Ashana's new album with Chad Viator, LumiÃ¨re ~ Heart Notes on the Bayou, was made possible by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Art Spark Grant. â€œThis has been an exciting project for me. Recording an album with a young family often had me composing in the wee hours of the night. Working with Chad has been delightful and gratifying in every way, he is an extraordinary producer.â€ His artful guitar playing and Michael Doucet's Cajun fiddle meld with elegant vocals, pulling from diverse musical traditions that favor minor scales to create a complex sensory experience. The musicians reveal affinities between classical stringed instruments and contemporary slide guitar and the haunting drone of the harmonium. With Ashanaâ€™s soulful compositions in English and French and ancient mantras in Sanskrit and Gurmukh, LumiÃ¨re takes the listener on an emotional journey.
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