Thursday, March 5, 2009
Shelter - Rasa
Combining superb musicianship with passionate vocals, RASA creates a sound that is timeless and transformative, devotional and creative, evocative and soothing–a mystical prayer that taps into an ancient well of spiritual wisdom, touching upon the soul’s need for transcendence. With accompaniment from cello, sarangi, nyckelharpa, and sitar, Hans Christian and Kim Waters put forth an exceptional fusion of Indian spiritual music. Their music blends meditative, transcendental, and ethereal qualities into an elegant, contemporary style..
True to its characteristic style, Rasa has taken verses from devotional prayers to Krishna in Bengali and Sanskrit and dropped them word for word into their Indian-influenced music with contemporary rhythms and production. Here the golden tones of Kim Walters's lovely, soft vocals curl tightly around Hans Christian's cello, sarangi, nyckelharpa, and sitar. Combined with Girish Gambhira's tabla and mridangam, the results often sound like they were born in India, instead of Christian's studio in Wisconsin. Walters's seductively sweet vocals, along with the innovative electronics, bring this music into the 21st century, but the spirit is completely dedicated to the ecstatic worship of Krishna.
part 1 ~ part 2