The music on this album is intended to create a space of serenity, room to breathe in, an expanded perspective on life that might allow us to relax for a moment. It was Hans Christian’s intention to compose music for balancing and meditation, expressed through my own musical language. At the same time, he also wanted to highlight an interesting combination of string instruments in an ever-changing dialogue. So, Nanda Devi is also an album of musical and sonic experimentation.
You will find quite a variety of real instruments on these recordings. Besides the cello, which is always Hans’ first choice for instrument, you will hear an Indian sitara (small sitar), an Indian sarangi, the Swedish nyckelharpa (key fiddle), an Indian dhilruba (bowed sitar), an Indian swaramandala (autoharp), a medieval psaltery (bowed small harp), a lapsteel guitar, electric guitar, fretless bass, world percussion, Tibetan bowls and some keyboard enhancements, all weaving this tapestry of melodies, colors and patterns.
*Ranked #1 on Echoes Top 25 for September 2015!*
*Voted John Diliberto’s Top 25 Albums for 2015!*
Music composed and performed by Hans Christian at STUDIO 330 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
For more information on Hans Christian’s music, please visit www.hanschristianmusic.com.
“Hans Christian continues to break new ground with his latest production ‘Nanda Devi’. It is sacred instrumental music of the highest order… i.e. absolutely mesmerizing and instantaneously puts you into the here and now. It’s quickly become my new favorite sound track for yoga and deep meditation.” ~GuruGanesha
©2015 New Earth Records / NE 3147
Published by Shiva Shakti Music Publishing & Allemande Music (BMI)
“On their latest mellow, irresistible album Temple of Love (New Earth Records), vocalist Kim Waters and instrumentalist Hans Christian continue their prayerful explorations of the sensual in Indian music. When Waters dedicates her earthy, viscerally exciting voice to honoring the Gods and Goddesses of Indian mythology, the line between worshiping God and making love to the beloved vanishes.
Equal credit goes to her partner Christian, whose mastery of computer programming, cello, sitara, harmonium, keyboards, bass, nyckelharpa, udu, and a host of other instruments from the East is matched by his ability to orchestrate. Together, the couple has created a host of haunting albums dedicated to his Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. I don’t know the Swami, but I doubt the gods ever had it this good.”
“The new album is AB-so-lute-ly GOR-geous! It’s really rare for any artist to improve and deepen as they go, but you are defying the odds.
Kim sounds completely confident and relaxed and the vocals have an even more satisfying quality as a result. The production is ingenious in developing the material and the instrumental textures. All in all, it’s your best work yet, which is really saying something. I wish you great success with it.”
“And yet another beautiful, undulating selection of Indian spiritual songs made quite accessible to Western ears.We would be hard pressed to find a better blend of instruments and vocals than Kim Waters’ voice and Hans Christian’s instruments since they complement each other so well. Soft and ethereal, calm and meditative, they create a mesmerizing program ideal for relaxation and meditation.With such a smooth blend of music and lyrics, we lose track of time as we become lost in the exotic, and could we say erotic, m lange of rhythms and melodious chants”
“On their latest mellow, luminous-dream album, Temple of Love, vocalist Kim Waters and instrumentalist Hans Christian continue their prayerful explorations of the sensual in Indian music. Together, the couple has created a host of haunting albums dedicated to his Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the guru through whom the Krishna Consciousness tradition flowered.
But one doesn’t have to buy into any religion or belief system to savor this tenderly magical music. When Waters dedicates her earthy, viscerally exciting voice to honoring the Gods and Goddesses of Indian mythology, the line between worshiping God and making love to the beloved vanishes. On this recording, Hans Christian plays a remarkable quantity of instruments: the cello, bass, keyboards, udu, sitara, harmonium, nyckelharpa, sarangi, kartals, mridangam, shakers, Tibetan bowls, sarod, dilruba, swaramandala, and tambura. These sounds are blended seamlessly and harmoniously and elegantly with the achingly beautiful vocals of Kim Waters. Through this fusion, on Temple of Love, Rasa successfully echoes the soothing, hypnotic aspects of Indian spiritual music while simultaneously infusing it with their own modern sensibility. Lovely liner notes offer the traditional Sanskrit hymns in English transliteration as well as poetic translation.”
“Although devotional music is becoming more and more available and prevalent and almost reaching glut proportions; there are still some recordings that have the ‘wow’ factor. I had never heard of Rasa before a friend called to tell me they were performing locally. It was a week later another friend gave me a Rasa recording that I had the ‘wow’ experience! Kim Waters (vocals) and Hans Christian (multi-instrumentalist) are Rasa.Temple of Love is their new recording. The singing (chants) are all traditional and in Sanskrit. The music is Hans Christian’s mix of traditional and what he finds inside him. It is peace filled, loving, kind, and contemplative. Kim Waters’ sweet voice leads and perfectly compliments the music and the words. Although the intent of the songs is serious the ambiance is filled with light. It is easy to listen to this over and over to become very relaxed and enter a meditative state. One doesn’t have to believe in any religion or belief system to understand this music. It will bring peace to each and every listener.”
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