Namasté is one of the finest compilations I’ve ever heard. Each track flows seamlessly into the next. I could listen to this over and over again, all day long, and feel totally at ease with myself — in my fast paced life.
I experienced for myself how this absolutely radiant CD truly is for relaxing one's stressed out body and it works! If you’d like to ask my massage therapist, I’ll connect you. (LOL) She agreed… this CD delivers music on a very even level and doesn’t have tracks with heavy varying rhythms, making her flow during a massage very seamless. I love the variety of artists performing on this CD which include 2002, Zeus Faber, Liquid Mind, Thierry David, Karunesh, Kenio Fuke, Kevin Kern, Omar Akram and guitarist Mike Howe.
Accomplished producer and musician Paul Avgerinos recently made his Real Music debut with Gratitude Joy, which he created with Anand Anugrah. Garden of Delight marks his first solo album for the label, and is different from the previous effort in that his gaze has shifted to the enchanting rhythms of the Middle East and the Mediterranean coast. Featuring guest instrumentation from Omar Faruk Tekbilek, the album is sensual and silky, with smooth dumbek beats wrapped in a blanket of exotic strings, guitar, light vocal sounds and stark ney flute harmonies.
Dreamy and exotic, Kiran Murti's Ayurveda: The Fragrance of Wellbeing takes the listener on a voyage into the east, where the lush sounds of India join with the therapeutic essence of Ayurvedic healing practices. Murti's soundscapes offer varying degrees of traditional and contemporary sonorities. "Pitta" and "Before Sunrise," for example, are infused with the hypnotic drone of the sitar, which tumbles and swirls against a backdrop of light tabla. “Krishna” features melodic chant in a style reminiscent of a ghazal.
With albums like Zen Breakfast and Call of the Mystic, multi-instrumentalist/producer Karunesh has mastered the art of blending spirituality with compelling world fusion music. Joy of LIfe continues down that road and is possibly his most Eastern themed album to date, relying on the weepy drones of Indian strings and the breathy Bansuri to give his compositions a mystical flair.