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Rasa in Concert

  • 1. Hari Haraye
    2. Sri Rupa Manjari
    3. Govindam
    4. Kabe Habe Bolo
    5. Prabhupada Padma
    6. Mama Mandire
    7. Gopinatha
    8. Arati
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 411409

  • Credits
    ProducerHans Christian
    EngineerHans Christian

    Rasa: Kim Waters (vocals, shaker, bells); Hans Christian (sitara, cello, sarangi, nyckelharpa, electric bass, samples, loops).
    Recorded live at Piedmont Yoga, Oakland, California; Yoga Tree,
    San Francisco, California; Open Secret, San Rafael, California between September 29 & October 12, 2001.
    Personnel: Kim Waters (vocals, shaker, bells); Hans Christian (sitar, cello, electric bass, loops, sampler).
    Audio Mixer: Hans Christian.
    Recording information: Open Secret, San Rafael, CA (09/29/2001-10/12/2001); Piedmont Yoga, Oakland, CA (09/29/2001-10/12/2001); Yoga Tree, San Francisco, CA (09/29/2001-10/12/2001).
    Photographer: John Martin.
    Increasingly, background and nationality do not dictate the style of music an artist embraces or excels at. For example, George Harrison and John McLaughlin both proved that they could develop a deep understanding of Indian music. Cellist Hans Christian and singer Kim Waters are two more cases in point.
    Together, under the appellation Rasa, this duo creates music that draws almost entirely on the devotional music of India. Most of all, IN CONCERT speaks volumes for Christian and Waters's ability to capture the essence of the bhajan (a Hindu song of worship.) The duo certainly understands the droning qualities of this music, including the modal requirements and the use of microtonal intervals. Moreover, Waters's silky voice and dramatic elocution makes this album soar with great spiritual power. Synching up to electronic drum loops, Christian and Waters contemplate Vishnu on such songs as "Sri Rupa Manjari" and "Gopinatha." Other selections "Hari Haraye" and "Arati" use less electronics and therefore sound more traditional. For Westerners, IN CONCERT just may be the perfect entre into the music of the Indian subcontinent.

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