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Album Review

Barbara Markay is something of a musical chameleon, and Shambhala Dance is quite different from her first two albums, the synth pop Change to Come and the Latin-tinged Heart Like a Song. This time around, Markay is taking her direction from the Middle East and Southern Asia, particularly India, creating a world music/new age confection of dance tracks with lots of room for violinist Eric Gorfain and guitarists Alberto de Almar and Tim May to solo on top. Three tracks have vocals; Markay sings simple, affirmative lyrics in "Your Fire" and "Common Ground," while "The Gayatri" features Sanskrit chanting and recitations by her guru, Sathya Sai Baba. "A meditation through movement" is what the subtitle promises, and the music certainly provides a rhythmic accompaniment for swaying spiritually, or for belly dancing, for that matter, if one is so inclined.

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Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Barbara Markay has dabbled in many different musical styles during her career. Born and raised in Rockville Center on New York's Long Island, she began taking piano lessons at age four. At ten, she was awarded a scholarship to Juilliard's preparatory division, and a year later began studying violin at the Manhattan School of Music. She graduated from Juilliard with a bachelor's degree in composition. Moving from classical music to pop, she formed a five-part female singing group, the Girl Scouts,...
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Shambhala Dance, Barbara Markay
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  • $9.03
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: May 25, 2004

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