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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.

Infinite Bounty Cover
Instrumental piano album Glimmerings

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Making specialty cards for Infinite Bounty Deluxe Package

This week I have been working on creating the specialty cards for my deluxe edition orders for ‘Infinite Bounty’.  I am so grateful for the response and the orders I have received thus far!  I am now officially out of the rust gold square envelopes and for the next ten orders I will be using silver rectangular envelopes A6 size (12 cm x 16.5 cm). Here are some of the photos of the recent specialty cards I made with my art.  My favourite part is applying the gold wax seal to the envelopes (see photos below) even though it’s a little tricky melting the wax and making sure it drips in the right place on the envelope and not burning my fingers in the process!

The deluxe package includes the Infinite Bounty CD/book plus an original and unique specialty art card.  Click on this link to order and scroll down to the page to see the Deluxe package option on the Infinite Bounty music page.

Original art with gold envelope

Original art with gold envelope

Original art with golds & green acrylic paints

Original art with golds & green acrylic paints

A close-up of one of the speciality cards

A close-up of one of the speciality cards

A myriad greens with silver specialty card

Several specialty cards made to order for the Deluxe package

Several specialty cards made for the Deluxe package orders

Melting the wax on the envelope

Melting the wax on the envelope

Sealing the melted wax before it dries out

Sealing the melted wax before it dries out

Gold wax seal on rust gold envelope (I am out of these envelopes)

Gold wax seal on rust gold envelope (I am out of these envelopes)


Infinite Bounty Released!!

After two years of hard work, I am so excited to share with you the release of ‘Infinite Bounty’, my new album!

What makes this product unique is that it is a book and a CD in one package. The hard cover booklet is adorned with stunning, ocean-themed photographs, some of which have been submitted by friends on my mailing list. The book itself can be used for devotional meetings, personal reflections and makes a beautiful gift. The CD is housed inside the back cover of the book.

As the booklets are still being assembled in the factory, I am making the digital downloads available today and at the same time orders can be placed for the book/CD. Once the book/CDs are ready, they will be shipped to you (they should be ready by the end of November). If you place a book order, the digital download will be available immediately, and the book/CD will be shipped as soon as it is in my hands. Click here to order.

As I have a passion for art and have wanted to incorporate it with my music, I have also made available a deluxe version of the book/CD + a specialty card of my original art.  To view this option scroll down the ‘Infinite Bounty’ page and look for ‘Deluxe package’.

I would like to thank several friends who have been a part of this project and so many who have supported me along the way. A special thanks to the talented musicians who contributed their beautiful voices to the album: Ali Youssefi, Cheng Lin, Fiona Doomun-Rouhani, Nasim Ma’ani, Siria Rutstein & Amelia Mahony (yes she is my lovely daughter)! My gratitude to the photographers who stunning photos brought magic to the booklet: Nate Smieja, Essi Dashtdar & Arzhia Habibi.  Many thanks to Jarome (and Rosa) who assisted with the license for the album, promotion and all the support in the last 2 years. A huge thank you to my producer, John Thompson, who truly made each song shine and of course my sweet family, especially my dear husband, who has been there for me every step of the way!

To view the video where I talk about the album in more detail, click here.

I look forward to hearing how you like the album and if you have any favourite pieces.

The mock-up booklet: 'Infinite Bounty'

The mock-up booklet: ‘Infinite Bounty’

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Open booklet

 

Immerse Yourselves book

Two pages inside the booklet for the song ‘Immerse Yourselves’

 

CD housed in back of book

CD disc is housed in the back of the book.

 


Deluxe package: Infinite Bounty CD/book + Original art card

Art is one of my passions and I am often trying to find ways of incorporating art with my music.  So together with the upcoming release of my album ‘Infinite Bounty’ on November 14 (tomorrow!), as one of the options I am creating specialty cards with original pieces of art using acrylic paint (each card is unique and different from the next). Cards are blank and come in a square size (14.5cm) with rust gold envelopes. (For those who want a message written inside the card addressed to a loved one, I am happy to include that and seal the envelope with gold wax. It looks exquisite)!

The deluxe package includes the Infinite Bounty CD/book plus an original and unique specialty art card.  Click on this link to order and scroll down to the page to see the Deluxe package option on the Infinite Bounty music page.

Making a card for the deluxe package for 'Infinite Bounty'

Making a card for the deluxe package for ‘Infinite Bounty’

The deluxe package which includes CD/book & specialty card of original art

The deluxe package which includes CD/book & specialty card of original art

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Specialty cards are each unique in that every one of them is different.

 


Infinite Bounty release date: November 14th!

I am absolutely thrilled to let you know that my upcoming album, ‘Infinite Bounty’, will be released on November 14th! I have been working on this album for almost 2 years and am beyond excited to be able to share it with you in about a week.

As you may know, I am making this album into a hard cover booklet adorned with stunning, ocean-themed photographs, some of which have been submitted by friends on my mailing list. The CD will be housed inside the back cover of the book. I wanted the book to be able to be used often in devotionals, at Feast and for personal readings rather than collecting dust on a bookshelf as CD cases usually do.

So far, I have been informed by the manufacturer that the book/CD will be ready by November 21 (if all goes smoothly). I will make the digital downloads available on November 14th and at the same time orders can be placed for the book/CD. Once the book/CDs are ready, I will ship them to you. If you place a book order, the digital download will be available immediately, and the book/CD will be shipped as soon as it is in my hands.

Counting the days to be able to share the music with you!

The master disc for 'Infinite Bounty' just before sending it out for duplication.

The master disc for ‘Infinite Bounty’ just before sending it out for duplication.


China National Symphony Orchestra musicians record on Infinite Bounty

Down a little alleyway, tucked inside a hutong in the heart of the city lies one of the top recording studios in Beijing: Tweak Tone Labs.  Last week we held the final string recording session for ‘Infinite Bounty’ at this premier location. I expected it to be special but what I hadn’t expected was that all the musicians in the quartet would be members of the China National Symphony Orchestra.  Not only that, but in fact they were the best of the best: 1st violin (concert master), 1st cellist (principal cellist) and 1st viola (principal violist) for the orchestra!  I have always dreamed of my music being played by an orchestra.  This comes very close as I never imagined having such top quality musicians recording on my music.

Earlier in the afternoon the musicians had been recording for another project and the studio with its world-class microphones was already prepared when they sat down to record my music.  The first violinist had prepared the notation and printed the score.  The other musicians in the quartet had not seen the music until the moment they sat down to perform it.  They had not practiced the songs beforehand at all.  To me, that is the mark of a truly talented musician: someone who can pick up a piece of music and play it as though they are reading a book with ease.

The quartet played and recorded their first track flawlessly.  No mistakes whatsoever!  They wanted to play it one more time just to be sure.  They recorded it once more and the second time was just as perfect as the first!

I am in awe of this experience and am so pleased that the string sections they recorded will be on two songs, ‘Behold Me’, which is a duet with my daughter, and a piece entitled ‘Detached From All Save Thee’ (you can hear parts of both pieces in the video below).

I would like to thank my producer, John Thompson, for creating this opportunity and making it happen.

I have made a short video of the quartet testing the mics just before their first recording.  You’ll hear them playing the score for part of the song ‘Behold Me’.  Enjoy!

 


Music gift download & Video introducing Infinite Bounty

I wanted to give you a quick update about my upcoming album ‘Infinite Bounty’.  We are in the final phases of the project and I am counting the days to be able to share the new music with you.

I recently made a promotional video with some background detail about my upcoming album, ‘Infinite Bounty’. On the video I discuss the theme, inspiration, artwork and introduce the musicians that I have collaborated with.  The musicians have each added so much beauty to the project.  Later on I will blog in more detail about some of the songs and the collaborations with the different artists.   The video ends with a gift download from one of the songs on ‘Infinite Bounty’.  Click here to view the video.

Here is the link for the gift download of the song ‘Immerse Yourselves’.  I can’t wait to share the rest of the music with you very soon!

Infinite Bounty Cover


In Honor of the Birth of The Bab: A Prayer set to music

I find that the Baha’i Holy days are sources of great inspiration. Today is the Birth of The Bab and in honor of this special day, I felt moved to compose a short prayer from The Bab. I was in a very meditative mood when I composed it. Happy Holy Day!

Lyrics are below:

“O God, my God, my Beloved, my heart’s Desire.”
-The Bab

Shrine of the Bab


My vocals featured in Jaguar Commercial!

I would like to share with you a song that I recorded vocals for which is now being featured in a video.  The song, entitled Seian, is from an album called Beyondsphere (released in 2010) in which the songs were all composed, written and produced by Ali Kesanto.  Ali found me on twitter and soon after decided to hire me to sing vocals on his music.  The genre of the album is dream electronica, mixed elements from ambient, trip-hop and classical orchestration…  It was an exciting music project that was very different from anything I have worked on before.

Below is a video that Ali Kesanto created and produced for Jaguar F-TYPE S Coupé in which he used one of the songs from the album Beyondsphere.  Enjoy!


A Duet with a Renowned Musician

One of my favourite things to do in music is to collaborate with other musicians. Today I was in the studio with my producer recording with my dear friend, the talented musician Cheng Lin. I feel honoured that she is singing a duet, in English and Chinese, entitled ‘We Must Look Higher’, with me on my new album. There are several other duets on the album (including ones in Spanish and Arabic) and I’m excited to share them soon.

Originally, I had asked Lin to play her erhu for the song. After listening to it, she offered to sing as there were many spaces for more vocals and I knew her voice would add so much beauty and dynamics to the piece. We promptly set about verifying the Chinese translation and then proceeded to work on fitting the parts into the existing composition so that it would flow with the English. As time was short (I’m already working on final mixes of the other songs on the album), we worked intensively to practice her parts so that she could record quickly. I’m thrilled that the recording went beautifully today and Lin’s vocals were flawless.

This piece is unique on the album as it includes four separate quotations. It was a challenge to get all the vocals recorded in both languages without the piece sounding cluttered but I think we found the right balance and I can’t wait for you to hear it!

The lyrics of ‘We must look higher’ are so uplifting. I’m sharing them with you below:

“We must look higher than all earthly thoughts; detach ourselves from every material idea, crave for the things of the spirit;…”

“Let nothing grieve thee, and be thou angered at none.”

“When calamity striketh, be ye patient and composed.”

“Be thou not unhappy; the tempest of sorrow shall pass; regret will not last; disappointment will vanish;…”

Cheng Lin recording 'We Must Look Higher'  in the studio

Cheng Lin recording ‘We Must Look Higher’ in the studio

Cheng Lin and I in the studio

Cheng Lin and I in the studio


‘Pun Intended’ Wangjing Soho performance

Last Friday evening, my son and the band he plays with, ‘Pun Intended’, were invited to perform for the opening of Wangjing SOHO Beijing, a major office complex designed by renowned architect, Zaha Hadid!

The band has been playing together for the last few years and have really grown and developed their own sound.  They looked so comfortable on stage and the crowd loved their performance.  Afterwards so many young ladies surrounded them and asked to have their photos taken together.  I’m so proud of what they have accomplished so far and look forward to them recording an EP hopefully in the spring if they are able to find the time.

This is the bands last year together (they are all in the 12th grade) so it truly was a privilege for them to have performed for such an occasion.  Below are some photos from the opening…

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