Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej | Winds of Samsara

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Winds of Samsara

by Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej

“What do Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, an Indian composer of timeless melodies, a vivaciously virtuosic South African flutist, and over 120 spirited musicians from five continents all have in common? 'Winds Of Samsara', of course :)
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1. Mahatma
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
5:28 album only
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2. New Earth Calling (feat. Lamine Sonko)
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
6:40 album only
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3. Crystal Moon (feat. Paul Carlos)
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
5:38 album only
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4. Madiba
Wouter Kellerman
5:01 album only
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5. Longing
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
6:20 album only
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6. Heaven Is Here
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
6:02 album only
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7. River of Time (feat. Phresh Makhene)
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
4:52 album only
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8. Eyes of Wonder
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
5:53 album only
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9. Remembrance (Greensleeves)
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
6:03 album only
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10. Journey to Higher Grounds
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
4:52 album only
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11. Mountain Solitude
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
5:38 album only
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12. Desert Wind
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
5:07 album only
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13. Grace (feat. Fiona Joy Hawkins)
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
5:40 album only
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14. Nocturne (feat. Michael Lewin)
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej
6:16 album only

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Album Notes
“What do Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, an Indian composer of timeless melodies, a vivaciously virtuosic South African flutist, and over 120 spirited musicians from five continents all have in common? 'Winds of Samsara', of course.

A truly global effort, this album is the dream of Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej, an unlikely but star-matched collaborative duo. Drawing from disparate cultures, the pair has melted their creative influences into the wonderful sonic gumbo contained within this album. 'Winds Of Samsara' speaks to themes of peace and positivity, spinning together forward-moving harmony, progressive composition, and technical prowess with a verve and passion never before attempted in the New Age genre."

The deep bond between Kellerman’s South Africa and Kej’s India touched the creation of this project at its core. The countries share legacies of peace led by Mandela and Gandhi, national fathers who inspired Kellerman and Kej and are each honored with songs on this album.

“Mahatma Gandhi spent more than twenty years in South Africa and started his road of peaceful resistance there, something Nelson Mandela was very inspired with,” describes Kej.

“Satyagraha is the philosophy of non-violent resistance famously employed by Gandhi in forcing the end of the British Raj, but first wielded against racial injustice in South Africa. We wanted to honor that history, that spirit, and that connection between our nations in our music.”

‘Heaven Is Here’ is the first track that Kej and Kellerman created together, a collaboration that planted the seeds of 'Winds Of Samsara'. “About two years ago, I got this email out of the blue from Ricky, saying that he loved my flute playing on my song ‘Half Moon’ and asking if I would be interested in adding some flute to a track of his,” recalls Kellerman, laughing. “When he sent me the piece ‘Heaven Is Here’, it took my breath away — it was the most beautiful song I had heard in a long time. I realized that we had lot in common and that this could be a very exciting musical fit, so I tried my best to match the quality of the track with equally passionate flute playing.” The uplifting final realization of ‘Heaven Is Here’ — and the thirteen other transcendent musical meditations contained with Winds of Samsara — are evidence enough of how successful those efforts were.

From Ricky, Wouter, and their scores of creative compatriots around the world, please accept a warm and sincere “thank you” for taking the time to experience the heartfelt music of this album. May you be blessed with the same joy that brought the melodies, harmonies, and soaring spirit of 'Winds Of Samsar'a to life.

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Catya Maré

Gorgeous music!
Everything about this album is high quality. Most beautiful packaging and artwork, gorgeous composition and production, mesmerizing performance. My favorite track is New Earth Calling, so I will definitely recommend this auditory treat to others.
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
This vibrant global meeting of musical minds deservedly won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.

Although Indian keyboardist Ricky Kej and South African flutist Wouter Kellerman are the primary principals who put the project together, it isn't just their talents that make this CD a world music wonder.

Kej and Kellerman corralled over a hundred musicians from around the planet to create this intoxicating hybrid of international and ethnic sounds, inspired by the lives and philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

Illustrious Grammy notwithstanding, this is a winner by any standard.
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Tim Battersby

Magnificent and Majestic
The first thing that strikes you as you listen to Winds of Samsara, the new album by Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman is its musical “inclusivity.” What started off as a simple collaboration to the respective “Fathers of their Nations,” Gandhi and Mandela (India and South Africa) blossomed into an epic album comprising more than a hundred musicians from 5 separate continents taking over two years to write and record
Clearly a labor of love, Winds of Samsara, unabashedly promotes love, tolerance and peace throughout all the 14 songs on the album, the very principles by which their respective nation’s fathers, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela lived and died by.
I can presuppose there to be at least 50,000 adjectives in the English language that could describe this brilliant album. Wistful, sincere and full of symbolism, the music swells and ebbs with multiple layers of complex rhythms and harmony. The songs of Winds of Samsara continuously support the belief in peace, and hope, always staying true to the spiritual beliefs of both Kellerman and Kej.
Songs like Mahatma, Madiba, Longing, and River of Time litter the musical landscape of this fine Symphony, bearing testament to Mandela’s mantra that “it is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world,” as the listener floats gently on the ethereal and haunting qualities of Wouter Kellerman’s sumptuous flute playing.
Magnificent and majestic Winds of Samsara soars like Mt Everest does from the Himalaya Range. With excruciatingly beautiful songs like Longing, and Heaven is Here the brilliance of Kellerman and Kej shines, with great performances by Prakash Sontakke on slide guitar and Karthik K , Vanil Veigas & Jyoti Venkatraman on percussion. New Earth Calling pays tribute to lost friends and precious memories. River of Time….Deep in symbolism, welcomes the listener to the transient nature of life.
It‘s important to mention the talented musicians who helped create such a complex and beneficent canvas, thus helping to define The Winds of Samsara. Guitarist Paul Carlos joins Ricky Kej (keyboard) with Kellerman in a song called Crystal Moon that is so achingly beautiful it made this writers heart hurt. Ciro Hurtado, Vanil Veigas, (MAHATMA) Tholsi Pillay,( NEW EARTH CALLING) Michael Gallant,(JOURNEY TO HIGHER GROUND) Lamine Sonko, Susan Mouton,(MADIBA) Prakash Sontakke,(LONGING) Chaitra HG and Gayathri Suresh, Mauritz Lotz,(RIVER OF TIME) Fiona Joy,(GRACE) Michael Lewin, Seattle Pro Musica Choir and Devan Ekambaram and Dave Gross (NOCTURNE) are just a smattering of the assorted players on Winds of Samsara that will lure you, tempt you, play with you and tease you with their elegant performances. But above them all, are the sweet sounds of Kellerman’s flute and the sublime production and keyboards of Kej that implores you to be at one with your universe as you listen to their fine work.
Winds of Samsara is a beautifully produced album, that holds true to Gandhi’s mantra “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Winds of Samsara is all of that…..and more
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