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Voice of the Esraj

by Benjy Wertheimer

Beautiful flowing vocals bring ancient sacred writings to life, making this excellent music for meditative listening and yoga.
Genre: World: Asian
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Om Namah Shivaya
7:19 album only
2. Devotion
13:03 $0.99
3. Remembrance
11:45 $0.99
4. Faith
10:35 album only
5. Balance
11:02 $0.99
6. Ahimsa
11:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). Benjy has toured and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), and virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell. He has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Ancient Future world fusion music ensemble, Benjy toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master GS Sachdev. He studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar). Benjy’s CDs receive extensive airplay around the world, and his CD "Circle of Fire" went to #1 on the New Age radio charts in November 2002.

"Sitting here on a peaceful morning listening to your CD ... I had to put it on again because the mood was so beautiful I did not want to leave it. The voices sound heavenly!Thanks for sharing this with me..."
-Terry Riley, internationally renowned composer, singer and pianist

"When I listen to Benjy play the esraj, it transports me beyond the beyond."
-John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga

“Voice of the Esraj is an endless stream of musical rasa that opens your whole being in a healing, spontaneous yoga. Highly recommended for all of creation!”
--- Shiva Rea, Yogini



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John Mitchell ~51

"Voice of the Esraj" ~(V.O.T.E.)
I can honestly say, I got chill's {and still do} and fell in love with this recording from the very first time I heard it. {V.O.T.E.} and it's recording-#3 of, ~"Remembrance", Time to light the candles & inscents and turnout th' lights.
~Thank You Benjy Wertheimer & Co. for the chill's & relaxation {and the other B.W. recordings I have} that you all provide.

Karl Schiffmann

A beautiful combination of original and traditional elements. Smooth, deep, spiritual.


Amazing, divinely inspired vibrations surpassing Soul of the Esraj
What a great companion cd to Soul of the Esraj. Voice of the Esraj is candy for the ears and food for the soul!
Love PJ

Jacqueline Leibhardt

voice of the esraj
Heartfelt and beautiful, a truly soaring voice.

Jacqueline Leibhardt

voice of the esraj
Heartfelt and beautiful.A truly soaring voice.


a classic...
Benjy keeps the soul and adds a voice to his new CD. I really like the mantras he chants throughout the CD.

Dana Zia

This is great, deep music!
I love this cd! I'm always on the look out for music that talks to your soul and this is it. I love doing massage to it as well. Great for yoga or meditation too. One thing that is missing on this cd is the boring, repetitive sound that usually accompany this genre of music. Enjoy!


Wonderful compliment to Soul of Esraj
Benjy plays and sings and soothes and delights. This is a wonderful, spirited offering to us all.

Rosie Powell

love the new CD !
Love the new CD;each track is unique- the soulful vocals give it a wonderful rich sound.

CD Baby

Back again, with another beautifully stunning, atmospheric album, Benjy Wertheimer blends the distinctive and penetrating colors of Indian music with a lush and all-encompassing "new age" backdrop for relaxation and meditation. These tracks have a way of sinking into the heart, causing ripples of comfort and ease, soothing every last cell in your body. If artists such as Jai Uttal and Krishna Das perk up your ears, "Voice of the Esraj" is a must-have. Here is a true gem.
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