Stellamara | The Seven Valleys

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The Seven Valleys

by Stellamara

Rising from within Turkish, Arabic, Balkan, Medieval European and Persian musical traditions, Stellamara expresses sublime devotion to the music of eastern cultures with extraordinarily beautiful vocals and instrumentation.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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2. Seven Valleys
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3. Zablejalo Mi Agance
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4. Baraka
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5. Nida
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6. Kurdi Taksim
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8. Firtina
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9. Maliks
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10. Kyrie Eleison
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11. Persephone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Stellamara is a global symphony spun through minarets and grounded in the earth."
* * * * * - John Diliberto/ Pulse!/Echoes

"It has become to easy to compare anything that
sounds remotely Middle Eastern to Dead Can Dance.
Though indeed similar to DCD, if Stellamara had
formed first they would be the comparative standard...
Drakulich has as singular a vocal style as Lisa Gerrard does, but with the added allure of a siren"
- Alternative Press

"Stellamara manage to maintain a balance of reverence for the music of other peoples cultures with a haunting elegance of expression."
-Electronic Musician

"[Stellamara] is an earthly blend of ethereal hymns and instrumental reveries with the benefit of contemporary ambient atmospherics"
- Alternative Press

" There is retro and then there is retro... the group time-travels across continents, channeling transcultural rhythms and melodies into a striking contemporary amalgam... Stellamara cuts directly to the devotional essence of music and that's the only kind of
retro that matters."
- S.F. Weekly

"[Stellamara's] music is ancient and mysterious as candle lit catacombs; one can almost smell the smoke of oriental incense tinged with primeval earthen molds... If you like the music of Dead Can Dance, you'll love Stellamara's dark hypnotic tapestry of sound."
-New Age Voice

"Some of the most ancient melodies and rhythms of the world drawn into the modern style of electronic ambient music...The result is timeless music that has depth, inner resonance and mystery...You are gonna love Stellamara."
- Album Network

"Stellamara combines understanding of diverse sourses of music with an ear for accesible grooves, perfect for music fans ready to move beyond the easier sounds of Enya or Peter Gabriel's Passion."
--Exclaim!

"...The results are more than impressive...Often achingly beautiful...
inspiration and solace."
--Aiding and Abetting


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Mike Ward

Listen to Zablejalo mi Agance.
Like Dead Can Dance's "Host of Seraphim" this is heaven music.

Jack Wise

fantastic, loved the vocal and drums

Pier Paolo Conconi


Bellissimo!

Amy L

Beautiful music and a great second album
I was happy to see that CD Baby carries Stellamara, and ordered The Seven Valleys as soon as I saw it (great price and service). Though I prefer their first album (to me it's a little more distinctive) Stellamara have still put together an incredible bunch of music. The vocals are beautiful, and I love their use of percussion. The sound clips will give you a good idea of what's on the album.

Craig Gidney

Immortal Memories
The dreams, prayers and folktales of Eastern Europe are woven together with traditional instruments and electronic ambience. Stunning vocals and richly orchestrated, this has a timeless, sepia-tinged quality.

carole

Beautiful
I loved it.. definately worth checking out.

Charles

Wonderfully Atmospheric Music!
After reading a short review on this group in Common Ground I thought I would check Stellamara out- and am I glad I did! The music is very similiar to Dead Can Dance. However, there is a definite siren quality to the lead singer's voice. Think of one of the sirens of Circe tempting Ulysses and you get the idea. In short, wonderful, unearthly, haunting and simply unforgettable.

Shalom Ormsby

Heavenly!
I feel incapable of expressing how transcendently beautiful this music is. I can't imagine that angels sing any more divinely than Sonja Drakulich does, or that any musicians on heaven or earth get deeper into the musical flow than the musicians of Stellamara do. This is music from the heart, to the heart, of the highest imaginable level of creative integrity. This is one of those rare, timeless, priceless releases that gets deeper and richer the more you listen to it. Five stars aren't near enough to rate this work of refined musical art.

Mimi

Hauntingly Beautiful
I love this CD. I found it quite by accident, just browsing the CDBaby site. I'd never heard of Stellamara before, but was able to listen to clips on the site (thank you, CDBaby!) and knew I had to buy this one. The music is rich, haunting, sensuous... music you'd imagine the mermaids listen to. I love this for meditation, for lulling me to sleep, or for those times when I'm stressed and need to just sit with a cup of tea and calm down.

Steve

Mesmerizing--I paint to this music
I have been working on a series of 72 paintings for nearly 2 years ("72 Virgins"). Nearly complete, I began searching for the perfect music to accompany the exhibit for its opening--this is it! Meditative and hauntingly beautiful; Drakulich's voice transports you to another realm. I highly recommend this CD!
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