Rarities - Rare and unreleased recordings 1990-2015
MYSTIC POETS CYCLE
Mystic Poets Cycle is a project by Chinmaya Dunster with three New Zealand based musicians: Caro Manins (vocals), Oliver Kraft (guitars) and Rob Mita (bass).
The Cycle takes poetry from diverse sources, including Tagore, Bulleh Shah and Kathleen Raine in addition to original poems from Caro Mannins and sets them to music with diverse world music influences.
Chinmaya’s Indian-influenced playing includes sarod and guitar. Guest musicians are featured on tabla, kamanche (Iranian violin) and percussion.
Chinmaya was born in 1954 in England and started playing the classical guitar at 15. After taking sannyas in 1982 he took up playing the sarod.
The Osho Commune in Pune provided him the ground for musical experiments over the next quarter century until, today, he has thirteen CDs released on New Earth Records and a further four (three of them under the band names Bhakti and Akasha) on Malimba Records.
Chinmaya is also involved with environmental / social justice issues in India, which took him around the continent with the Green Ragas Band. He also creates awareness-raising films on these issues.
One of his passions is also the production aspect of music of which he has a deep knowledge.
Since 2014 he lives with his partner Naveena and daughter Koyal in Auckland, New Zealand.