Welcome! ‘Infinite Bounty’, my 7th album is now released! The album includes collaborations with six outstanding musicians from around the globe. Click here to watch the promotional video. I’ve also released a piano instrumental CD entitled ‘Glimmerings’. Welcome to browse my music page to listen to other releases.
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I am thrilled to share an interview with 9 Star Media (a Baha’i inspired media website) about my album, ‘Infinite Bounty’. The in depth interview discusses what inspires me to create, what effect I hope my music will have on the listener and what I learned in the process of creating the album (among other questions). The interview also includes two videos that were created for the album. I so enjoyed answering the questions as it enabled me to reflect more deeply about the process of making this CD and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share more about the making of the album. Here’s the link to the interview.
I would appreciate if you could kindly spread the word about the interview with friends who may not know about ‘Infinite Bounty’. And please do add your voice to the comments section below the interview.
Five years have flown by since the passing of my dear mother-in-law. On the day of her passing, I felt inspired to compose an instrumental piece in her honour entitled ‘Final Journey’. This is one of the most moving pieces for me on my piano album ‘Glimmerings’. After hearing of her passing, I felt the best way for me to feel her presence was to sit at the piano and play what spontaneously came to my heart. Those are the moments when something truly miraculous works through you. When one is used as an instrument, something creative flows through. It is an experience that is difficult to describe.
There is symbolism in the piece that I would love to share. ‘Final Journey’ is about the ending of a chapter in her soul’s journey and the beginning of her adventure in the next level of existence. The piece ends with the piano without the cello which symbolises her ascending into the next realm. Finally the piano plays an octave higher which symbolizes her soul dancing in the next existence. The cello stops playing and allows the piano to give a whisper of her existence here and the beginnings of her journey in the realms beyond.
In the weeks before her passing, my mother-in-law used to say that she felt she was on a plane ready to take off and looked forward to reaching her destination. I know she is in a very special place now!
Here is the song, ‘Final Journey’ in honour of dear Ann Mahony Byington.
A couple of years ago, I composed a call and response piece called ‘I adjure Thee’ and would like to share it today for the Declaration of the Bab. Feel free to download it as a gift. Here is the link to the piece. To download it, click on ‘Buy Now’ and enter the amount of 0. The words of the prayer are:
I adjure Thee by Thy might, O my God! Let no harm beset me in times of tests, and in moments of heedlessness guide my steps aright through Thine inspiration. (The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 28)
Below is a video my son created a few years ago for this Baha’i Holy Day using beautiful images of the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. Enjoy!
I have been so excited to hear from friends around the world have been playing the Ridvan song in their celebrations for the 1st day of Ridvan! I am happy that it is bringing lots of joy and cheer. To accompany the song, my dear friend, Glenn Franco Simmons, just finished a beautiful slideshow with gorgeous photos of flowers. I was so moved, watching it for the first time, as the varied colors and hues of the many beautiful flowers reminded me of the diversity of the human family. It is the perfect slideshow to accompany the Ridvan song!
I am also about to release shortened versions of the song in separate languages so that the communities have the choice of singing the Ridvan song in their own language. I will let you know when they’re up on the website.
I’m thrilled to share that I have been working on a song composed specially for the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan. Ten days ago I had the idea of setting a quotation to music in different languages that the whole community in various parts of the world could sing together. I found a beautiful quotation revealed by Baha’u’llah for Ridvan and asked friends around the globe to help me find the translation in six languages. We now have it recorded in English, Swahili, German, Chinese, Spanish and French! Friends in several countries recorded the different languages and sent the files which were then combined into one song. Each verse is followed by the chorus of ‘Allah’u’Abha’ where everyone can join in.
I would like to thank several friends for their time and wonderful talent who contributed to this song. Firstly to Larry Magee who played all the guitars parts. Many thanks to all the singers: Ali Youssefi (Spanish), Wang Jia Ni 王佳妮 (Chinese), Auntieclare Rezin (Swahili) and Nasim Anayati Maani (German). Thanks also to Jon Rezin, a producer who helped with Auntieclare’s recording and finally my deepest gratitude and thanks to Jarome Matthew, another talented producer, who took the time to edit it all and put the song together despite his hectic schedule!
Hopefully in the next week I will release the short version of the song in separate languages so that the communities have the choice of singing the Ridvan song in their own language. I will let you know when they’re up on the website.
The song is a gift to you (please feel free to share it). Even though the link says ‘Buy Now’ on the website you can download it as a gift (just enter 0 in the amount). As there were production costs, there is an option for donation. Just enter whatever amount you wish.
It has been just over a year since we published our book entitled ‘Hands of the Cause of God: Dorothy Baker, Tarazu’llah Samandari and Amelia Collins’. The book was published in India and I have shared in a previous post what inspired us to start this project and who it was written for.
For the month of April, I will be having a special springtime sale. You can purchase the bundle of the ‘Hands of the Cause of God’ book + ‘Infinite Bounty’ CD/book (my latest release) at a reduced price. Click here to view the bundle.
I’m thrilled to share that I’m working on a song composed in several languages specially for the Baha’i festival of Ridvan. A couple of friends around the globe are recording their beautiful voices on the song to be shared next week, hopefully just in time to be used for Ridvan. I’m especially excited to include a language from the country I was raised in (in Africa)! More about the song coming soon…