Music Reviews

East West Music Reviews & Bestsellers
By Lee Starkey


1. Deep Within
by Tony Redhouse
2. World Yoga
by Putumayo Presents
3. Deeper Light
by Deva Premal & Miten &
4. Harmony of East & West
by Tony Redhouse
5. Tibetan Meditation Music
by Nawang Khechog
6. Vintage France
by Putumayo
7. Cafe Fuego
by Roger Espinoza
8. Deep Theta
by Steven Halpern
9. Deep Theta 2.0
by Steven Halpern
10. Dream Wave Meditation
by Brain Sync (Kelly Howell)
11. Brain Power
by Brain Sync
12. Celtic Meditation Music
by Aine Minogue
13. Through a Cat's Ear:
Music for Calming, Vol. 1

by Joshua Leeds & Lisa Spector
14. Into Light
by Deva Premal
15. Attuning to Oneness:
The Harmonic Ascension

by Paradiso & Rasamayi
16. Gypsy Moon
by Priyo

Paradiso & Rasamayi
Attuning to Oneness: The Harmonic Ascension
5th Element Music, 2013, $16.98
Paradiso and Rasamayi’s debut collaborative CD, 3rd Eye Rising, won multiple awards, including the prestigious Independent Music Award for Best New Age Album of the year. Their music has supported events and projects with Deepak Chopra, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Neale Donald Walsch, Drs. Bruce Lipton and Masaru Emoto, and Steven Halpern. And this exciting news just in from, the foremost tracking resource for independent musicians: Paradiso & Rasamayi are now in the top 5 national ranking for independent World musicians!

Capturing the vibrations of awakening and ascension at this time of accelerating shift and evolution, their new album Attuning to Oneness: The Harmonic Ascension matches the inexpressible etheric beauty of 3rd Eye and somehow even manages to increase its spiritual potency. It is certain to uplift the hearts and souls of not only Paradiso and Rasamayi’s many fans, but all seekers of higher consciousness. Two years in the making, this powerful combination of didjeridoo, singing bowls and angelic healing voice creates deep, mystical soundscapes that help to unlock new levels of awareness in connection with the higher self, guides and the Divine. To enhance healing and meditation practices, Attuning to Oneness features the Theta brainwave-inducing harmonics and subtle body activating energies of the ancient didjeridoo and the cutting-edge Alchemy crystal singing bowls, along with keyboard, gong, Theremin, and crystal merkaba – all in the loving hands of masterful players.

Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman
Awakening the Fire
Canyon Recors, 2013, $15.98

Grammy-nominated flutist R. Carlos Nakai is one of the most beloved and respected artists in contemporary Native American music. In his latest recording, Awakening the Fire, Nakai is joined by Grammy-nominated percussionist Will Clipman to evoke a musical landscape of breathtaking beauty. Here Native American flute and drum expertly interplay as they have done from time immemorial. However, while this album has a traditional sensibility, it is also expansively infused with the vibration of African and Asian rhythms. Clipman plays a variety of drum styles, including Asian, African and traditional Native American drums. Some light keyboards are also used in the backdrop to create a sense of mood and place. All fans of Nakai and Clipman should relish the spirit-channeling, soul-nurturing artistry of Awakening the Fire.

Steven Halpern
Deep Theta
Inner Peace Music, 2011, $14.98
Steven Halpern, creator of the all-time best selling New Age album, Chakra Suite, has once more recorded a sound healing masterwork. Like the original, Steven's newly released CD, Deep Theta, makes brilliant use of the luminous sounds of the Rhodes electric piano — and in it's latest and greatest incarnation, the Rhodes Mark VII. From the first sparkling notes, waves of relaxation and quiet joy begin to sooth away the tensions and anxieties of the body and mind. Employing brainwave entrainment technology to amplify the benefits of the music itself, Deep Theta allows you to tune your brain to the theta range of brainwave activity associated with deep meditation, enhanced healing and heightened creativity. Virtuoso bassist Michael Manring adds melodic harmonics on several tracks, further enhancing the beautiful resonance of the music. Deep Theta is a must have CD for fans of Steven Halpern in particular, and for lovers of relaxation and sound healing music across the board.

Jeff Oster
Resto Records, 2011, $14.99
As one of the few trumpet/flugelhorn artists working in ambient terrain, Jeff Oster draws from a rich background of classically trained, jazz tinged horn study, mixed with contemporary electronica and loop based electro-orchestral work. Jeff's two previous recordings, Released and True, have garnered much critical acclaim. Both albums have been voted by broadcasters worldwide as Album of the Year, both have reached #1 on Echoes, the nationally syndicated NPR radio program. Surrender continues brilliantly in Jeff's melodically flowing, ambient style; but with a more personal feeling, painting the soundscape with many shades of intimate colors. Simply gorgeous songs played as a groovin' and mellow soundtrack for the road, or taken back home, shared listening with your beloved. Anyway you'd like it, Surrender is sheer delight!

Paradiso and Rasamayi
5th Element Music, 2011, $16.98
East West is proud to present the newest CD from two full-body channels and sound healers: master didjeridoo artist and sound healer Paradiso — whose four previous CDs are all East West best-sellers — and singing bowl alchemist and chanting virtuoso Rasamayi in her CD debut. The soul resonant frequencies of 3rd Eye Rising offer sustenance on your journeys to deeper and higher realms of spiritual healing. It delivers 11 songs crafted specifically to accelerate your healing and evolution, tuning your energies to unlock the spiritual gifts after which they are named: gratitude, bliss, love, calmness, abundance, wisdom, purpose, power and more. This music is a vehicle for very deep and powerful yet gentle healing energy. Crafted with layers of didjeridoo, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, gongs, keyboard, chanting — even the laughter of the Dalai Lama — the balance between all parts is even greater than the sum of its many beautiful, blissful components. It is a wonderful accompaniment to any meditation, body work and metaphysical work

Suren Shrestha with Paradiso
5th Element Music, 2010, $16.98
Our newest #1 bestselling CD here at East West is Himalayan Chakra Healing. Performed and produced by Suren Shrestha and Paradiso, it's the first chakra healing CD based upon the Himalayan chakra/note protocols. Weaving and merging the ancient sonorous vibrations of the Australian didjeridoo with the mountain resonant tones of specially crafted and tuned Tibetan singing bowls, Suren and Paradiso have created a profoundly relaxing soundscape, perfect for energy healing, therapeutic massage and bodywork, sacred ritual, and guided meditation. Highly recommended!

Krishna Das
Nettwerk Records, 2010, $16.98
Called the 'Chant Master of American Yoga' by the New York Times, Krishna Das is the best-selling chant artist of all time. Notable for making yoga and chant music more accessible to Western listeners, his music layers traditional kirtan "chanting the divine names" over popular arrangements and songs. Heart as Wide as the World is a collaboration with producer and guitarist David Nichtern. Also featured are Jerry Marotta on percussion, Steve Gorn on bansuri flute, and Benjy Wertheimer on esraj. Beautifully performed with great heart and energy, it's a must for all Krishna Das fans. Highly recommended!

Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, Will Clipman
Canyon Records, 2010, $15.98
For the first time in ten years, Nakai, Eaton and Clipman have collaborated again to create a hauntingly soulful soundscape that highlights each of their instrumental strengths. The album is rich in mood, with stirring harmonies and a peaceful vibe that is ever present. Carlos Nakai's signature Native American flute is as beautiful as ever. Eaton enchantingly plays a unique instrument called the harp guitar, and Clipman performs with graceful energy on percussion. Up with the best of Nakai's masterful recordings, this is highly recommended!

Deva Premal
White Swan Music, 2009, $16.98
Mantras for Precarious Times by world renowned chant vocalist Deva Premal is a selection of 7 mantras chosen specifically as a support during these challenging times. Each mantra is chanted for an entire mala - 108 beads. Deva Premal writes, "I offer them with the prayer that they will inspire and bless your life." This beautiful recording features powerful Sanskrit mantras for devotional meditation and yoga. It supports a daily mantra meditation, includes an instruction booklet with chanting techniques for relaxation, and is ideal for use with mala prayer beads. Highly recommended.

Ananda Kirtan
Crystal Clarity Publishers 2009, $16.95
Love Chants features devotional chants written by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, and Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda. The chants on this recording were especially selected to help you attune to and deeply feel the feminine, nurturing, and loving aspect of the Divine. They are performed by Ananda Kirtan, a group of singers and musicians from Ananda-the world's largest network of yoga communities. The beautiful and harmonious voices of these remarkable chanters are sensitively accompanied by guitar, harmonium, kirtals, and tabla. This CD is a welcome boon for yoga, prayers and meditation, or long drives in deep traffic. Highly recommended.

Andrew Weil and Joshua Leeds
Sounds True, 2009, $17.98
Deep Calm is relaxing classical music specially selected and sequenced for sound healing. The latest in Dr. Andrew Weil's renown Music for Self-Healing series, Deep Calm uses state-of-the-art sound-healing techniques to subtly re-arrange classical music for optimum rest. Performed by the award-winning players of the Apollo Chamber Ensemble with psychoacoustic researcher Joshua Leeds, Deep Calm presents masterpieces from Debussy, Mozart, Brahms, and others in a progression that carries the listener into an ever-deepening state of tranquil relaxation.

New Earth Music, 2009, $16.98
Deuter is a living legend in the genre of New Age music. His sublime compositions and elegant melodies fill the hearts of his listeners. Deuter's innate awareness and rare musical talent create a harmonious balance of music and spirit. His latest CD, Eternity, presents many of his very finest pieces covering the last 14 years of consistently healing and uplifting musicianship. Highly recommended!

Deva Premal and Miten
White Swan Music, 2009, $24.98
For the last four years, Deva Premal & Miten, accompanied by Nepali bansuri flutist Manose, have toured the world, offering their audiences an intimate evening of spiritual rejuvenation and inspirational chant meditation. Deva Premal & Miten In Concert, a beautifully packaged CD and DVD, exquisitely captures the spirit of the trio's live concert experience. It contains many of their most inspirational mantras and songs, plus 6 previously brand new, unrecorded pieces. The 2-hour bonus DVD captures the magic of the evening, as well as personal interviews and other extras. A must have offering for all fans of Deva Premal.

Snatam Kaur with GuruGanesha Singh
Snatam Kaur's latest CD Liberation's Door is beautiful and embracing meditation music for kundalini yoga and other enlightening practices. Liberation's Door builds on the fluid, soaring music that Snatam is known for, and raises it to a new level. Blending Gurmukhi mantra, Shabds (traditional Sikh prayers put to music) and other devotional compositions, Snatam lays her heart and spirit at the feet of the listener. With cello, flute, tabla, keyboards, sarangi and GuruGanesha's signature guitar accompanying her crystalline voice, Snatam's music will carry you straight to Liberation's Door.

Tommy Brunjes
Sounds True, $17.98
Call it the "theta state," or simply "the zone," that sweet spot of inspiration when your mind dreams up its best and most innovative solutions. On Theta Transport, renowned percussionist Tommy Brunjes layers organic ambient music on top of a theta pulse rhythm designed to tune your brainwaves for maximum creativity and intuition. Whether you're looking for outside-the-box brainstorming, access to your deepest intuitive wisdom, or just a relaxing daydream vacation, here is your rhythmic "magic carpet" to the domain of the imagination.

Putumayo Presents
Putumayo World Music, $14.98
The previous bestselling Putumayo collection, Italian Café, features artists inspired by the jazz-influenced songs that were popular in Italian cities in the 1950s. This new release, entitled simply Italia, also includes a number of songs that call to mind the carefree energy and optimism of Italy's postwar years. This one, however, is focused on contemporary singer-songwriters whose influences reflect the diverse, globalized Italy of today. Tango, samba, and gypsy music are just a few of the delightful international flavors that can be heard on many of this wonderful album's selections.

Marjorie de Muynck
Sounds True, $17.98
Experience the sound wave of a world in harmony with the wider Cosmos. A measurable vibration known as the Ohm (Om) frequency permeates every living organism. Here, composer de Muynck, creator of the acclaimed There's No Place Like Ohm CD, offers a therapeutic journey in her signature tuning of Ohm, known for its ability to soothe, balance and rejuvenate. She organically combines ambient sounds of the Earth from a surprising array of sources, including the lovely syncopated rhythms of crickets and cicadas. You will find yourself transported as your vibrational being harmonizes with the life-affirming frequencies of the Earth.

Richard Kaplan
Jewish Mystical Songs
Five Souls Music, $15.98

With this newly released CD, Cantor Richard Kaplan lovingly follows on the success of Tuning the Soul and Life of the World, his two previous recordings of beautiful, sacred Jewish songs. The Hidden One is a wide-ranging collections of contemplative, devotional, meditative and healing songs for spiritual practice and pure enjoyment - songs of Greece, Turkey, Spain, Eastern Europe and Inner Asia. Kaplan's stirring and melodious voice is accompanied by an ensemble of stellar musicians. A 24-page booklet is included, with song descriptions plus the Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish texts provided in transliteration and in English translation.

Eckhart Tolle
Sounds True, $17.98
"Music creates a bridge for people to move out of thinking and into presence," Eckhart Tolle explains. On Music to Quiet the Mind, this renowned spiritual teacher offers a hand-selected collection of his favorite pieces to transport you to the space and beauty of the Now. Purposefully sequenced for a grounding and calming effect, this inspirational compilation includes the soothing voice of Deva Premal, ambient selections from Steve Roach and New Zealand composer Kip Mazuy, healing sounds of Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog, and more. Here is a golden thread into the vast spaciousness and power of presence.

Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter
New Earth Records, $15.98
Internationally recognized, these two superb recording artists perform traditional melodies and original compositions rooted in world folk traditions. Two Worlds One is an instrumental album of extraordinary quality, featuring Celtic folk harp and Swedish nyckelharpa, supported by a rich assortment of acoustic instruments to create a graceful and heartfelt collection of timeless music. Beautiful, sincere and relaxing, this CD is excellent for the healing arts, yoga, meditation, as well as for sheer and simple delight. Highly recommended.

Glen Velez
Sounds True, $17.98
Heal and balance your body's energy centers with this new CD by world-class percussionist and sound healer Glen Velez. Here is a fresh new blend of rhythms, movements and vocalizations fine-tuned to lead you into the dynamic energy of your chakras. Seven years in the making, this sequel to his best-selling Rhythms of the Chakras draws on drumming techniques from South India, Asia, Egypt and elsewhere to add new depths and complexity to Velez' extraordinary music from mental and somatic toning.

New Earth, $16.98
For some 30 years German composer and musician Deuter has created many of the most beautiful and memorable New Age, meditative and healing albums of our generation. Mystical and inviting, Atmospheres gently envelopes and embraces you in a blanket of musical color. From the peaceful, guiding notes of the piano to the sonorous strings of the cello to the interwoven sounds of nature, Deuter has once again created a stirringly beautiful album that is sure to entrance and calm the soul. Stroll through the landscapes of Deuter's musical masterpiece into blissful serenity.

Swami Kriyananda (with the World Brotherhood Choir)
Crystal Clarity, $16.98
In the tradition of Handel's Messiah, this new edition of Kriyananda's magnificent oratorio, widely acclaimed as a contemporary masterpiece, brings to life the story and deep meaning of Christ's life. It brilliantly captures the profoundly inspiring experience that Kriyananda felt as he traveled in Jesus' footsteps in the Holy Land. Christ Lives features an 85-voice choir, complete with instrumentals, vocal recitatives, solo and ensemble choral pieces from the "best of" live performances of the past three years. This CD touches the soul, calling us in music and message to awaken to the Divine that resides within us.

Alberto Grollo and Rino Capitanata
Oreade Music, $15.98
For the practitioner and listener alike, this wonderfully relaxing music includes an unobtrusive bell indicating when to shift positions. Both artists are Reiki practitioners themselves, and they consciously created this fine CD as a partner to a Reiki treatment. Every sound - sea, dolphins, Capitanata's keyboards, Grollo's guitar - is deeply studied to accompany the Reiki hands. Grollo, who is also a medical doctor, is passionate about "feeding the soul" and the mind-body connection. This music is excellent for any kind of relaxation, meditation or healing work. Please note, too, that East West has created an entire Reiki music section with demos for your listening pleasure.

Frank Doerr • Merlin's Magic
Inner Worlds Music, $16.98
Here's an acoustic treasure chest for all Reiki practitioners and fans: a melodic compilation of the best of Merlin's Magic, composed by Andreas Mock, one of the most popular figures in the world of spiritual healing music, and arranged by Frank Doerr, a renowned Reiki Master. Smoothly rolling rhythms can be used as accompaniment for the order of Reiki treatment prescribed in an 8-page booklet that comes with this CD, or as background music for your own intuitive Reiki work.

Swami Kriyananda
Crystal Clarity, $16.98
Featured on this soul-stirring CD are some of Kriyananda's finest compositions for strings. In his String Quartet, each of four movements is based on one of his songs of Shakespeare: Hark Hark the Lark, Full Fathom Five, Who Is Sylvia, and Ariel's Song, showcasing Kriyananda's beautiful melodies and superb ensemble writing. Initiation into the Mysteries is from his expansive Egyptian Suite, and Life Is the Quest for Joy takes the listener into a deep state of uplifted consciousness. Performers include David Eby, cello; Ramesha Nani and Darshan Lotichius, violins; Nancy Hill, viola, Bhagavati Brooks, flute; and Donelle Page, harp.

Jia Peng Fang
Pacific Moon, $16.98
Here is a beautiful soundscape, lushly painted with colors of tenderness and strength. Included with the CD are fragrant incense sticks in the spine of the jewel case. This album takes the listener on a tour through the artist's musical life as his erhu reveals the ever-changing colors of the mind and soul. From celebration to heartache to inspiration, tender sounds soothe us while strong sounds deliver encouragement. Jia Peng Fang is one of the world's most acclaimed and versatile Asian artist.

Anthony Robbins
Kosmic Music, $16.98
Anthony Robbins, internationally famous as a motivational speaker and author, has created a CD collection of favorite spiritual songs inspired by the world's great faiths. Robbins has directly impacted the lives of more than 50 million people with his books, multimedia programs and live appearances, helping them to achieve lasting results and realize their highest potential. This album is ideal for meditation and spiritual growth. Selections include Invocation, Devi Prayer, Gayatri Mantra, I Love You Lord, So Much Magnificence, You Can Relax Now, Ishq Allah, and Moola Mantra

Kelly Howell
Brain Sync, $14.95
For the ultimate in soothing music and brain wave therapy, slip on your headphones and close your eyes. Within minutes you'll feel like your brain is being massaged. Delta frequencies and subliminal messages, associated with deep restorative sleep, are masterfully woven into gentle music. As your brain cells resonate with the Delta waves, you will start to slowly swirl and drift, allowing you to fall into deep sleep states that bring refreshing slumber. Kelly Howell is acclaimed for her pioneering work in blending the science of brain wave technology with spiritual wisdom for life-changing results. Please note, too, that East West now has a Brain Sync listening station for these remarkable CDs.