Music for mindfulness | Yuval Ron feat Úyanga Bold: Sacred Spiral (Metta Mindfulness Music / 6 February 2022)

Music for mindfulness
Yuval Ron feat Úyanga Bold: Sacred Spiral
(Metta Mindfulness Music / 6 February 2022)

Composer, guitarist and peace activist Yuval Ron teams up with luminous vocalist Úyanga Bold and a crew of international musicians on this release of music for mindfulness. However, I'd venture to say you don't need to be part of the mindfulness movement to appreciate the music on its own merits, and as the backdrop for work or any calmer moments. 

Yuval Ron - Sacred Spiral

To celebrate the release of "Sacred Spiral", Yuval Ron, and Executive Producer of Metta Mindfulness Music, Dr. Richard Gold, are hosting a livestream event as they take an inside look at the creation of Sacred Spiral, a meditative and healing album featuring the world-renowned singer, Úyanga Bold.

Participants will get to listen to excerpts of this enlightening music, watch behind the scenes videos on the creation of this album, and hear from the composer, Yuval Ron, and Executive Producer, Dr. Richard Gold.

The music has a real sense of majesty and wonder, almost cinematic in its scope, and resonates on an emotional level. In Ethereal Voyage, voice and instruments merge into an undulating wave of sound. The music swells and ebbs in a gentle rhythm. It's compelling, but also calming.

Úyanga Bold
Úyanga Bold

The music was composed and arranged by Yuval Ron, with all the vocal tracks performed by Úyanga Bold. Bold is an interesting vocalist, with a rich tone and a range of expression, from a throaty lower end to a liquid higher range, a whisper to an urgent shout. 

Her voice is joined by an intriguing series of instrumental arrangements, from a melancholy flügelhorn juxtaposed with jaw harp (on Voice of Freedom), to the sweetness of Bansuri flute (Mysteries of the Heart) and more. Ron has assembled a super group of international musicians to flesh out the music, including Shye Ben Tzur, Pandit Nayan Ghosh, James Hood, Chugge Khan, Dennis Karmazyn, Andrew Carney, Brien Engle, Andjru Werderitsch and Kenneth Goff.

The combinations are imaginative, and keep the sound fresh. Mind Vision Invocation shimmers with the sound of birds, water running, vocals, and the PANArt Hang, a kind of hand percussion that resembles steel drums in terms of tone. 

The album was recorded in studios around the world, from Mumbai to Tel Aviv, Atlanta, Georgia to Grass Valley, California. 

Úyanga Bold in the studio
Úyanga Bold in the studio

From the Artists:

“This music is truly stunning and healing. A breathtaking multi-colored and multidimensional journey through the sublime... May many souls benefit. The title Sacred Spiral is powerfully compelling, evoking the mystery, intelligent design, and harmony of creation.” - Úyanga Bold

“Beyond being transporting, cinematic, and meditative, this album is a breath-taking showcase of Úyanga’s amazing voice, her range of vocal expression, and spiritual depth. Her astounding vocal performances with so many colors and nuances and her ability to take my melodies to high and deep places are the wonders of this project. I am grateful to Dr. Richard Gold who initiated and supported this unique undertaking” - Yuval Ron

Track List: 1. Ethereal Voyage; 2. Voice of Freedom; 3. Mind Vision Invocation; 4. Mysteries of the Heart; 5. Water of Forgiveness; 6. Darkness into Light; 7. Deep Earth Chant

Personnel: Brien Engle - Glass harp (Ethereal Voyage); Andrew Carney - Flugelhorn (Voice of Freedom); Chugge Khan - Jaw Harp (Voice of Freedom); James Hood - PanArt Hang (Mind Vision Invocation); Shye Ben Tzur - Bansuri flute and vocals (Mysteries of the Heart); Pandit Nayan Ghosh – Sitar (Water of Forgiveness); Dennis Karmazyn – Cello (Darkness into Light); Kenneth Goff – Gongs (Deep Earth Chant); Andjru Werderitsch – Didgeridoo (Deep Earth Chant); Drones programming for all tracks: Christopher Whotherspoon and Yuval Ron