How exactly does one go from fronting punk bands to making meditation music?
We All Need To Calm Down is Dana Boulé's seventh studio (and second solo) album. From her beginnings in classical piano and experimental theater through two New York punk bands, to her life in Parisian pop, folk and film scores (most notably Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris), Dana has never been afraid to jump genres and explore the musical unknown.
After relocating from New York to Paris in 2008, she decided that life has a softer side and the long process of seriously mellowing out began. In New York, she was a music supervisor for MTV Networks, she studied Kung Fu, fronted two punk bands and took pride in kicking things over, more often than not herself and her own instruments. In Paris, she started yoga, formed the meditative folk duo The Resident Cards and began a love affair with walking slowly. And looking around.
Her latest album We All Need To Calm Down is the culmination of that turn towards the calm and meditation. It began when her yoga teacher asked if she had ever thought about doing music for yoga. No, not really, was her answer. But the seed was planted that day along with a growing urge to make a 90 minute album in her own style that would follow the arc of a yoga class but also serve as a soundtrack for calming down. Not only in a yoga class but in everyday life, so she wrote and produced a mixtape for mindfulness.
Using her experience as a film music supervisor and her innate ability to compose in multiple genres, she blended several styles of music to create a spacious 90 minute musical landscape. She recorded eight brilliant musicians along the way who, much like the eight limbs of yoga, gave life to her creations and added a collaborative spirit in the of making her soundtrack. The final album was mixed and mastered in London by Charles “Chicky” Reeves at Sublime Studios who has mixed such legendaries as Johnny Cash, Tito Puente, Radiohead, Prince, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood among others.
Part film score, part folk, and part meditation, We All Need To Calm Down is Dana’s homage to the calm, the quiet and to solitude.
released March 19, 2015
Produced, recorded and arranged by Dana Boulé
Percussion recorded by Cristián Sotomayor at ruidomáximo studio, Paris
Mix/Master by Charles “Chicky” Reeves at Sublime Studios, London, UK
Tracks 1, 8, 11, 13 - Traditional mantras
Tracks 2, 5 - by Dana Boulé, Jean Ollion
Tracks 3 - by Dana Boulé, Jean Ollion, Erica Buettner
Track 4, 9 - by Dana Boulé, Erica Buettner
Track 6, 7, 10, 12 by Dana Boulé
Dana Boulé - Piano, Accordion, Organ, Guitar, Drum Programming, Vocals
Jean Ollion - Lute, Sitar, Chitarra Battente, Vocals
Erica Buettner - Guitar, Flute, Banjo
Mivsam Noiman - Violin
Anne Laurin - Cello
Jean Baptiste-Boulé - Trumpet
Cristián Sotomayor - Percussion
Philippe Beer-Gabel - Tibetan Bowls
Vincent Mougel - Keyboard (track 10)
A very special thanks to Linda Munro and Gerald Disse at Ashtanga Yoga Paris for their inspiration and support.
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