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. Unlike many other bands, this jazz trio of unusual instrumentation and stylistic diversity blends multi-sectional songs in a very organic way. ~Dave Fiuczynski, Screaming Headless Torsos
“Prana Trio’s open ended interaction as they travel through an ever-changing sonic terrain is riveting; you hang on every note. Sunny’s influences range from Björk to Billy Holiday with lyricism and emotional presence that are all her own. ~ Dominique Eade, jazz vocalist
The group is a nightmare journey from SoHo to Twin Peaks… A trio that's unlike any other... All three are very strong. ~Ran Blake, pianist, writer of Primacy of the Ear
Prana Trio lives from the purity of their own beautiful hearts. They groove deeply from the inside taking us on a journey only bound by how deep we are willing to go. I felt new neural pathways form as I felt tingling in my brain. Their music left me feeling grounded, exhilarated but most happily satisfied. ~Nan Carter, fan
Apart from the norm which can be average these days, Brian has put together three very forward thinking individuals. Based on their concept, they are representing the music on the highest level... They are taking the listeners on a trip and before they know it, they are on a journey...Sunny sounds like a horn player. Brian is playing at an extremely high conceptual level. ~Cecil McBee, jazz bassist, member of bands led by Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Michael Brecker
“Real true and beautiful interplay and exchange of deep ideas...” ~Erik Lawrence, jazz saxophone player
The Singing Image of FireSelf Produced
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