JOHN MC LAUGHLIN & 4TH DIMENSION

In SPIRITUAL ARTISANS by Tara Trinley Wangmo

Introducing the legendary musician and spiritual artisan John McLaughlin. He is a brilliant guitar guru and plays in beautiful harmony a fusion of jazz and Indian music. While on a spiritual journey as meditator since the 60′, he has continued to play with many well-known artists.

John_McLaughlin. Photographer: Frank C. Müller

John_McLaughlin. Photographer: Frank C. Müller

His music brings joy and elegance in eloquent ways to the listeners. His generous and sublime way of combining jazz and classical Indian rhythms can bring tears to one’s eyes.
Here are some sentences borrowed from the Indian newspaper Deccan Herald: “I had begun meditating in the UK around 1967, and by the time I got to New York, I was looking for a spiritual guru. I was under the influence of the Sufis, Ramana Maharshi and Vivekananda, but found a special strength in Sri Chinmoy. I studied under him for five years by which time my band Shakti had been born.”
To continue from the Deccan Herald:  “Shakti was born out of my desire to play with the great musicians of India. Even though I studied North and South Indian theory and practice, I never wished to be an Indian musician. I’m a jazz man with Western roots. I was so lucky that I got to study with the South Indian master, Ramanathan, and became an extracurricular student of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar in the mid 70s. My debt to them is huge.”

Also introducing 4th Dimension band with so amazing musicians: Gary Husband on keys and drums, Etienne Mbappé on solid bass and the wonderful drummer and tabla player, the charismatic Ranjit Barot.
More about John McLaughlin and his career on his website,

About the Author
Tara Trinley Wangmo

Tara Trinley Wangmo

Art of Life artist & promoter of all living beings’ right to freedom and enlightenment. Founder of LEVEKUNST.com. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author.

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