A highly remarkable production which combines the musical styles of the East and West, cast in captivating sounds of exceptional beauty. Here lie stories in music from the fabled lands behind the sunrise that call upon us to explore a journey and a cultural nature. Chinmaya Dunster plays guide on this excursion, where the strange meets familiar. A varied selection of exotic, inspiring and refreshing music with an eastern charm. Hear unusual melodies played on oriental instruments, enriched with western harmonies on keyboard, harp, violin, backed by spellbinding rhythms on eastern hand drums. Most are orginal Indian instruments played traditionally like the Sarod, Santoor, bamboo flute and tabla. the violin, harp and guitar were applied to provide the neccessary harmonious “western” background to help support the “western” listener in the better understanding of exotic, melodic and rhythmic expressions of the orient. Each of the 6 pieces on this album is a little story in the universal language everbody is familiar with and can easily relate to.
Audio CD (March 15, 1996)
Original Release Date: March 1, 1996
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Nightingale Records
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1. Welcome to Innocence
2. Castles in the clouds
3. 1001 Nights
4. Isles of the Blessed (for Max)
6. Les Jardins de la Mousson
Napra Review Vol. 8 No. 2, Spring 1997
Calling fourth stories from "the fabled lands behind the sunsrise: these songs touch a chord of deep peace and familiarity.
About the Artist
Chinmaya Dunster was born in 1954 in England. he learnt to play the Spanish guitar and began studying the Sarod in 1983 with Gurdev Singh (in the Amjad Ali Khan style) in London. Since 1988 he has been studying with Shekher Borker in poona, India, in the Ali Akbar tradition. He is a founder member of the Indian, West-African fusion band "Terra Incognita".
In LANDS OF DAWN, Chinmaya Dunster for the first time stepped out of the circle of traditional Indian music and created a symbiosis of classical elements and instrumentation with harmonies and rhythms from the western culture.
My very first encounter with Chinmaya Dunster, November 27, 2004 By J. Ullfig (caribe)
It's surprising now days to stumble by an "instrumental troubadour" of this caliber single handily master his harp on a city street, cobbled Old San Juan to be more specific which with its old medieval like surroundings was an outstanding backdrop for his magically, haunting melodies, nice going Chinmaya!!