Upon hearing Zen Breakfast, it comes as no surprise that Karunesh’s natural talent for musical expression was initially nurtured in a spiritual environment. The music of Zen Breakfast draws upon sounds from ancient spiritual and religious traditions in ways that speak to the deep-felt longing in each of us for spiritual connection.
Karunesh was born in 1956 in Cologne, Germany. Although he had been drawn to music as a child and played in bands as a teen, he chose to initially pursue graphic design as a career. After attaining his degree, the path did not feel right for him. Soon after, Karunesh was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that left him suspended between life and death for two full weeks. In 1979 he made his first journey to India, and decided to start following his heart.
In 1984 Karunesh released his first album, Sounds of the Heart, which quickly became a classic in the new age genre. More albums followed, including Zen Breakfast, Nirvana Café, Call of the Mystic, Joy of Life, and Enlightenment: A Sacred Collection. With 450,000 albums sold to date, and most albums achieving top positions on Billboard’s New Age Chart, Karunesh has become established as one of the best-known artists in the genre.