Kashi Kollective is an inspired new group of musicians worldwide creating world ethnic fusion music. Their first release, The Space Between, mixes the authentic sounds of Indian Classical Music, the Sitar and Tabla, with Piano, Guitar, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Violin and a wide range of talented vocalists. The Space Between is a timeless journey with interesting soundscapes between the tracks, including the Dalai Lama and his words of wisdom, children reciting ancient prophecies and a slow boat ride along the shores of the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi, India. All the music is composed by Stephen Bellm, a multi instrumentalist from the USA. Stephen now resides in southern Spain where he runs the small yet effective Finca Zula sun and wind powered eco-studio in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. The musicians all passed through these doors one by one and at the end a beautiful creation had manifested. The first musicians to arrive were Angharad McGreevey and Matt Kent, clarinet and violin respectively. Direct from wet Whales in England they fit right into the track Raga Raindrop with stellar performances on an exotic arabic scale. David Mages arrived in the spring of 2008 from Bavaria, south Germany and his first performances were on the epic track Raga Primavera, (spring in Spanish). With his unique vocals along with stunning solos on sax and flute, his energy burst forth and uplifted the track into the stratosphere. Read a review of the track below! David is co-founder of the group Pulsare, a famous cult band in Germany. He plays an assortment of instruments and performs across many genres of music. Kari Field is a talented Sitarist who is a true globe trotter. She spends part of the year studying with Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael California and another part of the year in India with various legends in Calcutta and Varanasi. Kari is a very smooth sitarist, she finds the sweet spot in every note she plays and her music is soothing to the soul. Kari is featured on two tracks, Raga Esperando which follows the outline of classical Indian music with alap, (time-less intro) followed by Madhya, a mid tempo 16 beat cycle in a particular scale. The Space Between, the title track is a composition without time. It is strictly Alap at it's best with a fusion of piano and soundscapes. This is the track meant to send the listener into a higher dimension! The assortment of vocalists that appear on The Space Between come from many walks of life. Katrine Mages from Bavaria Germany, Kim Henry from London UK and Lucidia, from California. The Space Between has a very clear message of awareness for Mother Earth, caring for the planet and inspiring each of us to live peacefully and harmoniously together as one. Here is a review for Raga Primavera, the 4th track on The Space Between from the infamous internet reviewer Steve Gilmore Kashi Kollective - Raga Primavera I\'ve long known that Chris Bishop (aka Project Overseer and sole prop of POP) and I were fellow travellers, musically and spiritually and - for him - that's a bloody good job too. One of my cast iron rules of reviewing is that I don\'t do streams. Listening to something online is a completely different experience to living with a track on a regular basis, and this month\'s Chris Bishop pick is a track I am forced to listen to online. MMmmOk, I thought, I swing by once or twice and see whether it catches my fancy. As if. See, I know Chris wouldn\'t do this to me unless he thought the track was that good. So..... In a comment about the song Chris writes \'this is an 'audiophile' recording\' and I couldn\'t agree more, but that does it cold technical justice. For nerds such as me and him (Ed: he and I?) that is food and drink indeed, but the extra ingredient has to be the track lives and breathes. Raga Primavera is the kind of track that comes along every once in a while that will - quite truly - blow your socks off. Aurally, spacially and especially right between the ears. It\'s five minutes, twenty of sheer aural bliss. Musically this is right up my street. An acutely realised blend of Indian and Western rhythms and instruments. Put it like this, this is the kind of track I wish I could make. If that doesn\'t tell you how much this track impressed me, let me go off on (yet another) tangent. I am very much into the sax, as shown by my championing of such leading lights as Jim Miller, and I love to hear it used intelligently in today\'s music. Welp, now young Jimbo better look to his laurels because I see Kashi Kollective coming from left field. Awesome World Music. MUST HAVE (or listen anyway) : P.
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