Yoga: On Sacred Ground

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Dunster’s plaintive violin, guitar and flute bring to life music that ranges from relaxing to invigorating as each successive track corresponds to a different chakra.

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In Yoga: On Sacred Ground, Dunster’s plaintive violin, guitar and flute bring to life music that ranges from relaxing to invigorating as each successive track corresponds to a different chakra. Excellent not only for yoga practice, this is music anyone can enjoy!

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Chinmaya Dunster

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    “Here’s what Chinmaya says: ‘Yoga is like an art form, with the asanas and the chakras as it’s poetic expressions. This one hour of music is my personal illustration of those poetic expressions.’ (Here’s what I say: Inspired and inspirational – ed)”

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    “Dunster is an Englishman who studied classical guitar before picking up a sarod, an Indian stringed instrument that he plays exceptionally well throughout this hypnotic, textured, classical Indian fusion recording. His disc has seven cuts, one for each chakra, and Dunster composed and arranged the songs to compliment the energy centers’ dynamic qualities. His Sarod’s percussive drone and the rhythmic fire of Manish Vyas’ tablas’ simulate the ‘belly energy’ of the third Chakra, while the final cut is a sweet, playful raga that emerges from the ethereal mystery of the previous tracks to inspire a childlike joy that comes from an open seventh or crown chakra. Dunster employed a dozen musicians, most notably Bikram Singh on bamboo flute and Prasad Mackenzie on a haunting slide guitar, to create a gorgeous record that also makes a lovely backdrop to a yoga practice.”

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    “While I am in no way qualified to preach on the cleansing aspects of this instrumental world CD, as far as psychology goes, I can say that the disc has been spinning in my player for several days now, and I’m just sorry I have to put an end to it by reviewing it and passing along to the next CD. Some hours should last all week, all Month – a lifetime.
    Yoga: On Sacred Ground is the third album for New Earth Records from Chinmaya Dunster, and though I do about as much yoga as brain surgeries, listen to the codirector of Yoga Center of Columbia, when he proclaims that ‘this is heartfelt music infused with the fragrance of joy.’ He should know.
    If music’s true purpose is to evoke a feeling of self-worth, healing, relaxation and continued interest in the surrounding audio that enfolds, then the current 58 minutes and 7 tracks are indeed Music of the first, and highest, order.
    Rather than single out individual cuts, let me just say that this Dunster journey is laced profusely with magical acoustic guitars, violins, sarod, sitar (perhaps?) and a host of other surprising cameos of other faithful friends. If there are electronics involved, they are well hidden. Oh, and the beautiful accordion on ‘The Watcher’ is pleasantly surreal against the East Indian mysticism that evolves.”
    More than mere delightful.”

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    “Don’t let the title of this album fool you. While the scope and sensitivity of Dunster’s journey through the seven chakras will certainly appeal to yoga practitioners, Yoga on Sacred Ground travels much further than its name implies. This is not just music for practicing yoga. This is music you can live by in the fullest sense.
    Chinmaya Dunster is a magician on the sarod and as a composer. So often, we hear music that attempts to fuse the Eastern tradition with Western sensibilities and end up with something that lessens both. Dunster knows what he’s doing. He has gone inside the music of India, extracted its essence, and invested his work with spirit and passion in a way that touches the heart of our own experience.
    The music is by turns vibrant, plaintive, pulsing with energy, and contemplative. The first track, “Natrani (Queen of the Dance),” combines a feminine Indian raga, warmly performed on sarod, with the gypsy flair of Spanish lute. This track leaps up and dances, whirls, shouts, makes life happen. Sarod and guitar share a sublime and subtle musical dialogue in “On Sacred Ground,” a theme which is echoed in a major key in “Ha-Tha.” The mysterious “The Watcher” shimmers with rhythmic and tonal complexities, played in a minor-keyed Indian scale, and contrasts sweetly with the light-hearted joyfulness of the final track.
    This is Dunster’s third album on the New Earth label. If you’ve not yet experienced his musical genius, Yoga on Sacred Ground is a great place to start.”

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    “The compositions on this CD are designed to attune and energize the seven chakra centers of the body in order to bring it into harmony with the rest of the universe. Thus we feel the effervescence of “Natrani” followed by the graceful strains of “gratitude”, then gradually we are enveloped by a series of different musical instruments and styles until the recording culminates in “Purnima Namashkar”, an upbeat and jovial ‘homage to the full moon.’ An interesting blend of Eastern and Western experience.”

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    “The British-born Chinmaya (formerly Stephen) Dunster is a master of the Indian lute known as the sarod and is renowned for mixing Indian classical raga with the Celtic styles of his native land. For his stunning Yoga: On Sacred Ground, Dunster keeps the Celtic flavor while going full force into the Indian mystic, creating seven tracks that are linked to one of the body‚s seven charkas. Whether or not this music is suitable for deep meditation or yoga practice is something each listener must decide for him or herself, but no doubt the album will soothe the ear and soul in many hard-to-reach places. The tracks differ from one another just enough so that the music is also great for simply listening to, playing for friends, or, best of all, discovering beautiful outdoor vistas via the miracle of the iPod.

    The album opens with deep meditative chanting that segues into some cheery sarod melodies, gradually getting deeper into a state of trance as the tracks progress up the spine, chakra by chakra. The third chakra-track, „Breathing-Prana,‰ adds tablas, tamboura, and sitar underneath the enticing, courtly melody of the sarod. Each instrument is well tempered, creating a fusion of classical Indian flavor with Western music tonality, a Western lead floating over the inscrutable textures of the East. The fourth chakra, „On Sacred Ground,‰ gets, well, sexy; it‚s easy to see why he wanted to name the album after it. The spine tingling sound of the tamboura sets the boundaries for a slyly soloing sitar that crosses freely into Western jazz harmonics, suggesting a melody about to break through. The physical and the spiritual unite fully on this track, and the result is spine-tingling.

    The arrival of the final track, creating the mental third eye-opening chakra of a thousand-petalled lotus, finds the more traditional Indian musical syntax taking center stage in a deeply ethereal way. The sitar and tablas engage in a playful game of call-and-response, indicating that for Chinmaya Dunster, the joys of Indian-Celtic fusion are far too important to be taken seriously. To prove his point, the album ends with a laugh˜a high, feminine old woman cackle. Nothing could be more right for an album in which the sacred is rendered as it should be˜with a playful, merry spirit.”

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