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Shambhala Dance

by Barbara Markay

An exotic voyage of mysterious Asian and Middle Eastern melodies, full of powerful world beat grooves and beautifully blended together to create an atmosphere of intense, vital emotions both sensual and meditative at the same time.
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1. Atlantis
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2. Metamorphosis
9:13 $1.29
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3. Message from Morpheus
8:54 $1.29
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4. Your Fire
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5. Common Ground
7:17 $1.29
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6. Deep
9:31 $1.29
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7. The Gayatri
6:59 $1.29
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BARBARA has studied piano since she was a child. At the precocious age of ten she won a scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music where she graduated from the college division as a composer and pianist. She has worked with some of the top names in the industry, ranging from Quincy Jones, Martin Scorcese, & Michael Jackson (in the production of the "Bad" video) to Eric Clapton, Carly Simon and George Duke, and doing musical arrangements for the Saturday Night Live Band. She has performed with Bruce Willis, singing back up with his blues band, The Accelerators. In 1996 she was honored by being chosen as the music director for the annual Christmas play in Puttaparthi, India for Sathya Sai Baba. Barbara is influenced by the likes of Angelique Kidjo, Peter Gabriel, Robert Johnson, Celia Cruz, Caetano Veloso, Irakere, and Reverend Milt Brunson and the Mississippi Mass Choir.

Barbara first started out on a college tour with her group in England. She came back to the U.S. and performed in her original musical comedy review called "Little Lulu" in Miami Beach for a season before returning to New York City. There, she opened her new show at the famous Half Note Club on 52nd Street. In the 80's she had a hit record called "It's Alright" put out by WEA International in Holland for the European , Asian and South American market. It became #17 on the Billboard pop charts. The next year she had another hit in France called " I Don't Wanna be a Zombie" put out by the Musicdisc France Label. It became #2 on the French dance charts.

"...Barbara Markay's music awakens us to the calling of the universal rhythmic pulse which she so expertly weaves into her musical creations bringing us an experience full of sensuality, beauty and an understanding of our spirit's longing for the sublime..." 2004 shamballa review


New Age Review, March 7, 2005, RJ Lannan
What News from the East?

"The concept of Shambhala takes on many forms; a place for enlightenment to dwell within us or the kingdom of an illuminated society or perhaps a notion of a third dimension where compassion and dignity resides. Barbara Markay taps into the pulse of the planet and her perception of Shambhala to bring you an album of upbeat dance grooves, sultry Spanish percussion and ethnic-tinged instrumentals called Shambhala Dance.

As Markay suggests, the music provides meditation though dance. The seven track album has enough rhythmic music to keep you entranced for some time, so perhaps you may achieve a higher state or you may just enjoy swaying to the beat.

Joining Barbara on her journey to spiritual/musical enlightenment are guitarists Tim May and Alberto de Almar, violin player Eric Gorfain and vocalist Joseph Lecuona. Although there are only seven tunes on Shambhala Dance the shortest one is well over seven minutes and the longest is over nine minutes. Thus, there is much to energize and enthrall you within the fifty-seven minutes of music.

Atlantis is an incredible introduction to the power of Markay's music. In the song she begins with a strong beat and the tinkle of glass as Gorfain's ghostly violin score dances about to Middle Eastern rhythms and odd little nature sounds. You become fully engaged with the sad singing of the guitars and after a time, you feel as if your own heart beats to the music.

Filled with flamenco guitar and Middle Eastern zither, the tune Metamorphosis is guaranteed to get your pulse going. It has an innate beauty that calls to you like a zephyr from the desert on a starry night. You will be the one changing. Your Fire is my favorite of the two vocals on the album. Common Ground is the other. On Your Fire Markay's warm organic voice balances well with the Middle Eastern rhythm and Mediterranean guitar. It is a love song about the fire of passion.
"Your fire is calling me
Your fire will set me free
Your fire can give me all I need."

Message from Morpheus starts out with a decidedly funky beat. A bit surprising for this kind of album, but it soon transforms itself into a strange, flowing tune with a moaning guitar lead and a dance groove rhythm. The missive from Morpheus, the god of dreams, is that you need not be asleep to realize your dreams. Allow the music to take to that state between wakefulness and slumber. There you may find an answer. It is my favorite on the CD.

The final cut and one of the most dramatic songs on the album is her version of the mantra The Gayatri or prayer to the sun. The hymn is usually sung as the sun rises and it is an entreaty to the gods for blessings. As in many Tantric mantras, it is the belief in the power of magic combined with the compelling of the gods through prayer that makes the ritual produce positive results. Markay's eerie rendition featuring Sathya Sai Baba. The additional voices of Stacy Rasfeld and Aaron Loo give sway to the powers of the mantra.

As a budding pianist Barbara Markay garnered a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music when she was ten (perhaps she saw Michael Dulin hanging around in the halls). She graduated from the college division as a composer and pianist. She has had her own one woman show, Little Lulu, composed music for India's revered Sathya Sai Baba Organization and performed with rock stars Carly Simon and Eric Clapton. She also has two previously released albums, Change to Come and Heart Like a Song.

On Shambhala Dance Markay creates music that will escort you to a mystical place of relaxation and "dreamthought". My advice is to get up, shake the cobwebs loose and go with the flow."
RJ Lannan, New Age Review, March 7, 2005


FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT MY THING MUSIC
310-575-9829 or Email: barbaramarkay@hotmail.com
Website: www.barbaramarkay.com

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k. maute

very enjoyable
After hearing the song, Atlantis, a couple of times on TV (Soundscapes), I was intrigued and sought out the CD. I was fairly certain it had been the theme song of HBO's Carnivale...was it? Anyway, I've sincerely enjoyed listening to it.
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Diane Krstulovich

A Confession
I confess, I LOVE Atlantis SO MUCH I would purchase this CD for that song alone. Beautiful, rich, exciting and intriguing it is fully worthy of all my 5 stars. The more I hear it, the more deeply I fall in love with it. Barbara's music is SO VISUAL, I can't wait for a dance company to find it! And I wish, wish, wish she would write something that is 3 or 4 minutes long so it could be played on the radio and more people would know the joy of her music. Her seamlessly unique blend of many cultural rythyms and sounds and the exquisite talent of all the muscians on this CD make it a life-changing musical experience. THANK YOU!!! MORE, MORE, MORE!
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Leading Edge Review

A world beat, smooth groove dance meditation! ...an exotic voyage of mysterious
Leading Edge Review
Spring 2005
Sheila Grams

...A world beat, smooth groove dance meditation! Shambhala Dance is an exotic voyage of mysterious flamenco, asian and middle eastern melodies, full of powerful world beat grooves, beautifully blended together to create an atmosphere of intense, vital emotions, both sensual and meditative at the same time. Barbara Markay’s music awakens us to the calling of the universal rhythmic pulse which she so expertly weaves into her musical creations bringing us an experience full of sensuality, beauty and an understanding of our spirit’s longing for the sublime.
Highly Recommended!
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New Age Reporter

...A subtle interplay of flamenco and raga-spiced dance grooves and seductive me
New Age Reporter
RJ Lannan
3/10/2005
What News from the East?
The concept of Shambhala takes on many forms; a place for enlightenment to dwell within us or the kingdom of an illuminated society or perhaps a notion of a third dimension where compassion and dignity resides. Barbara Markay taps into the pulse of the planet and her perception of Shambhala to bring you an album of upbeat dance grooves, sultry Spanish percussion and ethnic-tinged instrumentals called Shambhala Dance.

As Markay suggests, the music provides meditation though dance. The seven track album has enough rhythmic music to keep you entranced for some time, so perhaps you may achieve a higher state or you may just enjoy swaying to the beat.

Joining Barbara on her journey to spiritual/musical enlightenment are guitarists Tim May and Alberto de Almar, violin player Eric Gorfain and vocalist Joseph Lecuona. Although there are only seven tunes on Shambhala Dance the shortest one is well over seven minutes and the longest is over nine minutes. Thus, there is much to energize and enthrall you within the fifty-seven minutes of music.

Atlantis is an incredible introduction to the power of Markay’s music. In the song she begins with a strong beat and the tinkle of glass as Gorfain’s ghostly violin score dances about to Middle Eastern rhythms and odd little nature sounds. You become fully engaged with the sad singing of the guitars and after a time, you feel as if your own heart beats to the music.

Filled with flamenco guitar and Middle Eastern zither, the tune Metamorphosis is guaranteed to get your pulse going. It has an innate beauty that calls to you like a zephyr from the desert on a starry night. You will be the one changing. Your Fire is my favorite of the two vocals on the album. Common Ground is the other. On Your Fire Markay’s warm organic voice balances well with the Middle Eastern rhythm and Mediterranean guitar. It is a love song about the fire of passion.

Message from Morpheus starts out with a decidedly funky beat. A bit surprising for this kind of album, but it soon transforms itself into a strange, flowing tune with a moaning guitar lead and a dance groove rhythm. The missive from Morpheus, the god of dreams, is that you need not be asleep to realize your dreams. Allow the music to take to that state between wakefulness and slumber. There you may find an answer. It is my favorite on the CD.

The final cut and one of the most dramatic songs on the album is her version of the mantra The Gayatri or prayer to the sun. The hymn is usually sung as the sun rises and it is an entreaty to the gods for blessings. As in many Tantric mantras, it is the belief in the power of magic combined with the compelling of the gods through prayer that makes the ritual produce positive results. Markay’s eerie rendition features Sathya Sai Baba. The additional voices of Stacy Rasfeld and Aaron Loo give sway to the powers of the mantra.

As a budding pianist Barbara Markay garnered a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music when she was ten .... She graduated from the college division as a composer and pianist. She has had her own one woman show, Little Lulu, composed music for India’s revered Sathya Sai Baba Organization and performed with rock stars Carly Simon and Eric Clapton. She also has two previously released albums, Change to Come and Heart Like a Song.

On Shambhala Dance Markay creates music that will escort you to a mystical place of relaxation and “dreamthought”. My advice is to get up, shake the cobwebs loose and go with the flow.
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music connection magazine, A&R report, march 13, 2005

...an exotic voyage of flamenco, asian and middle eastern melodies with powerful
music connection magazine, A&R report, March 13, 2005
...an exotic voyage of flamenco, asian and middle eastern melodies with powerful world grooves and meditative movements
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muddyslovak@hotmail.com

Effervescent And Deeply Intospective !!
From Atlantis to The Gayatri I am able to float through the whole of the world and sense the vibe. I'm reminded of everyone from Eno to Toni Childs and back again. My kids (11 and 12) enjoy the feel of this CD. I will definitely be including these works into my collection with Ravi and the rest of the ethnomusico's.
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Ikori Nikolai

A playful, sensuous, meditative aural ride
The sinuous rhythms of Shambala Dance won’t allow your body to stay still. The trance dance grooves merge with intriguing melodies spiced with hints of flamenco and raga. The playful percussion, multi-layered electronics and beguiling vocal lines are a compelling mix of Western, Spanish, Brazilian, Indian and Arabic musical traditions: a guilty pleasure. The instrumental cuts wind through you, while the transcendent vocals inspire and lift your spirit long after the CD has ended. Buy this music for yourself, and for every one of your friends.
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