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Performance CreditsPeter Kater Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano
David Darling Cello
R. Carlos Nakai Native American Flute
Richard Hardy Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Mark Miller Soprano Saxophone
Nawang Khechog Chant,Tibetan Flutes
Technical CreditsPeter Kater Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production,Engineering
R. Carlos Nakai Composer
James Marienthal Executive Producer
Nawang Khechog Composer
Rick Ray Music Direction
His Holiness The XIVth Dalai Lama Author
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10 Questions for the Dalai Lama [Original Score] based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Playing Time – 61:30 -- Zen Master Fa-Yen once asked, “If you meet a wise man and you do not say anything to him nor keep silence, how would you question him?” It’s certainly something to ponder if one were to be granted an hour-long audience with the Dalai Lama. I have not seen the 85-minute film, “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama,” directed by Rick Ray, but I imagine it as an inspiring tale of peace, harmony, kindness, compassion and wisdom. In 2001, Ray was allowed to interview the exiled Tibetan leader in Dharamsala. To accompany the scenic travelogue, multi-Grammy nominated pianist/composer Peter Kater was enlisted to complement the film’s images with a new age music score. Born in Germany, Peter Kater has lived in New Jersey, Colorado and California since his move to the U.S. at age four. Emphasizing improvisation and spontaneity, Kater released his first album of piano solos (“Spirit”) in 1983. That project and his subsequent forty albums with jazz, world and Native American flavorings have opened many opportunistic doors for him in the realm of scoring for theater and film. Kater’s piano and synthesizer are nicely blended with some haunting vocal chanting, flute, saxophone, and cello. Worldy musical sensibilities are fused when Tibetans Tulku Orgyen and Nawang Khechog join Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai and others including Richard Hardy, Shawn Darius, Beth Fitchet Wood, David Darling, and Mark Miller. The vocals imparted to “Buddha Search” and “Seeking the Dalai Lama” impart an adventurer’s sense of discovery. Three additional pieces with Nawang Khechog’s chanting (A Fresh Wind, Ocean of Long Life, Call of Compassion) are particularly enticing. The Dalai Lama has stated “I am no one special … I am just a simple human being.” In a similar and corresponding way, the music on this album is at times understated, thoughtful, delicate, and intimate. However, it is special in that Kater carefully cultivates musical expressions to create certain moods, emotions, sentiments and feelings. Without also seeing the movie to put the eleven compositions into context, I am left pondering the wisdom of enlightenment in the music itself. Such wisdom is inherent is each of us, but many fail to recognize it. Thus, one should experience this score with the essence of an open mind and a goal of seeking freedom and liberation. The journey is certainly not linear, and the human consciousness created by Kater’s music is both a spiritual allegory and insightful metaphor. The 13-minute “Call of Compassion” may be the best example of how to free oneself from ego-illusion, awaken inner wisdom, and meditate about roots of justice, sympathy, impartial love, humanity, mercy …. real measures of all things. I don’t believe that Kater would want this work to result in simple declarations about his musical greatness and wisdom. For, as Zen Master Gempo Yamamoto so profoundly stated, “If you are seen as great or wise by others, you have not yet reached maturity.” Peter Kater is a journeyman seeker on that path. (Joe Ross)