In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Ram Dass’ home in Maui to join in conversation and record brand new teachings from the legendary teacher. After capturing these words of wisdom, East Forest returned to his studio in the high desert of Southern Utah to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. In these new recordings, Ram Dass’ words speak masterfully to the modern challenges that so many face with technology, dark thoughts, the nature of soul and so much more. The new East Forest record also features guest appearances from the likes of Trevor Hall and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing the 87 year old spiritual teacher into an echelon of relevancy and immediacy — offering a direct antidote for a highly polarized nation that is deeply in need of a universal voice of wisdom, connection and unconditional love.
EAST FOREST x RAM DASS, releasing in four "Chapters" throughout 2019, culminating in a full-length album on August 9, 2019.
Learn more about EAST FOREST x RAM DASS project here: eastforest.org/eastforest-x-ramdass
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released January 25, 2019
Written, Produced, Arranged, Mixed and Engineered by East Forest
Ram Dass Spoken Word
Trevor Oswalt Piano, Percussion, Synthesizers, Shruti, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Organ, Field Recordings, Drum Programming, String Arrangements
Trevor Hall Vocals "Mind Karma"
Krishna Das Vocals, Ectara "I Am Loving Awareness"
Owen Hofmann-Smith Cello "Nature"; Double Bass "Dark Thoughts"
Kyleen King Viola, Violin "Dark Thoughts"
Thacher Schmid Viola, Violin "I Am Loving Awareness"
Sheela Bringi Bansuri flute "Mind Karma"
Huntley Miller Mastering
Elizabeth Hilton Ram Dass Paining
Daniel F. Birch Graphic Design
Tim Cook Executive Producer
Raghu Markus LSR Executive Director
Recorded at Boulder Rock Studios (Boulder, UT), The Map Room (Portland, OR) and Ram Dass' study (Maui, HI)
All field recordings captured around Ram Dass' home on the island of Maui, Hawaii