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Samovar Shaman: Shambhu – Metaphysical Musician



Many of you have seen Rowan at the Tea Lounges, or received insight into your life as he read your cards over a cup of tea. He’s Samovar’s tarot shaman, and he is writing a series on modern-day shamans. Here, he introduces us to
Samovar Shaman: Shambhu – Metaphysical Musician

Rowan – How did you get started on your musical path?

Shambhu-My parents saw my musical gifts at an early age and engaged me in music lessons from age 5. At age 7 they realized that I had Perfect Pitch. I played Beatle’s songs right off the radio startling teachers, friends, and family. By 10 years old, I played guitar professionally and appeared on NYC children’s TV shows. By 16, I taught a few dozen students a week how to play guitar. By age 20, I recorded my own songs in a studio, played gigs, taught jazz at a junior college, wrote music books, and jammed with a who’s who of NYC-based musicians who went on to play with John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Santana, Zakir Hussain and win Grammys. I left this musical path at age 21 when I joined the spiritual community of Indian Guru Sri Chinmoy. That opened up new pathways for me, including performing with Carlos Santana, Clarence Clemons and Narada Michael Walden. Continue reading Samovar Shaman: Shambhu – Metaphysical Musician