Wide open celestial magic Paradiso & Rasamayi – AGAPE EVOLUTION THE MOVEMENT: Being (somewhat of) a “wordsmith”, I prefer to actually look up things… when you put the meanings together “wide-open” (for Agape) and “any process of formation or growth; development” (for evolution), and then listen to the wide open celestial magic this duo creates for your aural enjoyment (headphones MOST HIGHLY recommended), you will realize that they absolutely “nailed it” for the album title… before you start your listen, be sure you check out this beautiful promo trailer they made for the release, featuring their “Love’s Visioning” performance….
…very well-crafted visuals magically morph to illustrate the “great leap forward” that we are all in the process of living through together. You can watch many more of their enlightening works by SUBSCRIBING to their YouTube channel(since you’re already there).
I’ve previously noted that their “sound healing” (issue #161) work is well-established here, since I’ve reviewed many of their other albums, too. This double-CD features Paradiso on crystal/traditional didgeridoos and Sage: world’s largest crystal didgeridoo, keyboards, crystal tuning forks, hand drums, hammer dulcimer, harmonium, tampura and throat singing and Rasamayi performing with angelic seed mantra chanting, Alchemy crystal singing bowls, expanding crystal pyramids and Ajni: the 2nd largest crystal didgeridoo; their music together is truly wonderful, and I’ve no doubt this album will be considered for (and WIN) awards!
The ethereal voices on “Sowing StarSeeds” is just one of the reasons why I believe this piece will be receiving MAJOR airplay on New Age stations around the world… the subtle percussion against the slow, steady didgeridoo pulse are what made it such a powerful piece for me… true fusion of elements we all have access to by these truly talented and accomplished performers.
The tune that really “wrapped it” for me, though, is also the longest piece on the album… “Global AUM” closes the double-CD set out brilliantly… it’s my personal favorite of the fifteen transcendent performances, and I’ve little doubt that you will find yourself coming back to this one over & over again… in fact, this song is the best ambient piece I’ve listened to (yet) in 2019!
I give Paradiso & Rasamayi a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this highly engaging sonic journey.
The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia. It is an ancient instrument still in use today. The drone sound that it makes is mesmerizing and used very effectively in meditation and for various musical projects not intended for that specific use.
Paradiso & Rasamayi are a couple that have combined their talents on several new age albums. Agape Evolution: The Movement is their most recent release.
The goal of this dynamic and talented couple is to create healing frequencies to cleanse the soul. That is a tall order indeed however the power of music cannot be underestimated. This is a fifteen track two-disc limited edition digipak tri-fold work of art. What you have the opportunity to embrace are some amazing sounds on Agape Evolution: The Movement.
The use of the didgeridoos, keyboards, singing bowls and voice work is a beautiful, colorful and earthy combination. It will delight new age and world music fans and those seeking a path to meditation.
The drone of the digeridoos is a steady focal point for those pursuing meditation while listening. Outside of that realm, if you are seeking quite relaxation time to clear your mind, this music can get you there.
Everything that is blended into that one foundation instrument just adds to the layers and textures that are created over the two discs. Within each track you will hear an amazing blend of instrumentals and voice. I found it all very relaxing and healing. That is the goal of Paradiso & Rasamayi, to show listeners there is an outlet for healing, a positive exercise of sounds, vibrations, tones and frequencies (all keyboards are tuned to 432hz) to realign the chakras. The end result is you become a better you, and an example for others to follow.
Agape Evolution: The Movement is a must have companion for meditation and relaxation that should not be missed. There is enough music and vibrations here to last for a good hour or if you want less you can play one disc. Either way you are making the right choice and receiving the full benefit of the art presented on this set.
Paradiso & Rasamayi Turturici are master sound healers and twin flame soul mates who have been making healing music together for many years and perhaps many lifetimes. Paradiso is a master didgeridoo artist who has played at Carnegie Hall. Rasamayi is a Singing Bowl Alchemy Master Teacher.
The album, “Agape Evolution: The Movement,” is their fourth album together. This is a two-disc set comprised of fifteen tracks, and more than two hours of high-vibrational sound healing experience. And this IS an “experience.” Disc One is “Integrate.” Disc Two is “Ascend.” The album debuted at #9 on Billboard Magazine’s New Age chart.
The intention of this album is not only to help people on individual levels, but to help raise up the frequency of the collective consciousness as well, to the “agape love.” This is a sound healing album that is good for meditation, contemplation, massage, and to listen to while engaging in various healing modalities. It is not recommended to listen to this album while driving or operating other heavy machinery as the sounds and frequencies presented here are so “trance-inducing,” especially when you get to the second part of this double album.
The instrumentation on “Agape Evolution” includes performances by Paradiso on traditional didgeridoos, as well as two very large crystal didgeridoos named “Sage and “Ajni,” which are apparently the largest crystal didgeridoos in the world.
Keyboards, crystal tuning forks, hand drums, hammer dulcimer, harmonium, tampura and throat singing are also brought into the mix, along with Rasamayi’s angelic seed-mantra chanting, alchemy crystal singing bowls, and expanding crystal pyramids.
Throat singing is a form of overtone singing, which explained in a very simplified manner is, “human mimicry of the sounds of nature” by creating vocally a harmonic series or a series of specific frequencies. Think “whales,” perhaps, and you’ve got the idea. Throat singing is considered one of the oldest forms of music.
Seed mantra chanting has been used in meditative practice for centuries to open, clear, and balance the chakras and energy field. “OM,” for example, is a basic seed mantra. Each seed mantra is a particular syllable, has a specific purpose, vibrates to a certain frequency, and corresponds to a specific chakra.
“Agape Evolution: The Movement” is a story, a journey through soul evolution, that begins with a few minutes of elemental sound for clearing. Here we face and acknowledge our “shadow self,” i.e., the “ego self,” and are drawn magnetically, it seems, into a kind of vortex energy, “Clearing Vortex,” by the consistent drone of the didjeridoo. We are at the beginning of the journey of the soul’s evolution. Paradiso’s didgeridoo mastery is featured prominently in this track and we can effectively feel the healing frequencies traveling through our physical bodies and our chakras.
It’s important to understand that this musical work of art is not what we think of as traditional “New Age music,” in that the songs have no definitive melody, form, or structure. However, it is not that it is unstructured either. This is a very intentional album from beginning to end. But the songs here are definitively sound healing and vibrational frequencies. These are “evolutionary frequencies.”
The subsequent tracks on the first disc lead us higher and higher into the evolution. The eight tracks on this portion of the album are lengthy, allowing plenty of time for the listener to absorb and integrate the frequencies. It may not be an accident that the number 8 is also the number representing infinity, as well as a number that represents the combination of both the spiritual and Earthly worlds.
As we follow the journey along the path of “evolution,” we are led then into “Goddess Fire,” which feels like a good opportunity for purification of the spirit. From there we experience “Archangel Intercession,” which features Rasamayi’s angelic intonations, and then on into “Agape’s Call,” which is pretty and peaceful. “Love’s Visioning” is equally so, and here we have frequencies and vibrations one can literally feel in their heart chakra. Very nicely done.
Then our “ego self” has opportunity to embrace and integrate light in “Shadow Illumination.” The sound vibrations get more complex with the incorporation of various other elements of Paradiso & Rasamayi’s sound healing mastery here, as well as on the last two tracks of the first disc, “Integrating Divine,” and “Transcending Time.”
The second part of this album, consisting of seven tracks, is where the “transmutation” into the higher, divine love – the agape – has opportunity to take place. As we enter seamlessly then into the second disc, we do so with the aptly titled, “Entering AUM.” AUM is considered a higher vibrational frequency, with the three letters, A, U, and M, representing three vibrations of creation. This track is very ethereal with Rasamayi’s heavenly vocals, the keyboard synth, and Paradiso’s droning didgeridoo underneath. And if we allow it, here we can feel ourselves one with all Creation.
As a note – and I would venture to say that this, i.e., seven tracks for this portion of the album – was perhaps intentional as well, because, at its base, the spiritual significance of the number 7 represents “completeness.” Something to ponder as you dive deeply into all that this album is.
From there we experience “Ancestors’ Embrace” and “Sowing StarSeeds,” where through voice, synth, didgeridoo, gong, and drum, we can literally feel ourselves part of the universal heartbeat of humanity and eternal love. “Birthing the Eternal” is expansive and expressive. In “Sacred Heart Soaring,” we are again bathed in Rasamayi’s divine chanting, and with the other interesting sound elements we are easily transported into a whole other dimension.
As one might surmise from the title, I personally found that “Beyond Attachment” can quite easily precipitate an out-of-body experience. Hypnotic and calming.
Closing out the double album is “Global AUM.” This gentle, relaxing, empyrean track is almost fifteen minutes long. And here is where we can fully integrate the healing, high-vibrational frequencies we’ve been engrossed in for two hours.
An immersive experience, this is not for everyone, but it is at the same time, expressly and unequivocally for everyone. Recommended for deep meditation, healing, connection, and integration of mind, body, and spirit, and for transcendental, transformational experiences
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