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Urgent Meeting Dec 2
Nov 26
Dear Riviera Bay Civic residents and RBCA members that can vote on neighborhood affairs,
I'm going to try to give both sides of our/your concerns about a pressing neighborhood issue and a meeting taking place next Wed, Dec 2nd at 7:30pm.

Background: A developer, Blue Sky, is trying to build an 83 unit workforce, affordable housing development directly north of 99th Ave and west of 2nd St. The city Development Review Committee approved their application asking for a density bonus of an extra 23 units, with the traffic restrictions of making 2nd St ONE WAY north from 99th Ave to Gandy and only allowing those residents to exit on the Gandy Bypass, making it almost impossible to head south through our neighborhood on 2nd St.
We are opposed to this development because it will be built in a High Hazard Flood Area, putting those residents and ours in peril if there is an evacuation. We also feel there are a couple of other reasons it shouldn't have been approved by the DRC.

New location for meeting...Everything will be explained at our next special meeting being called for Wed, 12/02/15 at 7:30pm
at a new location: In the Liberty Baptist Church cafeteria at the corner of 2nd St and 94th Ave.

The majority of the membership at our last special meeting voted to spend up to $5,000 to file a lawsuit and retain an attorney. That attorney is now saying it could take another $5,000, or more, to fight Blue Sky, with no guarantee that we will win. Even if we do win, there's nothing we can do if they decide to build 60 units there, without any traffic restrictions to stop them from heading south on 2nd St through our neighborhood.

I won't go into more details here for all to see, but all this will be explained at our Dec 2nd meeting.

The money in our Treasury was raised over many years of work by our great resident volunteers through candle sales and dues paying members. Our school of thought is that if it affects even one section of the neighborhood, the whole neighborhood needs to fight it, but that money is yours and you should have a say in how it's spent, and majority rules.

Also, with all the construction silt upstream and all the drainage off the new Gandy Blvd Fly-over coming down into our canals, I can foresee we'll also have a fight on our hands with dredging.

Also keep in mind that in 2016, with increases Printing costs we'll be paying $500 for each issue of our newsletter, adding $3,000 to our yearly expenses.

Hope to see everyone on Wed, Dec 2nd at 7:30pm at a new location, Liberty Baptist Church's cafeteria at the corner of 94th Ave and 2nd St.
Prez Dave
St. Augustine’s 22nd annual Nights of Lights
Nov 20
Looking for a unique way to enjoy holiday cheer? The Nation’s oldest city will give you 3 million. St. Augustine’s 22nd annual Nights of Lights kicks off Saturday, November 21, when the lights turn on from the Plaza de la Constitucion illuminating the city and the Plaza’s brilliantly decorated Christmas tree among hundreds of revelers. Nights of Lights continues through January 31 with over 3 million white lights covering the city, creating a light display listed among National Geographic’s Top 10 Places to See Holiday Nights in the World. St. Augustine is one of only two US cities to make National Geographic’s list, ranking among cities such as Hong Kong, Madrid, and Vienna.

Travel smart this holiday and enjoy Nights of Lights lodging deals, low-cost airfare options and specially priced tours.

From romantic Bed & Breakfast Inns, to familiar hotels, to beachside resorts, special offers and lodging deals are available during Nights of Lights at and mid-week stays are another opportunity to save.
Low-fare non-stop flights to St. Augustine through the North Florida Regional Airport are available from Trenton, New Jersey on Frontier Airlines and from Charlotte, North Carolina, on Via Air. Book at and By car, Florida’s Historic Coast is easily accessible from the north and south via I-95 and I-10 from the west.

Tours of the spectacular light display are best enjoyed by trolley, boat, walking or horse-drawn carriage. Take advantage of these free or low-cost tours and events during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights.

Old Town Trolley Tours provide complimentary parking to anyone who takes the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley. The trolley takes guests throughout the city to view Nights of Lights then provides free cider and cookies for a low-fare of $12 for adults and $5 for children.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum celebrates its 65th birthday with a free winter carnival. Friday and Saturday nights through December 19 enjoy free movies along with a visit from Santa and snow before you board the Red Train Nights of Lights Tour that is just $10 for adults and $5 for children.

A December to Remember event produced by the St. Augustine Amphitheatre include a free concert by Country music star Clint Black on December 5, a free drive-in movie at the adjacent Anastasia State Park on December 11, and a chili cook-off and free double feature movies on December 12.

Get free admission to the Castillo de San Marcos December 12 to explore the 17th Century fort by candlelight.

Take an evening historic walking tour through the sparkling city with a licensed guide on Fridays and Saturday nights. Learn unique colonial folklore and holiday traditions as you enjoy historic sites brilliantly lit with white lights. Tickets are $18 per person.

Grab your friends and enjoy a Nights of Lights Wine & Carriage Tour. Enjoy a glass of wine on this group tour aboard a horse-drawn carriage as you meander the brick-lined streets. The Tasting Tours nightly excursions are $49 per person and come with a souvenir wine glass.

Take in the view of Nights of Lights from the sea aboard the Schooner Freedom on the ship’s Moonlight Sail. On Fridays and Saturdays set sail on this hour plus tour with complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate for $40 per person

For more information about St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights and the spectacular events taking place on Florida’s Historic Coast this holiday season, visit

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaway and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at, become a fan on Facebook ( or call 1.800.653.2489.
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West Coast Players presents EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (and THEN SOME!)
Nov 01
West Coast Players will present the hilarious send-up EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (and THEN SOME!) by John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, and James FitzGerald with original music by Will Knapp from Dec 4 – Dec 13, 2015.

Rick Bronson, Jason Freeman, and John Timberlake will barrel through just about every Christmas story, movie, or Bass-Rankin TV special you can think of including such beloved classics as A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s non-stop fun for the whole family. Whether you’re a Scrooge or jolly Old St. Nick, you’ll laugh out loud at EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (and Then Some!)

Performances are December 4 – 13, 2015.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm.

There is no Sunday matinee on Dec 6th. Sunday Matinee on Dec 13th is at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $15. Student Discount Tickets are $12.
Group Discounts available for parties of 10 or more.

To book your tickets: Call 727-437-2363, email,
or visit the website to purchase your tickets on-line.

West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765. Directions to the theatre can be found at

West Coast Players is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation.
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Oct 21

Deuter, one of the earliest creators of new age music with more than 60 albums released, now offers Illumination of the Heart, a masterful example of the best music made in this genre -- transcendent, spiritual, transformative, serene, meditative, blissful and rejuvenating.

With this album on New Earth Records, Deuter finds illumination as both an inner, spiritual, personal journey as well as light from the cosmos. The tune titles reflect those feelings -- “Moon and Earth,” “Coucher de Lune” (French for “Sunset Moon”), “Stern an Stern” (German for “Star to Star”) and “Schein und Widerschein” (German for “Appearance and Reflection”). Deuter -- who lives and works in the mountains just beyond the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico -- also gets much inspiration from nature on our planet as shown by the composition “Desert Dream Green.”

For Illumination of the Heart, Deuter plays a variety of instruments including the flute, keyboards, cello, piano and guitar. He also softly mixes in his own voice as an extra instrument to add humanness and touch the hearts of listeners.

“I think I have basically two elements in my music,” explains Deuter. “One is the constant dance on the edge of silence -- moving into the silence and moving out of the silence. Now every tone and sound does that because every sound starts and ends, and there’s always silence. When you hear the sound, especially the right sound, you experience for a moment the silence, which is always there inside us as well as outside, and which is the big nothing that everything comes out of. In music I love to create a path out of the silence, a path to express the joy of being alive, the gratefulness of being alive, and also a path that reverts back into the silence and the experience of the silence. The other element in my music comes from the fact that at the moment everything is going faster and faster in the world. I think it is really, really important that we create a balance to this. We need to find a way for every person, somewhere and somehow, to have the time to experience their inner selves, to be able to relax, to feel, to question what you are doing, and to feel grateful to be alive. I try to make music that helps bring the listener to that place.”

Deuter is one of the founding fathers of new age music with his first album released in 1971. The majority of his works are intended to accompany various healing and spiritual practices such as yoga, Reiki, meditation, dreaming and massage. Through feeling, awareness and experience, as well as constant inspiration from the natural world around him, he creates music that transports the listener to a space of peacefulness and well-being.

Illumination of the Heart and many of his other albums can be found as CDs in music stores and new age lifestyle shops across the United States as well as online, while digital downloads of his music are available at all the major internet stores such as iTunes and Amazon. For more information about Deuter and his recordings, go to NewEarthRecords dot com or DeuterMusic dot com.

“How does this music happen? It basically has a lot to do with love,” Deuter says. “When somebody loves to do something, they try to do it as much as possible. For me it is making music. I created a working environment that feels perfect. I created my own studio. It is just an incredible, blissful experience to go in my studio, play around and start making sounds, noises, music, tones, then mix them together and see what comes out. So, any time I can spare, I love going into the studio. It doesn’t feel like work at all. Of course it is connected with work and some of the stuff is tedious and must be done, but it is fundamentally an expression of joy and love.”

Born in Falkenhagen, Germany, Deuter (pronounced doy-tur) remembers that “one of the nicer memories I have was the first time I heard someone play the flute. It was like a light coming from the heavens. For one of my birthdays I was given a flute and that was the beginning for me.” He taught himself to play the flute, guitar, harmonica and just about every instrument I could get my hands on. Deuter experimented early on with combining acoustic and electronic elements with ethnic instrumentation and nature sounds, such as whale and bird songs, ocean waves, wind in the trees, and more. “I was born in the countryside and my first memories are of nature, of sitting in the woods and enjoying being alive. I started to record the sounds of nature, then mix them together. The next logical step was to play an instrument on top of it. This was the type of music I wanted to hear -- relaxing, soothing and harmonious -- but I could not find it anywhere, so I started to make this style of music myself.” His first album in 1971, titled D, helped define the emerging genre of music known as new age, and showed the beginning of Deuter’s spiritual path.

During the 1970s and 1980s Deuter, after travelling extensively in Asia in search of spiritual and creative inspiration, settled for a long time in Pune, India, for spiritual study. While there he produced a series of music tapes to be used in active meditations, in which he merged Indian classical motifs, fiery drums, loops, synthesizers, bells and pastoral acoustic passages. In 1985 he relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he signed with New Earth Records and furthered his ascension into the top ranks of new age musicians worldwide.

Deuter’s recordings are too many to list here, but include early classics such as Kundalini Meditation Music (1975), Tea from an Empty Cup (1975), Celebration (1976), Ecstasy (1978), Silence Is the Answer (1981), Cicada (1982) and Nirvana Road (1984) as well as more recent best-sellers including Inside Hypno Relaxation (1994), Terra Magica: Planet of Light (1994), Wind & Mountain (1995), Nada Himalaya Tibetan Bells (1997), Reiki Hands of Light (1998), Like the Wind in the Trees (2002), Koyasan: Reiki Sound Healing (2007),
Spiritual Healing (2008), Notes From a Planet (2009), Mystery of Light (2010), Flowers of Silence (2012), Dream Time (2013) and Reiki Hands of Love (2015).

Deuter creates his music in his home studio hidden deep in the New Mexico forest that he shares with birds, deer, bears, roadrunners, snakes and coyotes. The sound of wind chimes and bees fill the air because Deuter also is a beekeeper. Between studio sessions, he spends his time reshaping his pond or crafting zen-like furniture in his workshop. Deuter describes himself as a hermit/monk/wolf living in the wild and enjoying it, staying close to nature. He designed his house using the principles of Feng Shui. The studio, with its large windows and views of the forest, is both a sanctuary and a laboratory for music-making that includes instruments from all over the world. He continues to learn and master an ever-expanding array of instruments including piano, various keyboards and synthesizers, guitars, shakuhachi flute, cello, koto, sitar, tabla, Turkish sasz, Persian tar, santoor, bazuki, Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, drums, ethnic percussion and more. “For me all the instruments I’m using are basically like colors in a painting,” states Deuter. “I’m not focused on one instrument specifically. I use many sounds and instruments so that it is like painting with sound.”

The music of Deuter might be powerfully energetic on one release, and then quiet and meditative on the next, but it always makes for a pleasure-filled experience while assisting the listener in other ways such as relaxation, healing, balancing, meditation, mental positiveness or life therapy.

“I traveled for years,” remembers Deuter. “I went to Turkey and spent time with the Sufis there learning Sufi music. Then I traveled to Iran and Afghanistan and India and Bali. Wherever I went I made connections with musicians. I think all of those experiences have influenced my music although I cannot pinpoint what did what. It is the same way in which every day of our life, every experience, influences our behavior, our outlook on life and our artistic expression.”
Music CD Release
Oct 21


For her latest album, Lights of Laniakea, composer, singer, producer and American Songwriting Awards Winner Kathy Sanborn worked with musician, arranger and Grammy Award Winner Ricky Kej to create a new age vocal album inflected with world-fusion elements. The lyrics, which thematically cover light throughout the cosmos, move from the intimate (the light within us) to the grand and majestic (starlight reaching us from far-flung galaxies).

This is Sanborn’s seventh album and it once again features her trademark sultry, sensuous, velvety voice. She sings in English on eight of the songs plus creates wordless vocalizing on three others (“On those I just wanted my voice to be another instrument in the band.”). The recording also contains the Spanish-language “Fantasy” which won an American Songwriting Award in the World category when it was released as a single (it additionally was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award).

More information on Kathy Sanborn is available at her website (kathysanborn dot com). Her CDs -- Lights of Laniakea, Fantasia, Sultry Night, Six Degrees of Cool, Blues for Breakfast, Small Galaxy and Peaceful Sounds -- and digital download tracks from those recordings are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others.

On those previous albums Sanborn showed her versatility by mastering many styles lyrically, vocally and musically -- new age (Peaceful Sounds), jazzy pop and R&B (Small Galaxy and Blues for Breakfast), straight-ahead jazz (Six Degrees of Cool), Hollywood film noir (Sultry Night) and Latin-jazz (Fantasia). “I like tackling different genres and finding inspiration from many sources,” explains Sanborn. “I don’t want to sound like or emulate anyone else, and I want to produce something artistically fresh in the world. My musical arc is a natural evolution. I am a versatile stylist and I like to change my vocal approach to whatever works best on a particular song. Just like an actor might take on varied roles, I look at each song as a different performance.”

Sanborn writes her own music and lyrics, does all the singing and vocal arrangements, and produces her recordings. On Lights of Laniakea, she teamed with Ricky Kej who arranged the music, played keyboards and bass, and brought in some world musicians -- Varsha Kej on sitar, Butto on flute, Vanil Veigas on santoor and keyboards, Karthik K. on percussion, and Keerthy Narayan also on keyboards. Sanborn invited trumpet player Wayne Ricci whom she has worked with previously on numerous recordings. The result is a global synthesis especially spotlighting sounds from both India and the United States, and featuring gentle world rhythms. Kej is a master at producing these sounds having worked with many other musicians over the years, releasing his own CDs, and winning a 2015 Best New Age Album Grammy® for his world-fusion duet recording with flutist Wouter Kellerman.

Sanborn explains the inspiration behind Lights of Laniakea: “Back in 2014 at the University of Hawaii, scientists mapped a new supercluster in space that contains our own galaxy, the Milky Way. They named it Laniakea which means ‘Immeasurable Heaven.’ The name pays homage to the Polynesian navigators who used knowledge about the stars to navigate the Pacific Ocean. So Lights of Laniakea musically explores our universal desire to live in the light -- in the ‘immeasurable heaven’ that is our home.

“That is exactly what I wanted to evoke with this album. I wanted to write about light -- the spiritual light we are always seeking, but also how light is our connection with the stars throughout the cosmos. Their light is what reaches us and touches us. Symbolically we do not want to be in the darkness with war and hate and all the bad things to be found on our planet. We want the light, positivity, love and goodness. On the grand scale we want heaven on earth, so why not ‘immeasurable heaven.’ Why not dream big and call on the forces of the universe to bless us?”

Her lyrics expand upon these sentiments. Regarding “Star Catcher,” Sanborn says, “Catch the light and spread some light,” and about the next tune “Follow the Light” she states, “You have light, goodness and a voice inside you which will tell you what to do if you listen, so turn that into a radiant purpose and passion for life.” She addresses deep relationships with “Soul Dancing” and “Fantasy” which both relate love to flying across the galaxy together.

The song “Abundant Love” is about the spiritual light always around us while two tunes with wordless vocals, “Immeasurable Sky” and “Akea,” aim to relate the idea of an expanding universe to expanding our inner light in a positive way. She describes children as bright lights in our lives (“Little Candle” and “Lani Heaven”). Sanborn titles one composition “The Stuff of Stars” and explains, “Carl Sagan said everyone and everything are made of the same cosmic material, but the truth is we are each, individually, much more than that and we must work to achieve our full potential as beings.”

With two songs, Sanborn spotlights her positive outlook on life. “Someday” states her belief that human beings “will see the light and stop wars and killing people and all the horrible things that go on in society because our collective light is powerful and we can carry the torch to victory.” With the wordless “Seeds of Hope,” Sanborn dedicates the music to the environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, who strives to protect the earth’s resources.

“The one common thread through all of my musical evolution is optimism, something I truly believe in,” explains Sanborn. “I know we can make a better world and that each of our lives can be improved for greater personal fulfillment. We need to move out of the darkness into the light. I have explored these lyrical themes before. On my first album, Peaceful Sounds, I aired anti-war sentiments. On my second album, Small Galaxy, I was very positive lyrically, telling listeners to keep going and encouraging them to achieve their dreams. In some ways that album was smaller in scope, about just our galaxy, while Lights of Laniakea, as the title implies, is broader and deeper and relates to many galaxies, even more stars, more light and more knowledge. But I try to make my messages soft, like helpful hints for living, rather than hitting the listener over the head with force. With this new music, because the lyrics are universal, I thought it made sense to have the music broaden into a world sound that helps cross cultural boundaries.”

Sanborn remembers that, as a child growing up in California, one of her earliest and most influential musical experiences was hearing repeatedly the albums that her parents played by the Latin pop-jazz group Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 which featured female lead singer Lani Hall. “I was entranced by that sound,” says Sanborn. In school Sanborn performed in school choirs, plays and musicals, and her extracurricular activities included years of dance and ballet study. Her father, a saxophone player, also exposed her to Big Band music from the 1930s and 1940s. Sanborn attended California State University at Sacramento where she studied psychology, philosophy, Spanish, French and music. “The most fascinating music course I took was ‘The History of Jazz’.” She graduated with honors earning a BA degree in Psychology.

While working various jobs, Sanborn took piano lessons. Soon she began composing on keyboards. “Writing came naturally to me. In fact, I primarily consider myself a songwriter although I enjoy singing and especially using my voice as an instrument to express different styles of music and lyrics. I let the music dictate how I sing rather than simply singing in one style.” She released her first album in 2007 and began making music fulltime.

“My main philosophy about music is that I believe in creating new music rather than re-creating old stuff. I am not interested in parroting someone else’s music or style.”

Music CD Release
Oct 06

With the recording Nanda Devi, Hans Christian -- one of the modern masters of new age music -- has created a musical ode to the sacred mountain Nanda Devi in Northern India; and, as one of the tallest peaks in the world, it symbolizes nature’s beauty, spiritual power and a place of quiet serenity outside the reach of modern civilization.

Hans Christian is best-known for his cello playing (“always my first instrument”), but he also has increasingly turned to playing real ethnic world-music instruments. On this album he also performs on an Indian sitara (small sitar), an Indian sarangi (a bowed short-necked stringed instrument), the Swedish nyckelharpa (key fiddle), an Indian dhilruba (bowed sitar), an Indian swaramandala (autoharp), a medieval psaltery (small bowed harp), a lapsteel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, harmonium, bamboo flute, udu (an African percussion pot), an Indian tampura (strings used as drone), ethnic percussion (such as frame drums and bells), Tibetan bowls and some electronic keyboards (“for enhancements”). He even uses water droplets as a rhythmic earth-sound.

Nanda Devi can be found in the CD format in music stores and new age lifestyle shops across the United States as well as online, while digital downloads of the music are available at all the major internet music stores such as iTunes and Amazon. For more information about Hans Christian and his recordings, go to NewEarthRecords dot com or HansChristianMusic dot com.

Hans Christian, originally from Germany, started his musical career in Los Angeles in the 1980s as a sought-after bass-player (Robbie Robertson, Sparks, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others). Soon Christian branched out as a recording engineer and producer as well. In addition to becoming a solo artist with his recordings and tours, he also co-founded the popular world-music group RASA with his musical partner, the Sanskrit-bhajans vocalist Kim Waters. Christian also has joined the GuruGanesha Band for several extensive North American tours. He is an artist-in-residence with Ubiquity University’s Wisdom School which has allowed him rare, repeated access to the architecturally-famous Chartes Cathedral in France where he has performed concerts and recorded. Nanda Devi is being played on hundreds of radio stations as part of the daily Echoes syndicated radio show, and some of Christian’s most recent recordings, Hidden Treasures and You Are the Music of My Silence went to #1 on the Echoes monthly chart and were named the “CD of the Month” by this program.

Now with Nanda Devi, Christian says, “The music on this CD is intended to create a space of serenity, room to breathe in, an expanded perspective on life that might allow us to relax for a moment. It was my intention to compose music, expressed through my own musical language, that would be suitable for different kinds of listening environments including meditation, yoga, balancing and deep listening. At the same time I also wanted to highlight an interesting combination of string instruments in an ever-changing dialogue weaving a tapestry of melodies, colors and patterns. So Nanda Devi is also a CD of musical and sonic experimentation.”

Additionally Christian uses the music to explore the theme of the sacredness of nature and the inspirational quality of the tallest points on our planet. “The music on this CD is like a soundtrack to a majestic mountain,” explains Christian, “such as the sacred mountain Nanda Devi in Northern India. May we absorb the strength and serenity and beauty of this mountain as we listen to this music.”

Nandi Devi is one of the most magnificent mountains in the world, standing 25,645 feet tall
(7817 meters), one of the reigning natural monoliths of the Himalaya Mountains, a range that extends 1,500 miles on the border between India and Tibet, and contains the world’s highest mountains. Nanda Devi is notable for its steep rise above surrounding terrain (it rises 21,300 feet above the Gori Ganga Valley to the west). It was considered the world’s highest peak until surveyed by Western scientists in 1808. The ascent of Nanda Devi necessitated 50 years of arduous exploration in search of a passage and it was finally climbed in 1936 by a combined British-American expedition (and it remained the highest peak climbed by man until 1950). The main summit stands guarded by a barrier ring of huge mountains (12 exceed 21,000 feet) further elevating its sacred status, and the interior of this ring is known as the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, protected by a national park and a biosphere reserve, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In acknowledgement of its religious significance and fragile eco-system, the peak and sanctuary were closed to both locals and climbers in 1983.

More pertinent to Hans Christian’s musical tribute, the name Nanda Devi means “Bliss-Giving Goddess.” The peak is regarded as the patron-goddess of the Uttarakhand Himalaya region of India and has sacred status as the twin daughters of the Himalaya in Indian myth and folklore. The top is actually formed with two peaks, the higher one known as Nanda and the slightly lower eastern summit known as Sunanda (which means “Pleasing”), named after the goddesses with those names who have been worshipped as twins in India for several thousand years (those goddesses appear in ancient Sanskrit literature).

Hans Christian captures the breath-taking sight of the mountain and the spiritual feelings that Nanda Devi inspires. He specifically spotlights various aspects of Nanda Devi and the surrounding area on tracks titled “Majestic Mountain,” “Sunanda,” “She Who Brings Bliss” and “Valley of the Gori Ganga.” He sets the mood of a day at the foot of the massif with the tunes “First Light” and “Between Dusk and Dawn.” Christian gets more personal with tunes characterized as “My Inner Ascent” and “Eternal Spring.” Musically the long drawn-out bowed notes from his cello create a meditative reverie in sound, but the many world-flavored instruments, especially those associated with India, give the music the flavor of a trek (physically or mentally) to the top of the world.

Christian’s music is contemplative, reflective, profound, compassionate, transcendent, passionate, emotional, ecstatic, soulful, colorful, lyrical, deep, exotic, explorative, expressive and devotional. He mixes the elements of space and silence into his work. His music inspires and encourages relaxation, introspection and soul-healing.

He first came into prominence as an in-demand session musician and performed on recordings by pop, rock and folk artists such as Robbie Robertson (The Band, Bob Dylan), Victoria Williams, Sparks, Gene Clark (The Byrds) and Carla Olson, Toni Childs, and Amoeba. After Christian became known for his own music in the new age and world-fusion genres, he was asked to guest on albums by Vas, Krishna Das, Robert Rich and Andrew Harvey. Christian also has assisted many artists on the technical side of recording (producing, engineering and mastering): Jai Uttal, Ancient Future, Habib Khan, Silvia Nakkach, Dr. Jeffrey D. Thompson, Suzanne Teng and Girish. Christian also has produced numerous thematic new age recordings such as Chakra Healing Chants and Silent Moonlight Meditation.

Christian began his solo recording career in 1994 with Phantoms followed the albums Surrender, Light & Spirit, Cinema of Dreams, Sancta Camisia: Cello Improvisations at Chartes Cathedral, Undefended Hearts, All is Well, Rumi Symphony (with Andrew Harvey), You Are the Music of My Silence and Hidden Treasures. In addition, Christian has recorded numerous albums with his band RASA including Devotion, Union, Rasa in Concert, Shelter, Temple of Love and Saffron Blue (the latter three are available from New Earth Records).

“On Nanda Devi I am combining an unusual selection of string instruments to create meditative music that is fairly unique in its blend of sounds and melodies,” explains Hans Christian. “I composed the music and played all the instruments. It took me nine months to record the album. I hope that listeners will enjoy it.”
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