The fusion of a meditator, sonic druid, and the ongoing exploration of the depths of sound and voice
Fascinated with the multi-faceted aspects of sound from an early age, most of Dréa’s inspirations and teachings come from experiences she had growing up in a remote area of British Columbia. Silence and the music of nature have nurtured Dréa’s intimate understanding of sound since birth.
After studying composition at a traditional college, while recording and performing original material, Dréa’s intrigue of music led her to study esoteric applications of sound. While living in San Francisco, she completed a certificate in Psychoacoustics (the effects of music and sound on the human nervous system) and Sound Healing from the Globe Institute, as well as studies in esoteric music theory and shamanic sound practices.
She has trained under some of the leading figures in the field of Psychoacoustics and Sound Therapy including Tom Kenyon, Joshua Leeds, Jill Purce, and the Kairos Institute. During recent years, she has also dedicated herself to the study of North Indian Classical vocal music and Sound Yoga with Ali Akbar Khan, Shweta Jhaveri and Silvia Nakkach.
The influence of Dréa’s personal practice in meditation, yoga, and prayer have had a profound impact on her compositions as well as her ability to listen to sound in ways that were never previously available to her. This emphasis on listening, and allowing perceptual boundaries to open, remains a key element in her artistic exploration.
She believes that everything about sound and music can be learned from the observation of Gaia, and can be accessed if one listens carefully enough in a receptive state of silence.
Anilah is Dréa’s current solo project: a fusion of traditional shamanic sound embedded within modern songwriting, all composed within the context of nature based ritual. Her compositions are a fusion of ambient and chanting, with elements of progressive and visionary soundscapes. Despite extensive musical training in various traditions, she acknowledges her connection to nature – and moments of sensory, mental, and spiritual absorption – to be her primary teachers and source of knowledge.