In 1979 he made his first journey to India and began to follow his heart. Karunesh later lived in an ashram in Germany for five years. Here, he had the opportunity to learn from and play together with musicians from cultures around the world. Music was a vital part of the mystical experience being pursued and where Karunesh (Sanskrit for "compassion") says he developed the ability to weave different styles and feelings together into a living symbiosis - a symbiosis carried by his own very unique and personal "melodies from the heart."
In 1984 Karunesh released his first album Sounds of the Heart, an album that quickly became a classic in the new age genre. More albums followed. With 450,000 albums sold to date, Karunesh has become established as one of the best-known artists in the genre.
Karunesh has lived in Maui, Hawaii, since 1992, bathed in the healing warmth and fragrances of the tropics. From this island's feminine embrace, he creates music that holds a beautiful, sacred and healing resonance for those who listen.
It was over breakfast one morning in Maui that Real Music president Terence Yallop, with his background of Taoist philosophy and t'ai chi, and Karunesh, musician, sat down to talk about their hopes and dreams. From this meeting their creative collaboration was formed and Zen Breakfast conceived. Nirvana CafÃ©, Karunesh's second album for Real Music was released in 2002 and Call of the Mystic in 2004.
Check out the artist's website:
1. For The Joy Of It All
2. Hearing You Now
3. Monsoon's Dance
4. Mount Kahlash
5. Sunrise At The Ganges
7. And The Grass Grows By Itself
8. Ancient Voices