“Sapient is a landmark recording."
"...really, no words can adequately convey the depth and richness of this album...”Bill Binkelman, ZMR Music Review
“A monumental and eventful release."Music Review, Retailing Insight
"Ambitious and visionary."
It deserves to be celebrated.”
“This is life changing music."RJ Lannan, The Sounding Board
"Lofty, masterful, and passionate.”
“Magnificent, remarkable album."Angel Romero, World Music Central
“Judging this album by ordinary standards is ridiculous."Bill Binkelman, ZMR Music Review
“How Chesne pulled this off ... is a testament to an artist feeling so much passion for a project that nothing would stand in his way."
“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 …”
“This is yet another powerful composition by the master composer …This thought provoking project is amazing …”
“I can't imagine that there is anyone else on the planet that could have made an album like Sapient. Something exquisitely magical …”
“Clearly was inspired from somewhere beyond regular human means. It speaks to a deep longing inside every one of us.”
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.
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.
“Steven Chesne is a composer and musician of great quality, perhaps even genius in motion …Chesne has manifested something special here.”Music Review, One World Music
Simply outstanding...this is a must purchase album for the entire world, without doubt.”Steve Sheppard, Music Reviewer
“Tears spring to my eyes every time I hear it.”Holly Shaw, Author, "The Creative Formula"
“Beautiful and masterfully crafted…”Angel Romero, World Music Central
“Poignant, transcendent music…”R J Lannan, The Sounding Board
“Chesne’s work as a composer here is sublime.”Music Review, One World Music
"Both imploring and sensitive.”Steve Sheppard, Music Reviewer