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Lumiere: Heart Notes on the Bayou

by Ashana Sophia

Ashana's new album with Chad Viator; Lumière, also features Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil. Her otherworldly and luminous vocals move between her cello, Cajun fiddle, and haunting slide guitar. This devotional Bayou collaboration could be a new genre.
Genre: World: Chants
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1. Mul Mantra (feat. Chad Viator)
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2. Gobinde Mukunde (feat. Chad Viator)
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3. He Gobind (feat. Chad Viator)
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4. Ad Gurray Namay (feat. Chad Viator)
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5. Sois L'amour (feat. Michael Doucet & Chad Viator)
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6. Dragon's Tale (feat. Chad Viator & Genevieve Walker)
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7. Grieving Song (feat. Chad Viator)
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8. Suddhosi Buddhosi (feat. Chad Viator)
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9. Aap Sahaee Hoa (feat. Chad Viator & Peter Bulliard)
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10. Waters of Grace (feat. Michael Doucet & Chad Viator)
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11. Golden Apple Tree (feat. Michael Doucet & Chad Viator)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ashana Sophia has been called a haunting singer and is a multi-instrumentalist. Classically trained cellist, who also plays the esraj (Indian cello) and harmonium on her new album. Her compositions are a mixture of indie folk, kirtan, Irish folk, and world music styles that expose her radiant inner landscape. Ashana's musical collaborations have included performances with Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Lukas Nelson, Ram Dass, Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil, and others. She currently teaches devotional kirtan singing, workshops called The Art of Harmony, private singing lessons, and is available for concert and tour bookings.

Ashana's new album with Chad Viator, Lumière ~ Heart Notes on the Bayou, was made possible by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Art Spark Grant. “This has been an exciting project for me. Recording an album with a young family often had me composing in the wee hours of the night. Working with Chad has been delightful and gratifying in every way, he is an extraordinary producer.” His artful guitar playing and Michael Doucet's Cajun fiddle meld with elegant vocals, pulling from diverse musical traditions that favor minor scales to create a complex sensory experience. The musicians reveal affinities between classical stringed instruments and contemporary slide guitar and the haunting drone of the harmonium. With Ashana’s soulful compositions in English and French and ancient mantras in Sanskrit and Gurmukh, Lumière takes the listener on an emotional journey.

What Others Are Saying About Ashana Sophia...
“I am a fan of Ashana Sophia. When I experience her singing, I immediately feel the love and devotion pouring from her soul. I get chills. She not only sings with such beauty and grace, but her energy is something so pure that the whole room transforms in her presence. That is what it is about to Ashana…the energy from her Soul. Therefore, her music is transcendent and takes me to my soul….She is a singer/artist in the truest sense.” - Simrit Kaur


1. Mul Mantra
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, harmonium, cello, harmonies
Chad Viator: Guitars, bass, organs, drums

2. Gobinde Mukunde
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, harmonium, harmonies
Chad Viator: Guitars, bass, organs, drums

3. He Gobind
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, harmonium, harmonies
Chad Viator: Guitars, bass, piano, organs, drums

4. Ad Gurray Namay
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, harmonium, cello, harmonies
Chad Viator: Guitars, bass, organs, drums

5. Sois L'Amour
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, harmonies
Chad Viator: Guitars, bass, organs, triangle
Michael Doucet: Violin

6. Dragon's Tale
Ashana Sophia: Cello, esraj, harmonium
Chad Viator: Guitars, bass, organs
Genevieve Walker: Violin

7. Grieving Song
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, harmonium, cello, esraj
Chad Viator: Guitars, bass, organs, drums

8. Suddhosi Buddhosi
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, harmonies
Chad Viator: Acoustic guitar

9. Aap Sahaee Hoa
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, harmonium, harmonies
Chad Viator: Acoustic guitar, bass, organs, drums, glockenspiel
Peter Bulliard: Pre-Columbian flutes


10. Waters of Grace
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, cello, harmonies
Chad Viator: Acoustic guitar
Michael Doucet: Violin

11. Golden Apple Tree
Ashana Sophia: Vocals, cello, harmonium, esraj, harmonies
Chad Viator: Guitars, organs, drums
Michael Doucet: Violin

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Cinnamon

Lumiere
Luminere is my go-to album for courage and peace of mind. It holds songs of thankfulness, songs of sadness and songs to sing along. It awakens my spirit, calms my mind and allows the surrender needed to appease tension and stress. It restores lightness of breath and “being” to the highest vibrational frequency. The smooth, silky harmony of cello, violin, esraj, harmonium, slide guitar and bass banishes that which does not serve, leaving only peace and ease. They awaken the dark, secret places, exposing them to a wonderful resonance offering nourishment and healing. The warm, flowing melodies slide through the cracks and crevices of my heart to caress my soul like a salve soothes a wound. One feels refreshed, awakened and all brand-new. If you would like to be enfolded in a golden orb of magical sound, I highly recommend Luminere. It will whisk you away to a magical land of wishes, dreams and fantasies.
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Cinnamon

The Divinity of Ashana
Luminere is my go-to album for courage and peace of mind. It holds songs of thankfulness, songs of sadness and songs to sing along. It awakens my spirit, calms my mind, allowing the surrender needed to appease tension and stress. It restores lightness of breath and “being” to the highest vibrational frequency. The smooth, silky harmony of cello, violin, esraj, harmonium, slide guitar and bass banishes that which does not serve, leaving only peace and ease. They awaken the dark, secret places, exposing them to a wonderful resonance offering nourishment and healing. The warm, flowing melodies slide through the cracks and crevices of my heart to caress my soul like a salve soothes a wound. One feels refreshed, awakened and all brand-new. If you would like to be enfolded in a golden orb of magical sound, I highly recommend Luminere. It will whisk you away to a magical land of wishes, dreams and fantasies.
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