ALBA – music project from Russia, composed by Albert Sultanov, Anastasia Zelenina, Nadezhda Prokopenko, Mariya Kamysheva. Alba combines vocals, diversity of live instruments and electronic sound in a nature-psychedelic context. This fusion makes music very multifarious: from meditative ancient mantras to psychedelic circus with constantly changing mood. Rich tunes includes lots of traditional and modern instruments, such as sitar, hang drum, ﬂute, guitar, saxophone, daf, krezh, accordion, didgeridoo… Alba means the Inner Sunrise, that brings the light of peace and harmony to dissolve the darkness of ignorance. Their styles is a mix of ambient, psybient, downtempo, chill-out, etnic, world music.
Message from the band:
« Sacramentarium » We are what we love.
Faithful love transforms and creates the world. This is how we've created a set of sacred songs-worlds, called Sacramentarium. It's "sacred" only because it's beloved. This set is the fruit of our creative process. Although it consists of a limited number of songs, at the same time our work isn't finished, and life goes on. Sacramentarium is an endless flow of a multidimensional being. We invite you to listen, to become a participant and we also invite ourselves. We pass on to your heart a magic key so you can open this flow, and we'll open ourselves to you. The key is an amazing symbol, as there always must be a door to it, or is it vice versa ? The same is about a hint - it doesn't exist on its own. Hint - is the key, but not to something outside you, not to some door. It's always the key to yourself. As if you've understood, seen, heard, then you are ready. Even more - you already are. Oh, we almost forgot. All the songs are healing. We were healed, while creating them. And there wasn't any other purpose. It works for us and we hope it does for you too. Let's take the hint.
Everything is alright, even if something goes wrong. Fortunately there are tools that help to be aware of it, and Shamans that help to draw your attention the right way.
This song is written in the language of another Galaxy, but everything is clear. What way to choose ? The way of love and kindness. Every heart knows it.
3. Forest Song
Nature is the most healing space. Listen, watch, smell, feel, live all languages of love. There is no inside and outside, all is One.
That's how our planet wakes up. We greet it and wish it happiness. We wish well-being to all creatures. Do you hear, that some creatures can't resist their curiosity and want to greet you too ?
5. La Petite Bête
An old French artist remembers her radiant youth under the dome of the circus, her courage and tender love. The author of the verses is French poet Jean-Luc Moreau, who was so interested in Udmurt language that Udmurts also got interested in Jean-Luc. So they translated his verses into Russian. Wonderful collaborations under the universal dome, right ?
6. Ed Astra
Song in Armenian language. Sometimes you should dare to love and strengthen your spirit in a fiery passion. You always have the source of support: a mountain lake as blue as the mother's eyes is on your side.
Welcome to a wonderful world of water trolls. They have to work and resolve lots of issues like many of us do. Sometimes work situations get out of control, but if you get together and dance, everything is settled the best way.
Magic illustration of inner folklore, that makes the sky higher and starrier. Verses are written by artist Zinaida Sarsadsky.
Petr Ivshin / drums Andrey Ruznyaev / bass Denis Petukhov (Python) / bass Timur Nekrasov / saxophone, flute Taisiya Kislyakova / cello Nikolay Olshansky / double bass Ilya Utrobin / double bass Dmitry Fedorov / button accordion Alexander Karnavalov / didgeridoo, voice Arthur Akhmedeev / hang drum, percussion Daria Lapteva / domra Atem Solodyannikov and Natalia Gurova / support and participation
Recorded @ Mix Factory Records Mixing by Albert Sultanov @ Nada Bhavana Rec, RUS Mastering by John Davis @ Metropolis Mastering, UK Cover by Louie Izzo & Maryam Smirnova Artwork illustration by Oksana Gogoleva