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From 1992 until 1997, David Parsons traveled the world as a producer for Celestial Harmonies. After The Music of Cambodia (19902-2), The Music of Vietnam (19903-2), The Music of Armenia (19909-2), The Music of Bali (19905-2), and the award-winning The Music of Islam (19907-2) in addition to several recordings from India and Indonesia, this is the transfigured music of a reborn composer/performer - the result of an exemplary multi-cultural existence on four continents drawing from the inspiration of hundreds of fellow musicians and music traditions from around the globe, recorded in Wellington, New Zealand.
Tracks one, two and four use sampled phrases from the Armenia project. Track six uses sampled sarangi phrases from a recording made in Pakistan. Tracks three and five are new compositions by Parsons, without any sampling. Most tracks use Indian percussion instruments played by Parsons. The phrase samples have dictated musical scales resulting in the gamelan accompaniment being based on scales otherwise unheard of in Indonesian music. Although Parsons did not strictly follow any musical traditions, as that was not his intention, this is rather an experiment attempting to produce a hybrid - a kind of east-west fusion.
David Parsons has been a student of Indian music, studying with Dr. Krishna Chakravarty. He produced her recordings Ananda (17046-2), Dancing to the Flute (13135-2) and Circular Dance (13133-2).
Parsons' recordings make the Eastern sensibility comprehensible to the Western listener and formulate a unique and captivating new expression. To Parsons' credit as a musician, composer and performer, he has evolved into a rare and highly acclaimed producer of cultural music traditions. His work is often featured in film, television and radio scores, and continues to be widely praised by reviewers.
His own recordings on Fortuna Records and Celestial Harmonies are Tibetan Plateau/Sounds of the Mothership (17013-2), Himalaya (17059-2), Dorje Ling (17076-2), Yatra (18072-2), Ngaio Gamelan (13171-2), Shaman (13181-2), In Retrospect 1980-2003 (14204-2), Maitreya: The Future Buddha (13214-2) and Buddha: Transcending Space & Time (14215-2).
This is my favorite "meditation" CD -- not that I actually meditate. It's great for waking up, going to sleep, calming down, cheering up, alone or with an intimate friend.Published 10 months ago by Liz K.
I enjoy this from time to time when I want more beats in my music. It's gently energizing.
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I really enjoy this CD. It's not geared toward the touristy crowd; the music is a little processed, but relatively authentic. The sounds are simply beautiful.Published 15 months ago by EJ Riggs
A completely different sound. Transcendent atmosphere, magical, exotic and enchanting. The music flows like a small river through a mysterious rainforest. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lara
This is great. It places me in a wonderfull mood.. I use it when I get my massages and it helps guide my body worker in a spiritual mental state.Published 22 months ago by N. Hru Khuenaten
Parsons has done it again! I enjoy this man's music more than any other musician's. He touches my soul and leaves me breathless.
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David Parsons is a genius when it comes to creating music. He has this this deep profound insight and knowledge of the indonesian culture that is reflected in his music. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Lester Barnes
I have other works of David Parson and he never disappoints me. As always, his work enchants me.Published on May 31, 2008 by Dagny
This CD is an incredible musical experience that is unparallelled!!!!
Having visited Bali, and lived in the orient for quite some time - I find myself totally... Read more