About the Artist
From his homeland in New Zealand, David Parsons travels frequently to Asia for spiritual and musical inspiration. After collecting musical samples and studying different musical and cultural traditions, Parsons returns to his studio to integrate these influences with his own experiences. In the process, he bridges disparate elements with seamless grace, and creates a unique musical affirmation of our common humanity and cultural endowment. He first became interested in the music of India when he heard a performance by Ravi Shankar. At that time, the young jazz-rock drummer bought a sitar and explored the instrument on his own for several years before studying with Krishna Chakravarty. He subsequently produced her recordings Ananda (17046-2), Dancing to the Flute (13135-2) and Circular Dance (13133-2).
Parsons' recordings make the Eastern sensibility comprehensible to the Western listener and formulate a unique and captivating new expression. To Parsons' credit as a musician, composer and performer, he has evolved into a rare and highly acclaimed producer of cultural music traditions. His work is often featured in film, television and radio scores, and continues to be widely praised by reviewers.
His recordings on Fortuna Records/Celestial Harmonies are Tibetan Plateau / Sounds of the Mothership (17013-2), Himalaya (17059-2), Dorje Ling (17076-2), Yatra (18072-2), Ngaio Gamelan (13171-2), Shaman (13181-2), In Retrospect: 1980-2003 (14204-2), Maitreya: The Future Buddha (13214-2), Buddha: Transcending Space amp; Time (14215-2) and Inner Places (13245-2).
He has also produced for Celestial Harmonies The Music of Cambodia (3 CD Boxed Set) (19902-2), The Music of Vietnam (3 CD Boxed Set) (19903-2), The Music of Bali (3 CD Boxed Set) (19905-2), The Music of Islam (17 CD Boxed Set) (19907-2), The Music of Armenia (7 CD Boxed Set) (19909-2) and Sacred Ceremonies: Ritual Music of Tibetan Buddhism (3 CD Boxed Set) (19913-2).