Winds of Devotion (Sounds True, 2007)
Two of the best known flute players in the world music field, collaborate on Winds of Devotion. Native American R. Carlos Nakai is one of the most prolific American Indian musicians and he is famous for his collaborations with musicians from many other cultures. This time he joins forces with Tibetan musician Nawang Khechog. "I feel that what’s important within culture are the stories and songs that pass freely from one being to another," says Nakai. "In that way we each can offer our personal expressions of being here in a manner that will be of service to one another. It helps too, in keeping the darkness away and brings us more together as a human community all struggling to render fear immobile."
The beauty of the southwestern landscapes emanates from Nakai’s evocative flute, while Kechogg takes us to the highlands of Asia. Winds of Devotion is divided into four lengthy movements that combine Native American and Tibetan folk roots with tranquil meditative passages and soothing Tibetan prayers. The two flautists are joined by the celebrated cellist David Darling, as well as new age musician Peter Kater, bassist Wade Mathews, percussionist Geoffrey Gordon and vocalist Chris White.
"In our Tibetan tradition we believe that compassion and wisdom are the heart of healing," says Kechogg. "When we become genuinely wise, compassionate, and loving, we start to find and experience a deeper sense of happiness, satisfaction, joy, peace, and stillness within ourselves. Ultimately, this helps heal everyone. On this album my chanting and music strongly emphasize Tibetan inspirational prayers on wisdom, compassion and, especially universal love."
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.