The idea of devoting Mozart to a yoga class happened nearly instantaneously between Eggar and producer David Schommer, founder of Yoga Organix and The Yoga Sessions series. “David told me about his yoga series,” Eggar remarks, “and I had been thinking about how to create music suited for the yoga experience. I go to class a lot, and I hear world music, trance, and singer/songwriter material. I thought it would be an interesting concept to record classical music intentioned to function in a Yoga class.”
Music has been in Eggar’s life since youth. A natural born prodigy, at age three he learned cello and piano, performing on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera by age seven. His training includes time at Julliard and Harvard University, but his passion lies in the healing modalities that music creates and in the exploration of musical diversity. That diversity can be understood through his work: As an Artist, he has recorded the celebrated New Age albums, Serenity, Angelic Embrace, Left of Blue), and most recently his newest, Kingston Morning, which featured contributions by reggae legends Luciano and Sly and Robbie. Eggar's diversity extends through his studio work, recording with the likes of COLDPLAY, Amy Lee and Evanescence, the FLUX Quartet, as well as being featured on numerous original scores for film. He has also been workshopping new pieces with and for his karate dojo, blending his knowledge and practice of the martial arts, and recently performing that collaboration at Lincoln Center for the Arts.
Especially inspired by the D major Andante of Mozart's D Major String Quartet, the 'Prussian' (K.575), Eggar went to work with Schommer and longtime collaborator and Violinist Rachel Golub figuring out exactly how this music would move with the format of a yoga class. “The salutations and flow parts were the most natural to pick pieces for,” he says. "One of the interesting things we found was that slowing down minuet movements elicited a very powerful emotional response. We started playing some pieces at half tempo, and it was beautiful. For the piece 'Vishranti' (For Savasana) and the album starter, "Om" piece we were presented an opportunity to create something original, based off of Mozart's melodic structure".