Rasa

Music by Rasa - New Earth RecordsThe music of Rasa – Hans Christian and Kim Waters – is based on Indian devotional love songs from the Vaishnava tradition, sung in Bengali and arranged with both Western and Indian elements. RASA honors the spiritual values of the Vedic culture while expanding the traditional threshold of devotional music. All of their CDs to date have received world-wide acclaim.

RASA’s first three releases on Hearts of Space (Devotion, Union and Rasa in Concert) were widely applauded and received great reviews. More recently the duo has released ShelterTemple of Love, and Saffron Blue on New Earth Records.

 

Music by Rasa

Biography

The music of Rasa – Hans Christian and Kim Waters – is based on Indian devotional love songs from the Vaishnava tradition, sung in Bengali and arranged with both Western and Indian elements. RASA honors the spiritual values of the Vedic culture while expanding the traditional threshold of devotional music. All of their CDs to date have received world-wide acclaim.

Hans Christian’s musical journey began many years ago in Germany by studying the cello. “I started to play when I was nine years old and had a private teacher for 10 years. Although my teacher imposed a strict and disciplined approach to learning the instrument I remember him fondly; he was preparing me to go to the music conservatory to become a professional cellist. Deep in my heart, though, I knew all along that this was not going to happen.” His life was to unfold along different lines.

Kim Waters is a distinguished illustrator and singer whose publications include Illuminations from the Bhagavad Gita, Enchanted Tales, The Butter Thief, The Vrindavan Fold-out Temple, and Devi, a fold-out altar. She has been singing devotional songs of the Vaisnava saints for many years, inspired by the mystical teachings and rich cultural heritage of India. To describe the path that led Kim Waters into the public eye as the singer of RASA one has to sift through many stories and historical anecdotes.

Recalling her first memories, she remembers that “In early childhood I spent summers on a lake in a beautiful forest preserve called Mt. Riga. It was there that my desires to be an artist and folksinger first arose. My first artistic inspiration was my father who always had a canvass in progress; but my mother also encouraged me, teaching me various crafts and singing with us. Both my sister and I enjoyed a very creative upbringing…”

In a live concert, Kim Waters’ singing in Bengali and Sanskrit is accompanied by Hans Christian on cello, sarangi, nyckelharpa, sitara, and electric bass. In addition, the artists are also using a sophisticated setup of samplers and live-looping devices to create an unusually rich and textured sound. Their concerts are both meditative and invigorating, full of virtuosity and devotion.

A Message from Kim Waters

November 2014.

Greetings friends of New Earth,

Some of you know, that in addition to being the singer of Rasa, I am also a visual artist. I am currently living in Rockville Maryland, where I have a beautiful studio. Having taken a hiatus from recording or performing, has allowed me to focus more fully, on a couple of long term illustrating projects. This photo depicts a painting of Narada Muni, the great sage and celestial musician, being blessed by a vision of Sri Radha. I have been working on this painting for over ten years. I’m excited to bring it to its final stage, as it will soon be part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Sacred Art in Brussels. MOSA also has a sister museum opening in Florence where the work will be shown. It is being purchased along with all the original art from my book “Illuminations from the Bhagavad- Gita. (originally published by Harper Colophon Books in 1980, and later republished by Mandala in 1998). A selection of those paintings will be part of a traveling museum exhibition of devotional artists from around the world. I am also in the process of completing 78 illustrations for my Tarot Deck (“Tribute to the Mystery”). It’s been a fascinating journey personalizing the numerous archetypes and symbols associated with its long history. I don’t see myself as ever being a reader of the cards, but have loved working with the imagery.

I look forward to sharing it, and hopefully more musical news in the not too distant future.

Thanks for the opportunity to share my news.

Love, blessings, and best wishes to all.

Kim Waters

Links

Visit RASA’s website

Visit Kim Waters’ website

Visit Hans Christian’s website

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