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This is exquisite music for both the opening of
the summer months and the growth of the soul. YATRI, Prem
Joshua's latest release from was recorded in the summer moons
of 2004 during his travels in Europe and America.
The music's heart
though is India and the silent beauty of realised meditation.
Even as the musicians dig deep to explore funk and jazz
music through the album's world fusion format, YATRI is
always a journey within. Twenty years of Prem Joshua's
travel in India, his time studying with the great teacher
Osho and his mastery as a triple instrumentalist of flute,
sitar and soprano saxophone are all elements of YATRI's
It is a CD that is
immediately inviting and infinitely replayable. Perhaps
the best World Fusion release of 2005, and with the year
not even half over it would be hard to top.
Jefferson, Music Editor, "New Connexion" Magazine,
"Mystics of Sound",
also known as "Yatri", is the new album out by
World musician Prem Joshua. The first time I heard Prem
Joshua in Los Angeles something changed in me. His music
is the music you always want playing no matter where you
are. Prem Joshua always blends his love for the East and
his love for the West together in perfect harmony and does
equally if not more so on this album. He told me that this
album was developed on tour while in India and Europe and
then finally came together in the studios in Europe. Rather
then adhering to any rules, he and his band gave their
best to each song and allowed the organic nature of each
song to unfold and to ripen. The result is a mystical and
groovy blend of vocals and instruments that takes the listener
on a spiritual journey.
Getty, Yogafit Magazine, USA
To describe Prem Joshua's
music by a specific musical term is not easy as there are
so many different facets to his sound. Call it World Fusion,
East-West-Fusion, India Lounge, Indo-Ambient - all these
names just give a vague idea of his actual music. But one
rare definition applies to all of his CDs: it is "Music
for Listening". What a luxury in a time when most
music has become a mere consumer's item and lost all sacredness!
music can accompany you through your daily affairs - but you might suddenly
discover that you stop doing other things and start listening again for
the sheer joy of listening - or even dance in your room. Who still provides
music for that? And to me his music has yet another quality: timelessness.
Even when listening to his older albums there is always a certain freshness
to them. Working as a World Music Radio DJ I have been a fan of Joshua's
music for many years. I enjoyed his more acoustic and "classical" albums
as much as his danceable liaisons with Trance, Ambient and Lounge.
His new album "Yatri" features again more his acoustic side,
the flavour of Indian instruments and Indian raga music. Rich melodies
on sitar, flute and vocals fly over a background of smooth and groovy
arrangements. Joshua's sitar playing has ripened and matured even further.
Outstanding on this album are also Joshua's choir arrangements and the
solos by Indian singer Sandhya Sanjana. Known from Joshua's album "Shiva
Moon" she is again featured here with her deep and rich voice. "Yatri" means
traveller and is a tribute to India by a Westerner who got deeply involved
with India's musical tradition - but translates India's musical essence
in a very contemporary and cosmopolitan way.
Grimaldi, Rome, Italy