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"Compassion" is the fourth new age/classical crossover album by Vietnamese/American singer and composer Sangeeta Kaur. A trained opera singer, Kaur co-composed all of the music with Nicholas Neidhardt (7 tracks), Danae Vlasse (1 track) and Hila Plitmann (1 track). Also collaborating on the project are the Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Hungarian Studio Choir and The Sterling Ensemble (a Los Angeles-based choir); Danae Vlasse and Duy Tran also contributed their talents in choir composition. In addition to her vocals, Kaur improvises on crystal singing bowls with Hila Plitmann. Most of the lyrics are chants that are explained or translated in the liner notes; three songs have lyrics in English. Sangeeta Kaur’s voice is clear and very pure, expressing heartfelt emotion. The production is flawless - sometimes very big and cinematic and sometimes much quieter and more intimate.

It is interesting to note that Kaur combines classical opera, Kundalini yoga and a deep Tibetan Buddhist practice to create a unique sound and listening experience. She has performed all over the world and created the first mantra opera, "Niguma: A Mantra Project" and its sequel, "Ascension," the first work of its kind to combine ancient sacred wisdom of the East with cinematic choreography while effectively building a bridge between sacred chant, classical opera and modern dance.

Sangeeta Kaur explains her inspiration and motivation: “The songs must serve a true purpose and for anyone being challenged in these times, I am committed to share music that uplifts and inspires the soul. I want my performances to shift the audience’s perspective to a more positive point of view. There is a great personal empowerment and liberation when we allow ourselves to truly be seen. It takes courage and it takes faith. I want these songs to help inspire the journey that redefines the concept of reflection and how we see ourselves.” Thank you for filling that very real need, Sangeeta!

"Compassion" begins with “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha,” a mantra that invokes the blessings of the compassionate female Buddha, Green Tara. It opens with a light string accompaniment behind Kaur’s angelic voice. As the piece evolves, it eventually becomes quite a big production with choir voices and more orchestration. “Rise Up” is a beautiful song with words of encouragement and loving support. Ethereal vocals are backed with a simple harp and strings accompaniment. “May the Long Time Sun” is an arrangement of a 1968 song by Mike Heron of Incredible String Band and has a more pop feeling to support the spiritual lyrics - a favorite. “We Are One” is a dramatic piece where voices become part of the orchestration (no lyrics) - a triumphant and powerful anthem to unity. “Sa Re Sa Sa” is based on a mantra that takes away negativity within and awakens the Infinite Creative energy to burn away obstacles to achieving higher consciousness. Gentle, quiet and soothing, it’s another favorite. “Voices of Compassion” closes the album with a selection of choral highlights from the album.

"Compassion" beautifully expresses what the world needs more of and offers a way to achieve it through music and mantras.

BT Fasmer ,

A bold and unique release that pushes genre boundaries

In his book “The Art of Happiness” (1998), the Dailai Lama says: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” This universal truth is the guiding star behind Sangeeta Kaur’s new album. “Compassion” is a bold and unique release that pushes genre boundaries and makes us yet again rethink what New Age music is all about. It is without a doubt one of 2019’s finest and most exciting releases.

Sangeeta Kaur is a Vietnamese American trained opera singer, mantra singer, producer and 2016 Global Peace Song Awards winner. She earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Opera Performance from California State University of Long Beach and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory of Music. With great honor, she has performed in venues such as Segerstrom Center for the Arts, MUSCO Performing Arts Center, The Broad Stage, Sydney Opera House, and many others. Sangeeta’s previous albums are “Niguma” (2016), “Ascension“, Niguma, Vol. 2 and “Mirrors“.

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha
The album opener is called “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.” It starts slowly. We are greeted by Sangeeta’s wonderful voice and layers of well-crafted synths. The song gently rises in intensity, and it is impossible not to be amazed by its beauty and power. Listening to the conclusion, with its choir, strings, and drums feels witnessing something divine unfold. Bravo!

After such a magnificent opener, “Rise Up” gives us time to breathe and recollect. Sangeeta is backed by harp, strings and an angelic choir. Yet again we are amazed by an impressive build-up; rising from the quiet introduction is a conclusion of epic proportions. Its larger-than-life atmosphere is something that you just have to experience for yourself. If you are sitting, don’t be surprised if you feel an urge to rise up.

Transcendence
With “Transcendence” the album shifts gear. It is a thoughtful piece with choir and a violin. Sangeeta’s mix of East and West, of opera and New Age music – which Transcendence is an example of – is inspired and creative. “May the Long Time Sun” continues this impression. It makes other releases look grey and colorless in comparison.

Talking about colors; “Song of Compassion” is a rare treat on a New Age music release. Soprano Hila Plitmann is terrific, delivering a phenomenal performance. Compassion is a complex emotion. It is not simply about giving, but caring with every fiber of your body. The song expresses this feeling wonderfully.

Om Vajra Sattva Hum
My favorite song on the album is “Om Vajra Sattva Hum.” The 7 minutes long piece feels like an album within an album. Slowly it gains momentum as more and more voices join in. The song is as complex as it is beautiful. There are many layers of sound to appreciate. Notice especially the choir and the many singers involved in this project. So many people share their talent; the Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Hungarian Studio Choir and a Los Angeles-based choir, The Sterling Ensemble.

“We Are One” is a thought-provoking song. From its atmosphere, we can deduce that this oneness demands something from us. It ends in something very close to a scream. “We Are One” is a wakeup call for humanity. We need to be one, to act as one.

Sa Re Sa Sa
The dark atmosphere is not to last. “Sa Re Sa Sa” sounds almost like a lullaby, warm and comforting. The grand orchestral arrangement is nothing short of impressive. On “Voices and Crystals” we get another performance by Hila Plitmann, as one of the voices. It is a meditative piece. Close your eyes, and you’ll be transported to another dimension. Sangeeta’s singing is lovely and inspired as always.

“Voices of Compassion” ends the album on a high note. The choir sings a hopeful melody – and, in doing so, proving that if we only work together and show compassion, this world will be a harmonious place.

In conclusion: “Compassion” by Sangeeta Kaur is close to a masterpiece and without a doubt one of 2019’s most exquisite New Age music titles. Sangeeta is on par with artists such as Ricky Kej, White Sun and Opium Moon. It shows the importance of compassion and how vital this emotion is.

Without compassion, this world is doomed. That’s the most important message of all.

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