||“Agape Evolution: The Movement” by Paradiso & Rasamayi - Album Review by Dyan Garris for Zone Music Reporter (ZMR)
Paradiso & Rasamayi Turturici are master sound healers and twin flame soul mates who have been making healing music together for many years and perhaps many lifetimes. Paradiso is a master didgeridoo artist who has played at Carnegie Hall. Rasamayi is a Singing Bowl Alchemy Master Teacher.
The album, “Agape Evolution: The Movement,” is their fourth album together. This is a two-disc set comprised of fifteen tracks, and more than two hours of high-vibrational sound healing experience. And this IS an “experience.”
Disc One is “Integrate.” Disc Two is “Ascend.” The album debuted at #9 on Billboard Magazine's New Age chart.
The intention of this album is not only to help people on individual levels, but to help raise up the frequency of the collective consciousness as well, to the “agape love.” This is a sound healing album that is good for meditation, contemplation, massage, and to listen to while engaging in various healing modalities. It is not recommended to listen to this album while driving or operating other heavy machinery as the sounds and frequencies presented here are so “trance-inducing,” especially when you get to the second part of this double album.
The instrumentation on “Agape Evolution” includes performances by Paradiso on traditional didgeridoos, as well as two very large crystal didgeridoos named “Sage and “Ajni,” which are apparently the largest crystal didgeridoos in the world.
Keyboards, crystal tuning forks, hand drums, hammer dulcimer, harmonium, tampura and throat singing are also brought into the mix, along with Rasamayi's angelic seed-mantra chanting, alchemy crystal singing bowls, and expanding crystal pyramids.
Throat singing is a form of overtone singing, which explained in a very simplified manner is, “human mimicry of the sounds of nature” by creating vocally a harmonic series or a series of specific frequencies. Think “whales,” perhaps, and you’ve got the idea. Throat singing is considered one of the oldest forms of music.
Seed mantra chanting has been used in meditative practice for centuries to open, clear, and balance the chakras and energy field. “OM,” for example, is a basic seed mantra. Each seed mantra is a particular syllable, has a specific purpose, vibrates to a certain frequency, and corresponds to a specific chakra.
“Agape Evolution: The Movement” is a story, a journey through soul evolution, that begins with a few minutes of elemental sound for clearing. Here we face and acknowledge our “shadow self,” i.e., the “ego self,” and are drawn magnetically, it seems, into a kind of vortex energy, “Clearing Vortex,” by the consistent drone of the didgeridoo. We are at the beginning of the journey of the soul’s evolution. Paradiso’s didgeridoo mastery is featured prominently in this track and we can effectively feel the healing frequencies traveling through our physical bodies and our chakras.
It’s important to understand that this musical work of art is not what we think of as traditional “New Age music,” in that the songs have no definitive melody, form, or structure. However, it is not that it is unstructured either. This is a very intentional album from beginning to end. But the songs here are definitively sound healing and vibrational frequencies. These are “evolutionary frequencies.”
The subsequent tracks on the first disc lead us higher and higher into the evolution. The eight tracks on this portion of the album are lengthy, allowing plenty of time for the listener to absorb and integrate the frequencies. It may not be an accident that the number 8 is also the number representing infinity, as well as a number that represents the combination of both the spiritual and Earthly worlds.
As we follow the journey along the path of “evolution,” we are led then into “Goddess Fire,” which feels like a good opportunity for purification of the spirit. From there we experience “Archangel Intercession,” which features Rasamayi’s angelic intonations, and then on into “Agape’s Call,” which is pretty and peaceful. “Love’s Visioning” is equally so, and here we have frequencies and vibrations one can literally feel in their heart chakra. Very nicely done.
Then our “ego self” has opportunity to embrace and integrate light in “Shadow Illumination.” The sound vibrations get more complex with the incorporation of various other elements of Paradiso & Rasamayi’s sound healing mastery here, as well as on the last two tracks of the first disc, “Integrating Divine,” and “Transcending Time.”
The second part of this album, consisting of seven tracks, is where the “transmutation” into the higher, divine love – the agape – has opportunity to take place. As we enter seamlessly then into the second disc, we do so with the aptly titled, “Entering AUM.” AUM is considered a higher vibrational frequency, with the three letters, A, U, and M, representing three vibrations of creation. This track is very ethereal with Rasamayi’s heavenly vocals, the keyboard synth, and Paradiso’s droning didgeridoo underneath. And if we allow it, here we can feel ourselves one with all Creation.
As a note – and I would venture to say that this, i.e., seven tracks for this portion of the album – was perhaps intentional as well, because, at its base, the spiritual significance of the number 7 represents “completeness.” Something to ponder as you dive deeply into all that this album is.
From there we experience “Ancestors’ Embrace” and “Sowing StarSeeds,” where through voice, synth, didgeridoo, gong, and drum, we can literally feel ourselves part of the universal heartbeat of humanity and eternal love. “Birthing the Eternal” is expansive and expressive. In “Sacred Heart Soaring,” we are again bathed in Rasamayi’s divine chanting, and with the other interesting sound elements we are easily transported into a whole other dimension.
As one might surmise from the title, I personally found that “Beyond Attachment” can quite easily precipitate an out-of-body experience. Hypnotic and calming.
Closing out the double album is “Global AUM.” This gentle, relaxing, empyrean track is almost fifteen minutes long. And here is where we can fully integrate the healing, high-vibrational frequencies we’ve been engrossed in for two hours.
An immersive experience, this is not for everyone, but it is at the same time, expressly and unequivocally for everyone. Recommended for deep meditation, healing, connection, and integration of mind, body, and spirit, and for transcendental, transformational experiences.
Get “Agape Evolution: The Movement” here: www.ParadisoAndRasamayi.com