Release Date: 31 January 2011
TIBETAN MANTRAS FOR TURBULENT TIMES is a confluence of Deva Premal and the Gyuto Monks of Tibet. Musically, they come from different realms - the chant of the Gyuto Monks is seeped in the sacred overtone chanting traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, while Premals music is an exploration of timeless Sanskrit mantras in a modern format. But, on this album, the artists find common ground in their shared embrace of devotion and spiritual purity.
The ten pieces of music are Buddhist in origin, including "Om Mani Padme Hum
and the Tara Mantra. The monks chant in hypnotic waves of guttural voice, while Premals sweet, ethereal chanting floats above them providing an intoxicating accent. Instrumentation is sparse; a light bed of bansuri flute (Manose), cello (David Darling), keyboards (Kit Walker) and Native flute (Marina Stanton) adds a background flourish. An overview of the uses for the chants are included, which ranges from healing to the cultivation of compassion.
Track Preview 1. Invocation
Track Preview 2. Compassion: Om Mani Padme
Track Preview 3. Purification: Om Benza Sa
Track Preview 4. Buddha: Om Muni Muni Maha
Track Preview 5. White Tara: Om Tare Tu Ta
Track Preview 6. Perfection: Teyata Gate G
Track Preview 7. Wisdom: Om Ah Ra Pa Tsa N
Track Preview 8. Healing: Teyata Om Bekanz
Track Preview 9. Prosperity:Om Zambala Za
Track Preview 10. Dedication
About the Artist
In contrast to the rock 'n' roll lifestyle of Miten, Deva Premal was raised in an atmosphere of mantra and spiritual discipline.
Born in N?rnberg, Germany in 1970 of a mystic/artist father and a musically talented mother, she was taught violin, piano and received voice training. By the time she was five years old, she was already chanting the Gayatri Mantra daily, and since that time she continues to integrate meditation into her life.
She has studied Shiatsu, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy and Massage, but music remains her first love. The influence of Indian classical music is evident in her singing, although she has never attempted to copy or steal from the tradition.
"It just comes naturally, as if I'd heard it all before, in another life."
Among the numerous letters of appreciation she has received since the release of her albums, many describe how her music has been used to accompany and enhance the sacred passages of birth and death. In fact, Elisabeth K?bler-Ross, the world famous author of On Death And Dying, requested that Miten and Deva bring their music to accompany her passing. "We have played for many people," says Deva, "but to play personally for Elizabeth was something I will never forget.?
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