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Sunday, May 10, 2015

"Heart of the Shamans: Ceremonial Medicine Songs"

Heart of the Shamans CD by Liquid Bloom with Robert Mirabal, vocalists Ixchel Prrisma, Sarah West and Rara Avis offers shamanic music with global rhythms, nature sounds and evocative vocals for healing music and yoga instrumental music.

Heart of the Shamans was conceived as a sonic prayer, a lovingly-crafted ritual transport into the heart of the universe. Its original arrangements by producer Amani Friend – aka Liquid Bloom - are skillfully interwoven with threads of global rhythms, sounds of natural atmospheres and evocative vocals.

A voyage through the energy centers of the body, this music is designed to support ceremonial trance states of awakening. Weaving powerful voices and instrumentation from around the world into a layered, multi-dimensional sonic tapestry resonant with ancestral depths, the music is inspired by such diverse sources as indigenous ceremonial dances of New Mexico's deserts and pueblos, and sacred traditional ayahuasca invocations from Amazonian rainforest cultures.

The album's liner notes offer guidance for participatory, immersive listening. A succession of mudras – traditional hand gestures from India believed to provide physical points of reference and increase energy flow throughout the body – are also suggested to enhance the participant's experience, each specific to one of the album's six major compositions.

Also included are two bonus remixes, of songs from Liquid Bloom's debut album, Shaman's Eye, which were created specifically for trance journeying. Their multi-layered currents of sound and chanting have been freshly remixed to embrace Ixchel Prrisma's sacred medicine songs.

Some of the outstanding artistic contributions to this project include Native American music legend Robert Mirabal with his Taos flutes and chant, the sacred medicine songs of vocalist Ixchel Prrisma, the ethereal voice of Sarah West and overtone singing by Rara Avis, to name a few. 

A portion of proceeds from all sales of this album will benefit The Paititi Institute for the Preservation of Ecology and Indigenous Culture, a nonprofit organization devoted to the integration of indigenous wisdom into every day life. Heart of the Shamans is available at Amazon.com.

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