Shakti Guitar : A Yogic Journey from Dawn to Deepest Night

by Stevin McNamara

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Stevin McNamara's original approach to guitar music is based on the concept of raga, the traditional form of music that has existed in India for centuries. Literally meaning "that which colors the mind," raga is not only a scale or some fixed sequence of notes, but is considered a living musical entity. When correctly performed - at the appropriate time of day or season of the year - it is believed that a spiritual connection between raga and musician occurs, in its turn creating a unique "sound manifestation" between the performing artist and the listening audience.

In Shakti Guitar, Stevin uses the raga form to interpret the full time spectrum of a day, with a shimmering song cycle evoking the sun's path from the radiant dawn of sunrise to the stillness and peace of the wee hours of night. Shakti connotes the concept of the essential life force and creative energy- specifically the energy of the divine feminine – into which yogic consciousness taps. This concept is reflected in the album cover's central image of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning and music.

With the solid rhythm foundations of renowned master drummer Christo Pellani, and contributions by special guests including the acclaimed Indian-American singer Sheela Bringi, Grammy-winning bansuri flautist Steve Gorn, noted producer/remixer Ben Leinbach and the virtuosic North Indian vocalist Mala Ganguly, the album frames the guitar's gentle sound with delicate vocals and instrumentation. Two bonus tracks - remixes by McNamara/Pellani and by Leinbach –will enhance the digital version of the recording.

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released September 23, 2014

www.yogitar.com
www.whiteswanrecords.com

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