Cello Circles - Improvised cello & acoustic guitar with rich musical textures and beautifully crafted original compositions. Hear the many colors and nuances of the Emperor of the Orchestra.
Grammy nominated cellist David Darling calls it: "An orchestral and sonic triumph of sound...you give us so many voices to listen to and as a cellist I would have to say that Kalyan is a first rate modern jazz and world music cellist..."
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One of the best things in my life is to create music with a friend and feeling the connection and shared understanding when all the pieces fall into place and there is an expression of both our uniqueness, merged into one flow. I have experienced this while playing in a live setting, but to have that same feeling on a recording has been a most wonderful gift. Sambodhi PremSee all Editorial Reviews
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Despite the multitude of instruments used, the cello is always the primary instrument. If you're interested in the more exotic backing instruments, listen for the dilruba (an Indian instrument) on two of the eight pieces, these being Spring water (the last of the eight tracks) and the intro to Leaving space (track 3), while you should listen out for the Japanese kyatoku flute on This moment (track 6).
Some years ago, I bought and reviewed Appalachia waltz and Appalachian journey, two albums that Yo-Yo Ma recorded with Ed Meyer and Mark O'Connor. Those albums eventually guided me to this one. Rather like them, this is hard to classify, but I'll describe it as classically-influenced Celtic music.
While this is not typical of the majority of music that I listen to, there is always a place for superbly performed and very relaxing music like this in my collection. It also reminds me that I haven't checked up on what Yo-Yo Ma and his collaborators have been up to in the last few years; I must do that.
Both the cellist Kalyan and the guitarist/soundscapist Sambodhi Prem are world-class artists separated by continents, yet united musically in this collaboration that grew and evolved like a living thing over several years.
Kalyan's cello sings with the voice-like quality reminding me of the late, great Jacqueline DuPre.
Sambodhi Prem's quiet, yet soulful guitars and rich soundscapes remind me of both Andres Segovia's later, more mature years and Kitaro's earlier works.
Yet both are unique, going beyond the above-mentioned greats, adding not only the voices of their main instruments, but many others (according to the insert notes), their versatility adding a depth and texture to create a new reality: peaceful and restorative.
I would highly recommend this CD for introspection, reflection, and meditation. Or to just unwind after a long day.
These notes and rhythms will touch deeply, if you let them, and give you a wonderful peace.
I aspired in early life to sound like DuPre and Segovia.
Now, I'd rather sound like Kalyan and Prem.
Also, take note of the beautiful painting on the CD case, created for this CD by the artist Sandipa. Certainly a feast for the eyes.
So put this CD on, close your eyes, open your ears, and listen with your soul. You'll feel better.
On this album he collaborates with the fine cellist Kalyan. A seasoned musician and a accomplished improviser, the album is really centered around his demanding cellotones in fine interplay with Sambodhi's profound and accomplished soundscapes. Kalyan also contributes some Eastern instruments like dilrupa and kyotaku flute, providing a nice touch of the exotic, as well as making his presence felt on recorder and some fine fretless bassplaying.
This may not be new age at it's most daring and psychedelic, but it surely has a lot of depth and many fine moments of pristine beauty frozen in time. Coming from the heart it clearly reflects the musicians' authentic meditative and spiritual experiences and transmitting them effortlessly to the listener.
Ideal for massage, relaxation, yoga practice, meditation.
On this album he collaborates with the fine cellist Kalyan. A seasoned musician and a accomplished improviser, the album is really centered around his demanding cellotones in fine interplay with Sambodhi's profound soundscapes. Kalyan also contributes some Eastern instruments like dilrupa and kyotaku flute, providing a nice touch of the exotic, as well as making his presence felt on recorder and some fine fretless bassplaying.
This may not be new age at it's most daring and psychedelic. though it certainly have depths and moments of great beauty frozen in time, coming from the heart. Clearly reflecting the musicians' authentic meditative and spiritual experiences and transmitting them effortlessly to the listener.
Ideal for yoga practice,relaxation, massage,meditation.