Recently, I dialed up the inimitably funny GuruGanesha Singh to chat about his new tour and the maiden voyage of ‘The GuruGanesha Band’. Kind as always, after a few sweet words, he got down to business…and business for GuruGanesha is a rhapsody of excitement and humor about what is unfolding for him musically. You can tell that he absolutely loves to play music and share spirituality through song.
Ramdesh: So tell me about your first solo tour!
Actually, it’s not really my first solo tour. I did an east coast tour back in the fall of 2008 when Snatam was having her baby. The tour was extremely well received and people have been asking me ever since when I’m going to do it again. Since I’ve been having such a wonderful time touring with Snatam all these years, I’ve kept the project on a backburner though I have released four solo albums (Grateful Ganesh, Pure Ganesh, Joy is Now, and Kundalini Surjhee) during that time. Upon turning 60 recently, and with the successful role out of my newest album, Kundalini Surjhee, the sense of urgency to take my own show on the road hit critical mass and so here we are.
Ramdesh: What will ‘The GuruGanesha Band’ be like?
The goal, by the Grace of Guru Ram Das ji, is to transport the audience and musicians alike to a place of great joy! In other words, I want people to walk away and say, “That was a blast!!” The idea behind the project is to bring to the world sacred music genre a true guitar band with a BIG sound reminiscent of the great guitar bands of yesteryear but with lyrics totally focused on appealing to our better angels……i.e. our Divine nature! There is great care and preparation going into all aspects of the project. I’m handpicking the musicians not only for their musical virtuosity but for their ability to channel the spiritual energy that the band will be serving. I will lead the band with my electric guitar and will be supported by a rhythm guitarist, electric bassist and world percussionist. The music will be a unique blend of rock, raga and kirtan. The vocals will be a group effort with plenty of rich two and three part harmonies. The audience will be encouraged to participate in whatever way the spirit moves them whether it be by chanting along, dancing, clapping their hands, laughing, crying, or just sitting and enjoying the show. Though the concerts will feature the music, I will also be telling wonderful stories about my experiences with my beloved spiritual guide, Yogi Bhajan. Some are quite hilarious, others I hope you will find to be heart opening………
Ramdesh: Where can people see you play?
You’re going to see our debut Friday night at Spirit Fest in just a few days. We’re going to rock the house! Then in 2012 we’ll be doing three tours. We’ll do a West Coast tour starting in Vancouver the weekend of March 22-23 and heading down the West Coast for another 10-12 concerts and ending at Sat Nam Fest in Joshua Tree in mid April. Then May 18-June 10th, we’ll be touring the East Coast starting in Washington DC and ending up in Eastern Canada. Later in the year I’m going to go over to Europe and do a tour there for about a month. More details to follow!