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Sounds of Indonesia in Christel Veraart’s 'Lotus Dreams'

Marcel Thee

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, May 23, 2019  /  10:01 am
Sounds of Indonesia in Christel Veraart’s 'Lotus Dreams'

New exploration: Christel Veraart just launched her latest album, 'Lotus Dreams'. (Courtesy of Christel Veraart /-)

Inspired by the wealth of her travels around the world, Dutch musician Christel Veraart has created many albums of tranquility and meditative moments. Her latest album, Lotus Dreams, finds her a long way from home – again. Having lived in places such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States, she now calls Jakarta home. Though the new album is still influenced by sounds of other places, her environment has given her yet another new source of inspiration. A recipient of multiple composing grants and film industry awards, Veraart’s music has always blended the sounds of her Western musical background with whatever surroundings she is in. “World music influences were added as a logical result of my wanderings and handed me the tools to capture my adopted lands in sound,” she says. “Western and world influences, together with the natural...