Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, New Age
For more than 25 years, Patrick Bernard has researched the healing power of sounds, melodies, harmonies and rhythms. To hear his unique music has not only a relaxing effect on body, mind and soul, but has in addition a ... more »
For more than 25 years, Patrick Bernard has researched the healing power of sounds, melodies, harmonies and rhythms. To hear his unique music has not only a relaxing effect on body, mind and soul, but has in addition a literally salutary effect, because he is singing in Sanskrit and other holy languages. Atlantis Angelis is his debut from 1990. Magada.
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Deanne | Australia | 04/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a most beautiful CD. I can't believe I am the first to review it for Amazon...
My family and I have been listening to it for 10 years and now our 15 yr old son has re-membered it from childhood and is playing it at many bedtimes. I think it is very subtly transformative!!! Solaris Universalis is as beautiful - maybe a little more uplifting wheras this one takes you very deep.
Very very beautiful. So Im here at Amazon to hunt up a newy from Patrick. Two CD's are just not enough!!!..."
C. Bye | Canada | 12/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not too sure how to describe this CD. I first heard it at a friend's. As I was listening to the first track it was like a soothing calmness came over me. I own many New Age and Spiritual CDs from a variety of gifted artist ........... and I enjoy them very much, but something about this haunting music is so incredible that I went out and bought the CD after hearing only that first track - and I was not disappointed in the rest of it! I'd never heard of Patrick Bernhardt before and was pleased to discover that he was a fellow Canadian. Some of his other work holds no appeal to me but there is just "something" about this CD that I can find no words to describe. I bought Atlantis Angelis several years ago and it remains my all-time favourite CD."
Healing Sounds For Mind And Body
Mike B. | 05/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fans of Mike Oldfield and Popol Vuh will find much to like on this debut CD by Patrick Bernhardt (now known as Patrick Bernard). All of these artists share a spiritual proclivity and an enthusiasm for blending a variety of world music.
In Bernard's case, he likes to combine eastern chants and mantras with mostly western instrumentation. He's fond of using synthesizer, piano, acoustic guitar, and multi-layered backing vocals to create a celestial atmosphere. The result is very beautiful and soothing.
Patrick was born and raised for the first 10 years of his life in the (at the time) French colony of Algeria in North Africa, but spent his teen and adult years in Canada. He currently resides in California. I mention this because he speaks French, and his languid and charming accent imbues his vocals with the romantic intimacy long associated with that language. These are, however, love songs in praise of God. Also, they are sung in neither French or English - but Sanskrit and other sacred languages.
Though the first half of the CD is given various song titles, it is actually an extended suite of the Hindu mantra "Jaya Radha Madhava". On the cassette version that I bought when this was first released, this suite comprised all of side one. To this day I regard it as the most gorgeous and perfect side one of this kind of music I've ever heard. Side two was almost as good. Again, though given different song titles, it was really an extended suite of "Om Mani Padme Hum" from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, with a dash of the Hindu "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya". For good measure he throws in phrases taken from the Vedas that were designed to strengthen various parts of the body, unblock energy, and open the soul to your mind. It's all interwoven with the nonsense phrase "atlantis angelis", just to make it all - oh, I don't know - more mysterious!
Patrick Bernard deserves better than to be lumped in with the "new age" crowd. These suites ebb and flow like classical music compositions. They contain "movements" and connecting passages. The synth often sounds like an orchestra. Occasionally you'll hear chiming church bells or the sound of ocean waves, but he keeps these embellishments to a bare minimum. It's not jazzy like the ECM label output, nor is it as wispy as Windham Hill's recordings. It bears more resemblance to Oldfield's "Ommadawn" or Popol Vuh's "For You And Me". He's a charter member of this select group of musicians that popularized cultural cross-pollination, which we see in wide practice today.
Bernard followed up with "Solaris Universalis", which was another best-seller. He's continued along this path, even incorporating Hebrew, Christian, and Sufi chants into his repertoire. He's like a honeybee, collecting nectar from wherever he can find it.
These titles are out of print. Bernard only recently came into ownership of his back-catalogue, and has started his own label Devi Communications Inc. to issue his recordings. They have been retitled, and are currently available as follows: Atlantis and Solaris' Sanskrit chants comprise the new CD "Bhakti Yoga Mantra". Atlantis and Solaris' angelic and Incan incantations comprise the new CD "Angelic Presence". He remixed, remastered, and re-ordered their tracks - and both are beautifully reinvented sonic tapestries woven together from these beloved classics.
On a personal note: When this came out, I lent it to a friend who had allowed drugs to ruin his life. His wife and young children left him, and he was alone in their neglected apartment. He told me he played this day and night with headphones on, with tears streaming down his face. During those days he kicked his habit, and never looked back. After a time he won back his wife and kids, they moved to the country, and have been well ever since.
So - thank you Patrick Bernard. Such is the power of your transformative, transcendental music."