Stellamara began when vocalist Sonja Drakulich followed her vision and created a vehicle for the development of devotional music based in Near Eastern and medieval modal traditions. Extraordinary musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds have since come together within the vessel of Stellamara, creating original music with a common intention: to celebrate love, beauty and unity through transcendent harmony, perfect dissonance and passionate rhythm.
Rooted in Turkish, Arabic, Balkan, Medieval European and Persian musical traditions, Stellamara carries a deep devotion to the music of these cultures and transmits it with a unique timeless expression.
At Stellamara’s core are Sonja Drakulich and multi-instrumentalist Gari Hegedus. Together with co-writer / cellist Rufus Cappodocia, clarinetist Peter Jaques, percussionist Faisal Zedan and multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Evan Frasier, they weave together a bridge of inspired musical intensity that has the ability to completely transport the listener to far away places known and unknown, yet all too rarely visited.
Stellamara is currently celebrating their 3rd critically acclaimed CD release The Golden Thread, which was recorded with their mentors and collaborators Ross Day and Kelly Thoma, on the island of Crete.
With their world-renowned discogragraphy and high level of licensing and film score placements, Stellamara is at the forefront in creating highly innovative recordings and performances. They are internationally regarded as a new model in contemporary world music and have developed as an ever expanding vehicle, revealing sublime new levels of mystery, beauty and depth.