Shimshai is a California-based musician with a wide variety of styles and influences. He has opened for such diverse acts as Joan Baez to large reggae bands. International performances in places like Colombia, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, England, France, Israel, Denmark, Vancouver, and Germany, have been helping to make Shimshai popular in the worldwide reggae/ world music / spiritual music community.
Shimshai has performed worldwide at numerous festivals, notably The Ancient Trance Festival (Germany), Sunrise (United Kingdom), Earthdance and Harmony Festival (United States), and many others. He has shared the stage with artists such as Michael Franti, David Grisman, Mickey Hart, Jai Uttal, Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Bhagavan Das, Dezarie and members of Midnite, Hamsa Lila, Youssoupha Sidibe, and many other gifted musicians. Additionally Shimshai has performed twice on television including the widely broadcast interview and performance on FOX Central Coast CA and Mel Van Dusen Presents .
Surrounded by music from birth and formally trained on piano in his native state of Washington, today Shimshai performs on guitar, sitar, flute, and a variety of woodwinds. He plays many of the instruments on his self-composed and self-produced albums.