Arjun & Guardians
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The best kept secret in music

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Just who the hell are Arjun & Guardians collective? I'm still not sure, but local dreadlock rasta music never sounded so good. The collective seems to date back a couple of years, and its latest two-CD project Cave of Brahma, is nothing short of stunning. The product of a number of semispontaneous jams that have taken place mostly in Santa Cruz (other sites include Seattle and the Big Apple) Cave of Brahma is a heavily baked mix of Irie reggae stew, Eastern chanting and rhythms and ambient tribal beats.
Mellow and slightly focused at times, the tracks are equal parts belly dancer, stoner, mystic and raver and weaved together so gracefully it's hard to tell when they begin or end. Leading the tunes is vocalist Arjun, who prefers the roots method as opposed to dance-hall--his voice has Ben Harper potential.
What makes the effort particularly unique is the instrumentation, which ranges from traditional guitars to djembes, harmoniums, keyboards and other unspecified Eastern toys. While the trip-hop and Eastern rhythms have successfully been merged by DJs over the past few years, Arjun & Guardians seem to be breaking new ground by doing it live with reggae. Track 10 a.k.a. "Coding Scripture," for example is an electronic take on Robert Nesta Marley's "Burnin' n' Looting." - MetroSantaCruz


Discography

Cave of Brahma (2001), Great Mystery (2002), Astralogy (2004) and Half Man/Half Lion (2004)

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Arjun and Guardians came to be through many creative permutations and is currently a musical collective whose influences range from reggae-kirtan to rock and ethno-electronica. The band to date has released 4 double cds: Cave of Brahma (2001), Great Mystery (2002), Astralogy (2004) and Half Man/Half Lion (2004). They have toured extensively on the West Coast, in Canada and in the Northeast.

Arjun's unique style of music mixes reggae mixed with eastern vocals. From 1996 to 1997 he performed kirtan at the yoga center Jivamukti, a place where notable influences Krishna Das and Bhagavan Das regularly attended. This inspired Arjun to travel to India in 1998. He spent his time chanting at temples with the local babas and learning mrdunga drum and harmonium. He acquired his first harmonium prior to departing India and moving to Santa Cruz, California in 1999. In the year 2000 Arjun formed the eastern vocal party Bhajananandi, which released 3 cds: Bhajananandi (2000) and Bhajananandi II & III (2001). Arjun is also a singer in the newly formed Qawwali group Fanna -Fi-Allah, who have traveled to Pakistan to stay and study with the great qawwals, including Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party. A DVD documenting the pilgramage will be available soon.

Arjun was born in New York City. Not knowing his cultural roots, his identity was formed through music.
He became a DJ at radio station WNYU, where for seven years he hosted and programmed the New Afternoon Show, one of the largest alternative shows of its time.

In ther late 90's he co-owned a record store in the Lower East Side called Space Ritual, where he spent countless hours developing his tastes in music.

Arjun currently lives on Earth and is open to relocating.