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Living Waters

by Shantala

Mantra music for your sacred journey!
Genre: World: Chants
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Homage
2:06 $0.99
2. Brahmanandam
6:36 $0.99
3. Sada Shivom
10:17 album only
4. Kothbiro / Jaya Radhe
8:37 album only
5. Wahe Guru
9:27 $0.99
6. Shakti
6:30 $0.99
7. Aham
9:35 $0.99
8. Mata Saraswati
10:51 album only
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Album Notes
"#6 Conscious Album of 2015" -- Soul Traveler Radio

"Masterfully performed, captured, and mixed... Living Waters is blissful soul diving. Each track flows gently into the next and generates a sweet, sacred sound current perfect for life’s daily activities." -- LA Yoga Magazine (July, 2015)

Living Waters is a beautiful blend of gentle mantras with currents of Indian music to carry the listener into the depths of yoga practice, chanting, and relaxation. The music creates a sense of calmness, centering, and peace. Shantala is accompanied by extraordinary musicians including Alam Khan, Steve Gorn, Tina Malia, Jami Sieber, Sean Frenette, Ben Leinbach and more. These pieces were conceived, arranged and recorded over a period of five years, and Shantala finished Living Waters in the wake of their pilgrimage to India in 2014, where they were able to experience the deepest part of the river.

This recording emerged from over a decade in which Shantala accompanied yoga workshops, often composing new material in the moment to provide an exquisite musical environment for deep relaxation at the end of practice. A number of Shantala’s teachers and friends, including Paul Muller-Ortega, Douglas Brooks, and Manorama, provided special mantras which were then set to music. Alam Khan, the son of the late Ali Akbar Khan (Benjy’s guru in Indian classical music), created a special solo piece on sarode entitled Homage for the opening track. Alam continues in a duet with Benjy’s esraj, answering Heather’s singing of the first chant Brahmanandam.

Shantala’s first world fusion piece inspired by music from east Africa is a magical arrangement of the song Kothbiro by Kenyan artist Ayub Ogada. It features the vocals and guitar work of virtuoso musician Sean Frenette and the soulful cello of Jami Sieber.

The artists offer Living Waters as a prayer for a more tranquil world and in support of spiritual practice.



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Leanne Wood

LA Yoga
Musicians Benjy and Heather Wertheimer, also known as Shantala, partners in life, love, and music, recently released their latest album Living Waters.Finished in the wake of their maiden voyage to India, it’s a mantra-infused, meditative plunge for the spirit.
The instrumentation and vocals are masterfully performed, captured, and mixed to create a sonic sound bed that simultaneously makes palpable their reverence, devotion, and purity of heart. At the album’s core are Benjy—whose gorgeous multi-instrumentalism (esraj, tabla, guitar, keyboards, and percussion) routinely brings me to tears; Heather, a divinely gifted vocalist and guitarist, and Sean Frenette, co-collaborator and fellow musical genius. Sublime contributions come from Alam Khan on sarode, Steve Gorn on bansuri flute, Jami Sieber on cello, Ben Leinbach on percussion, and guest vocalists Tina Malia, Lindsey Stormo, and Luna Marcus.
Picking “a favorite” is difficult, as every song is a gem. “Kothbiro/Jaya Radhe” is achingly beautiful. It is an African rain song originally written and performed by Ayub Ogada; Sean and Benjy flawlessly added Sanskrit mantra into the second half of their version. “Wahe Guru,” a Kundalini chant to bring the heart light, and soul freedom, resonates with me, due in part to my own Kundalini practice. On “Aham Ityeva,” lyrics and melody are courtesy of one of their teachers, Douglas Brooks, and it opens a divine channel to the interconnectedness of all.
Living Waters is blissful soul diving. Each track flows gently into the next and generates a sweet, sacred sound current perfect for life’s daily activities.

Music Design In Review

Great for meditation and spiritual work!
Living up to its name, LIVING WATERS is a flowing meditation of sound and chant, featuring the always illuminating work of Shantala (Benjy and Heather Wertheimer). Inspired by their recent travels to India, LIVING WATERS is a radiant exploration of spirituality through music. The chants are slower paced and haunting in their beauty. Heather's pristine vocals have a pure, shimmering quality that makes each Sanskrit mantra pulse with passion and grace. The arrangements focus on lower tones harmonies and drone instruments; the music is very rich with atmosphere and has a distinct Indian flavor due to Benjy's esraj and Steve Gorn's bansuri flute. Other instrumentalists include Jami Sieber on cello, Tina Malia on vocals, Ben Leinbach on percussion, and Sean Frenette on a variety of instruments. Great for meditation and spiritual work!