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First heard almost seven months ago, the debut album from New World Music recording
artist, Pia [Gaurăngi Devi Dasi], is clearly a work of timeless quality laced with
dreamy female vocals and balanced with light traditional acoustic and electronic
instrumentation. Entitled Benediction Moon, (New World Music NWCD 445, 1998)
the album has been released in both the UK and the USA.
From the liner notes, "Following a period performing the rock opera
Bhagavad Gita, she studied with the renowned Bengali musician and vocalist
Haridas Ganguli, and has toured extensively performing Bhajans (traditional Indian
spiritual songs). Pia has performed with artists such as Boy George, John
Richardson, and Dream Academy."
Pia's songs are range from the evocative moody style of Enya -- illustrated in
"Radhe" and especially in the stunning "Feel Free" -- to soaring ballads similar
those sung by Sarah Brightman; John Richardson's "Angelus Cantus" for example.
English ("Angelus Cantus," "Prayer" and "Feel Free") and foreign lyrics ("Siren
Song") are accompanied by vocalise in spots on the album's six tracks that
range in length from 4:43 to 11:19. Pia's work is filled with a rich yet
heavenly voice produced to be a true testament to the sheer power, extensive
range ("Benediction Moon") and superb delivery of this extremely talented vocal
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