Prana is a Sanskrit word translating into breath, vital energy, or life force. Yet, its meaning goes beyond these descriptions as it refers to the primary energy of the universe.
Prana Trio, or Quartet as of recently, was established to transfer this universal idea of breath into a format based around musical improvisation. Since 2003, the group has been dedicated to exploring original compositions and improvisations based on the texts of Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Kukai, Shankarcarya, Kabir, Issa as well as others. They have toured throughout the United States and Germany and have had the honor of playing with Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Dave Fiuczynski, Ben Monder and Stomu Takeishi...
One of the most stunning releases of the new year is the Prana Trio's The Singing Image of Fire (Circavision).” ~Boston Phoenix
“A Barren and foreboding aural landscape is painted fantastically... The interplay of the musicians is seamless. ~Mark E. Gallo, Jazz Review.com
“'After Dark' was one of 2004's most precious objects, coming out of nowhere by a young North-American collective named Prana Trio, that approach their craft through a very specific angle.” ~Luis Oliviera, Musique Machine Magazine
“Prana Trio is genuinely original… talented, relevant, etc… For those who can use the whole of their senses to experience music....” ~Jamie Rattner, Performer Magazine
“The trio uses painterly brushstrokes....” ~Tom Greenland, AllAboutJazz-New York
“The isolated, twilit back roads eventually seduce the patient listener.” ~Larry Nai, Cadence Magazine
“Beautiful… Magical…” ~Marilyn Crispell, jazz pianist.
Prana Trio's music unleashes strong colors which correspond with moods that range from barren rawness to lush and dense intensity...