Journey To Eden

by Dov


- reviewed by RJ Lannan for New Age Reporter on 3/15/2005-

Label: Lovestar Records
Caution! Cherubim Crossing
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Dov introduces several sensational smooth jazz instrumentals and a few fine vocals on his new album called Journey to Eden. Playing his electric exotic-looking five-string violin, acoustic violin and piano, the composer takes you on a trip to paradise.
Maybe it’s your version or his version of Eden, but it does not matter. It is quoted that every man makes his own hell and, conversely, he makes his own Eden.

Perhaps this music will allow you to wander through your mind’s pathways to a special place all your own. Joining Dov on the journey are more than seventeen gifted musicians and vocalists. Noteworthy as collaborator and producer of the album is Nils who has had success with his own album - Pacific Coast Highway.

Eden is the Hebrew word for “delight” and that can certainly be said about the first track Summer Rain. Beginning with a cleansing storm out of the west, the music features the song of Dov’s eerie electric violin and accompanying bright flute work. More background strings, horns and piano take your hand and lead down the path of glossy, rain soaked leaves and fragrant flowers. Just around the bend is a clear rain pool. Suddenly, you are surrounded by those you love and who love you. Ahhh, paradise.

The track Awakening is short, but noteworthy. It leads me to believe that Eden might be found somewhere on the plains of Africa. With tribal chant, echoing flute and an animated rhythm, the song is a dramatic preface to the song Breathe the Love. It is a pop-based vocal, but it has a powerful score and several strong singers.

“Breathe the love, share the joy
as we walk through this ancient garden.”

Taking a cue from the vocal, the very next tune is called Ancient Garden and it one of the best tracks on Journey to Eden. Once again Dov’s violin quavers with the flute and a strong bass line to create an engaging tune of verdant beauty. The music is light, air and water to a hungry spirit.
Keeping to his theme, Dov offers an intriguing rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine. Done as an R & B standard, the style is fresh and wholly appropriate. It is a fitting tribute to one of Lennon greatest achievements.

Perhaps it was Lennon’s impression of Eden.

“Imagine there's no countries,
It isn’t hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...”

Probably the most complex tune on the album is Seraphim Rhapsody. It has a flowing score flavored by sweet violin and a dynamic guitar lead. In several instances the timing changes only to circle about and return. It is the best cut on the album. Seraphim are believed to be angels of the highest order. They represent the apex of goodness. Sometimes they are protectors, other times messengers.
Lastly, showing his versatility on the piano, Dov ends his journey with the tune Sea of Tranquility. With classical contemplative elements in it I thought perhaps that this song was inappropriate to the theme, but in retrospect it is completely understandable as it applies to Dov’s own journey to paradise. It is a beautiful, blissful completion of a journey to a place where re-energized spirits linger for a time.

Three particulars about Journey to Eden you should know. First, the artwork and poetry in the album’s liner booklet are glorious. The art is by Greg Spalenka and the sensitive and insightful poetry is by Dov. Second, the proceeds from the album go to The Earth Harmony Foundation, which is a non-profit organization who uses the funds to preserve the Earth’s beauty for future generations. Third, this album of pop-crossed smooth jazz music is remarkable for its genre bending compositions. Dov’s music will soar in your heart and your mind.

Forest Reverie
by Dov

- reviewed by Lee Stone for Innerchange Magazine

April/May 2001

The concept of Forest Reverie by Dov is about walking along a musical trail through an ancient forest with nature as a gateway into the spiritual realms. Dov is really a multi-talented artist. He plays 5-string electric violin, acoustic violin, viola and synthesizer keyboards. Dov also does the artwork for the album cover and the insert, and then paints with words a poetic visualization as a description of each song in the liner notes. This CD album has 16 tracks with a total time of approximately 48 minutes.
The vast spaciousness and eloquence of Dov's music somehow seems to speak to the best in us as human beings. Not only is there a gentle kindness as in the title cut "Forest Reverie," but also the ennobling qualities of dignity and honor as in "Spirit Sunrise." Not unlike the music soundtrack for Chariots of Fire by Vangelis, Forest Reverie somehow encourages the listener to stretch and move beyond our day-to-day self into our inspired elegance of spirit.
This music is ambient in its style and creates a calming atmosphere, yet also invites attentive listening to the intimate details. It can be ordered from


Says DJ Leroy Zent, of KGPR Public Radio in Great Falls, MT. about Dov's "Forest Reverie" CD, which is receiving rotation on Morning Freeforms and Instru-mentality : 

"Dov's compositions are reminiscent of David Arkenstone's early work, complex and intriguing."


Pakistani relief dinner raises funds, awareness
The sold-out benefit included a dinner, a silent auction and various live performances.
By: Torey Van Oot
Issue date: 10/31/05 Section: News
Article Tools: Page 1 of 1
Media Credit: Ed Ou | Daily Trojan
Raising funds. Safa Mohammad gets a plate of food Friday night at the Earthquake Relief Benefit Dinner. The event raised more than $2,100.Students and faculty gathered Friday night in Upstairs Commons for a dinner, silent auction and various performances to benefit the victims of the Oct. 8 South Asian earthquake. More than $2,100 was raised at the sold-out event.
The USC Coalition of Students for South Asian Quake Relief started a campaign on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses to raise relief aid and promote awareness of the devastation caused by the earthquake. Tickets were $20 for students and $25 for faculty.
Sumayya Ahmad, a senior majoring in biology and creative writing, led fundraising efforts and created the coalition. Ahmad is a staff writer for the Daily Trojan.
The quake struck on Oct. 8 and by Oct. 9 Ahamd had spearheaded the fundraising efforts, said Ishwar Bridgelal, a freshman majoring in English who volunteered to collect tickets at the door of the event.
Southern California Indo Americans and USC Student Senate sponsored the event. The USC organization Planning at the Last Minute donated $500 to cover the costs of the event.
"We knew there is a need to help the victims in South Asia and so when Sumayya brought this idea to us we wanted to help," said Sahil Chaudry, a sophomore majoring in political science who is the SCIA financial chair and director of community affairs for Senate.
Senate also helped sponsor the coalition's fundraising table on Trousdale Parkway, he said.
TrojanHospitality provided a buffet of traditional Indian and Pakistani cuisine, which included chicken tikka masala, samosas, rice, naan and gulab jamun.
Artists and designers donated items for the silent auction, which raised $237.
Items for bid in the silent auction included four prints of paintings and digitally created pieces donated by artist Phil Dunan, a velvet embellished skirt by the designer Chaudry and several pieces of handcrafted jewelry from Layali designs by Tamara Hamdan.
An array of performances followed a power-point presentation about the effects of the earthquake on the region and relief efforts.
Cantor Estherleon, who described herself as appointed ambassador for peace and spiritual leader, performed sacred prayers and poetry.
Estherleon said she does concerts on behalf of poverty and disasters out of love "to give hope (and) to restore hope."
Ivor Pyres, Estherleon's producer, who said he was inspired by the community to participate in the event, also read poetry.
Dov, a member of Musicians for Peace who graduated from USC in 1981 with a degree in entrepreneurship, played the electric violin and chose songs that he said have an "international flavor."
The evening ended with a set by TEE-M, who played guitar and sang songs in both English and Urdu, a language spoken in Pakistan.
The audience clapped and sang along as TEE-M, a Pakistani singer and songwriter, performed renditions of American and Pakistani pop songs.
Guests at the event emphasized the need for more people to get involved in the relief efforts.
"There are so many people … they really need help, you might as well help out in a small way to make a difference," said Mukta Tewani, a sophomore majoring in business administration who heard of the event through
Ali Ahmad, a sophomore majoring in business administration whose sister lives in Islamabad, said that Ahmad feels more students need to know.
Organizers and guests of the event were pleased with the turnout and the support shown by the community.
"So many people on campus say that students are apathetic, so for a very small group of students to put on an event like this is commendable," said Sumun Pendakur, assistant director of the Asian Pacific American Student Services.
The coalition plans to continue fundraising events. For the past three weeks, they have set up a booth on Trousdale across from Bovard Auditorium where they are accepting donations and providing information about the affected areas and relief efforts. Prior to the event, $1,500 had been raised.
All the students involved stressed that even spare change from lunch is a significant donation. One U.S. dollar is worth 60 Pakistani rupees.
The earthquake, which registered at 7.6 on the Richter scale, hit 70 miles north of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, at 10:46 a.m. UTC, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Recent surveys of the most devastated regions have set the death toll at more than 79,000.
The donations will be sent to relief efforts through the Edhi Foundation, a non-profit agency that runs out of South Asia.
Edhi provides 24-hour relief efforts in disaster situations abroad.
"(Edhi) already has the infrastructure and resources in place to help in Pakistan," said Ahmad of the decision to send aid through this particular foundation.
Hala Mohammad, a sophomore majoring in sociology, said that a friend of hers who lives in Pakistan has been "in a state of shock" for more than a week.
"There is a sense that the response has been really good, but the area which has been affected is rural and mountainous so response to victims is hard," Mohammad said.
This is only the second time an earthquake of such magnitude has hit the region and most of the area north of Islamabad is underdeveloped and unprepared for such a high-intensity relief program, she said.
"We have a very community-oriented student body. If everyone could contribute $1, the total could come up to $30,000 … that adds up to a lot," Mohammad said.
The coalition hopes to enlist the help of more USC students and community members in the coming weeks, members said.
"It's really hard to reach students. People are involved in their own lives," Ahmad said. "We want people to know that we live in Los Angeles, and an earthquake can happen anytime. If we extend our hands to them, when we need help, they will respond."
Additional donations can be made by sending a check payable to the Edhi Foundation to The Edhi Foundation, c/o Asian Pacific American Student Services, 3601 Trousdale Pkwy., Student Union 410, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4851.


Seraphim Rhapsody
by Dov


- reviewed by Lee Stone for Innerchange Magazine

April/May 2000

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to swim undersea like a dolphin or whale, listening to Seraphim Rhapsody may give you a sense of it. Dov uses his violin as his sea voice and creates conversations with the sounds of whales. This is a great concept, and it is more than just a gimmick to sell New Age music albums.
Dov's dramatic violin performs open-heart surgery, cutting through to the essence of human emotion. Sometimes his music is sweet and nourishing, and other times it is deeply penetrating.
If you want to be submerged and uplifted at the same time, you can order this CD album at: Lovestar Records, 10061 Riverside Dr., Suite 760, Toluca Lake, CA 91602.