|Eastern-influenced singer explores Tibetan opera
Devon Antonetti - July 5, 2012
describes her music as “ghost soul,” due in part to her haunting vocals
and the lingering chants that fill her songs. Doe Paoro is actually
Sonia Kreitzer, a New York state native who wears the mythical façade
after an unforgettable trip through the Himalayas. It was in the
southern Asian mountains that Kreitzer discovered “Lhamo,” a Tibetan
opera style characterized by songs and dance of the region. With a
unique vocal delivery and heavy spiritual elements, Doe Paoro stands
out from her Brooklyn peers by truly stepping away from the average
guitar or piano ballads, opting for an unusual, but beautiful sound.
large visual element to your music. Who are your influences, beyond
music? (Specifically videos like "Born Whole.")
you look around the world with eyes that have been opened after many
reincarnations and experiences throughout time, your vision becomes
increasingly clear and you are able to see things that aren't visible
to the naked eye.
lhamo gives your music such a rich, unique quality. What originally
drew you to it? What is your background with the Tibetan region?
first discovered lhamo after days of hiking alone. I heard a voice so
penetrating that I couldn't believe it was coming from a human being. I
don't think it was I believe this woman was merely a conduit for an
otherworldly force. 'Lhamo' actually translates into something akin to
siren or goddess. After asking around I learned of Lhamo, and met the
teacher. He agreed to take me on as an apprentice, and I am ever
grateful for his kindness and wisdom.
describe your music as "Ghost soul." What does that genre/ term mean to
the man in Tibet, I too am a conduit for otherworldly forces. When I
sing, my voice heeds to a greater power.
kind of music did you grow up? Do you come from a musical family?
grew up with many different types of music, but mostly I was fascinated
by sound as a child. A stick whipping through space, acorns dropping
from trees, fly in my face. Sound calmed me in a way that the visual
world did not It moved me beyond a sensory level.
does the stagename Doe Paoro come from?
refers to a deer, and Paoro is an echo goddess, a myth.
"When I sing, my voice heeds to a greater power."
"Slow to Love"
Her soulful voice is powerful and unique, like a Buddhist Amy Winehouse.
For those who like: Coco Rosie, Lykke Li, Bjork