Joss Jaffe

Mastered for Digital, CD by Sam @ Precise Mastering

Mastering Joss Jaffe's album 'Dub Mantra' here at Precise Mastering has been a great experience. The music has a smooth sound thats both relaxing and stimulating at the same time, well suited for meditation and contemplation, a CD to unwind to. Sam's input on getting that sound right, and a balance with instruments and the vocals, has been key to this album. 

Joss Jaffe is a Bay Area Musician currently residing in Oakland, CA. His second full-length album “Dub Mantra” is a collection of Sanskrit Chants set to beautiful Traditional and Original Melodies riding on top of powerful Dub Reggae Rhythms. This unique musical confluence comes naturally for Jaffe who has spent many years performing in both genres of music (Indian Raga & Dub Reggae) and has deep roots in both traditions. In addition to Jaffe the album features multiple acclaimed Bay Area Musicians including Hindustani Vocalist: Rita Sahai, Sarodiya: Montino Bourbon, Cellist: Michael Knapp, Vocalist: Sophia Mallie, Vocalist: Janina Angel Bath, Vocalist: Hilary Reed, Vocalist: Helen Wendy Loo, and SF DJ & Electronica Musician: Timonkey. 




Joss Jaffe began his musical journey at the age of 9 writing songs with voice and guitar. He was introduced to the music of India at a young age through the devotional chanting of his parents and their teacher Swami Muktananda. At 15 Joss began studying Indian vocals, tablas (the classical drums of North India) and sarode (the 25 stringed Indian lute) and a year later in 1997, Joss took his first classes from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael CA, a study which would continue until the Ustad’s passing in 2009. At 17 Joss traveled to the Indian Subcontinent for the first time living in Nepal with master drummer Homnath Upadhyaya. He returned to India again in 2008 this time to study vocal music with Carnatic Vocalist Mysore N. Srinath and Hindustani Vocalist Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla, a world authority on the songs of the Poet Saint Kabir.

A professional tabla player, Joss has studied and performed in ensemble with two of the greatest living tabla players Zakir Hussain and Swapan Chaudhuri. As a percussionist and bassist Joss has extensively performed and toured with many of the leading Kirtan (Sanskrit devotional chanting) Artists today including Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Suzanne Sterling, Jaya Lakshmi, Girish, Geoffrey Gordon, Karnamrita Dasi, Bhagavan Das, C.C. White, Gaura Vani, Ben Leinbach, Joey Lugassy, David Newman, and Daniel Paul.

 Joss has accompanied World Artists Silvia Nakkach, Shimshai, Steve Kimok and Manose, and has offered accompaniment to famed Tribal Belly Dancer Rachel Brice. Joss has musically accompanied the workshops and events of some of the most popular yoga teachers today including Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Seane Corn, and Janet Stone. Joss has performed at numerous festivals including Harmony Festival, Earthdance, Wanderlust, Bhakti Fest, and Mystic Garden Party. Through his extensive performing,recording and touring Joss has already gained popularity in his own right with the spiritual yoga crowd. 



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