Grammy Winning Saxophonist Kenneth Bruce Gorelick Born On June 5.1956 is better known by his stage name Kenny g. He started playing the saxophone in 1966 when he was 10 years old. In 2003, Kenny G was named the 25th highest selling Artist in America by the RIAA. With 48 million albums sold in the USA as of July31.2006 In 1994, Kenny G won the grammy award for best Instrumental Composition for forever in love. In 1997, Kenny G earned a place in the Guinness book of world records for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone.
Rahul Shama is truly taking the legacy of the santoor in a new direction. Son and disciple of santoor legend Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma. Rahul has more than 50 albums to his credit. He has done some great international Collaboration such as one with the world famous pianist Richard Clayderman, and one with Peter Gabriel’s lable real world records for the album ‘music of the Himalayas’. And now with the most popular saxophone artiste in the world-Kenny G, releasing on Times Music in India.
"This really is a very special collaboration for me. Kenny G is by far the most popul.ar and finest saxophone player in the world, and in this CD I not only perform with him but also have him play on my compositions! Absolutely, dreams come true! Kenny is also wonderful as a person and my meeting with him was a memorable one which led to this unexpected collaboration!
I would like to thank Kenny for giving me the liberty to compose for him
Lust the way i wanted, and of course i would like to thank my father an guru Shiv Kumar Sharma without whom i wouldn't be where I am. My mom and my wife Barkha for inspiring me throughout the making of this CD. A big thanks to my dear friend and student parth amin for his support fo this album. I would also like to thank neil prashad!"
The world ‘Namas (Namah) in Sanskrit means ‘Bow’ or ‘Sallutations’. And ‘Te’ means ‘To You’. The meaning, ‘ I Bow To You’. Also a meaning of surrender and a sign of respect. Through this song Kenny and I reach out to our listeners with a unique combination of Kenny’s soulful saxophone and the celestial snatoor in an upbeat song welcoming the listener to our musical journey by saying ‘Namaste’
Brahma- Vishnu – Shiva
Brahma –The creator Vishnu- The preserver. Shiva- The destroyer! Together they form the Hindu Trinity: The Tri-Gods . The drone of the Tanpura and the chanting of ‘Om Shanti’ are used collectively to signify world peace. Music is a Universal language and through this song we spread the message of peace and brotherhood. By combining two different instruments from two different cultures. We speak a common language.
Dance of the Elephant God
The Elephants gracefully walk the Indian jungles, bathing in the rivers and splashing around like little Ganeshas! The Elephant God helps overcome all obstacles and this song expresses it beautifully.
The Lotus flower signifies divine purity and enlightenment in Buddhism, and wealth and rebirth in Hinduism. This song says that love is eternal and divinely pure.
Deep meditative minds experience a unique state restful alertness. The body becomes deeply relaxed and the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the simplest form of awareness. Kenny and i feel the vibe in this song.
Valley of Flowers
The beautiful valley of flowers is high up in the garhwal himalayas surrounded by snowcapped peaks and with the rarest of flowers ever seen. This song expresses its beauty. Romance and the spectacular scenery. Kenny's sax and my santoor flow and interweave into each other's melodic notes in the serene beauty of the valley.
Silsila Featuring Amitabh Bachchan
This has always been one of my favourite songs! The combination of amitabhji's and lataji's voices and the amazing composition by shiv-hari still works like magic! The composition sounds really fresh when kenny and i play it a bit improvised at times and then retaining the original too. So in the end. You have a combination of kenny's sax, my santoor and amitabhji's voice! I hope the listener's who heard this composition in yash chopra's 'silsila' in the 80's enjoy it even now and i hope it appeals to the generation who haven't heard this song before.
2. Brhma- Vishnu – Shiva
3. Dance of the Elephant God
4. Lotus Lovers
5. Transcendental Consciousness
6. Valley of Flowers
7. Silsila Featuring Amitabh Bachan.
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