This tender and spacious album of Indian classical morning ragas was recorded in India at dawn on a Full Moon morning in May, the time it is believed Buddha reached enlightenment and also when he was both conceived and left his body. Mostly improvised by four musicians as the dawn moved into day, a deep feeling of reverence for the Awakened One is palpable when listening to the exquisite blend of sitar, tamboura, Indian slide guitar, bamboo flute, and claypot. Chinmaya says in the liner notes, “Long years of training and the use of natural acoustic instruments are our tools, with which we invite you to share this journey into the depths of music and silence.”
“When I took this to Maui with me recently, the woman who’s home I was staying in asked if I had any music that would be good for the massage she was about to give upstairs. I had just given Buddha Moon a first listen that early morning, staring out the window at the lush green garden, transfixed by the scenery and the lovely ragas flowing from the speakers, feeling the music in my heart. Without hesitation, I handed her this CD and not surprisingly, she asked to use it again for a massage the next day. Highly recommended!