Heart As Wide As the World

Heart As Wide As the World

by Krishna Das


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Heart As Wide As the World

Krishna Das is the biggest star on the kirtan/yoga chant circuit, having sold over 300,000 thousand albums in the past 15 years, which is not a heck of a lot of records. It's about 20,000 a year, which wouldn't keep any band on any label except maybe the smallest indie. Still, if the circuit has a superstar it's Das, and his success is well-deserved. He's found a way to blend elements of traditional Indian music and Western pop into a smooth, soothing sound that doesn't do tremendous disservice to either tradition, if you can call pop music a tradition. Kirtan is music, but it's functional music, meant to pull listeners deeper into themselves, not deeper into the music. It can't really be compared to pop music. That said, Heart as Wide as the World is probably the poppiest effort Das has ever made, but only because it includes one track, "Naaraayana/For Your Love," that's based on an old Yardbirds hit, and one "Shiva Puja," on which the Western instruments predominate in the mix. "Shiva Puja" even has a bit of a funky backbeat, which works well with the massed voices of the Kosmic Kirtan Posse of New York, the group that backs Das on the album. "Naaraayana/For Your Love" sounds like it'll be a hit on the Kirtan circuit, although the inclusion of the Graham Gouldman lyric (10 CC) is a bit distracting if you're using the music for meditation. Das sings with a low, rumbling baritone that's perfect for devotional music, and the mix, as on his other albums, balances the voices of the choir and the instrumental tracks without giving either predominance. If you find the idea of "Sitaram," an 11-minute song with only one word, daunting, this isn't the album for you. If you're looking for music that will help you deepen your yoga or meditation practice, then you'll find that Das lives up to his billing as the chant master of American yogis.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2010
Label: Nettwerk Records
UPC: 0067003087827
catalogNumber: 30878

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Krishna Das   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mark Egan   Bass
Steve Gorn   Bansuri
Kevin Bents   Piano,Hammond B3
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
David Nichtern   Guitar
Jai Uttal   Dotar
Nina Rao   finger cymbals
Janaki Kagel   Vocal Harmony
Matt Kilmer   Percussion
Arjun Bruggeman   Tabla
Genevieve Walker   Violin
Kosmic Kirtan Posse of New York   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Ron Allaire   Engineer
David Nichtern   Producer
Krishna Das   Photo Courtesy
John Rummen   Artwork
Nina Rao   Photo Courtesy
Archit Dave   Recording Assistant
André Wagner   Cover Photo
Alessia Elysee   Photo Courtesy
Carla Cummings   Photo Courtesy
Ron Bonney   Photo Courtesy
Renata Mendes   Photo Courtesy

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