This CD provides an enticing balance of chant, world music, and soothing trance sounds. Subtly hypnotic, the flowing rhythms of this music are perfectly placed to draw the listener in further with each ensuing track. Fans of the chant genre will find this CD on the top of their stack of favorites for months, and those who love Deva Premal will surely enjoy this ambitious musical outing.
With years of experience as sideman with Prem Joshua and others, Manish offers Sattva, his first solo venture, yet it is far from a solo outing. He is joined by long-time friends and collaborators Raj Rishi (drums, percussion, keyboards, bass), Prem Joshua (sitar, bamboo flute, dilruba), Tanmayo (vocals, violin) and Shruti (vocals), as well as several others adding flutes, frame drum, bass, strings, etc.
Manish sings and plays santoor, tablas and keyboards. The songs and chants, which blend seamlessly with the evocative instrumental passages, vibrate with silence, prayer and spirit, and come directly from the heart of the musicians to the heart of the audience.
Surprisingly, his soulful voice carries many of the pieces, placed in effortlessly rich compositions based on ancient mantras. Hours of pleasurable listening will be yours with this journey along the path to Sattva -- the state of balance and harmony, the essence of being, the space between worlds. That is where the beautiful treasure of this exquisite music is found, in abundant portions of grace, expressions of love, illumination and purity.
-Lloyd Barde, Backroads Music, USA