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This project started with my inspiration to record some of Sri Chinmoy’s immortal songs. I began to work with jazz pianist Misha Tsiganov, as well as Premik Russell Tubbs who brought flute and sax into the mix. Later several other musicians from around the world joined. As the project continued to grow, we often recorded from a distance, due to the Covid pandemic. 

During the intense work on creative arrangements for the songs on the album, Misha saw Sri Chinmoy in a dream. Sri Chinmoy listened as Misha played, and then sat next to him and started playing the melody along with Misha’s accompaniment. At one point, Sri Chinmoy stopped him and said,“This is a wrong chord!” This was when Misha was playing a dissonant modern jazz chord progression. Misha very politely said, “No Guru, I will show you that in modern jazz, you can do that.’’ He then showed Guru some techniques of jazz reharmonization. Sri Chinmoy thought for a moment and then smiled and said “OK, that is good!’’ He then put his hands on Misha’s head and blessed him. Misha said he had never experienced a dream that felt more real. 

This album presents Sri Chinmoy’s songs arranged in modern jazz and contemporary classical styles. The arrangements, the vocals and the variety of instruments offer a unique and intriguing experience of music fusion and spirituality. 

– Laila Faerman

Awake! Arise!

Laila Faerman (feat. Misha Tsiganov, Hendrik Meurkens, Samuel Torres, Boris Kozlov, Donald Edwards)

Arranged in bossanova style by 2-time Grammy nominated pianist Misha Tsiganov. Featuring Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica, Samuel Torres on percussion, Boris Kozlov on bass and Donald Edwards on drums.

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Awake! Arise! Songs of Sri Chinmoy

Laila Faerman

“Awake! Arise! Songs of Sri Chinmoy” Is an album mix of World Fusion / Contemporary / Spiritual / Jazz Fusion genres. Sung by a multi-faceted singer Laila Faerman. Spiritual songs written by a Bengali meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy, arranged by an accomplished pianist and arranger Misha Tsiganov, in modern jazz and contemporary classical styles.

“Awake! Arise! Songs of Sri Chinmoy” Is an album mix of World Fusion / Contemporary / Spiritual / Jazz Fusion genres. Sung by a multi-faceted singer Laila Faerman. Spiritual songs written by a Bengali meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy, arranged by an accomplished pianist and arranger Misha Tsiganov, in modern jazz and contemporary classical styles. Enjoy!

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