"This was my introduction to the totally original and wonderfully imaginative vocal artist, Ravenna Michalsen. Dharmasong is her second CD, a collection of eight original and ancient dharma-inspired songs. (Her first CD, Bloom, came out about two years ago.) This is definitely not the kind of namby-pamby wallpaper music you hear while getting a massage at your local spa. It’s gutsy, powerful, colorful, and as deeply devotional singing as you’ll ever hear. Think Buddhist gospel music and that’s what Ravenna does. Her pure and clear voice is skillfully combined with a lush and atmospheric soundscape, and the sparse textures help to spotlight the breadth of her emotional range."
"The adjective 'meditative' might seem too appropriate for an album of Buddhist-inspired songs, but there's really no better way to describe this effortless, enchanting music. With an absolutely impeccable sense of phrasing an pure, confident vocals, Michalsen inhabits her sometimes a cappella music with integrity and grace..."
-New Haven Advocate
"LAST YEAR, we added an entry to The Worst Horse's Link-o-Pedia, for a Buddhist songwriter and performer listed simply as "Ravenna." That entry said: She lists her influences as Tegan and Sara, Joan Baez, Milarepa, and Sakyong Mipham, among others. Half-acoustic, half-electronic; just right for the wee small hours. But the 28 year-old Ravenna -- full name, Ravenna Michalsen -- is not the kind of musician for whom the word "influences" can be seen as a polite way of saying "the people who I rip off." Instead, she seems to take the best of those influences -- including an experimental, "let's try it" spirit -- and puts it all not only into her work but into her life. Her new, self-released CD, Dharmasong, reflects that spirit..."