Bansuri flute virtuoso Rajendra Teredesai’s follow-up to his acclaimed Real Music debut, Divine Dimension, is the sublime Path of the Divine. Once again collaborating with Rasull Soon (keyboards, chant, percussion, synth arrangements), the pair explore the deep, meditative heart of the Indian raga (notably the improvisational alap phase), fusing the traditional (bansuri, tabla, tamboura drone, bowls) with the ultra-contemporary (assorted electronic and ambient shadings and textures).
The back cover of Omar Akram’s Echoes of Love notes that the pianist was recently married and that the album “unfolds [as] a true love story,” which is evident after only a few tracks. The CD features a melting pot of instrumentalists on keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, violin, flutes, percussion, and tabla. By turns soft and gentle or sassy and vibrant, the music is suffused with romance and liberal doses of global influences, especially Mediterranean. Love is, after all, the universal language … or is that music?
This tranquil collection of 10 bansuri flute meditations by the hugely talented Rajendra Teredesai, accompanied on keyboards and percussion by Rasull Soon and tanpura by Meena Teredesai, is a real gem and should be recommended to all your massage therapist customers unreservedly. The bansuri flute conveys an exotic, sensual, yet comforting mood, and the keyboard embellishments enhance that mood greatly. In many ways, this CD reminds me of Al Gromer Khan’s wonderful fusion of Indian music and ambient textures, except substituting Teredesai’s bansuri for Gromer Khan’s sitar.