The beauty of this music came into being through a series of synchronous events...
Over 10 years ago, my friend and yoga teacher, Aaron Reed invited me to sing at his beach yoga class in Venice, California, where he introduced me to musician and yin yoga teacher Denise Kaufman.
Inspired by the original Saraswati Mata track I recorded in Bali in 2008, Denise envisioned a Hawaiian version of the same mantra.
In 2011, she invited me to visit her on Kaua'i. She introduced me to the multi-talented Will Lydgate at Steelgrass recording studio on his chocolate farm, which led to us spontaneously recording Saraswati Mahalo. This initial collaboration took us on a journey together creating Ohana through the love of mantra and music.
“Ohana” means family in Hawaiian.
Our Kaua'i Ohana band has created an album that could have only been created on Kaua'i with this inspiring family of friends and musicians. An inspiring collaboration fused with the mana of Hawaii featuring producers and musicians, Will Lydgate, Denise Kaufman, Gray Bashew, Patrick Cockett, Preeta Carlson, Kirk, Eli and Tora Smart and friends. Like sowing the seed of a cacao plant and giving it love until the final stages of the yummy chocolate bar that melts in your mouth.... this is the essence of this record.
Music to savor, music to heal, music to bring you joy.
Full Album credits:
Produced by: Will Lydgate, Gray Bashew, Denise Kaufman and Daphne Tse
Engineered by: Will Lydgate and Gray Bashew at Steelgrass Recording studios on Kaua'i
Additional engineering by: Gray Bashew in Los Angeles
Mixed and mastered by: Ron Pendragon at Fat Tuesday studios on Kaua'i
A HUGE MAHALO to all the ultra-talented Guest musicians & advisors:
Kimokeo Kapahulehua: Hawaiian blessing
Steve Gorn: Bansuri flute on Twameva, All I Ask & Imagine
Kenny Emerson: Lap steel guitar on Ya Devi, Give Yourself to Love, Gayatri mantra
Courtney Hartman: Flatpick guitar on Lakshmi Ma, Give Yourself to Love and Banjo on Carousel
Jeff Caldwell: Electric guitars on Finding Water & Ganesha
David Ralicke: Horns on Lakshmi Ma
Maeve Gilchrist: Harp on Gayatri mantra
Daniel Paul: Tabla on Gayatri mantra
Kirk Smart: Lap steel guitar on Carousel and Saraswati Mahalo
Scott Flynn: Trombone on Ganesha
Tora and Eli Smart, Mary Alfiler, Preeta Carlson, Larry LoBocchiaro: Aloha Tribe singers on Give Yourself to Love
Dr. Christopher Chapple: Sanskrit guidance
Hokulani: Hawaiian guidance