Cover art is hand silkscreened paper from Japan
1. The Forest of Brinda (Durga) (1998) 12.31
meruvina: sitar, tabla, kalimba, finger cymbal, kawala, piri, french horn, rainstick, Javanese, African, and North and South American percussion, tanpura
2. Luminous Realms (Marwa) (1998) 60.25
meruvina: trumpet, tabla, Indian, African, Near Eastern and Japanese percussion, tanpura
The Forest of Brinda is the third and highest level of heaven where Krishna resides along with the Gopis. Shortly after the music begins, an electronic percussion ostinato enters, which was inspired by the electronic music of Joel Chadabe and David Behrman. This is followed by a melodic figure which is repeated throughout the piece by a wide range of instrumental colors, from finger cymbal to french horn. The swiftly moving tabla was inspired by Alla Rakha's son, Zakir Hussain.