Shankara


     Shankara (the Giver of Joy): “Because he creates (kr) joy (sukha-sam), because he is the source of boundless joy, Siva, the supreme formless being, is named the Giver-of-joy (Shankara)”

The Shankara sound “World Hypno-Groove”, evolved from the seasoned ensemble of composer/singer songwriters Raj Agni and David Backstrom joined by rhythm master DJ Ged whose collaboration is evident in their well-produced CD “Ocean Of Love”. (The CD and all individual songs are available for purchase on this website).

The intrepid Maui, Hawaii-based band draws from a wealth of sonic textures provided by DJ Ged’s extraordinary command of the vintage Roland D2 “Groove Box”. Layered and textured into the mix are the rich vocal harmonies of Raj and David, who contribute their guitar and rhythmic expertise, and are joined by an array of Maui’s finest musicians adding depth and sizzle into their eclectic style.

Songs like “In Praise Of The Future”, the album opener, rip with strength and presence as the written word is pronounced articulating a powerful vision infused with meaning and deep spiritual emotion. The Coda reverberates with exquisite resonance as it intones, “Release your Soul to the Divine”.

A joyful mix of 14 original tunes demonstrates the range and depth of Shankara’s formidable offering, as the band sets out to bring its music to the street and deliver its message to all who are ready. For those who have ears to hear, the Shankara experience is an unforgettable journey into the heart of a music rich in spirit and passion.





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