The Yoginis World Fusion Band Returns to India to Create More Award-winning Music Incorporating a New Trend in Fundraising through Kickstarter.com

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East-West Fusion Band gets creative by rewarding their fans through Kickstarter for supporting their recording and touring schedules

Yogi And The Yoginis were recently featured on The Jazz Network Worldwide for their new release "Terra Shivaiya", a world music release spanning several styles and integrating Indian classical with Jazz, as well as the Brazilian and Latin Jazz styles they are most known for. Reviewer for The Jazz Network Worldwide, Steve Getz (son of renowned saxophonist Stan Getz) had this to say about the project: “Yogi has assembled a diverse and talented group of multi-cultural musicians, all in one superb recording… This is truly a one of a kind recording!”

This unique style of music that blends east-west fusion was recorded in India and was heard in the award-winning documentary Dalai Lama Renaissance, which played to sold-out audiences in film festivals around the world. An Instrumental version of the track 'Songbird' will appear in the new Morgan Spurlock film, "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" to be released in late 2011. The song "Basant Blue" from the Terra Shivaiya album was chosen as a Finalist in the World Category of the World of Music Awards by the WOMEX organization.

After forming Yogi and the Yoginis, Yogi McCaw studied rhythmic cycles with Vishal Nagar of Delhi and collaborated on creating new and innovative east-west fusions. Yogi traveled to Vishal's home in Delhi to co-compose and record the “Six East” pieces with him and his brother vocalist Ujwal Nagar. "We formed the compositions, rehearsed the material carefully with the musicians, and worked tirelessly with the engineers until the early morning hours, night after night, to get all the Indian instruments properly recorded and pre-mixed" says Yogi. The Yoginis USA band members recorded the Western instruments. The whole project required using three different recording studios, five engineers, and a total of fifteen musicians on both continents. "I’m very grateful to my many world music friends who came forward to collaborate with me on "Terra Shivaiya" states McCaw.

JAZZIZ Magazine will feature the next 'Yoginis' CD, which will be produced in India this summer. Yogi, once again an innovator, found out about an online fundraising source that would allow for their fans and friends to contribute to his musical endeavors, entitled Kickstarter. This is a new trend in the music world for independent artists to find a way to create budgets for these types of collaborations.

Some quotes about Yogi and the Yoginis:

Derek Sivers, the founder of CD Baby, says simply, "Yogi McCaw is the best!"
 
"Delightful to listen to! Really beautiful!" ~ Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Music Director of KBCS radio, Bellevue Washington

"The Jazz Network Worldwide is a perfect place for Yogi to promote this fundraiser, for there will be many that not only respect the music but will find this new trend of funding their projects a great source for their own projects. This allows for the artists and fans to have a closer relationship. Yogi has been an avid supporter of our community, we want to give back to make sure he has a wide-range of possibilities of donations through our network to support his trip to India this summer" say Jaijai Jackson, creator of The Jazz Network Worldwide.

To learn more and to contribute to Yogi's quest, go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1622155957/be-part-of-the-yoginis-world-music-project to view a video of the relationship and history of this unique collaboration of musicianship and cultures. To purchase "Terra Shivaiya" go to http://www.theyoginis.com.

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