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Crosswinds - World Flute Conversations

Crosswinds by Rajendra Teredesai set out to explore the diversity of flute music from all over the world through compositions that would embody the essence of these styles. Teredesai’s purpose was to expose the listener to the cultural heritage of a single instrument as experienced from locations as far flung as China, Arabia, Bali, India, Tibet, and compositions that represent Native Americans here in the U.S. And not only is he composing music that evokes the sensibilities of the region that he is communicating through his playing, but he is also using different flutes to make the music that much more authentic to the area that it represents.
 
On Crosswinds Teredesai uses an Arabian flute, Chinese flute, Indian Bamboo flute, Native American flute and a Balinese flute to bring his compositions to life in a way that will honor the respective cultures that he is representing on this album. Rajendra Teredesai is one of the foremost disciples of the most celebrated and acclaimed flute maestros of all time so it is not surprising at all that this album shines with the talent that he brings to bear on these nine compositions. The album clocks in at 73:53 so there is ample time for him to explore these world cultures and give listeners a chance to fully absorb the diverse styles that he has included on this project.
 
For the most part Crosswinds is a serene journey into a quiet and tranquil musical landscape. Teredesai has composed soothing and introspective songs that would work well for meditative work or simply to play while you appreciated a moment of quiet enjoyment of your surroundings and the music itself. The music of the flute that you will find on this album is accompanied by other instruments that add a depth to the compositions that you would not be able to accomplish with just a flute alone. What makes this even more of an accomplishment is that Teredesai played all of the backing instrumentation himself. His passion to represent the various cultures through his compositions shows his dedication and his mastery of all of the instruments that he used to bring these compositions to life.
 
Perhaps it is because of my own Native American heritage (Shoshone) that caused the two Native American songs on this album to stand out in my mind. There have been several ambient artists that I have listened to in the past that occasionally create tribal albums filled with the imagery of the rituals of the Native American tribes of the west and I have always been drawn to them. The Native American songs that you will find on this project are not the trance inducing shamanistic music that I have heard before,  but rather a peaceful and emotional evoking of the ancestors to come forth and for them to speak wisdom to those who are gathered around a fire on a star filled night. The track entitled “Call of the Ancestors” is an outstanding song which offers listeners a sonic canvas on which to paint or write their own stories of ancestors and relatives that have passed beyond the veil but are never forgotten by those who live on.  Teredesai’s mastery of the flute is abundantly clear on this song as he is able to bring forth deep emotions with a truly authentic performance of his composition. His songs guide the listener’s spirit into a space deep within each of them that resonates in harmony to the music they are hearing.
 
I found Teredesai’s composition “Brahmaputra Sunrise,” which is his flute conversation with China, to be another of the standout tracks on this album. His skillful playing on this track shows that he is more than capable of translating his inner vision of the culture that he is trying to capture in his music and then projecting that vision into his compositions in such a way that listeners will find themselves transported in their minds to that very place.  It is apparent that Teredesai has listened to many culture’s music over the years and it is a testament to his musicianship that he has expertly been able to fold these various influences into his own music so seamlessly. Crosswinds is a great way to tour a variety of cultures and musical styles all in one sitting through the efforts of a single musician. Although I only focused on a couple of tracks that jumped out at me, there are many other songs on this album that are equally effective at bringing to mind the various cultures that Teredesai wrote about in his compositions. Ambient Visions recommends this album.

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Michael Foster