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by Ghandharva

Ghandharva's debut CD infuses the traditional rhythms of West African, East Indian, Brazilian and Cuban music with the dynamics and attitude of Rock&Roll, creating a unique percussive hybrid that is meditative as well as uplifting.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ghandharva
4:58 album only
2. From Bahia to Punjab
4:02 album only
3. Wedding Samba
4:36 album only
4. Tabla Batuka
7:14 album only
5. Kofi
2:35 album only
6. Bardo of Darmata
3:11 album only
7. Vehicle of Aliveness, Voice of Stillness
7:08 album only
8. Gui
2:03 album only
9. Dancing Satori
2:10 album only
10. Drummer's Call
0:58 album only
11. Joue
9:22 album only
12. Saturn
3:09 album only
13. Warp
3:52 album only
14. Alien Stick
1:16 album only
15. Ghandharva (Reprise)
2:42 album only


Album Notes
Ghandharva Is:
Arjun Alan Bruggeman - Tabla, Madol, Balafon, Doun Doun, Frame Drum, Singing Bowls & Bells
Chuck Wood - Djembe, Congas, Berimbau, & Shekeree

Arjun and Chuck Wood have been performing under the name Ghandharva since the Spring of 2001.

Born in Paterson, NJ, Arjuna, has 10 years tabla and hand percussion experience, and 20 years on traps. He has studied classical percussion under Michael Frashe. Study of tabla by Zakir Hussain, Ty Burho, and Benjiy Wertheimer. Teachers for other percussion and music have been Glen Velez, David Darling, and various temple drummers in India. Alan has performed and recorded with Krishna Das, Shyamdas, David Darling, Prana, Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Steve Gorn, Benjiy and Heather Wertheimer, Wha!, The Fiendz, The Rings Project, Pamela Wynn Shannon, The John Ginty Band, Michael Franti of Spearhead, David Hykes Harmonic Choir, and Russell Paul. For the Past 3 years Arjun has been touring the world, and recording with Krishna Das. His deep interest and study of eastern meditation and healing arts has influenced and opened the sensitivity, spontaneity and joyfulness of his playing.

Born in Morristown, NJ, Chuck has been playing and studying hand percussion for more than 25 years. His teachers include such great talents as Baba Olatunji, M'Beba Bangoura, Mohammed Camera, Yayo Nelson, Ladji Camera and Mar Gueye. He has appeared live and recorded with Neal Casal, Michael Franti of Spearhead, David Darling, Shannon McNally, The John Ginty Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Tribe After Tribe (featuring the South African musician Robbie Robb, Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam & Doug Pinnick of King's X), Three Fish (featuring Robbie Robb, Jeff Ament & Richard Stuverud), Anthony Krizon (Spin Doctors) and Roamin' Gabriels. Most recently Chuck has been touring and recording with a new world music project called DAMARU, which features guitarist Colin Allured.

Currently Ghandharva is involved with various side projects, but plan to release their second CD sometime in the near future. The new release will feature many guest artists and it is being recorded and co-produced by John Ginty. John plays the Hammond organ and piano.
He has recorded and toured with Jewel, Matthew Sweet, Citizen Cope, Santana, Neal Casal, Ryan Adams and was an original member of Robert Randolph and The Family Band.



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Amazing, recommend for everyone
Amazing music. I was completly blown away and recommend that everyone give this CD a chance because it truely will make your mouth drop when you hear the enormous talent and the obvious hard work that went into making this CD. These musicians have changed my opinion on music forever and will surely change yours.

Richard G.

Wow! These guys are great!
I saw these guys live in NJ, they were incredible, and the cd is just as awesome! If you ever have the chance to see them live, go, go, go! They play with a technical precision that is mind-boggling, and yet at the same time, you can feel the music coming from the heart, the soul.....their music has enhanced my life, what can I say, except that!
And CD Baby is terrfic too! A great experience all around!
Richard G.

Manuel Miguel Estrada

On this CD!
Very soulful and for sure a unique and refreshing hybrid, it makes you listen rather than hear--the music, it's an everlasting search into what we do not know as music.

Gail Solomon

Ghandharva more than lives up to it's Hindu deity namesake's musical ability. According to Hindu legend, these winged Centaur-like creatures play heavenly music to which their lovers dance before the Gods. Both the musicians and the dancers are reputed to be inspirations for love, life and laughter.
So, too, with Ghandharva's music. From the first opening beat of this recording to the last echoing tone, listeners are taken on an exotic joyful journey that invites the imagination, teases the senses and sets pulses racing.

Dave Terpeny

"simply astounding"
Ghandharva manages, wth drums, to create breathtaking displays of anger, ardor, commotion, concern, desire and despair in the songs on their debut CD. I mean, think of what Jerry (Garcia) did with his guitar and imagine two guys doing it with percussion instruments. It's amazing really.