Andy Desmond aka Miten

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Andy Desmond aka Miten is a British musician born in Woking, Surrey, August 1947.

Miten in concert, Munich, Oct 2010

He founded the folk/rock duo Gothic Horizon with musical partner Richard Garrett in the 60s. The band released two albums on Decca: The Jason Lodge Poetry Book [1964] and Tomorrow Never Knows [1965].[1]

In 1970 Desmond began performing solo and became part of a stable of folk musicians which included Tom Robinson, Claire Hamil and Café Society, who were signed by Ray Davies to his record label Konk Records. Desmond subsequently released Living On A Shoestring on Konk, featuring members of The Kinks and produced by Dave Davies and a fellow Kink member, keyboardist John Gosling.[2]

During this time Desmond became established in the UK as a singer/songwriter of note and was subsequently signed to Ariola Records in London. Ariola released Andy Desmond in 1976 - an album containing 10 self composed songs, produced by legendary Los Angeles producer Bones Howe.[3]

At the time of its release Desmond had become a stalwart on the British rock scene, opening for Fleetwood Mac,[4] Randy Newman, Hall and Oates, The Cate Brothers, The Kinks and many others. He was invited by Fleetwood Mac to be their special guest on their UK Rumours Tour, and opened for Ry Cooder on his 1978 European tour.

Disillusioned with the rock world and his destructive life style, Desmond went on to explore meditation and Eastern philosophy. He was initiated into ‘sannyas’ in 1980 by controversial Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and given the Sanskrit name Prabhu Miten meaning 'Friend of God'. He spent many years in India at Osho's ashram in Pune, recording and producing the album 'In Wonder' - a tribute to his Guru and spiritual guide. It was during this time Miten met record producer John Leckie who, in the ashram, was known as 'Nagara'. The two became life-long friends, resulting in many collaborations, most notably on the album 'Blown Away' for Prabhu Music.[5]

Desmond now tours the world with his musical and life partner, Deva Premal, whom he met in India at Osho's ashram in 1990. The couple, known as Deva Premal & Miten, are well known in the world of alternative spirituality and yoga for their chanting of Indian Sanskrit mantras and for Desmond’s spiritually inspired songs. Yoga International featured the duo in a 2009 article on Yoga Rock Stars: "They are the Johnny and June Carter Cash of sacred music, with more than a dozen albums and a fan base that includes both Cher and the Dalai Lama."[6] They have collaborated with motivational speaker Anthony Robbins,[7] best selling author Eckhart Tolle, and rock icon Cher, who covered their version of the ancient prayer The Gayatri Mantra on her Farewell Tour in 2002.[8]

Deva & Miten's record company, Prabhu Music, reports CD sales in excess of one million, and the couple travel the world continually with Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose, playing up to 25 countries in the space of a year.

Discography[edit]

  • Jason Lodge Poetry Book (Gothic Horizons), Decca 1964
  • Tomorrow Never Knows (Gothic Horizons), Decca 1965
  • Living On A Shoestring, Konk 1975
  • Andy Desmond, Ariola Records, 1976
  • Global Heart, Native Soul (1996)
  • Strength of A Rose (with Deva Premal) (1996)
  • Trusting the Silence (with Deva Premal) (1997)
  • Blown Away (1999)
  • Dance of Life (1999)
  • Satsang (Deva Premal & Miten) (2002)
  • Songs for the Inner Lover (with Deva Premal) (2003)
  • More Than Music (Deva Premal & Miten) (2004)
  • Soul In Wonder (with Deva Premal) (2007)
  • Download Singles (with Deva Premal) (2009)
  • Deva Premal & Miten In Concert (Deva Premal & Miten with Manose) (2009)
  • Deva Premal & Miten with Manose - A Deeper Light (April 2013) co-produced with Joby Baker and Maneesh de Moor

Producer[edit]

  • Deva Premal - The Essence (exec producer) (1998)
  • Deva Premal - Love is Space (co-producer with Kit Walker) (2000)
  • Deva Premal - Embrace (co-producer with Kit Walker) (2002)
  • Deva Premal - Dakshina (co-producer with Martyn Phillips and Praful) (2005)
  • Deva Premal - Deva Premal Sings the Moola Mantra (co-producer with Ben Leinbach) (2007)
  • Deva Premal - Password (co-producer with Rishi) (Oct 2011)
  • Deva Premal & Miten with Manose - A Deeper Light (April 2013) co-produced with Joby Baker and Maneesh de Moor

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thubron, Dave. Gothic Horizon & Andy Desmond, "Time Has Told Me", Jan 29 2007.
  2. ^ Kast Off Kinks, The John Gosling Interview, Pt 2, KastOffKinks.com 2010.
  3. ^ MusicStar Andy Desmond, GeoCities.co.
  4. ^ Friars Aylesbury. Fleetwood Mac/Gothic Horizon Concert Poster June 12 1971" "Friars Aylesbury Phase 2: 1971-1975
  5. ^ Slovik, Sam. Miten Sings: From A Rock To A Heart Place, LA Yoga, Oct 2007.
  6. ^ Dubrovsky, Anna. Yoga Rock Stars, Yoga International, September 2008.
  7. ^ Attwood, Janet Bray Songs of the Divine: An interview from the Dialogues with the Masters Series, Healthy Wealthy nWise, Feb 2008.
  8. ^ Tsering, Lisa. Cher Chants Gayatri Mantra At Her Concerts, Times of London, Sept 5 2003.

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