Praful

Praful is a master sax&flute player, singer, producer, charismatic performer and pioneer in the world music community. He embraces Jazz, Soul, Dance, Indian and New World Fusion with grace and passion. Praful's 9 solo albums garnered great international success.
“As he weaves his spell with his sax, or invites soul searching with his flute, or ignites you to dance to abandon, he is in each and every note, inviting you to journey towards that which is of the highest calibre within you.” (Ma Ananda Sarita, Tantra teacher) Teacher and bestselling author Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) finds Praful’s music «tremendously beautiful and deeply touching» and has invited him several times to play for his talks.

In 1992, after having completed his studies of Jazz Sax&Flute at the Amsterdam Conservatory (AHK), Praful went on a spiritual quest to India. He meditated in the Ashram of the enlightened mystic Osho and learnt the Indian Bamboo Flute (Bansuri) with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Equally fascinated by Brazilian music, he went to live a year in Brazil and immersed himself in the music scene of Rio de Janeiro. Over the years, all those influences integrated into his own brand of Sacred World Fusion, first presented in 2001 on his album ‘One Day Deep’. Released in 2003 in the USA, the album became a major success in the US-Jazz scene — US-Billboard Chart notations and the #1 radio hit SIGH were accompanied by extensive touring. Several radio singles and 2 more albums in similar Chillout-style followed.
After 2006, his heart was calling for a change — his busy life as an entertainer and band leader felt increasingly empty and did not bring happiness. He went on a quest for his true calling. “My heart was longing to melt in love and joy with other hearts, to disappear in sound and silence, to become One with All.” says Praful. “Music is my gift to those who are ready to travel with me into the depth of Being – music can help you to awaken. Once my life purpose revealed itself to me, I had to live it!”

Since then, new music and projects have been birthed: two meditative Solo albums (Where Spirits Live, Pure), a Sufi-inspired song collection (CD Mirror of the Heart), devotional Sanskrit Mantras (CD Into Being), several releases with his dance project Red Fulka (CD We Are One, EP Soul on Fire), a collaboration with Mantra singers Satyaa&Pari (CD Om For Yoga), the tribally rooted Duo with Didgeridoo player Sika (CD Quintessence), Tantra music with singer Peruquois (CD Breathing Love), several guided meditations and even classical infused music by Erik Satie (The Silent Side of Satie).

Praful is a regular guest on many festivals and gatherings throughout the world, giving concerts solo, with one of his projects or playing Healing events together with his partner Vimal Gabrielsen. He is also world renowned for his work/performances with Eckhart Tolle, Dave Koz, Deva Premal&Miten, Swati Natekar, Carlos Nakai, Jai Uttal, Peruquois, Maneesh de Moor, Marc Antoine, Adani&Wolf, Nippy Noya, Armando Peraza, Laura Fygi, Mola Sylla, Kareem Raihani, Robertinho Silva, Armandinho, David Steindl-Rast, Gerardo Rosales, Monte LaRue, Sika, Holiwater Project, Sudha, Carrie Tree, Project 2000, Hardsoul, DJ Maestro, DJ Lucien Foort and many others.
He is currently working on 2 new collaborations: one with Kiwi Didge player Sika and one with Greek Mantra singer Pari, both albums to be released in 2015.

  • “Krishna is playing and singing through Praful”
    Brandon Bays, USA (spiritual teacher, healer, bestselling author ‘The Journey’)
  • “He plays … without meaning to announce he has heard and learnt from a world master, God of flute, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia. He plays … like a global music artiste would — merging swaras into breath, a full scream from the heart that sounds less like it comes from the West and more like any temperamental (Indian) vocalist …”
    S. Mehrishi, Daily Pioneer, New Delhi, India
  • “When you play the flute, it’s like the universe is making love to me.”
    Rinske Frederiks, NL
  • “I have no words to describe what you do. It is simply transcendental watching you drop into the space between the notes and download all of us with a powerfully transformative experience.”
    Sean Gardner, USA (Raw Food Guru)

Discography

Solo Albums

  • Praful — Into Being (Mystic Productions, 2014)
  • Praful — Mirror of the Heart (Mystic Productions, 2013)
  • Praful Mystik — Pure (Mystic Productions, 2011)
  • Praful Mystik — Where Spirits Live (Mystic Productions, 2008)
  • Praful — Remixed+2 (Therapy Records, 2007)
  • Praful — Pyramid in your Backyard (Therapy Records, 2005)
  • Praful — One Day Deep (Therapy Records, NL, 2001/ Rendezvous, USA, 2003)
  • Praful — Touched by Love (Mystic Productions, 1999)

Solo Singles and Vinyl

  • The Eyes of a Miracle — Kareem Raihani Remixes (Mystic Productions, 2014) (EP)
  • Underworld Antonio Ocasio Remixes (Tribal Winds Records USA, 2006) (12 inch)
  • Let the Chips Fall (Rendezvous Records USA, 2004) (CD single)
  • Inspiracao 3 Remixes (Therapy Records, 2004) (12 inch)
  • SIGH — Remixes (Rendezvous Records USA, 2003) (single)
  • Corpo Suado Original (Therapy Records, 2002) (12 inch)
  • Naked / Corpo Suado Remix (Therapy Records, 2002) (12 inch)
  • Inspiracao (Therapy Records, 2002) (single)
  • Inspiracao Hardsoul Treatment (Therapy Records, 2002) (12 inch)

Collaborate Albums and Singles

  • Praful&Sika — Quintessence (Mystic Productions/Sika Music, 2015) (album)
  • Satyaa&Pari with Praful — Om For Yoga (Silenzio, DE, 2015) (album)
  • Red Fulka — Soul on Fire (Shining Music, 2015) (maxi-single)
  • Praful / Helvia Briggen — The Silent Side of Satie (pre-Release) (Mystic Productions, 2014) (album)
  • Red Fulka — We Are One (Mystic Productions/HiTech Roots, 2011) (album)
  • Peruquois&Praful — Here I Am Beloved (Mystic Productions, 2011) (maxi-single)
  • Peruquois&Praful — Breathing Love (Mystic Productions, 2009) (album)
  • Jiga-Voo — Instinto (2009) (album)
  • Dinesh Mishra&Praful, with Heiko Dijker — Live at Open Sky House (Mystic Productions, 2006) (Live album)
  • Bayuba Cante — Orunmila's Dance (NetworkMedien, 2001) (album)
  • Bayuba Cante — Cheba (NetworkMedien, 2000) (album)
  • Project 2000 — It's About Time (Universal/Polydor, 2000) (album)
  • Dancing Poets — Fragments of Truth (1994) (album)

Guided Meditation Albums

  • Guy Barrington&Praful — Colibri Heart Ecstatic Dance Journey (NL/UK, 2011)
  • Joshua Samson — One Minute Fit – Pilates (Oreade, NL, 2011)
  • Roslyn Whitney — Awakening (USA/NL, 2010)
  • Alles is Goed — Realisering (Alles is Goed, NL,2009)
  • Dorien van Nieukerken — Mindfulness (Heart 2 Heart, NL, 2008)

Albums Produced by Praful

  • Pari — Healing Mantras (Silenzio, DE, 2014)
  • Sudha – In Her Name (Malimba Records, USA, 2014)
  • Guy Barrington&Praful — Colibri Heart Ecstatic Dance Journey — (NL/UK, 2011)
  • Joshua Samson — One Minute Fit – Pilates (Oreade, NL, 2011)
  • Roslyn Whitney — Awakening (USA/NL, 2010)
  • Alles is Goed — Realisering (Alles is Goed, NL, 2009)
  • Dorien van Nieukerken — Mindfulness (Heart 2 Heart, NL, 2008)
  • Deva Premal — Dakshina (Prabhu Music, 2005)

Guest Appearances (a selection)

  • Lucinda Drayton – The Road least travelled (Blissful Music Records, 2015)
  • Ajeet Kaur — Darshan (Spirit Voyage, 2015)
  • Gurudeva — Satsong (Feel-the-Beat, 2015)
  • Prem Gitama / Gopal Anand — Glory of the Lotus (Kaula, 2014)
  • Kailash Kokopelli — Golden Dragonrider (Silenzio, 2014)
  • Pari — Healing Mantras (Silenzio, 2014)
  • Sudha – In Her Name (Malimba Records, 2014)
  • Ellen Molnia – In the Heart of a Gopi (Nataraj Records, 2013)
  • Terence Samson — Daily Tuning (NL, 2012)
  • Raphael&Shakya — Nomadic Love (Malimba Records, 2012)
  • Satyaa&Pari&Mira — One to One (Silenzio, 2012)
  • Veeresh and the Humaniversity Sound — Samasati (Freestate Records, 2012)
  • Meetha Pandit&Heiko Dijker — Luminance Project (EMI India, 2011)
  • Mama DC – Supernatural (NL, 2011)
  • Satyaa — Sings Kundalini Yoga Mantras (Silenzio, 2011)
  • Kareem Raihani — Hitech Roots (Hitech Roots, 2010)
  • Peter Makena — Magnificence (Makena Music, 2010)
  • Sika Rose — Bubblin' (NZ, 2010)
  • Bickley Rivera — Chillin' After Five (Level Blu, 2010)
  • Satyaa&Pari — To The One (Silenzio, 2010)
  • Driftkikker — D-Time (Driftkikker Productions, 2009)
  • Lawson Rollins — In Motion (radio single) (Infinita, 2009)
  • Pratibha — Echo of a Star (DK, 2009)
  • Adani&Wolf — Supersteam (United Recordings, 2009)
  • Tarisha — Carry Me Home (Tarisha Love, 2008)
  • Gaia Nostra — Hold you once again (Tabtoo/CNR Entertainment, 2008)
  • Happinez/Sudha&Maneesh de Moor — Relaxz Vol. 3 (Happinez, 2008)
  • Marco Antonio Sanchez Ramirez — Lo que trajo el barco (Musica de Alla, 2008)
  • Monte La Rue — The End of the Rainbow( United Recordings, 2008)
  • Sudha&Maneesh de Moor — Sharanam — Sacred Chants of Devotion (Malimba Records, 2007)
  • Maneesh de Moor — Om Deeksha (Sounds True, 2007)
  • Nelson Latif — Movimento (Brasil,NL, 2007)
  • Tamara Maria — Tamara Maria (NL, 2006)
  • Jazz Juice — 52nd Street (Freestyle Records, 2006)
  • Rasiko — Girando (Sonante, 2006)
  • Maneesh de Moor — Sadhana (Sounds True, 2005)
  • Neobe and Adani&Wolf — Unconditional (Therapy Records, 2005)
  • Deva Premal — Dakshina (Prabhu Music, 2005)
  • Humaniversity — Love in Action (Humaniversity Sound, 2005)
  • Electro Coco — Coco do Mundo (Mais Que Nada Music, 2004)
  • Omar Ka & Fula Band — Soruuna (Ka 2000, 2004)
  • Sudha — Planet Love (Malimba Records, 2004)
  • Miten with Deva Premal, Songs for the Inner Lover (Prabhu Music, 2003)
  • Adani&Wolf – Les Seigneurs (Therapy Records, 2003)
  • Deva Premal&Miten – Satsang (Silenzio/White Swan 2002)
  • Humaniversity – Peace is in our Hands (2002)
  • Ravi — The Afro-Indian Project (ARCmusic, 2001)
  • Saoco – Aroma de Cafe (Mellow Mamma Records, 2001)
  • Maneesh de Moor – Lovers Lounge (MDM Music, 2001)
  • Satgyan – Liquid Passion, 2000)
  • Laura Fygi — The Latin Touch (Universal Records, 2000)
  • Olav Basoski — Opium Scumbagz (Defected records, 2000)
  • Gerardo Rosales – Senor Tambo (A Records, 1998)
  • Bacan con Lilian Vieira — Cara (Challenge Records, 1996)
  • Florian Richter – Canto (Sound Star-Ton Records, 1995)
  • Kamal – Mistral (Nightingale Records, 1994)
 

Upcoming events

August 24, Theater Amsterdam, Danzigerkade 5, 1013 AP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Praful Guest with Russill Paul Concert
Music
September 7, Osho Leela
Common Mead Lane
Gillingham, Dorset, UK
Praful Solo @ Biodanza Festival
Music
September 8, Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT, UK
Praful & Sika — CANCELLED!
Music
September 9, St. Peters Church, 310 Kennington Ln,
London SE11 5HY, UK
Ecstatic Dance London presents Praful (with percussionist Seth Newman)
Music
September 12—14, l'Huy Preau, 58120 Chatin, France
Late Summer Men's Week —
Praful, Erik Huele & more
Workshops
September 16, private domain between Cassis & La Ciotat, France
Praful Solo Concert & Party of Association Les Nouveaux Mondes
Music

Community members

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