The debut release from singer-songwriter Dave Stringer, Brink presents a colorful mosaic of sophisticated pop melodies and traditional Eastern music.
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Dave is one of the top two touring artists in this genre and one whose music crosses to several mainstream types of music.
Featured also are Greg Ellis and Azam Ali from Vas, Hans Christian from Rasa, Suzanne Teng on flute, with Lionel Cole and Donna de Lory adding vocal support.
Dave Stringer's "brink" is a beautiful recording-one of my favorites this year. His voice, resonant and luxurious, moves the record. The music of brink goes well beyond traditional yogic chanting. There is a pop sensibility to his arrangements, as well as jazzy chord structure. The tracks are instrumentally lush, including Dave on harmonium, dulcimer, tampurra, accordion and guitar. Hans Christian (Rasa) adds cello to most tracks, and Greg Ellis (Vas) brings a wide array of percussive sounds. Azam Ali (Vas) adds her vocal flavor as well. Dave Stringer's music is modern and accessible, capturing a devotional flavor while reflecting an American consciousness. Modern, solarized photography adds to the artistry of the cover and liner notes. The title track "brink," which closes the CD, is a beautiful instrumental featuring Hawaiian steel guitar and trumpet. The beautiful thing about the music of Vas, Rasa, and Dave Stringer, is that these musicians, all hailing from California, support each other's music, play on each other's recordings, and create a sense of community.
- Debi Winston-Buzil / Yoga Chicago magazine