Steven Chesne – Sapient: A Cantata of Peace (Brahmasong Records, 2017)
American musician and composer presents a beautiful and masterfully-crafted project titled Sapient. He spent a year researching peace chants and prayers from various parts of the globe and brought them together here in this remarkable album.
Sapient includes performances representing the major religions of the world as well as lesser known ethnic groups: the words of Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mohammed, the Sikhs, the Hindu, the Jews, the Cheyenne, the Kikuyu, and the Baha’i.
Chesne brought in talented vocalists from various parts of the world and added his magic as a composer and arranger, creating beautiful symphonic soundscapes and rhythms that accompany the exquisite vocals.
Each tradition is represented separately except for the final piece, “Nyansapo – the Wisdom Knot,” where Chesne weaves in all traditions with ease.
Steven Chesne plays the majority of the instruments. The vocalists featured are: William ‘Kymo’ Kamore; Mariani Shuilan May; Uyanga Bold; Florence Kinyua; Thomas Segen; Sudakshina Alagia; Taraneh Sakurai; Ven. Agga Mahapandita Dr. Walpola Piyananda; Ven. Bambarawane Kalyanawansa; Ven. Attidiye Pugngnarathana; Natalie Shtangrud; Steven Rushingwind; and Bhai Jaswant Singh Zira.
Guest musicians: Kourosh Zolani on santur and Amadou Fall on kora.
Buy the digital download version or the nicely-packaged CD from stevenchesne-theluminousworldorchestra.bandcamp.com
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.