August 2013: Buddha Dances
is inspired by Siddartha a novel written by Hermann Hesse.
A story of a man named Siddartha and his unrelenting search for
A truth that is essential for a simple harmonious relationship with
His journey of self- discovery leads him to abandon the path of
the Brahmins for the path of the Samanas. He becomes an ascetic
aspiring to reach spiritual light and peace of mind. Renouncing all his material possessions he becomes a homeless wanderer.
Siddartha travels many paths. Some of which prove to dead ends he
abandons and some which lead him further to his destination.
The path of the Samanas leads Siddartha to the path of the Gotama,
and eventually to the radically alternative path of the material
world with Kamala and Kamaswami. He does not give up his search
and continues to take whatever path is available. Seeking to reach
an understanding of life or Nirvana. There are many paths we all
This album is made with love and care. Wishing you safely home.
Listen and dance!
note Sept. 27 - 2004: Crystal Silence!
On their second
album for PRUDENCE the Dutch new instrumental group Althea W., who
had found many friends across the world with their contributions
to the compilations "Buddha Lounge", "Mystic Celtic"
and "Spirit Of Freedom" take the listener on an enchanting
trip through the human mind.
Bram Schenk, the mastermind behind Althea W., had deliberately seeked
a state of great mental peace when starting with the sessions to
this album in late summer of 2003. During the six months of recording
Bram started each day with meditations and a one hour walk through
the meadows around his home village, before entering the studio.
Then he started the daily dialogues with his instruments and computers
unrestricted by mundane problems and thoughts.
As on the successful first Althea W. album "Sinners And Saints"
the 10 tracks on "Crystal Silence" offer a sensual and
quietly cheerful mix of modern ambient sounds and ethnic elements.
Very melodic and always gently swinging the unmistakable Althea
W. sound incorporates African influences (stemming from Brams studies
of the Oya religion), spheric soundscapes in the tradition of Tangerine
Dream, modern trance grooves and sometimes even a subtle dose of
funk (as in "Space Dance" or in "Jaco Miles Away",
a touching tribute to the late great fusion bassist Jaco Pastorius).
A very beautiful, entertaining and uplifting kind of silence indeed!
note March 18 - 2002: Ambience with a swinging groove!
W is the brainchild of the outstanding Dutch composer and producer
and multi instrumentalist Bram Schenk. Schenk once started his musical
career as a drummer but found his musical voice when he toured as
a keyboard player with a band called Painting House during the 70's.
His mindset and attitude towards the world was pretty much shaped
by the Flower Power era. Like many other artists around the world
his experiences during this revolutionary era opened his mind for
foreign cultures, especially those of the Far East, which have a
strong influence on his music. In recent years Bram Schenk has built
himself a state of the art studio.
Some tracks of Althea W were already
released to great acclaim on successful compilations like "Buddha
Lounge", "Mystic Celtic" and "Spirit of Freedom".
They now reappear on the first full-length Althea W-album "Sinners
Bram Schenk pleasantly
surprise his listeners with a style which they call Magic Realism,
a stunning combination of catchy melody lines with space ambience
and a swinging groove." (click
for more info)