Whether singing the ancient Sanskrit mantras of India, the traditional folklore songs of South America, or performing his original works of divine inspiration, Shimshai's music invokes a sentiment of ancestral devotion and a dedication to higher consciousness. A self-proclaimed seeker of truth, described by many as possessing the voice of an angel, Shimshai is gifted with the innate ability to deliver his message flawlessly in several languages; most profoundly the universal language of Love and Oneness. Surrounded by music from birth and formally trained on piano in his native state of Washington, today Shimshai performs effortlessly on guitar and other strings, piano, flute and woodwinds. He plays many of the instruments on his self-composed and self-produced albums, 'I sense your Presence' (2001), 'Toward the One' (2003/2006), and 'Live on Maui' (2003/2006), all which have been highly revered by the worldwide spiritual community. His collaboration with fellow artist Tina Malia, 'Jaya Bhagavan' (2004), has also been met with tremendous success, being signed to the independent record label Spirit Voyage in 2005, and 'Deliverance' (2006), showcases his abilities as a solo performer. His most recent release, 'Alianza' (2008), is a versatile world fusion studio CD that features multiple languages and ethnicity. He continues to offer his talents to various studio projects, including current collaborations with traditional healers and several undertakings with indigenous communities throughout south and Latin America. Whether playing at large festivals, yoga studios, or spiritual retreats, Shimshai's live performances throughout the Hawaiian Islands, Europe, Australia, Israel, and The Americas have helped to create a devoted and ever-growing global fan base. His unique blend of reggae, jazz, kirtan, and folk, infused with a worldbeat influence, provides a diverse palette of musical expression and attracts a wide range of listeners. Performing solo or with his full ensemble which features drums/percussion, bass, keyboards, and guest vocals, Shimshai's energy always provides a sacred, intimate, heart-opening space for all who are present. Along the way, Shimshai has had the honor of opening for and sharing the stage with such luminaries as Michael Franti, David Grisman, Joan Baez, Mickey Hart, Jai Uttal, Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Bhagavan Das, Dezarie & members of Midnite, Jah Levi, Hamsa Lila, and many other gifted musicians and visionaries. To experience the essence of this young mystic is to be taken down a musical journey that ultimately leads us back to the very core of our own inner existence. Shimshai, translated as "My Sun" in Hebrew is indeed una estrella brillante whose heartfelt expression, natural grace, and impeccable intention shall continue to inspire and manifest positive vibrations for generations to come.
JULIAN FRITZ (drums)- Hailing from Eugene, Oregon via West Germany, Julian is primarily self-taught and has been playing professionally since age 16. He has recorded and performed many diverse styles of music, and has directed several other live bands and recording projects.
TIMI (bass)- A native of Guyana, South America, Timi is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing since day one. With a West Indian oriented musical background, he came to the USA at age 18 and expanded thru all styles of music including jazz, funk, salsa, and many ethnic flavors. Timi has played with Buddy Miles, Narada Michael Walden, The Itals, Ustad Khan, and members of P-Funk.
ASHER FULERO (keys)- The newest addition to the full Shimshai experience, Asher brings his expertise of all things keyed to the mix and does it proper. See his website for more info and various projects and recordings. (www.asherfulero.com)
ELIYAHU SILLS (upright bass/flutes)- Eliyahu Sills has been performing music for over 20 years on many instruments, including upright bass, bansuri, the bamboo flute of India, and the ney, the reed flute of the middle east. (www.eliyahusills.com)