Kutira Decosterd

The Calling

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New age synthesizer composer Raphael and Kutira Decosterd live on the island of Maui where they run the Oceanic Tantra Institute. The Calling is their most Hawaiian album, and those who resonate with island spirituality, hula music, and the songs of the whales will be swept away in the music's sensuous and hypnotic spell. The typical Hawaiian rhythm pattern and the islands' traditional chanting/singing style are liberated by Raphael's celestial symphonic treatments. The songs, sung in Hawaiian, tell of the oneness with the ocean and of the ancient dances of the whales. On the mystical "Into the Deep," the whales perform the background vocals while Kumuhula Auli'i Kaluhiokalani sings and chants. His expressive male voice offers a nice contrast to the female vocalists on the other tracks. Kitira's didgeridoo provides not only primitive drones, but recreations of the extend breathing of the whale on "Ancient Call." Dr. John Lilly, whale researcher, speaks -- his phrases echoed and repeated -- about whale consciousness on "Journey." The throaty conch shell call the reprise of the song, "Taua" to life. The album ends with a deep digderidoo and whale song meditation. One could easily get lost in the album's layers of beauty.