Dulce Joya | Reality of Dreams

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Reality of Dreams

by Dulce Joya

Dulce Joya: "This album reflects my deepest sensations and meditations from the contradiction or the harmony between reality and dreams." Are dreams reality or realty a dream??, I think both." Her compositional style is characterized by many influences!
Genre: Classical: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Romantic Power
5:51 $0.99
2. Call of the King
5:03 $0.99
3. Lights and Shadows
5:49 $0.99
4. Sad Moments
6:13 $0.99
5. Magical Ride
6:23 $0.99
6. Price of Love
4:00 $0.99
7. Shadows of My Soul
6:29 $0.99
8. Stormchild
6:01 $0.99
9. Winter Dreams
3:42 $0.99
10. Bleeding Heart
4:45 $0.99
11. Fallen Angel
8:13 $0.99
12. Goodbye
5:24 $0.99
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Candice Michelle

Tastefully ornamented with a passionately epic pizzazz!
Classically trained pianist and composer Dulce Joya began her musical studies at the age of six at an arts school in her native Cuba. Having studied, performed and taught music in Colombia, Austria and her current home of Germany, she creates solo piano vistas that blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy. Weaving elements of classical, progressive rock and theater music into the twelve compositions that comprise her glowing debut album, Reality of Dreams is a potent manifestation of this versatile composer’s ability to write musical poetry inspired by philosophical musings and novel-like romance.

“Romantic Power” is a dynamic opener that immediately showcases Dulce Joya’s boldly intricate piano-playing, as she effortlessly moves through the registers. Like with most of her other pieces on this album, she places much emphasis in the lower keys, which notably contributes to the overall richness and solemnity of her compositions. The next piece, “Call of the King”, feels appropriately regal and processional-like while displaying a renaissance flair. The composer then smoothly connects the middle bridge with a fluttering figure on the keys before eventually reverting to a more pronounced motif.

One of my favorite pieces the album is “Shadows of my Soul”, a contemplative number that passes through several tonal phases, while its neatly stringed-together fragments perhaps mirror the many aspects and complexities of one’s psyche. I’m also particularly fond of the aptly-titled “Winter Dreams”, a more spacious and slower-placed number which indeed exudes both wintry and dreamlike quality.

“Fallen Angel” precedes the album’s final piece at a lengthy 8:13 minutes with a notably classical and complex arrangement. A wholly immersive musical suite, the melody cascades with a powerful force like majestic river rapids, eventually subsiding towards the end into a delicate stream. And finally, the heartfelt “Goodbye” is perhaps not as wistful as its title may suggest, but rather exudes an air of optimistic solace.

Impressively cinematic and theatrical in her approach, Dulce Joya is simply a natural at musical narration, her compositions striking a perfect balance between vivid expression and subtle inflection at all the right moments. An artistically mature debut from a top-notch composer, Reality of Dreams is chock-full of sweepingly beautiful passages. It will especially appeal to listeners who appreciate neoclassical piano that's tastefully ornamented with a passionately epic pizzazz!

Steve Sheppard

Fall head over heals with the music
We welcome debut artist Dulce Joya, her power and intensity on piano is about to make itself felt across the planet, this is an artist who is here to make a statement in music, and Reality of Dreams her first album, is one of the most glorious declarations to make
Let’s take a trip through music with the artist now and enjoy the theatre of this new album. We start by pulling back the curtains on the first piece called Romantic Power, this full flowing opus of grandeur is one that illustrates the intense nature of love and romance perfectly, note the strength and softness combined here, a stunning composition to start with.
Don’t let the gentle opening fool you, this next offering is as powerful as they come it is called Call of the King. This is the perfect offering for a pure understanding of the method of build and progression within music. The essence here is indeed regal in its purpose and wonderfully majestic throughout its grand performance, this is a piece you could get totally lost within.
One of my personal favourites from the album is the really moody and passion filled Lights and Shadows, the start is so deep, but incredibly picturesque and fluent, I found the passion here pulled me in and created at every corner a fascinating vista of solo piano to enjoy through this outstanding offering, and for some reason, one that reminded me greatly of one of the piano greats of all time in Elton John, this is simply amazing.
Let’s now move to the piece called Sad Moments, here Dulce Joya brings us a moment of reflection, but one that is still bathed in an incredibly passionate performance. Her energy and style on this offering is not only crafted, it is beautifully composed, to bring us a full flowing almost classical feel to the piece at times, then creating the mood of the more traditional new age solo piano style as well, quite breath-taking indeed.
It’s time to get ready for a Magical Ride. The intent here is set, but the artist manifests a moment of smoothness, that soon evolves into something so up tempo and, well, magical! The tones seem to swirl all around us like Dorothy in the Tornado above Kansas and then again slowly settle. One can feel through this track alone the symbiotic partnership with the piano, one that has grown since the age of six years, and now continues to expand on this her debut album.
As we reach to the top of the mountain, this half way point is illustrated perfectly by the graphic and emotive strains of the next offering called Price of Love. The combination of serenity and careful attention to detail is strong here, there is such a level of emotion within this piece it is impossible to not feel the imploring nature of performance and arrangement here.
Shadows of My Soul now stands before us and the versatility that Joya employs is stunning and her technique flawless, this is solo piano at its best and here on this track we have another moment of retrospect, a moment perhaps of crisis, and all that combines to give us one of the most stunning presentations of emotive solo piano you’re ever likely to hear. I listened to this composition a few times and found darkness of the corner where my own emotions were laying, and in this tumult of confusion I found the one thing through this music that I need today, resolve.
I’m not entirely sure if I have been as totally enraptured by a solo piano album as this one, it has kept me rooted to my seat and waiting for the next part in this musical play, which is called Reality of Dreams. That moment of recital is the very classy Stormchild, apart from adoring the title, once more I had to remember to breathe and go with the flow of the piece. As I listened, in my mind’s eye I could hear lyrics, and has the imaginings of this being performed on a grand stage with an orchestra and singer.
We are now indeed in winter and this is to some a sad time of the year, the sun hides from the day, the clouds keep it prisoner, and the dreaming fields of yesterday seem to weep tears of ice on the horizon, so perhaps this very offering entitled Winter Dreams could be the soundtrack for this mental perambulation of sombre tone and mood. Regardless, this is a track that I loved deeply; the minor nature here is sublime, and does indeed manifest the opportunity to dream within winter.
What I really like about this artist is that she creates the tracks overall narrative from the very first few moments of the song, the mood is set, the heart engaged; now it’s time for us to follow her musings, so off we go once more through this opus called Bleeding Heart. The composition and explorative mood of this piece is fantastic, it’s almost an anthem to the heart, one that may have been broken many times, but for some reason always seems to have the desire to live again.
We now have then penultimate offering of the album to bathe within, this is also the longest piece off the release and called Fallen Angel. The enactment of this classic moment in music is one of those that you simply need to take your time over, so sit yourself down with a drink, close your eyes and enjoy the next eight minutes plus of a truly memorable and most grand opus of utterly incredible and descriptive solo piano. After listening to this piece on numerous occasions I think this is one track I would really love to see the artist perform live, it has that wow factor!
The very last port of call on this tour of majestic and fluent music is called Goodbye. The artist has cleverly created for us the perfect composition to leave the concert with, the show comes to and end and the curtains are about to drop on what is simply the best arrangement to part ways with; power, glory and gratitude can all be found here.
Reality of Dreams is one of the best solo piano albums I have come across this year with ease. Dulce Joya has all the energy of a debut artist, but one who has learned and grown well, and will clearly be a big name in the genre for many years to come.
Dulce Joya quotes Plato who said ““Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” I would like to add to the great philosophers quote by adding one of my own, “Music is the only known truth in the universe, it is the sunshine on a winters day, it is the shade in the corner of a dusty attic, it is the very fabric and core of the entire universe, that we exist in” and albums like Reality of Dreams will highlight the passion, power, intensity and emotive possibilities we all have to contribute to our own reality; perhaps this album is a soundtrack in its own right for our own personal actualities. It would be impossible not to recommend this release, as I am sure that all who purchase it will fall head over heels in love with it.

Pam Asberry

Pianist and composer Dulce Joya began her classical studies at age six at an arts school in her native Cuba and has spent her life living, studying, performing and teaching music in Colombia, Austria and her current home of Germany.
Her debut solo piano collection “Reality of Dreams” finds her taking what she describes as a “fantastic trip to an individual universe,” a realm of fulfilled expression that captures her belief that there is truly no frontier between fantasy and reality. While Dulce cites Frederic Chopin as her primary influence on the piano, her compositions also draw inspiration from her dreams, theater music, progressive rock, rock ballads and notable contemporary composers such as Vangelis and Enya. As a result, her work is almost impossible to categorize; as she puts it, I prefer to enjoy the freedom to travel from one style to another fluidly that gives me flexibility and management of tempo, rhythm and different harmonies – like a game between tension and relaxation.”

The album opens with the showstopper “Romantic Power.” This virtuosic piece explores the entire range of the keyboard in an elegant and flowing fashion and is followed by the epic “Call of the King.” Imagine the monarch’s stirring speech as he inspires his subjects to join him on a noble campaign for a just cause, acknowledging the inevitable suffering that will be endured but promising victory in the end. “Lights and Shadows” is a study in contrasts and made me think of the speech in which Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Sad Moments” is a solemn processional; the cinematic “Magical Ride” is alternately frenzied and calm; sometimes, it’s as if the listener is being pursued by something sinister but then the music becomes quieter, almost mysterious. Many stories come to mind! The Lisztian “Pride of Love” is tender and emotional and captures the many moods of love. “Shadows of My Soul” alternates between phrases of swelling luminescence and intense darkness and melancholy.

“Stormchild” “shares the joy of childhood memories, alternating between innocence and exuberance; listening to “Winter Dreams” is like looking out onto a peaceful snow-scape and letting the mind wander. The sentimental “Bleeding Heart” is followed by the musically complex “Fallen Angel,” another piece worthy of a narrative. The album comes to a heartfelt close with “Goodbye” – which to me, wasn’t so sad as it was determined.

Dulce Joya is an amazing musical storyteller, a gifted pianist and a brilliant composer and "Reality of Dreams" is absolutely stunning. Highly recommended!