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Prem Joshua: Desert Visions

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Multi-instrumentalist Prem Joshua meets with musicians from India and Europe o celebration of sounds and rhythms from East and West creating an exciting blend or World Music: soprano saxophone, bamboo flutes and a great variety of ethnic Eastern instruments (tabla, darbouka, sitar, santoor, traditional Indian vocals, and more) together with keyboards and drums. This unique blend of instrumentation flies effortlessly through many styles ranging from Arabic folk, ancient Indian raga, over desert grooves and through African music.

He learned to play sitar under the guidance of Ustad Usmar Khan, one of India's foremost sitar masters. In 1990, Joshua formed "Terra Incognita", a world music band, together with kora player Ravi and other international musicians, giving concerts throughout Europe and India and releasing two albums. In 1993 he produced his first solo album, Tales of a Dancing River, followed by Hamsafar and now his third album, Desert Visions.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Prem Joshua was first trained as a musician in his early childhood. Over the years, he has performed as flutist/saxplayer in numerous jazz, fusion and rock bands. His search for his own spiritual and musical roots brought him to such countries as Greece, Turkey and Afghanistan and finally to India, where he lived for years, dedicating himself to meditation and the study of Indian classical and folk music. There he developed his own unique style of playing soprano saxophone and flute, integrating elements of jazz, Indian raga and desert tribal music. He also started playing a number of exotic instruments, including the santoor (a Persian hammer dulcimer, the dilruba (an ancient Arabic bowed instrument, the bansuri (an Indian bamboo flute) and the swarmandal tan Indian harp tuned to the different scales of the ragas.

Prem Joshua, multi-instrumentalist, composer and musical globetrotter has recorded and performed in the field of World Fusion music for more than 10 years and released 6 albums on "New Earth Records".

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Prem Joshua: Hamsafar

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'Hamsafar' is the meeting of multi-instrumentalist Prem Joshua with 14 musicians from India, Europe and Japan – Soprano Saxophone, soaring flutes and spacious keyboards melting with the magical ethnic sounds and haunting rhythms of the deserts, bazaars and gardens of the East.
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Prem Joshua: Secret of the Wind

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Seemingly from nowhere, heralded only by the distant howling of wolves and a dramatic crack of thunder, the Shaman appears. In a moment his dance of divine destiny is begun, slowly at first as a single drum helps him pick out the path of ancient footsteps, an instinctive movement drawn deep from the mystical well of intuition. Soon the rhythm swells as the drumbeat deepens in intensity and the medicine man is lost in trance in this, Phil Thornton's homage to the arcane powers of these mysterious priests. The circle of sound is soon swirling with bells, chimes, pipes and the background resonance of the didgeridoo as the ritual climbs to a spiritual frenzy where animal sounds signify the Shaman's union with the natural world. Like members of the tribal audience, framed by the flickering flames of night, we too are drawn by the hypnotic power of the music into an empathic awareness of our extra-sensory potential.

Music is the nearest at hand, the most orderly, the most delicate and the most perfect of all bodily pleasures; it is also the only one which is equally helpful to all ages of man.
JOHN RUSKIN

A brief description of the more unusual instruments played on this album

Bansuri Indian Bamboo Flute
Bassoon Old German wind-instrument
Dilruba Ancient Indian string-instrument with a skin, played with bow, can also be plucked
Dholak Cylindrical double-drum, played mainly in Indian folk music
Duff Big Hand-drum, played in traditional Persian and Indian music
Kanjeera Small tambourine-like hand-drum with wide range of expression
Moorsingh South Indian Jaw-Harp
Santoor Persian string instrument, similar to European Hammer-Dulcimer
Sitar Well-known Indian string-instrument with a sound full of overtones and wide range of expression
Tabla Most important accompanying rhythm instrument in classical Indian music, consists of two drums with different pitch
Tabla Tarang Many tablas tuned to different pitches to play melodical patterns
Tanpura Drone-instrument with 4, 5 or 6 strings
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Prem Joshua: Tales of a Dancing River

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On this album Prem Joshua combines the magical atmosphere of a great variety of Eastern instruments (sitar, bamboo-flutes, santoor etc.) with the sounds of soprano saxophone and keyboards to take the listener on an adventurous and harmonious musical journey along a "Dancing River" from its source to the ocean.

Life is just a river, a long river.

Each river, small or big, dissolves into the ocean, finds its way without any guide, without any sutras, without any masters. It may go astray, zigzag, but finally it reaches to the ocean. And that reaching to the ocean is becoming the ocean. That is the rebirth. That's what we mean by meditation. That's what we mean by the Zen Manifesto. Every river is destined to disappear one day into the ocean. Go dancingly, go joyfully. There is no need to be worried, there is no need to be hurried. The ocean is waiting - you can take your time, but take your time with joy, not with tensions and anxieties. Rejoice and dance and sing and love, and finally you are going to disappear into the ocean.
OSHO, Signatures on water

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