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 […]

From Indonesia to Arizona. Who would have thought there is a connection between the two! Recently moved to this state, I re-visited its fabulous musical instrument museum (MIM), located at the north-eastern side of Arizona’s metropolis of Phoenix, where more than seven thousand instruments from all over the world are on display. It was here […]

Thank you Renée Blanche, host of US radio program Night Tides, for featuring music from my latest album Lotus Dreams. Kansas City University Radio (KCUR) is the flagship National Public Radio (NPR) station in the Kansas City metropolitan area and a listener supported radio station that is part of the NPR network. To support their cause, you can […]

When researching Indonesia’s treasure trove of indigenous instruments, I came across a tube zither, harp-like traditional string instrument, called Sasando. The instrument is native to Rote Island, part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands, and is named after the Rote Island dialect word ”sasandu”, which translates freely into “vibrating” or “sounding vessel”.  There are […]

I heard the live sounds of the digeridu for the first time in Broome, Western Australia, while awaiting the magical moonrise of Staircase to the Moon, – a natural phenomenon caused by a full moon rising over the exposed mudflats of nearby Roebuck Bay. In front of me the Indian Ocean. Soft breezes cooled the […]

A Sutra (Sanskrit: discourse or thread) is a literary form of Mahayana Buddhist scripture that describes the path you must take to achieve the pure distillation of wisdom (Nirvana). One of their most famous Sutras is the Heart Sutra (Koro Sutra) that since its existence has been recited by millions of Buddhists worldwide. La Koro […]

Media Release (PDF) Lotus Dreams is the latest album from award-winning musician Christel Veraart. The lotus is a universal symbol of tranquility and renewal, its exquisite flower opening, petal by perfect petal, as it rises out of the muddy waters of its origins. In this album, Christel Veraart explores that theme through both eastern and […]

The shakuhachi is a testament to the elegance of traditional Japanese culture, and produces a sound that is said to replicate the full range of natural life on earth. I love the sound and meditative quality of this Japanese bamboo flute, and used it in Elegy for a Cherry Tree. In this song it complements […]

My latest album “Lotus Dreams” retains the meditative quality of my previous albums, exploring similar themes inspired by nature. I often use a mix of Eastern and Western instruments, but here the feel is distinctly Asian. In Bamboo Mist I explore a fusion of influences, a mix of instruments from around the globe that reflect my […]