|Last year a friend of mine
suggested recording the Songs (Cosmic Chants, edition 1938) of Paramahansa
Yogananda.The idea was, to additionally support the schoolproject
in India already sponsored by me.
This friend had already listened to me singing some of these songs;
in their simplicity they are to me – like the Taizé Songs
are to me f.ex. - enlightning little companions on my way,as well
as lovely expressions of joy of life and gratitude.
Being myself of european origin, I decided to create the CD, together
with indian musicians, with the aim to represent and respect, Paramahansa
Yogananda’s desire to let East and West meet. It was my intention
to combine the indian atmosphere and sense of music of the musician
together with my european background and understanding of these songs.
A few years ago, I was lucky to be introduced to Pandit Prafulla Kumar
Kar, a singing star in Orissa. I met him on a interreligious Festival
where I performed on stage as well. For this project, I asked him
for advice concerning the coordination of indian instruments and musicians.
However, without knowing what to expect, I flew to India fully trusting
that something beautiful was to come into existence. Finally the adventure
of CD recordings in India took its course.