Celestial Resonance: Journey Into the Infinite Heart” is a 2-disc collaboration by Paradiso & Rasamayi, internationally renowned sound healers and back-to-back Best New Age Album of the Year winners. Paradiso is a didjeridoo master and Rasamayi is a chanteuse, singing bowl master alchemist, and a full-body channel for the many manifestations of Divine Mother. This limited edition 2-CD DigiPak (also available as a download) presents a listening experience of more than two hours, almost all of it very ambient and otherworldly. Disc 1 is subtitled “The Journey,” and is one long, continuous (almost 65 minutes) track. Disc 2 is subtitled “The Milestones” and is comprised of eleven tracks that flow from one to the other with a barely-perceptible space between them. The instrumentation on both discs features Rasamayi on vocals, Alchemy crystal singing bowls, expanding crystal pyramids and crystal merkaba activator; and Paradiso on crystal and traditional didjeridoos, keyboard, crystal tuning folks, dhavani drum, bass guitar, wind synthesizer, gong, vocals, and ocean recording. It might just be my copy, but very oddly, Disc 1 shows in my iTunes player as Sunday Night Party by Brian Johnson and Steve Holbrook under the genre of rap! Very odd! Disc 2 displays correctly.
As I mentioned when I reviewed their last album, while I can appreciate what Paradiso & Rasamayi are doing with their music, it is a bit out of my comfort zone since I usually review more piano-based music. I started listening to Disc 1 in my car while on a long drive a couple of weeks ago, and found myself spacing out. I mentioned in my previous review that I thought the warning to use caution when listening to the music while operating heavy machinery was a little extreme, but I don’t think that anymore! So, let me just say that if you are looking for melodic music with a beat and traditional structure, this isn’t it. However, using the music in the manner it was intended – “for meditation, relaxation, massage, and all other healing modalities” – it is undoubtedly very powerful and effective. Further, “Each song was recorded with the intention to facilitate individual and global evolution through the healing power of sound. Soulmates Paradiso and Rasamayi serve the wellness and evolution of listeners worldwide through their recorded music and sound healing tours throughout the continental US and beyond.” On the homepage of their website, they list part of their mission as: “Together, we will transform the world – one song, one download at a time – manifesting a more peaceful and loving planetary culture, and raising consciousness to further improve the state of the Earth and all of her inhabitants.” What could possibly be better?
– By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 14, 2015
A distinguishing feature of this album that may have fans twice as enthusiastic is the fact is that “Celestial Resonance” is actually a double CD. The first disc, entitled “The Journey,” is one long track that runs over an hour in length. The second disc, “The Milestones,” contains 11 songs totaling just over an hour. If listening to 2 hours of their ethereal sonic tapestries doesn’t elevate your vibrations, I don’t know what will. I use terms like “transcendental soundscapes” and “sonic tapestries” because they are not based on conventional musical structures like melody, verse, chorus, etc. This is not music created, as most is, for entertainment. Perhaps the word “entrainment” would be more indicative of its purpose.
Disc 1, appropriately entitled “The Journey,” is like a 65-minute voyage crossing the borders into eternity. Although there is a drone basis to the music, it is never static as sonic elements ebb and flow over the course of this hour-long sound meditation. I found that listening with headphones made this already-immersive experience even deeper. By the end of “The Journey,” it is certain that the listener will be in a different state of mind and being than from where they were when they started.
Over the course of the 11 tracks on Disc 2, there are both similarities and variations. All of the music is focused on creating a high vibration meditative experience, although the instrumental focus does shift from one piece to another. Tracks 1 and 2 are quite ethereal, while Track 3, “Love’s Repose,” features Paradiso’s powerful didjeridoo that provides a more earthy grounding effect as other instruments and vocals swirl around it. Another thing I appreciated throughout the entire album was the way that Rasamayi’s ethereal vocalizations were appropriately accented with reverb to create a cosmic cathedral effect that adds to the overall ambience of the album. While I repeatedly draw upon words such as “ethereal” and “meditative” to describe the sound of this music, there are moments where a word like “intense” could also be used.
After listening to the album with headphones, it took me a few minutes to make sure my feet were touching the ground when I walked. Fans of Paradiso and Rasamayi’s music as well as those interested in the field of sound healing will discover a profound listening experience in the expansive reverberations of “Celestial Resonance.”
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