“Sapient is one of the most original and unique albums
I have ever heard…”
“Chesne has to be one of the finest composers of his day
to create a moment of genius like this …”
--- Music Review, One World Music
“This is yet another powerful composition by
the master composer …”
“This thought provoking project is amazing …”
--- Steve Sheppard, Music Reviewer
Composer Steven Chesne spent a year unearthing ancient, precious peace invocations and prayers from all over the world: words of the oneness of mankind, spoken by Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mohammed, the Sikhs, the Hindu, the Jews, the Cheyenne, the Kikuyu, and the Baha'i.
Then, Steven met with historians, translators, clergy, monks, gurus, rabbis, imams, scholars, linguists, etc. to study the complexity and depth of the meanings of these sacred writings.
Deep research on prounciation and emphasis was made to ensure that the vocalists would be given an opportunity to stretch out and be naturally expressive.
Each invocation or prayer is represented by its own song, with varying degrees of influence from world traditions mixed with the unique colors of Chesne's unique style of contemporary composition.
The pieces were recorded with gifted, extraordinary vocalists from around the world.
Steven Rushingwind sprinkled sacred corn pollen in a blessing for peace and friendship.
But here's the "twist":
In the finale ("Nyansapo - the Wisdom Knot"), phrases from all of the traditions are interwoven together - one on top of another - in a web of blissful counterpoint, accompanied by the orchestra.