Jivatma Express on world tour
Posted April 14, 2004
Grammy Nominated Producer
Mixes Jivatma Express
A new double cd, Jivatma Express, featuring devotional world music, has just been released from Holland. Mixing the album was Attie Bauw, an internationally acclaimed producer who has been nominated for two Grammies. "This is a timeless album," Attie said, "and I'm happy to be involved with it."
The album was conceived, written and recorded in India by Nava Yauvan das, aka, Jauvana. Fulfilling a promise he made 33 years ago to his sad-guru, Om Vishnupada A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he wrote the lyrics and music for the album in Sri Vrindavan dham. He then moved to Mumbai and spent one year recording the songs with 20 of India's best session musicians.
"We had to overcome a lot of obstacles,"says Jauvana. "Each song had up to 64 recorded tracks and their computers at the studio in Mumbai were not used to handling that load. We also had to arrange the songs for musicians whose musical styles ranged from rock and pop to Indian classical and Bollywood!! After taking the recordings to Amsterdam, Attie mixed the album beautifully, and somehow or other, with the blessings of the vaishnavas, we created an original and highly textured world music sound."
One cd features 11 songs in English, based on songs of Gaudiya vaishnava acharyas, Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita. The second cd contains 8 instrumental mixes. "I knew everything was OK after we completed the mix and discovered the total length of the two cds was exactly 108 minutes. We didn't plan that."
The original inspiration for the songs came directly from Om Vishnupada A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 33 years ago, in 1971, Jauvana (then Bhakta Juba), sent a reel-to-reel tape of a couple of songs he had recorded, to Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada who was in London at the time. Prabhupada heard the tape and sent the following reply:
24th August, 1971
My dear Juba, Please accept my blessings. I have heard your tape and it is very nicely presented. It appears that you are a perfect artist in this line and although I am not expert in singing, still I can appreciate your mode of presentation. Your attempt to present the tape to me also is very auspicious. In Srimad Bhagavatam it is said that everyone's talented occupation shall be tested for perfection when used for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord or his representative. Certainly you have got a great creditable artistic talent and if you employ these activities for the service of the Lord, your life will be successful. I wish that you steadily remain in the association of our devotees. Gradually be fixed up in Krishna Consciousness and gradually all your talents will be fruitful in Krishna Consciousness. Hoping this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
"Naturally this letter," Jauvana says, "was a huge inspiration for me, and I immediately joined a group of devotees in New Vrindavan who were forming the transcendental road show." The following year he wrote and produced many of the soundtracks for the original "Krishna Show," a syndicated radio program produced in Los Angeles and broadcast in the U.S. in the '70s. "I could not fulfill my desire to write and produce an album of original devotional songs for more than 30 years," Jauvana says. "Until now. Better late than never."
Recently released, Jivatma Express has been played on radio stations in Holland and over the internet. Both the song cd and the instrumental cd are interesting, contemplative and enriching.
Here are some testimonials:
"Great tablas, tight rhythms!"
"Peaceful, flowing, awesome mood!"
"Beautiful, spiritual lyrics."
"I've been listening to it for a few days now and can feel that it is made with much love and devotion."
"Beautiful new CD...wonderful! Great texture and creative flare woven through this inspirational journey. I'm sure our Gurudeva smiles kindly upon this soulful gift made in his honour. Well done!"
"This music is always being played around our household!! Both the compositions, musicians and lyrics are superb!
"I play the CDs very much and they do me much good. That Jauvana is really a sound-artist. It is all so sensible, wonderful, really beautiful. And those Indian musicians are of a superior culture, all very beautifully played."
"All those different loops and chords. The CD is very good."
"I really like the CD. It is very soulful. I think that Srila Prabhupada is very happy with it."
Atrractively packaged in a digi-pak with a full color 24 page booklet designed by Atma Vidya of Hamburg, Germany, the double cd can be seen and heard on the internet at www.jauvana.com
Nava Yauvan das can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nitai Gaura Hari bol!!