Paradiso and Rasamayi serve as musical spirit guides on their latest collaboration, 3rd Eye Rising: A Journey Through Ascending Realms.
The CD features the talents of Paradiso on didgeridoo and keyboards and Rasamayi on chants and Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, resulting in a blissful sound experience that creates the impression of floating on clouds.
Paradiso’s keyboards lay the lush sonic foundation over which his didgeridoo and Rasamayi’s chants and Tibetan and crystal singing bowls coalesce into exotic otherworldly sounds that rapture the senses and elevate the consciousness into other dimensions of being.
There is one track, which I call “The Gong Song,” that completely grabbed my attention and never let go. Aside from a brief synthesizer intro, the recording is composed entirely of two gongs that sound like one gong coming to a shimmering conclusion over several minutes. I never thought I could be mesmerized by a tune consisting solely of gongs. It is probably the most compelling track on the album.
3rd Eye Rising: A Journey Through Ascending Realms comes as close as an album can get to being the perfect aural background for meditation and massage. Its hypnotic, cathartic effect makes it absolutely conducive to therapeutic healing, and it’s pleasant to listen to as an ethereal soundtrack to accompany the mind on its transcendental journeys.
– Raj Manoharan
3rd Eye Rising is the first collaborative recording by Paradiso and Rasamayi. Subtitled “A Journey Through Ascending Realms,” the back cover states “This unique CD accelerates your evolution by unlocking these spiritual gifts.” Each of the eleven gifts is the title for its corresponding song. They are, Bliss, Gratitude, Invocation, Abundance, Transformation, Love, Guidance, Flow, Wisdom, Power, and Purpose. Instrumentation includes didgeridoo, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, chanting, chimes, gongs, tampura, and Shamanic percussion.
Paradiso is a producer, musician, master didgeridoo artist, and an internationally acclaimed sound healer. He also performs on keyboards on this album and has released four best-selling and award-winning CDs to date. Rasamayi is also an acclaimed sound healer whose elegant and soothing chants and crystal and Tibetan singing bowls create a fascinating contrast to the earthy and resonant didg. Each song was recorded with the intention of facilitating healing and transformation on all levels through the healing power of sound. The album is ideal for meditation, relaxation, massage, and all other healing modalities. The liner notes also state that the artists/healers are “twin flames and partners in the mystic healing practice of the Sacred Sound Current. They are full body channels for many Guides, Angels, and Masters, who prescribe the frequencies for the development of those the couple serves in private practice, musical performances and group sound healings worldwide. Together, they represent the balance between divine masculine and feminine energies.”
I have to admit that this album is very different from the piano music I usually review, but the journey is a fascinating one. The sound quality is superb, allowing the listener to focus on any of the layers of sound as well as to the blending of the various musical voices as a whole. More ambient and atmospheric than melodic (with exceptions), I find that the music evokes many visual images for me that bring a rather hypnotic state. If you are interested in exploring the art of healing music, this is a great place to start. 3rd Eye Rising is available from www.5thElementMusic.com, Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Borders bookstores, and metaphysical venues. Check it out!
– Kathy Parsons
New Age music artists Paradiso and Rasamayi have devoted their musical careers to developing sound for the purpose of energy enhancement and healing. Their newest album Celestial Resonance does just that. Using world music, sounds of nature and a multitude of instruments, their sound weaves into a seamless blend to spur the listener’s relaxation.
“Love’s Repose” was like being in a cathedral. Open and airy, but filled with much thought and emotion, this song is truly beautiful. Ambient music paves the way for breathless female vocals and the buzzing texture of world music sounds. This is the world as defined by a celestial being. Not just one religion, but many. We are all people. A pebble dropped into the ocean of the living. Deep and wide. Poignant and full of longing. With expert artistry, this piece reaches out to the dormant parts in all of us that fall into human traps of disregard for others suffering and instead teaches us to instead reach for joy. The sound of water cleanses us whole and leads us to a new beginning.
“The Growing Light” brings bells and the promise of newness. A heavenly awakening with the crispness of early morning and the wet kiss of dew in the pale sunlight. Chimes whisper on the breeze, tinkling their delight at the hum of voices just out of range. The ambient occurrence of a presence watching with benevolent joy. We are awakening to what we will become. Joy. Love. Bright and shiny with newness and positive thoughts. Each gong of the bell proclaims a rebirth and a promise of a brighter path ahead.
“Infinite Resonance” is water and essence of the sea. The tides come and go and with it the circle of life. Fluid world music joins the ocean sounds and they are both joined by chanting vocalizations that reminded me of angels singing to the dawn. A woodwind instrument calls out the morning’s majesty as the holy light of the infinite shines down upon us all. The music swirls in a sometimes brooding resonance that speaks to the patterns of life. You must know dark to recognize the light. To live through the trials to see the victories. To love and be loved. For this is life. This is awakening.
This album is a tapestry of world music, New Age and nature sounds all wrapped up in a neat little package. It incorporates vocals and instruments of all kinds paired with ambient sounds. Each track presents a story. A path to peace and healing. Some with a buzzing resonance and others without. Those were my favorite. This album is a good choice if you want something to get you away from the world for a little while. So grab yourself some green tea and settle in for a relaxing listen. You may find yourself hitting the play button again on this one.
– Keith MuzikMan Hannaleck on August 1, 2015
Paradiso and Rasamayi craft some of the most immersive meditation music available and Celestial Resonance may be their best offering yet. On this two-disc set (one is a single album-length track while the other contains eleven pieces), the duo perform on an assortment of meditational devices (crystal singing bowls, expanding crystal pyramids, crystal tuning forks) as well as keyboards, didgeridoo, bass, wind synthesizer, percussion, and wordless vocals. Disc 1 is a mind-expanding passage through deep, dense soundscapes, while disc 2 offers a variety of approaches to meditative music, but never strays so far as to pull the listener out of her/his state of relaxation or contemplation.
– Bill Binkelman, Music Reviewer
Paradiso & Rasamayi are partners in the art of mystic healing. With their new release on Paradiso’s own 5th Element Music label, 3rd Eye Rising, the duo combine their skills to formulate eleven tracks designed for relaxation, meditation and healing. Paradiso is a master didgeridoo artist and Rasamayi is trained in the healing of sound in Vedic, Shamanic and Himalayan traditions.
Reviewing music like this is a journey quite unlike putting on a CD with words or any specific genre that you are familiar with. Music like this has a purpose and reason for being in your presence. If you do not believe in coincidences and happen to understand the principals of the law of attraction then you are in complete sync with my thought process. I am listening to this CD because I need its healing elements right now. Music like this helps me to unwind and remove the stress and eventually puts me on the path to enlightenment which I believe is the entire purpose of artists like Paradiso & Rasamayi.
I have listened to it twice now, the first time I was not ready for it, and then on the second spin I connected and understood what this music was all about… It all sounds like heady stuff but actually it’s quite simple, you just have to give it a chance to work on you and let it happen.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
January 23, 2011 ©MuzikReviews.com
Tracks:01. Bliss02. Gratitude03. Invocation04. Abundance
Paradiso & Rasamayi – 3rd Eye Rising (PMR 0006)
Subtitled “A Journey Through Ascending Realms”, you can take it as read that 3rd Eye Rising falls deeply into the New Age/Healing/Yoga category of music. Having said that I found the album to be more World Music, and being highly evocative of music from the Himalayas. What we have is a mixture of didjeridoo, keyboards, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, chimes, gongs and chanting, plus shamanic and Tampura percussion, all performed by Paradiso and Rasamayi. Spread over eleven tracks are a series of soundscapes that helps evoke a state of mind for therapy or if you are more interested in the music, a series of mind pictures situated in the high valleys and the mountain tops of the Himalayas. You can almost smell the Yak butter from here… With track titles such as Bliss, Gratitude, Invocation and Transformation it is obvious that the music and sounds on this CD are designed to help aid meditation, yoga and assorted healing therapies, and being British I may be a little cynical about that sort of stuff, but 3rd Eye Rising works best for me as a musical portrait of those mystical and magical mountains rising north of India. The blend of ethnic instruments with soft washes of synthesiser are quite impressionistic, painting richly detailed mind pictures. I think this album has several target audiences, and I don’t think any will be disappointed opulent sounds within. Along with the usual online outlets you can buy this CD from Borders, Barnes & Noble and, more likely in the UK, alternative healing shops.