Tina Malia | Bridge to Vallabha

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Bridge to Vallabha

by Tina Malia

Delightful songs and mantras sung by Tina Malia in languages from across the globe. Playful, acoustic, heart-opening music.
Genre: Spiritual: Mantras
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Om Sarve
4:14 $0.99
2. Ima Adama
5:18 $0.99
3. Sita Ram
4:56 $0.99
4. Shivo Hum
4:31 $0.99
5. Kol Galgal
7:11 $0.99
6. Ek Ong Kar
3:08 $0.99
7. Yoweino
6:27 $0.99
8. Om Namo Narmadev
4:49 $0.99
9. Oushadhim
4:19 $0.99
10. Long Time Sun
4:32 $0.99
11. Karpura Gauram
3:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Wrap yourself in the sublime beauty of the heart with an exquisite new album by Tina Malia. In Bridge to Vallabha, Tina leads the listener through songs and mantras in Sanskrit, Hebrew, Gurmukh and English with unique and lively instrumentation such as nylon guitar, vibraphone, charangon, lap steel guitar, cello and rhodes piano.

Her all-star cast of Sacred World musicians includes singers Donna DeLory, Heather Wertheimer of Shantala, Karnamrita Das, Jai-Jagdeesh, Peia and Sasha Rose. Grammy nominated pianist Peter Kater and cellist Hans Christian are among the featured instrumentalists.

The songs and mantras, carefully chosen and crafted by Tina, were learned and written in her many travels and adventures around the globe. Bridge to Vallabha illuminates the connecting power of music among many cultures and spiritual traditions, in a way only Tina Malia can.



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Kathy Parsons

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"Bridge to Vallabha," a collection of eleven sacred songs and mantras, is the fifth recording from singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, sound engineer, and producer Tina Malia. Considered a visionary in the world, dream pop and sacred chant musical communities, Malia’s voice is warm, clear and lyrical. The songs are sung in a variety of languages from around the world including Sanskrit, Hebrew, Gurmukhi, and English, but Malia communicates from the heart no matter which language she is singing. Classically-trained as a child, Malia discovered many female folk singers in her mid-teens when she started writing her own music. After the release of her first album, "Shores of Avalon," Malia met pioneering world chant artist Jai Uttal, who recruited her to sing in his Pagan Love Orchestra. He also introduced her to the rich spiritual tradition of Sanskrit mantras. Malia’s love of mantra is reflected on her 2005 album, "Jaya Bhagavan," as well as on this new release. Her voice is the lead instrument on all of the tracks, accompanied by nylon string guitar, Rhodes piano, charangon, vibraphone, lap steel guitar, and/or cello. Singers Donna DeLory, Heather Wertheimer of Shantala, Karnamrita Das, Jai-Jagdeesh, Peia and Sasha Rose lend their talents to the mix as do Grammy nominated pianist Peter Kater and cellist Hans Christian. All of the songs are smooth, peaceful, and soothing and Malia’s gentle voice is hypnotic. "Bridge to Vallabha" is a beautiful album whether you use mantras in your daily life or simply enjoy relaxing, heartfelt music. Check it out!

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
It was not long after Tina’s first album in 2002 that she met world chant artist Jai Uttal who expanded her musical horizons to the ancient Eastern spiritual tradition of Sanskrit mantras. Tina’s new album takes it a step farther and includes chants, not only in Sanskrit, but also in Hebrew, Gurmukhi, and English, along with instrumental accompaniment. A distinguishing factor about Tina’s music is that unlike some mantra chanting which can be more repetitive, these have a more song-like quality and there is evolution within each piece as it flows through various movements with buildups, refrains, and instrumental solos.

As I got deeper into the album, one of the things that stood out to me was the incredibly inventive and unique blending of instruments that accompanied the vocals. On “Sita Ram” for example, a bouncy bass line, vibraphone, and snare drum played with brushes are joined by, of all things, a lap steel guitar. In an interesting contrast to the lush and lavish production of most of the pieces, a track called “Ek Ong Kar,” presents a more Zen-like ambience with only the sound of chirping birds and a simple metronomic rhythm to accompany the relatively unadorned sound of Tina’s vocals. Another intriguing juxtaposition was the Hindu chant of “Om Namo Narmadev” set against an African-sounding acoustic guitar rhythm. Like many of the songs on “Bridge To Vallabha,” it begins simply and builds as it goes along adding a full ensemble.

The level of production on this album is impressive. The choice of instrumentation adds to the magic of the listening experience and is expertly integrated and mixed to provide the perfect background for Tina’s exquisite vocals. If I were to go into detail on the quality of her singing for each of the pieces, I would quickly run out of superlatives. Tina Malia is without a doubt, one of the most outstanding and unique voices in this genre today. I particularly appreciated how her presentation of these ancient mantras in a contemporary context added to their musicality, yet maintained the deeply sacred vibration they are intended to convey.

To read a full length feature article about this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire

An amazing vocal and instrumental talent
As if Tina Malia's amazing voice wasn't enough to recommend this album, the woman is an equally talented multi-instrumentalist. Surrounding herself with top notch talent doesn't hurt, either. But what elevates this album above others in the chant genre is its combination of an assortment of musical approaches to chant (and a variety of chant too) as well as rich melodies wedded to heavenly singing (by Malia). This is an album for those who have never heard a chant recording because it will likely enchant them by taking them completely unawares with its approachable and accessible musicality.