Hearing Rajendra Teredesai's flute playing immediately transports the listener into another state of mind beginning with the first note and lasting until the last echoes fade away on track 10. Rajendra was signed to Real Music back in 2011 to allow his music to reach out to those who had yet to experience his music in the United States and other countries around the world. With this his debut release on Real Music you are in for a treat as you become acquainted with Rajendra's marvelous playing of the Bansuri flute on compositions that can be used for relaxation or for putting yourself in the frame of mind for meditation.
His album is called Divine Dimension and features Rajendra on the bansuri flute with help from Meena Teredesai on tanpura and Rasull Soon aka BlueMonk on keyboards and percussion. All the music was composed and arranged by Rajendra Teredasai and as you listen to this wonderfully soothing album you appreciate the talent behind the songs. There are ten songs that comprise Divine Dimension and the album as a whole runs a long 75:36 minutes in length. With only one of the songs clocking in under 5 minutes and track three running the longest at 10:24 you know that you are in for songs that allow you to listen for extended periods of time letting you enter into the music completely. I would say that is why one of my favorite tracks on this CD is “Source of the Universe” which is the longest song on the album and features bird sounds and some very calming synth sounds punctuating Rajendra's flute playing. This song is what this album is all about. It is serene and tranquil and has a lush feel to it that causes the listener to submerge themselves in this comforting cocoon of sound.
The album does not break this peaceful mood at any time during the ten songs which gives the listener the opportunity to leave it on as they meditate or perhaps even as they drift off to sleep if they put it on just before bed. The compositions are not complicated and are stripped down to their bare essentials with the flute being the primary focus throughout all of these songs. Rajendra Teredesai was the disciple of one of the most celebrated flue maestros of all times in the person of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Pandit has collaborated with the likes of John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek and has composed music for Yehudi Menuhin and Jean-Pierre Rampal. Rajendra first heard Pandit's music back in 1978 and was so inspired by it that he spent years practicing on his own developing his own techniques of flute playing. He finally met Pandit in 1982 and he was so impressed with Rajendra's playing that he accepted him as a ganda-bandh disciple.
This was my first exposure to Rajendra Teredesai and I must admit that the ethnic instruments combined with the talent that Rajendra brought to them offers the listener a compelling journey inward to the soul and upwards to the divine spirit that the music was directed to. The music is deeply personal and evokes a reflective mood in the listener and in these chaotic times we live in that is always a good thing to have around the house. If you open to the music on this album it will wend its way into your soul and fill you with restfulness and melt away any worries that might be troubling you at the time. The music might be simple and sparse but it is deeply passionate at the same time. The album is a gently flowing CD that is both reflective and overflows with deep emotions.
While Rajendra might not be all that well known here in the states, I think that this album will start to change that and if you are like me you will want to check into future releases by this artist. This is an exceptional album and one that will show to new and old fans alike that he is a consummate artist but through his playing he reveals his heart and the truths that illuminate his life. The album has a mysterious and haunting quality to it that highlights Rajendra's impressive musicianship. While his music is deeply rooted in the traditions of India it is very accessible to those who enjoy world music and are open to new musical experiences wherever they may come from. Recommended by Ambient Visions.