhu), new age bassist Michael Manring, Pat Metheney percussionist Jeff Haynes, John McLaughlin sax player George Brooks, and progressive Stick maestro Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel). It’s too mystical and whispery to be called rock or jazz, but there’s too much bite and friction to the guitar on this album and its followup Dreaming of Now (2013) to be filed under new age or world music.
A former resident of New York City and San Francisco, he moved to San Diego in early 2014. He brings with him a musical resume that namedrops Yes frontman Jon Anderson and TJ’s favorite son Carlos Santana, as well as Whitney Houston and Clarence Clemens, among others. “I left New York partly due to the brutal winter and intensity of daily life,” he says. “I checked out possibilities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and felt San Diego provided the best quality of life and value. As a Taylor Guitars artist, Taylor is also conveniently nearby in La Mesa.”
2019 saw the release of a new single, "Lilac Skies," the title track of an upcoming fourth full-length, which features guest players like pianist Frank Martin (Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder), drummer/percussionist Celso Alberti (Flora Purim, Stevie Winwood), and bassist Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham).