“Dreaming of Now excels on so many levels that it’s hard to describe it without over-using superlatives. Shambhu has created a musical masterwork that sets the standard for music in this genre.”
Read more of Michael Diamond’s Review in Music and Media Focus
“A musical masterwork that sets a new standard for music in this genre.”
~Michael Diamond (Music and Media Focus).
“Bold, assured composition and performance which unquestionably establishes Shambhu not only as a principal player in the New Age world, but also as a force to be reckoned with in a far broader spectrum of musical styles and genres.”
~Will Ackerman (Windham Hill Records founder and producer)
As I approached recording Dreaming of Now, I recalled the excitement I felt performing live at East-West Bookstore in Mountain View, CA and wanted to recreate the freshness of a live performance on my next CD.
In July 2012 I booked a weekend at Fantasy Studios, Studio D, in Berkeley, CA with myself producing and Adam Muñoz as recording engineer.
Joining me were the world’s best instrumentalists: George Brooks (sax), Kai Eckhardt (bass), Frank Martin (piano) and Celso Albert (drums). We recorded 12 songs over two days and had an incredibly fun weekend together.
In the Fall I invited percussionist Jeff Haynes (who recorded on my debut CD Sacred Love), to add percussion to those 12 tracks from his own home studio in Beacon, NY. Grammy-winning recording engineer Corin Nelsen, who did the honors on Sacred Love, engineered Jeff’s sessions.
In October 2012, I took all the tracks to Imaginary Road Studio in Windham County, VT, the home of Grammy Award-winning producer Will Ackerman and recording engineer Thomas Eaton. We re-recorded all the acoustic guitars and added cello – with Will Ackerman producing. Over a week’s time, we redid guitar on 8 songs, added Eugene Friesen’s cello to 4 songs, and I also flowed three new songs (Sanctuary, Dreaming of Now and Searching) live in studio – that appear on Dreaming of Now.
By December 2012, Thomas Eaton completed the first rough mix, which was so impressive that I added Tom as co-producer along with myself and Will Ackerman.
By summer I was hearing keyboard and string pads for many of the songs. So I got together with keyboardist Frank Martin, featured throughout the CD, who graced the songs with gorgeous tones that completed them. Celso Alberti, who played drums on almost the entire CD, engineered that very fun session.
Going into summer 2013, I spent months working with the tracks in my own studio producing Jeff Oster (flugelhorn) on Devodance and adding electric guitar solo to Starbucks Landing with Todd Boston engineering. The final recording session was with Premik Russell Tubbs who added wind synth to the title track, Dreaming of Now and Jasmine.
Once we had all the tracks done, the final mix happened at Imaginary Road Studios over a week’s time working with Thomas Eaton and Will Ackerman.
This summer, Tom mastered Dreaming of Now at Thomas Eaton Recording in Newburyport, MA… and then we were done. Two years in the making, and almost three years to the day when Sacred Love was released.
Top two photos by Mario Covic. MarioCovic.com
Will Ackerman / Imaginary Road Studio – WilliamAckerman.com
Thomas Eaton Recording – ThomasEaton.com
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As you can imagine, producing a CD like “Dreaming of Now” takes a tremendous amount of time and effort by a team of people. Dreaming of Now features the finest musical artists on their instruments and an award winning production and engineering team. I’ll talk more about these amazing folks in another post.
I want to acknowledge some very special friends each with their own special gifts – who made financial commitments that helped me kickstart this project. You are my dearest friends and I’ve thanked each of you personally. But I want to publicly acknowledge your kindness and generosity and appreciate that you are part of my story and my life.
Todd and Andrea Boston
Deborah and Jeff Dorman
Geoffrey and Sophie Menin
Christina “CK” Kerley
Lucian Kanu Balmer
Hiyamallar Daniel Shalom
Pavaka Stephane Richot
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We’re excited to reveal the cover from Shambhu’s upcoming CD, “Dreaming of Now”- a remarkable image by Bill Atkinson, a photographer and renowned developer of Apple. We want to offer special thanks to Bill Atkinson for offering this image for use on “Dreaming of Now.”
Visit Bill Atkinson at BillAtkinson.com.
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At Imaginary Road Studios listening to the final mix of “Windows of Time”. With Shambhu, Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton.
This song features:
Shambhu – guitars
Charlie Bishart – violin
George Brooks – saxophone
Kai Eckhardt – bass
Frank Martin – piano
Jeff Haynes – percussion
Celso Alberti – drums
Copyright 2013 by Shambhu
Published by Sacred Love Music (BMI)
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Beautiful session today recording violin on Windows of Time and Tropical Afternoon with the great Charlie Bisharat and producer Will Ackerman. Always a joy seeing Charlie and Will!
Beautiful pic from the Imaginary Road Sessions. Hover your mouse.
Enjoy this video from a recent session at Imaginary Road Studios with cellist Eugene Friesen, producer Will Ackerman, and recording engineer Thomas Eaton.
Band also features Shambhu on guitar, George Brooks on sax, Frank Martin on piano, Kai Eckhardt on bass, Celso Alberti on drum and Jeff Haynes on percussion (thanks recording engineer Corin Nelsen).