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donna de lory : Product Reviews

 
Lover and the Beloved
Ecstatic, Joyous
Donna DeLory started her music career as a backing singer/dancer for a variety of pop stars in the late 80's, most notably Madonna whom she still works and performs with to this day. 

The Lover And The Beloved 
is a solo project from the waifish singer, on which she explores Sanskirt mantras in a contemporary setting.  The music has an ecstatic, joyous quality with upbeat instrumentation presented using harmonium, flutes, cello, tabla and synthesizer ambience.  DeLory's vocals have been compared to those of Tori Amos, which is not far off - both have a unique range that sways from light and delicate to rich and deep.  Guest artists include Dave Stringer and Domonic Dean Breaux.

- Music Design In Review, May/June 2004

 
Lover and the Beloved
Yogitimes-April 2004
Multi-layered production with attention to detail, soaring vocals that are dynamic one moment, subtly whispered the next; Donna De Lory delivers a euphorically dance influenced album of tremendous intensity and soul. Not content with the simplicity of chants, "The Lover & The Beloved" supplies a deep and varied percussion bed in which to swaddle oneself and groove the night away.

Donna possesses a unique background when related to this particular genre of contemporary music and song. For you see, up on stage next to Madonna, singing and dancing the tour away is De Lory herself, seemingly a world away from your neighborhood yoga studio.

Having her own share of hits and albums, it was her introduction to yoga that inspired Donna to combine the influences of modern beats with ancient Indian mantras. Although most of the album consists of the former, it’s the final track that truly reveals the depth and versatility of this amazing artist. "Samba Sadashiva" is all about the super after hours chill, delicately laying you down into a transcendental state.

Pick this one up and look forward to the next. Namaste.

 
Lover and the Beloved
The OC Metro, Review by Jennifer Corday, May 2004
This is a must-have for any spiritual guru and yoga enthusiast. The Lover and the Beloved is an entire album of mantra. For those of you who have not experienced the healing and meditative power of music, this is a beautiful collection of songs for you to begin your transcendental journey.

Perhaps best known for her work as backup dancer for Madonna, De Lory is an incredible singer, songwriter, and musician in her own right. This is her second full-length album, available at bookstores, yoga stores and health related businesses across the nation.

Well produced by Dave Dale and Donna De Lory, the album takes you on a spiritual journey through a lush soundscape that will hypnotize and delight your senses. De Lory plays the harmonium, and sings with the voice of an angel, floating in and out the music with chants like Ganapati Om, Om Nama Shivaya and Hare Krishna.

A myriad of interesting hand drums and percussion are mixed in with programmed loops while Cameron Stone’s cello gives the recording an organic sound, adding bottom end and texture. The album was released by Ajna Music, a small record label in the valley dedicated to promoting world music with spiritual overtones. For more information on the label, visit anjamusic.com

 
Lover and the Beloved
Sounds of the Sacred, May 8, 2004, By Adam Skolnick
Amidst the gloaming, hundreds filtered into the intimate Ford Theater tucked against the Hollywood Hills. The stage was adorned with Tibetan art, and sheltered by a verdant canopy of palms, pines and cypress. Though, not as jaw dropping impressive as the Bowl, the Ford Theatre is a landmark venue, and on this night was graced by an up-and-coming kirtan maven and a well-known chant artist.

It’s not often that the opening act steals a show, but that was arguably the case here. Donna De Lory has a definite pop appeal, remains true to the spirit of kirtan and her music is refreshingly personal. She played harmonium and sang, and her band – Cameron Stone on cello, Quinn on percussion and guitarist James Harrah - complimented her perfectly. A creative tension drives De Lory’s work. Acoustic instrumentation grounds her music, while her passionate voice transcends the traditional confines of folk and kirtan. This interplay has produced an original and captivating sound that recalls Sarah McLaughlin and Enya. She glided through Ma Durga and Om Namah Shivaya, traditional mantras tinged in her own distinctive style, and she brought the house down with her rendition of Joseph Arthur’s In The Sun.

Jai Uttal has a bigger name, a bigger band and a bigger sound. His Pagan Love Orchestra included tabla, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, four back-up singers, a dancer and the great Sufi musician, Omar Faruk Tekbilek on flute. Jai sang and played harmonium and his eclectic set included traditional Hindu mantras – one with a reggae rhythm, a Hebrew prayer, and a cover of the Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows. Uttal’s best moments came when Tekbilek’s flute accompanied Uttal’s powerful tenor as the band laid back or when Tekbilek let his voice go in spontaneous wails. Area vinyasa goddess, Shiva Rea, even joined the group on stage with her sticky mat for a spontaneous yoga workout. Her asana as ballet performance was unique, and added to Uttal’s loose, carnival like approach to the evening that the audience appreciated. But bigger is not always better, and, if you ask me, this was De Lory’s night.

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