Although a very unassuming program, this recording has always been a personal favorite. For one, it was one of the first Carnatic CDs to offer superlative sound, but more than that, the austerity of Aruna Sayeeram's renditions have much to offer even though she is a relatively non-senior artiste (especially at the time of this recording).T. M. McComb, medieval.org
"This program is unique on CD, illustrating the art of padam by perhaps its leading contemporary practitioner. Aruna Sayeeram is a student of the late T. Brinda, the acknowledged master performer of padam.
Sound quality: superlative"
Aruna Sairam is one of the most beloved representatives of Carnatic vocal music—a style that is rooted in the devotional songs and music from the temples of South India. Acclaimed for her distinctive style and deeply moving performances, she has sold out countless concerts both in India and abroad.
Aruna is the recipient of several major Indian classical music honors, including the prestigious title of "Sangita Choodamani." Regarded as an innovator in Carnatic music, she has performed with various European and African artists, including the Gregorian chant master Dominique Vellard, with whom she performed at the Fès Festival of World Sacred Music.
Roger Shah, Mr Magic Island, is a 5 times awarded DJ Mag Top 100 artist. With more than 600 releases in over 80 countries, countless considered classics, his music videos have been watched over 100 million times on YouTube. He’s played at the most important clubs around the world - from Privilege Ibiza to Zouk in Singapore, Ultra Music Festival in the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, A State Of Trance and Future Sound Of Egypt events around the globe. As a producer and remixer he has worked for artists such as Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Oakenfold and platinum selling artists such as Sarah MacLachlan, Moya Brennan, Kosheen, Bryan Adams and many more.
The US band is finally presenting an official release of their famed and reverently discussed Portal tapes! After splitting up, Cynic members Paul Masvidal, Sean Reinert and Jason Gobel formed the short-lived project Portal together with Chris Kringel on bass and stunning vocalist Aruna Abrams. Aruna’s beautiful and haunting voice combined with Paul’s clean vocals is the perfect fit for these laid back and subtle songs that have more in common with the sound of Porcupine Tree and The Gathering than their original Progressive Death Metal roots. This genre was shaped by Cynic’s full-length debut “Focus” (1993). Yet since their reunion in 2006, Cynic have moved via the Progressive Metal of their highly acclaimed second album “Traced in Air” (2008) towards ever more open soundscapes combining many stylistic influences. With “The Portal Tapes” the missing link in Cynic’s evolution is now available.