1/  Invocation                                                               0.42
        Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  2/  Asha                                       (Laswell)                     5.51
        Bill Laswell
  3/  I've Got a Passion                         (Showard)                     7.14
  4/  Aman (Peaceful Heart)                      (Laswell)                     7.28
        Bill Laswell
  5/  Oceanic                                    (Kale)                        5.43
        Karsh Kale
  6/  Om Shanti Shanti Shanti (Mangala Mantra)   (Musso)                       7.48
        Robert Musso
  7/  Samadhi State                              (Laswell)                     16.33
        Bill Laswell

          Recorded at Orange Music Studios, West Orange, New Jersey
          Tracks 2,4,6 and 7 engineered by Robert Musso
          Assistant engineer on tracks 2,4 and 7: James Dellatacoma
          Chant on tracks 1,3 and 5 recorded by Oz Fritz in Cowshika, India
          Chant on track 2 recorded by Kavi Alexander at St. Anthony's Church, Santa
            Barbara, California
          Chant on track 6 recorded by Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore, India
          Tracks 2,4 and 7 produced and arranged by Bill Laswell
          Track 3 produced and arranged by DXT
          Track 5 produced and arranged by Karsh Kale
          Track 6 produced and arranged by Robert Musso
          Meta support: Bella Rienstra, Rick Rienstra and Gil Friesen
          Conceived by Janet Rienstra
          Sequenced and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper
          Bandcamp version remastered by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: chant (1,6); Asha Puthli: vocals (2); DXT (3): drums, synthesizers, vocals; Bill Laswell: all instruments (2,4), bass (3,7), beats (7), sounds (7); Damita Miles (3): vocals; Karsh Kale (5): all instruments; G. Hiriyanna (3,5): chant; Robert Musso (6): all instruments; Pharoah Sanders (7): tenor saxophone; Laraaji (7): electric zither; Nicky Skopelitis (7): electric guitar.

          2003 - Meta Records (USA), MT0015 (CD)
          2021 - Bill Laswell Bandcamp (Bassmatter Subscription Exclusive)


..."Peaceful Heart" concentrates on the art of yoga and devotion to the gods. Once again, Bill Laswell's hand is all over this project as he plays on and produces over half of the tracks. The chants and invocations especially those by Asha Puthli - were recorded in India and give highest praise to the gods above. Her vocals are heavenly as she soars to the skies and back. The music is heavenly as well, as Laswell's deep throbbing bass is accompanied in places by Pharoah Sander's tenor, along with Laraaji's electric zither that swoons in and out of the pictures like some sort of a moth. Though this is the more danceable of the two compilations, it doesn't mean that it's any less relaxing. Listening to this on repeat mode, I had a feeling like I was listening to waves breaking off on the shores of a huge beach. Call this trip-out music, meditative therapy of cleansing for the soul, "Peaceful Heart" succeeds in letting us shut-down for at least an hour. In the end, both compilations ask an important question - how do you make eastern music more accessible to western ears?

Tom Sekowski (courtesy of the GAZ-ETA website)


The ancient science of yoga meets modern music technology on this compilation of electronic dance grooves, gravelly chants and meditative soundscapes. Electronic music visionary Bill Laswell produced, arranged or performed on four of the seven tracks and Ashtanga master Pattabhi Jois can be heard offering an opening invocation and the mantra on Om Shantih Shantih Shantih which was recorded in India at the dedication of the Krishnamacharya temple in Cowshika, India. Along with tabla rhythms, Sanskrit lyrics and that unmistakable East Indian drone, are the Jamaican flavors of dub, on I’ve Got a Passion, and the sinuous saxophone wails of avant-garde Jazz great Pharaoh Sanders on the culminating track, Samadhi State. His performance and the track itself are the disc’s crowning jewels, capping a funky, mysterious and ethereal record with unbridled joy.

Adam Skolnick


Asana: the execution of Yogic postures. The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. Picture (but don't stare) naked yogis on the banks of the Ganges, their skin smeared with ashes from the cremation pyre to remind themselves of the body's impermanence, their foreheads painted with the insignia of Shiva, the god of destruction. These are the traditional practitioners of Asana. Twenty centuries later the eccentric Asana enthusiast's are the musicians who create the images of Yoga. Be it integrated in the modern lofts of N.Y. or the quiet streets of suburbia. Bill Laswell's newest compilation Asana 3 doesn't quite make an album for Yoga practice, but does effectively portray the audio textures of South Asia.

Being the 3rd in a series Asana has covered a lot of sonic ground. Fortunately with this release were spared from Material's Devata (vol.2) and Mantra (vol.1) redoux's with the same melody and tabla samples over-used in dozens of other originals. Which brings to mind: where does an artist draw the line when using the same samples in different releases? Regardless of the past, the newest installment is by far the strongest. It still draws on the neo hippie clichés and blunders delivering those of us who have heard "Om Shanti" too many times, to another chapter of Melodic & Melodramatic Mantras™. Even still, hearing sexy "shanti" accompanied by electric guitars can be a surrealistic if not cacophonous experience. If that's your cup of chai, then look no further. There's no one who can do it better then these guys, and they make sure to fill in every track with modern mantra's.

When chosing producers for a compilation called "Asana 3" one would have to examine what Asana literally means. Basically it's a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation. Asha Puthli's "Asha," a Bhangra-Esque-Tech-House track, will definitely get people dancing. The movement of pumping yo' body like a dolphin on crack is a surefire way to attain physical strength and stamina. Bill Laswell's "Aman" is an excellent example of how one should use mantra samples to make the listener delve even deeper into Samadhi. Being such an extended, track the drum loops can become a monotonous drone, but the tabla makes it interesting enough from becoming boring. As usual he delivers, and I find this to be the highlight of the album and his best this year. Karsh Kale's "Oceanic" fit's the name to a tee. A flowing sporadic beat reminiscent of superbly produced IDM enhanced and improved by meditative mantra's and thunderous tabla's. Like the sun salutation, its prodigious series of movements is completely suffused with spiraling Prana. Those of us too busy for yoga can still do our Asanas... even if they comprise of putting on this album and turning the volume up. Way up.

DJ Advent (courtesy of the Ethno Techno website)