Release Date: 04/10/2007
Original Release Date: April 10, 2007
Genre: New Age
Label: New Earth Records
Producer: Chinmaya Dunster
Catalog Number: NE2702
Original Release Year: 2007
# of Discs: 1
Runtime: 58 : 52
01. New Moon 14.45
02. Waxing Moon 16.10
03. Full Moon 13.46
04. Waning Moon 14.08
Buddha Moon CD by Chinmaya Dunster
Aiming to evoke their feelings of empathy with the Buddha's enlightenment through music, Chinmaya, guitars and programming , together with Karunesh, claypot, Bikram Singh, bamboo flute and Amano Manish, Indian slide guitar chose to play ragas associated with morning in the Indian classical tradition.
Aiming to evoke feelings of empathy with the Buddha’s enlightenment, Chinmaya and Friends play ragas in the Indian Classical Tradition. Natural acoustic instruments express the inner silence of the Awakened One and Invite you to the depths of music and silence.
Chinmaya Dunster, Buddha Moon----------------According to Buddhist traditions, the Buddha became enlightened, was conceived and left his body at dawn on Full Moon mornings. Chinmaya Dunster decided to pay homage to the spiritual nature of this lunar occurrence with Buddha Moon, an album of meditative ragas for healing and transformation. The album, the guitar and arrangements of Dunster alongside Bikram Singh on the bamboo flute, Amano Manish on the Indian slide guitar and claypot/production work from Karunesh. The over-all sound is slow but mildly rhythmic (this would be a good album for yoga), and the soundscape has a very drone-based sound. For a special treat, play this album at dawn on a full moon day and experience it in the atmosphere it was created.
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!
Another wonderful meditation CD from New Earth Records, Buddha Moon was recorded live in the light of a full moon just before dawn. While listening to the hypnotic melodies filled with strings, flutes, and drums, I felt the stress and pressure of day-to-day life drift away—the tension just melted. Just a minute shy of one hour, it is the perfect compliment to yoga or massage sessions. An in-store spin around rush hour will attract many customers tired from a long workday.
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"Another tribute to India"
kenneth james on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:45:23 AM
Review: This CD is SO calming, I almost feel I am there in the jungles of India, with the full moon shining down on me. The slow steady rythmn is hypnotic; a kaleidoscope of exotic images comes with the delicate melodies on flute and guitar. I am using it for my meditation and for my quiet time alone. It even works on a long car journey! I can't recommend it highly enough!