CHCE 2017 Musicians
CHCE 2017 Musicians
How a Canadian songwriter toured the world, composed for Hollywood, played for royalty, learned sitar and devoted his life to creating music with a higher purpose.
International multi-instrumentalist and singer, Prosad has travelled the world sharing his unique blend of sitar, guitar, reggae and world music. Following in the footsteps of George Harrison, he is blending the eastern sounds of sitar and Indian music with the western influences of rock, reggae, folk and blues. Born in Saskatoon, he left when he was 19 to study jazz guitar at Humber College in Toronto. It was there that he met his first sitar teacher, Shambhu Das, a disciple of Ravi Shankar and also the sitar teacher of the late Beatle, George Harrison. He has performed in New Zealand, Australia, India, Holland, Paris, Portugal, Italy, Hawaii and many other countries. Most recently he performed to 50,000 people for the Dhaka International Folk Festival in Bangladesh.
Music from cosmic connection. Muses from every galaxy. Sounds from every breath become music from her fingertips strumming on various Asian long-plucked zither, harp-like instruments from Vietnam, Japan and China. Her full time musical career began in late ’97. Since released over 25+ albums including hundreds of compilations with artists around the world, featured in many documentary soundtracks and composes for many theatre/dance companies in Canada/US. Based out of NYC, YYC and YVR. Joined by husband Matt Hanson performing on various percussion and wind instruments, who currently performs with New York Andalus Ensemble!
John Sheldon, a master guitarist and transformational songwriter, is celebrating his 50th year of writing, composing and performing music. His constantly evolving, cannabis-inspired art layers music, sound, and storytelling to take listeners on journeys through life’s elemental forces, from the earth’s molten center, through the atmosphere, into space, and back. John combines his mastery with a wide range of guitar styles, from folk to classical to blues to Jimi Hendrix, with real-time voices for a unique world of music and feeling. He was Van Morrison’s lead guitarist at age 17, and his songs “September Grass” and “Bittersweet” were featured on James Taylor’s platinum albums “October Road” and “The Best of James Taylor.” Taylor calls him “an amazing songwriter” and a “phenomenon,” and Hendrix called him “a great player.” John has fronted his own bands and written hundreds of songs for film and theater as well as two popular autobiographical musical monologues, “The Red Guitar” and “Journey to Center of the Earth,” inspired by life-altering experiences with ayahuasca in the Amazon. John wrote “Wolf 06” as a memorial to the iconic Yellowstone alpha female shot and killed in 2012 and this year’s “The Same Water” in support of Standing Rock, where he delivered a winterized mobile hospital tent last Thanksgiving. Huffington Post says John has “an uncanny gift for conjuring the wild spirit,” and National Public Radio calls him “one of the great guitarists of our time.” Last summer, the Edinburgh Herald described his sold-out performance at the Edinburgh Fringe as “brilliantly observed, beautifully told!”