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Celtic Ragas

Chinmaya Dunster, Vidroha JamieAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 2, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Earth
  • ASIN: B0000253WV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chance Meeting
2. The Mists Of Ruantallain
3. At The Edge Of The Known World
4. Mere Hamsafar
5. Tara
6. The Goddess
7. Wandering Way
8. A Gypsy Tale
9. Dorset

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Although it's not quite the fusion of reel and raga suggested by the title, Celtic Ragas features sarod player Chinmaya Dunster and guitarist Vidroha Jamie finding a surprisingly fertile common ground between Irish and Indian music. Dunster and Jamie, along with a group of musicians who play violin, percussion, flute, bass, and tanpura, create gentle soundscapes that range from the playful rhythms of "A Gypsy Tale" to the haunting, almost spooky beauty of "The Mists of Ruantallain." The arrangements are focused, and even on slow, meditative tracks like "Mere Hamsafar," the tempo never drags and the melodies don't meander. The mix of Indian and Irish elements works particularly well on "Tara," on which the buzzing, microtonal sound of the sarod meshes with the rhythms of a courtly dance and creates a sonic dream where the musicians of Ireland and India play in the castle of an ancient Celtic king. Dunster and Jamie describe Celtic Ragas as "Indo-Celtic chill-out music," a too-trendy term that nonetheless captures the essence of their soothing sound. --Michael Simmons

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful July 31, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This engaging and often startingly beautiful instrumental CD speaks of an ancient kinship that links the Celts and the peoples of southern Asia. To be sure, it isn't easy to reconcile two very different musical traditions -- Celtic music emphasizes harmony, while Indian music emphasizes melody -- but these two very talented musicians (and an equally talented backup ensemble) explore the possible intersections in a number of intriguing ways. A wonderful CD to share for late-night snuggling, reflection or meditation, or serious listening with fellow musicians who wish to explore nuanced intersections between vastly different musical genres.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Its a bit wierd in thinking about it but it sounds very nice. The main instruments are the Sarod and the Guitar.
The best tracks are #2 (Mists of Ruantallain), #6 The Goddess, and #7 Wandering Way (very very lovely).
In general the temptation to "over produce" the music by adding too many instruments has been avoided (with a couple of exceptions).
The individual tracks are actually quite short (in comparison to most Indian Ragas which can last from an hour to three hours). I'd say this record is 70% Celtic and 30% Indian classical. It works for me...
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything I hoped January 23, 2000
By Liz K.
Format:Audio CD
I love international music that fuses divergent styles, but often it comes out noisy, unharmonious or off balance. This is a perfect blend of two of my favorite types of music. Tends toward the quiet and meditative, rather than rowdy or danceable, but it's not bland wallpaper music, either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away March 30, 2010
By Nelson
Format:Audio CD
If you can believe it i was drifting off to sleep with the music channel on the cable TV when i first heard "The Goddess" and was stunned by the beautiful sound i was hearing. We often go to sleep by the music on our TV but i had to write down their names in the middle of the night. I am glad to have experienced such wonderful music. Oh what a lovely sleep i had indeed!
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