February 11, 2009

Listen to Ravenna Michalsen.

I’ve written a profile of my old and dear friend Ravenna Michalsen, a longtime Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and acclaimed singer-songwriter, for the latest issue of Tricycle:  The Buddhist Review.  You can read the article in full online here, or in print (it’s the Spring 2009 issue). 

In the piece, you will see endorsements of Ravenna’s “dharma music” from such contemporary American Buddhist luminaries as Judith Simmer-Brown, Tsultrim Allione, and Sumi Loundon Kim.  Elsewhere, Rod Meade Sperry at The Worst Horse has also aptly called her music “”half-acoustic, half-electronic; just right for the wee small hours.”  And, in what I think was quite a compliment, Tricyle selected her devotional song “Machig” to accompany a special slideshow podcast/presentation of the great photographer Don Farber‘s exquisite work for their website a couple of years ago.

Her two self-released albums Dharmasong (2007) and Bloom (initially released in 2006, but re-recorded and re-released this year) are available for purchase at http://www.ravennam.com and http://www.myspace.com/ravennam.  You can also find her touring schedule at these sites, stream songs online, and purchase cards and some super-cool t-shirts there as well.  In addition, Dharmasong is available for download at iTunes.


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