The title track Lotus Dreams, from the album with the same name, echoes the soaring harmonies of one’s imagination where the erhu — a bowed, two-stringed Chinese fiddle — sings its soulful song throughout. This week this track surpassed 250 K spins on the popular streaming platform soundcloud. Alternating between tender, sonorous, and stirring, this […]

At some point in our lives we all ask ourselves: “Where is home?” Many people that move to a new country find themselves adjusting to their new environments while, at the same time, being nostalgic for their home lands. Our memories of what “home” feels like tends to be tied to nostalgia and is connected only to the […]

Available The FIlm The immersive score Dreaming of Whales by Christel Veraart, commissioned by ILLUMINATE Film Festival’s curatorial team, was originally meant as a stand-alone meditative soundscape. However, just three weeks prior to the festival when director Sebastian Jobst first heard and was overwhelmed by Veraart’s Dreaming of Whales score, he immediately set out to create a second film […]

ILLUMINATE Film Festival and Sedona Conservatory present DREAMING OF WHALES: Film/Music Premiere & Conversation with Composer Christel Veraart and Russell Fox on Sunday, June 27 at 2 PM PST at Sedona’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Award-winning Sedona-based composer and singer Christel Veraart will discuss the nearly mystical creative process of composing film scores and working with equally creative film […]

The Hearts of Space radio program featured Christel Veraart’s music in two recent programs dedicated to the wintry north: Polaris – Feb 1 Featured Aurora from Polar Suite Frozen Times – Feb 8 Featured Trance from Arctic Aquarelles and Alyeska from Polar Suite Hearts of Space is a weekly syndicated public radio show in the […]

Learning about the Friends of the National Parks Foundation’s (FNPF) successful attempt to save the world’s most endangered bird inspired me to create the video and original music for Bali Starling – Saving an Endangered Species. Since using the Bali Starling’s natural sounds might encourage more illegal bird collectors, and lead to more poaching and the path […]