Alap Jetzer

The Source of Music & Eternity's Sunrise

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The Source of Music & Eternity's Sunrise Review

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Alap Jetzer is a Swiss multi-instrumentalist who plays music composed by his spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, who is something of an Indian Renaissance man, known as a poet, musician, and athlete, as well as for the twice-weekly meditation sessions he has been conducting at the United Nations in New York since 1970. Alap (a spiritual name meaning "the source of music") lovingly interprets Sri Chinmoy's deep inspirational compositions, mixing acoustic guitars, dulcimer, and some synthesizer with a a variety of Indian instruments. Using echo to good effect, the instruments cascade in shimmering waves of sound, entrancing the listener with their hypnotic magic. The synthesizers, barely noticeable on "The Source of Music," move more to the foreground on "Eternity's Sunrise." The only negative is the noticeable tape hiss which, fortunately, is often masked by the layered arrangements.