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All Music Guide - L. Katz
The influences that contribute to this album are as diverse as any you'll find. Recorded in the San Francisco and released by the avant-garde independent label City of Tribes, it is an intriguing example of world music. The musical instrumentation is more Eastern than Western in its leanings. While everything from keyboard samples to cello can be heard on the recording, the standout instruments are the oud, riqq, hammered dulcimer, and other unusual Eastern strings and drums. Lead singer Sonja Drakulich has a floating, agile voice that is perfectly suited (and probably better trained) to the Eastern scale than the Western. Her interpretation of lyrics that are, in many cases, ...
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All Music Guide - L. Katz
The influences that contribute to this album are as diverse as any you'll find. Recorded in the San Francisco and released by the avant-garde independent label City of Tribes, it is an intriguing example of world music. The musical instrumentation is more Eastern than Western in its leanings. While everything from keyboard samples to cello can be heard on the recording, the standout instruments are the oud, riqq, hammered dulcimer, and other unusual Eastern strings and drums. Lead singer Sonja Drakulich has a floating, agile voice that is perfectly suited (and probably better trained) to the Eastern scale than the Western. Her interpretation of lyrics that are, in many cases, eight centuries old is masterful. However, the lack of traditional structure renders the melody line rather inaccessible to the average listener. The only track that really draws in the listener is "Del Mar Rojo," a song with lyrics composed by the Sephardic Jewry at the time of the Spanish Inquisition. On the flip side, the track most in keeping with the theme of the album may be "Leda": After a two-minute intro, it segues into a string passage so gentle you can almost forget you're listening to anything at all. The final track, a traditional Croatian song called "Oj Jabuko," is unusual because of its highly dissonant harmonies and percussion-driven structure. The timeless, lingering tone of the album brings to mind isolated monasteries, endless deserts, and ancient villages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/1997
  • Label: City Of Tribes
  • UPC: 758228501723
  • Catalog Number: 17

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Maris (5:16)
  2. 2 Kereshme (8:08)
  3. 3 Zephyrus (4:34)
  4. 4 Taqsim (1:45)
  5. 5 Del Mar Rojo (5:07)
  6. 6 Immrama (6:54)
  7. 7 Leda (2:16)
  8. 8 Karuna (9:09)
  9. 9 Oj Jabuko (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stellamara Primary Artist
Susu Pampanin Darbouka, Riqq
Gary Haggerty Violin, Viola
Jef Stott Guitar, Bells, Oud, Darbouka, Bendire, Doubek, Sampling, Hammered Dulcimer, Bendir
Sonia Drakulich Vocals, Bendire, Sampling, Zills, Bendir, Riqq
Marika Hughes Cello
Gari Hegedus Group Member
Michael Emenau Bells
Technical Credits
Gary Haggerty String Arrangements
Stellamara Arranger
Jef Stott Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Concept Design
Sonia Drakulich Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Concept Design
Jon Todd Archambault Engineer
Thomas Frank Engineer
Stephen Marsh Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning and fiercely exotic!

    This is one of my all-time favorite CDs! Sonja Drakulich sings historical Galician, Persian, Judeo-Spanish and Croatian lyrics with microtonal eastern flair, often in multi-tracked harmony with herself, and above ambient drones both acoustic and electronic. Violin, oud and hammered dulcimer add their distinctive tones and faculties, while deep drums effect a steady, resounding beat and darbukas (doumbecs) and other percussions weave swift and complex rhythms around it. This pieces, some exciting and fast paced, others mesmerizing and meditative, were written or arranged by Sonja Drakulich and Jeffrey Stott, and flow together seamlessly like rivers into the sea. There is plenty of improvisation, both instrumental and vocal, and the virtuosic hand-drumming of Stott and Susu Pampanin offers a passionate variety that no boringly repetitive electronic beat could ever match. Whereas some attempts to merge ambient and eastern music merely result in the watering down of both influences, here everything stands out with resonant depth and pure, sharp clarity. A must-have for any fan of world fusion music! If you like Stellamara, you¿ll also enjoy Vas, with singer Azam Ali and percussionist Greg Ellis, and the later work of the Angels of Venice and Loreena McKennitt.

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