YOKO DHARMA: "Freedom Reign" Independent Studio Album
YOKO DHARMA: "Freedom Reign" Independent Studio Album
Journey through cultures and countries with Yoko Dharma's first album of this genre shaking, soulful and stirring music. Powerful.....
Journey through cultures and countries with Yoko Dharma's first album of this genre shaking, soulful and stirring music. Powerful..... Read more
Yoko Dharma is a Canadian born recording artist who started writing at the young age of 13 and stepped onto stage singing her own material from that day on. From disco bands to African dance troupes, Buddhist mantras to touring with her own original world/R&B music and opening for Jan Arden, Yoko has a captivating musical and performance background.
In 2007 Yoko co-produced and recorded her first album “Yoko Treasury of Jewels.” Yoko sings Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras on this east meets west world music album. “Treasury of Jewels” album received amazing reviews and was chosen as "editor's pick" by Peters on CD baby. "Her voice is a bit like Madonna's, that is to say, she is fully capable of pure enchantment. Yoko's entrancing voice is a pure pleasure to listen to." -Peters at cd Baby.
Yoko is presently recording her second album “Freedom Reign” with L.A. producer Marty Rifkin. Marty has recorded with Jewel, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and numerous other well-known artists. The culturally diverse world music influences drawn on to make "Freedom Reign" album, stem from Yoko's passionate love of world music and unique world instruments, which are all a part of Yoko’s intriguing sound.
Yoko has an intention to bring people together from all over the world through powerful music. Her motivation to break through cultural barriers using music as a conduit for positive global change, peace and oneness, is a call to action and transformation of one's mind. This is given to the listener by Yoko's conscious lyrics throughout the album. Steeped in the basic human qualities of love, compassion and awareness, Yoko draws from the deep rooted wisdom that Tibetan Buddhism has given her in her life and reflects this in her song writing.
"This album has been a long time coming and a bit of a journey already in the making. But I'm realizing that there has never been a more substantial time for it to be made. I feel so strongly, that the world needs this kind of music more than ever before, in these times of great challenge and planetary change that we are facing right now."
"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." - Rumi
"How do we create lasting positive change in the world?....Well, I truly believe that it starts with ourselves. If we really want to influence and help others, we need to start from inside of ourselves and work our way out. Why do I think this? I'll use the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto as an example. His research and photography of different water crystals show that words, prayers, pictures and music have a profound and incredible impact on water. If there are positive intentions, music and positive words given to the water it actually changes the vibration of the water to form beautiful, mandala like crystals. Water.....our bodies are around 60% and our brains around 70% made up of it! "What does this have to do with music?".....You may ask. Well considering this, think how much our environment, the people around us, the MUSIC we listen to, the words that we speak and the thoughts that we think have a powerful impact on us!
My goal is to bring powerful and empowering music into the hands of the youth of today and into the mainstream in a massive way! Music that encourages us to use our innate positive qualities of love, compassion and wisdom to heal and transform ourselves and the world we live in."
"This will be my first full length album in English, comprised of original songs.The album draws from world music, soul, R&B, hip hop and pop music, to create a very special and captivating sound, that I hope will move your heart as it has moved my own.
"Freedom Reign" album is a strong statement. It says stand up and move into compassionate action! Its about internal and external transformation and healing. Its about love, wisdom, truth, awareness, acceptance, inner strength, compassion, interdependence and oneness. It’s a call to all those who are ready to step into their own true power with the willingness to grow. It’s a plea to all beings to realize their own true nature. It's a deep love song to all of humanity, a love song for the world. The album really, in its entirety, is the essence of unlimited pure love, blooming in deep gratitude from my heart, as a prayer for all worlds......
"What does it sound like?"....You might ask. Well, instead of writing about what it sounds like, I think a more powerful way would be to have you listen to some of the new songs we've recorded for the album. Check out the videos we have posted with our project here. These are all songs that will be on the new album."
"I've already recorded the first 4 songs for the album with Marty and the musicians. I have also made my first music video with cinematographer Gabriela Fuchs, for one of the songs that will be on the album.This is where you come in, because I need your help to complete the remaining 6 songs for the album. We need a Kickstart to finish things up....."
"The reason why we need 50 grand in 30 days is, in a nut shell.....to finish recording this album, get the graphic design done and do the first duplication run of cds and vinyl. Sounds so simple doesn't it? So how could we possibly need so much money? Here's a bit of a longer glimpse into my world......
First of all, I don't want to just make an album, I want to make an amazing album!!! A high quality, radio ready, professional studio album that's gonna blow your socks off! :) There is a lot that goes into making great music and you just don't want to cut corners with some things. Working with the right producer is key (this I've learned from my own past experience) and I think we have covered that Marty Rifkin is worth paying for. The only thing is, he's in Santa Monica, California and I'm in Kelowna, Canada! So, I need to get back down there somehow to finish the album. This means flight costs and accommodation, which are not so cheap in LA. This particular detail definitely jacks up the costs for recording this album, but I can't even begin to tell you how much it's totally WORTH IT! You don't get to work with a producer like Marty Rifkin every day!
Also, because of the nature of my music, we need to hire quite a few studio musicians that play unusual and culturally diverse instruments to create the right vibe that we're looking for. This means more live recording sessions, more sifting through takes, which means more time in the studio, which = more costs. But nothing compares to the sound of real instruments with real people playing them. You just can't fake that, because it won't have the same kind of heart.
Then, once we finish recording the 6 remaining songs for the album there is mixing and mastering, graphic design for the album and finally, getting the album duplicated in the first production run of cds and vinyl. That is not even including the costs of promoting the album when it is done, which is a whole other ball game! So, as you can see there are a lot of different things that we will be using the funds for.
The pledges that you make are going directly into our project in these ways that I have listed above, so that we can finish the album and get it directly into peoples hands. Thank you in advance! You play a huge part in touching so many people's lives by helping us spread this heartfelt intentional music."
Marty Rifkin is a multi-instrumentalist and producer living in Southern California. Playing guitar, pedal steel, dobro, bass, mandolin and numerous other instruments. Marty has recorded with such notable artists as Bruce Springsteen,Tom Petty, Jewel, Dwight Yoakam, Smokey Robinson, Weird Al Yankovic & Elton John, to name a few and the list goes on.........
"I was introduced to Marty by my friend Leah West and we instantly hit it off. Marty is a fantastic human being, not to mention he is totally incredible at producing mind blowing music! Marty loves what he does with great passion and this really shows up in his work. I love working with him because I can feel the passion and joy that he puts into everything he creates. Having the right producer is a crucial element in the way that the music turns out, along with helping the artist find the right musicians for the project to create the right vibe and sound.
I have a very strong vision for this album and it's deeply moving for me to see it coming to life in the way that I envisioned. Its actually turning out better than I had even imagined! I think this is because Marty and I work so well together. He really gets my vision and he allows me the space to stay true to my own artistic expression. These are very special qualities in a music producer."
"Let me introduce you to some of the amazing musicians who play on my new album...."
A shout out to all of the incredible musicians that we have recorded on the album so far! Thank you for helping us create the stunning and magical sound of Freedom Reign album. If you check out anyone of these extremely talented artist's musical history, you will be blown away! Here is a just a short blurb about them......
Alma Cielo plays the rare Indian sarangi, as well as the violin and viola. She has performed with artists as diverse as George Clinton, India Arie, DaKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, in venues such as Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, the Music Center, and internationally.
Bob Malone has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011. Bob’s music has been heard on NCSI New Orleans, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, and The Rachel Ray Show, and he has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and The View with John Fogerty.
Paul Livingstone is one of the few American disciples of the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar, also rigorously trained in the tradition of the Maihar Gharana under Pt. Rajeev Taranath and Amiya Dasgupta for the past 26 years. He has performed alongside leading artists from India & Nepal such as Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, Abhijit Banerjee, Hom Nath Upadhyaya and Shashanka Bakshi and many more. He has recorded with popular artists such as Ozomatli, Alanis Morrisette, Beck, Rubén Albarrán (Café Tacuba), Ricky Kej & Build an Ark including two Grammy Award winning records.
Edoardo "Edo" Tancredi is an LA based Drummer, Percussionist, and Arranger. Edo has played and recorded with and to the likes of: Eric Benet, Michelle Williams (from Destiny’s Child), Tamia, Bob Malone (John Fogerty, solo artist) Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Elton John) Dale Kristien ( Phantom of the Opera) Tim Lefebvre ( Tedeschi Trucks Band, Donald Fagen) Alessandro Alessandroni Jr. ( Pink, Christina Aguilera) Rafael Moreira/Magnetico ( Paul Stanley from KISS, The Voice, American Idol) Gee Mack (Steve Wonder, Mary j Blidge, Snoop Dog), Chris Trujillo (Toto, Black Crowes) Daniel Pearson (Jennifer Lopez, Coolio) Paul Zollo (Art Garfunkel, solo artist) and many others.
"Yes! This is what I will be doing after we complete this album. I will be traveling to see all of YOU with a bunch of awesome musicians and some powerful new music! I plan to tour North America after this album is released. The thing is, there are a lot of hidden expenses for an artist when on tour. You need to be able to make enough money while you are on the road so that you can travel and at the same time pay your band what they deserve and this isn't cheap. Completing this album is a huge step towards this goal and will greatly help me to be able to do this. Having a new album will allow me to get gigs and play shows as well. Also, being able to sell the album at live shows will help so much. Plus, people are much more excited to hear your new music when you have a brand new album. The completion of this album is step one and the next step is coming to sing it for you live. This Kickstarter campaign is a key factor in me being able to come and perform for you live, because it means the completion of this large first step which is recording the album."
"These Malas are handmade with wood, brass and blue beads."
"We made these shirts from an original piece of artwork that I created."
"Yes! We are making vinyl, but only a limited amount. Offered to backers before anyone else!"
"I drew this portrait when I was 17 from a picture that my teacher Ven. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche took when he was visiting Tibet. This is the first time I have ever made art prints of the original. Hope you enjoy your print."
"I'm offering a one on one meditation and mantra chanting call with me through Skype, just for you! I will teach you how to sing mantras and we can sing together. It's gonna be lots of fun!"
"This is the actual gown I wore for the filming of my "Butterflies" music video. The 2 piece gown was custom made for me for this video, by haughty couture designer Syra Emerson at Syra Fashion House.
"This is one of my favorite rewards for many reasons, but particularly because we get to spread the love together! I will be recording the songs at my friend Tony's special studio Frequency. The studio is full of bottles of wine, which get infused with the vibration and power of the music we are recording for your special loved one! (Tony and I in his studio, top right picture)
"This will be pure magic! I'm stoked to come over to your house and personally perform for you and your friends live! I will sing the entire new album, up close and intimate for you in your very own home. I know we are gonna have a blast together!"
Full list of reward packages are on the right side of this page. Have fun chosing the one you want! If you would like more than one bundle, please go ahead and make a pledge for the more-limited bundle that you would like and add in the price of the other bundle(s) that you would like on top of the existing pledge amount that you are selecting. BE SURE TO SEND US A DIRECT MESSAGE letting us know what you purchased, and what else you want. If you are having trouble, we are here to help you! Just send us a message and we'll walk you through it and get your info. Thank you for your support :)
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Before you do, you should know.......the following possible reactions may occur.......
I might be so excited when I receive your awesome pledges that I may burst into a shocking, spontaneous dance and leap with joy into the air! Then I may even start to levitate in the sky when we get fully funded because I’ll be so happy that we can complete this album !!!
Other repercussions and possible outcomes may also occur: This album could create a positive wave of energy that may have deadly effects on negative thinking, hatred, selfishness, scarcity ego realities and fear based thinking! People may even begin to start loving themselves and everyone around them in a greater way........
Side effects may include, but are not limited to: spontaneous hugging, happiness, generosity, healing, more awareness, out bursts of joy, extreme giving, openhearted states of being, a feeling of inner peace, abundance, a feeling of oneness, courageousness, strength, togetherness, openness, compassionate actions, more caring, love growing, random acts of kindness, stars twinkling, flowers blooming....and.....um....ah.....a possible complete outpouring of pure uncontrollable AWESOMENESS that we all hold in our hearts........GASP!
But don't worry........
Risks and challenges
Challenges......these are just road bumps on a grand journey! Yes...they are to be expected, but we haven't let them stop us! We have encountered many already and sometimes they just turn out to be great opportunities dressed up in work clothes!
The greatest challenge I can think of in relation to completing our project, would be if we didn't get funded. This would be the only hindering factor for the completion of our project. With your help we CAN reach our funding goal and then the REST is HISTORY! We will have risen above this challenge because of your kindness and it will already be a memory in the past! Then we will complete the album this winter, ready to send it out in the spring.
We have accomplished so much on our own already, without any outside help. I have strong faith, determination and a passionate will to succeed and I know in my heart without a doubt that no matter what we will find a way to accomplish our goal of completing this album. Our goal of bringing meaningful music to the globe, with the intention to heal, transform and powerfully impact people's lives in a deeply, moving way. This is the reason we are doing all of this.
I will always give authentically of myself through my music from my very deepest and honest artistic expression.This is what I was born to give. Please help me to give this music to the world by backing our project and together I believe without a doubt that we will be able to touch many people's live's in a positive way.
Thank you so much! :)
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