Dust of Vraj

Dust of Vraj

BandAlternativeRock

Dust of Vraj is a follow your heart project. We are aiming at the highest level of reaching the braodest audiance of listeners. Are intention through music is service. We desire to give something special to the entire planet. To heal the wounds of the past and open new unexplored doors of the future

Biography

Vraj is an enchanting village in India known as the eternal land of love where even the dust sparkles with infinite beauty, giving ecstasy to everything it touches...
In 1994,shortly after a gathering with somespiritual musicians traveling through their home town of Cleveland, Ohio Acyuta Krishna, and Anthony Grecenuk infused powerful mantras into the music of their teenage alternative rock band giving birth to "Mantra Fusion Rock". For six years they worked continuously on evolving the i rmusicin the studio,and doing live performances. During that time, they moved to Las Vegas and Seattle to bring their original project to new audiences.They held a vision to share the ancient message of India with modern music as it's vehicle.
By the summer of 2003, Acyuta was magnetically drawn to Maui, Hawaii where he became next door neighbors with Jagadeesh, a well known mantra chanter in the circle of western yogis. One afternoon in their shared plantation home they discovered a forgotten cosmic connection. It turned out that Jagadeesh was one of the musicians that Acyuta and Anthony had been inspired by 10 years ago ! They retold the story of how they passionately sung mantra songs in a hotel room until the other occupants pounded on the door asking them to quit down. Wow, The inspiration of mantra music had come full circle and reunited the two of them on the most remote island on the planet. This was a clear omen that they should form a new band,now called Dust of Vraj.
Late night jam sessions on the volcano of Haleakala exploded into a hypnotic fusion of hard rock guitars, trancing mantra vocals, programmed dance beats, and a harmonium dubbed the "space box". Their debut album "Lucky Six" was recorded live in a Japanese style house on the north shore of Maui. It was done in one take, with a few overdubs and three songs were created on the spot. Dust of Vraj launched this record in Tokyo, and sold over 30,000 c.d.'s in just a few months ! The band lived on Mt. Fuji writing new material while gaining strength in deepening their meditational practice.
Shortly after a pilgrimage to India they were off to Europe performing at castles, night clubs, festivals, and even on the street ! Now thousands of international c.d. sales were under their belt accompanied by a live concert video shot in Belgium. By 2009 their dedication scored a 3 month residency at the famed Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota,where Nirvana recorded their final album"In Utero". Bassist Anthony Grecenuk and drummer Michael Drew rejoined with Acyuta and Jagadeesh during the bands recording sessions in studio "A" with engineer Aaron Shannon.
The alchemy of the newly formed Dust of Vraj quickly matured as the four of them rehearsed new material for two weeks. Then they entered the studio to record eight songs during the month of April. Shortly after,female vocals, tabla, and other traditional instruments were recorded on Maui, and in Houston, using their own Remote Studio 108. Finally, the hard to find shenai, sarode, bamboo flute, and Indian violin were overdubbed with classical masters in New Delhi, India. Multi platinum and Grammy award winning producer Sylvia Massey and assistant Rich Veltrop Mixed the record "Time I Am" at RadioStar Studios in Weed, California. Sylvia Massey said "In over 25 years of music production I've never heard anything like this. I really love this record. Amazing !" Dust of Vraj created an original sound which picked up the bands momentum to an unstoppable speed.
Dust of Vraj is shaping a new taste amongst music lovers with an original fusion of transcendental sound mixed with popular alternative rock. The enthusiastic message the band delivers is bright and inspiring. The mantras of India are timeless; speaking directly to the soul of the attentive listener. It's a sublime sound which spans all generations, and brings an ever fresh sense of excitement to the music world.
After listening to the record spiritual revolutionary Ramm Das (Richard Alpert) said, "Dust of Vraj's Loving music will create oneness in the world. It brings me oneness through the fusion of east and west. As a world traveler it brings me to wholeness because I can relate to it as a westerner, and as an easterner."
Reaching beyond the major market's of Europe, U.S.A, and Japan; Dust of Vraj is working hard to touch the rest of the planet such as India, China, Russia, Australia, and South America. Dust of Vraj is a cultural presentation of east meets west in a style that's cutting edge. When the band was asked whats next ? Acyuta replied " We are a vessel for a sacred message that is destined to reach every corner of the planet. So I am also watching where the Great Spirit leads us next."

Lyrics

By the Heart

Written By: Acyuta Krishna


Pulled from my shell I can never go back
Bathe in the white wash off the black
Ocean blue eyes magnetically trapped
Up to the sky illusion is cracked

I found a soul never let me go taken by the heart all the way home

Played in my dreams on an Indian road
Taste pure love to the highest degree
Armies of anchors lift with a smile
Run with the girl in the countryside

Shivering skin rainstorm eye
Fall to the floor paralyzed
Telephone heart call anytime
Lay down stones human kite, human kite

Shiva

Written By: Acyuta Krishna, Anthony Grecenuk, Jagadeesh

Shambhu Shankara namah Shivaya,
Girijaa Shankara Namah Shivaya
Hari Aum Namah Shivaya Hari Aum Namah Shivaya
Namah Shivaya Sada Shivaya
Shivaya, Shivaya
Arunachala Shiva Namah Shivaya
Arunachala Shiva Namah Shivaya
Hari Aum Namah Shivaya Hari Aum Namah Shivaya
Namah Shivaya Sada Shivaya
Shivaya Shivaya

The Quest

Written By: Acyuta Krishna

So much more diamonds and bone
Earning my way to the other side

Day by day we tick away
Forgetting death is in our veins
Delusion rules this mortal plain shackles and chains
Spiral cavity jailhouse maze

This is the Quest to be made
Lift us out with Your name
Fly Your flag and march the brigade
Take us Away in Your arms

All my time rinsing the ink
Fools paradise mystic charade
There lies a river dividing worlds
Climb aboard the ship sail away

This is the Quest to be made
Lift us out with Your name
Fly Your flag and march the brigade
Take us Away in Your arms

I can touch You I can feel You I can hold You I can smell You in the forest on the lotus I can taste You in the Water
I can hear you in the thunder I can dazzle in the wonder I lose You I can find You I can Love You I can bind You

Sita Ram

Written By: Acyuta Krishna

Jaya Sita Jaya Ram Jaya Sita Jaya Ram

Sita Rama Sita Ram Sita Rama Sita Ram

Jiva Rising

Written By: Acyuta Krishna, Anthony Grecenuk, Jagadeesh

DemiGods and Angels now this world is strange indeed
Sweep your dusty soul spin your destiny
It's written in the stars your ship must sail it's chart
Escape the dungeons hole we must die to live

Shatter maya's spell save your heart from sinking
Open the door transformation be silent days of 7
Melt down the darkness today three eyes see higher than two
Luminous and complete we will journey eternally

There's a soul inside
She's ready for feeling
Hear the seed of sound
Jiva Rising

Forget the past that sleeps surf the wave of Zion
Peerless wings of faith carry you to your maker
Dissolve ego with grace wonder a forest of nectar
Welcome the golden age taste the roles of thunder

There's a soul inside
she's ready for feeling
Hear the seed of sound
Jiva Rising

HARE KRISHNA

Discography

Dust of Vraj "Lucky Six"
Released 2008 Buttery Hot Records
Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Acyuta Krishna
Recorded in Haiku, Hawaii at Remote Studio 108

Dust of Vraj "Time I Am"
Released 23 August 2010 Buttery Hot Records
http://dustofvraj.bandcamp.com/

Produced by: Acyuta Krishna
Engineered & Coproduced By: Aaron Shannon
Mixed by: Sylvia Massy & Rich Veltrop
Mastered by: Tom Baker
Recorded at: Pachyderm Studios Cannon Falls, MN. Remote Studio 108 Maui HI, Huston Texas. Kabeer Studio, New Dehli, India. BKG Music New Dehli, India.
Mixed at: RadioStar Studios Weed, CA.
Mastered at: Precision Mastering Hollywood, CA.
credits

Band Spirit Souls:

Anthony Grecenuk: P. Bass, & Backing Vocals.
Jagadeesh Das: Vocals, & Harmonium.
Michael Drew: Drums, & Percussion.
Acyuta Krishna: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, P. Bass, Digital & Analog Synthesizers, Vocoder, Saraswati Vina.

Additional Spirit Souls on "Time I Am"

Daniel Paul: Tabla on all songs, & Tabla Vocals on While I Cry.
Manjari Dasi: Lead & Backing Vocals on Sita Ram.
Dhananjaya: Eseraj & Tampura on Sita Ram.
Sylvia Massy: Backing Vocals on Sita Ram.
Manju Chattopadhyay: Backing Vocals on Golden Moon, & While I Cry.
Brian Wittman: Santoor on Siva & Riq on Golden Moon.
Telak Prasad: Shenai on By the Heart.
Sita Dasi, Tulasi Dasi, Nandi Muhki Dasi: School girl chanting on Jiva Rising.
Aaron Shannon: Synthetic Bells on Jiva Rising.
Nikolai Kolarov: Cello on Golden Moon & Jiva Rising.
Mukesh Sharma: Sarode on Jiva Rising.
Ajay Persanna: Bamboo Flute on Jiva Rising.
Kailash Patra: Violin on Jiva Rising.

Set List

Shiva
Chant the Mantra
Bolo
Sita Ram
The Quest
Amnesia
Golden Moon
Deliverance
Radhe Krishna
Taken by the Heart
Samsara
Maharaja
While I Cry
Jiva Rising