by Rasa


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Rasa -- singer Kim Waters and multi-instrumentalist Hans Christian -- envoice spiritual devotion with touching innocence and a ripe sensuality. For years, both Waters and Christian have studied and performed sacred Indian music; even though the lyrics are sung in Bengali Sanskrit (mostly written by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who died in 1914), Rasa's pure devotion to the mystical is a delight that transcends language. Liner notes tell the songs' original meanings, but the sensation of love is so pervasive that you may just surrender to it and feel affection for anything gazed upon, be it dirty dishwater or the jerk who lives next door. The music pulses warmly, and the lyrical melodies meld with the heartbeat. Waters's radiant voice is both liquid and airy, seeming to hang languidly in space like the perfume of dew in a flowered courtyard. On "Bhajahu Re Mana," her layered voice plays a game of tag in a mosaic-tiled maze. The musical accompaniment is a heady blend of Western and Indian instruments: Christian plays cello, fretless bass, guitar, and keyboards, but the Indian stringed sarangi adds the most flavorful pungency. Additional ensemble members play tabla, bansouri flutes, udu drum, and keyboards. Their name sums up the album: In Sanskrit, "rasa" means a transcendent aesthetic experience, the essence of divine love, and the emotional fulfillment of the soul. Absolutely and timelessly lovely.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2000
Label: Hearts Of Space
UPC: 0025041109925
catalogNumber: 11099
Rank: 105475

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rasa   Primary Artist
Kim Waters   Vocals,Shaker
Ira Stein   Keyboards
John Wubbenhorst   Flute,Bansuri
John McDowell   Percussion
Krishna Das   Vocals
Habib Khan   Sitar
Ben Mawhorter   Tabla
William Wandall   Acoustic Guitar
Hans Christian   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Cello,Harmonium,Keyboards,Bells,Sarangui,Fretless Bass Guitar,Loops,Nyckelharpa,Zills,Celli,Frame Drum
Greg Ellis   Bells,Shaker,Shekere,Zills,Riqq,Udu

Technical Credits

Kim Waters   Arranger,Illustrations
Stephen Hill   Art Direction
Jeremy Hulette   Graphic Design
B.G. Sharma   Paintings,Cover Painting
Hans Christian   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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Devotion 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listed to this CD MANY MANY times in my yoga class but never bothered to ask my instructor who it was. LOVE IT!! Its soothing yet powerful music. Some of my best yoga sessions have been to this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sanskrit word “Rasa” translates as the essence of any impression, the soul’s emotional fulfillment, or Divine love. All of those elements seem intertwined in the luscious, hypnotic stylings of singer Kim Waters and multi-instrumentalist Hans Christian. Most of the lyrics on “Union” are prayers and devotional love songs by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, a famous Indian writer of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Thakura’s words are set to slow, simple melodies that are lovingly crooned by the clear-voiced Waters, often harmonizing with herself through the magic of multi-track recording. Christian and numerous other musicians provide mysterious, gently exotic accompaniments with instruments from both east and west, including cello, sarangi, nyckelharpa, keyboards, guitars, tablas, bansuri flute, sitar, harmonium and kartals. Guest artists include percussionist Greg Ellis of the group Vas and vocalist/percussionist Krishna Das. Speaking of artists, Kim Waters is also an illustrator, and her intricate line drawings grace both the liner notes and the CD itself. “Devotion” is the most laid back of Rasa’s albums, with a repetitive rather than a directional feel to most of the arrangements, but yet immersed in an air of pregnant mystery that holds a listener’s attention better than most music of the meditational genre. Rasa continues their musical journey in two subsequent albums, “Union” and “Devotion”. Other intriguing New Age artists who explore the world of sacred chant are Chloe Goodchild and Singh Kaur.