Mumbai and Southern Virginia converge in a kaleidoscope of Kate Bush, Norah Jones, Loreena McKennitt, & Susheela Raman. A 2008, 2009, & 2010 recipient of the ASCAPlus Award in the Jazz and Popular Division, Manisha Shahane is bridging hemispheres with her second album. Shahane brings over a decade of experience as a performing songwriter to this project featuring her as a singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, arranger and co-producer, working alongside Daniel Cantor. Cantor recently added African Underground Vol.1 (Nomadic Wax) and a cut for In the Name of Love: Africa Salutes U2 (Shout Factory) to his numerous production credits. When Parallel Lines Meet showcases an array of instrumentation resulting in “music of this universe,” a lyric that Shahane penned for the album’s opening track, titled “Girls Gone World.” Exceptional performances are delivered by Brahim Fribgane (oud), Mark Simcox (cello), Kevin Barry (lap steel guitar), Chris Brenne (guitar), George Ruckert (sarod), Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo (spoken word), and Akili Jamal Haynes (trumpet, bass clarinet, trombone). Returning from Shahane’s Peace in Progress album (2004) are Blake Newman (upright bass), Jerry Leake (tabla/multi-percussion), and Dominique Gagne (flute). Members of her Los Angeles-based trio are also introduced, as are the voices of children.
EARLY RESPONSES TO THE ALBUM:
"The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter is a marvelous performer and her pristine vocals only prove that this sublime blending of sounds and tones is no accident...Like a global voyage with no limits, When Parallel Lines Meet is an adventure through cultures and countries that proves incredibly satisfying and energizing...Her ability to draw listeners in with various styles is remarkable and many will be mesmerized by her transitions and the clarity of her tone. When Parallel Lines Meet is a unique experience, an album tinged with international flavor and the aroma of home."
- Jordan Richardson, I HEAR SPARKS, BlogCritics
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“The whole album is actually pulling you towards worldly beats and experiences...There is a sense of authenticity and clear-headed approach in her story telling and singing which tends to touch your inner spirits...Manisha Shahane comes across as a naturally gifted talent with a very compassionate and loving heart...her music is fresh, uncluttered and right from the heart with a true universal vibe to it.”
- Raj Yadav, MastRadio.com
New York, NY
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"If I had to describe the styles or influences that I can hear - Alison Krauss meets folk, jazz, Indian classical, and even a bit of rock. These styles all blend beautifully and honestly, and that same honesty carries through in the spiritual and sometimes political themes in the lyrics. Production on the album is superb."
-Graeme Sacks, AfricanTreehouse.com
Johannesburg, South Africa. Guitarist/Composer/Producer/Arranger & 2010 South African Music Award Nominee