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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.

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Instrumental piano album Glimmerings

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Recent Blog Posts

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‘Where there is love’ – A new recording with my children

One of my birthday wishes this year was to record some songs with my children so that I could have a memory of us creating and jamming together.  Just a couple of days ago, we had the opportunity to record one of the songs called ‘Where there is love’.  The words are by Abdu’l-Baha and I used these beautiful lyrics to compose a song on my Birds of Love gift set released in 2009 (I also made a video to accompany the song) but I have always loved Andy Grammer’s version of the song as it is youthful and easy to sing.

Below is the song that my children and I recorded together in my studio.  My daughter starts off singing the song and I join in with the harmonies.  My son recorded the guitar.  Enjoy!

 


An Interview with Baha’i Blog

I am thrilled to share that Naysan Naraqi from Baha’i Blog interviewed me about my new album, ‘Infinite Bounty’. The interview discusses what’s unique about the album as well as what I hope friends will take away from hearing the music (among other questions).  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 on Baha’i Blog.

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Immerse Yourselves – Music gift download

My most recent release, ‘Infinite Bounty’, begins with a more quiet song called ‘Immerse Yourselves’.  The piece starts with the sound of an ocean and the vocals come straight in with the music soon after.  I wanted the musical journey of the album to begin by delving straight into the vocals, just as the quotation of Baha’u'llah uses the symbol of diving into the ocean of His Revelation: “Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.”  The music aids us to meditate upon His words, enabling the waves of understanding to wash over our souls.

My producer and I were intrigued by the idea of the song having a sense of movement, rising and falling like the swells of an ocean.  The words ‘Immerse Yourselves’ is repeated and intertwines, symbolising the waves, just as the strings introduce themselves and expand and promptly flow away.  The whole song (and album) has this movement and a sense of building and then quieting down, carrying us along, lifted and buoyant on the ocean. 

This song is a gift download on the gifts page on my website so please feel free to download it and kindly spread the word (once you sign up on the mailing list, you’ll be guided to the download page which also has other gift downloads from previous albums).  Here is a link for the gift download of the song ‘Immerse Yourselves’.


Here is a link to listen to and purchase the whole album ‘Infinite Bounty’.

The photo of 'Immerse Yourselves' from the album 'Infinite Bounty'

One of the photos from the ‘Infinite Bounty’ CD/book

 


The Perfect Birthday Gift!

My new album ‘Infinite Bounty’ was delivered to my home just in time for my birthday!   The timing could not be more perfect! :)

I spent part of my birthday packaging the CDs and finishing up the specialty cards for the deluxe package orders.  I most enjoyed adding the wax seal on the envelopes and writing the recipient’s name in calligraphy on the gold card (photos below).

Yesterday I sent the first shipment of packages out and the mailman seeing all the CDs wanted a copy.  He has helped me in the last several years with many packages so I was glad to be able to give him my music as a thank you.  I thought he would take it home and listen to it later but he insisted on listening to it in the tiny mailroom on his speakers as we packaged everything together!   He was thrilled to have a photo together (see below).

Thanks again for all your support.  Please do share the news of my latest album with your friends and let them know that they can hear full songs of the whole album on my website.

Just after the new CDs were delivered to my home!

Just after the new CDs were delivered to my home!

Packaging a huge box with the help of the mailman.

Packaging a huge box with the help of the mailman.

Adding wax seal to the envelopes for 'Infinite Bounty Deluxe package' orders

Adding wax seal to the envelopes for ‘Infinite Bounty Deluxe package’ orders

Writing calligraphy of the name of the recipient on the gold envelope

Writing calligraphy of the name of the recipient on the gold envelope

Calligraphy written on the gold envelope for the deluxe edition wrapped in black chiffon

Calligraphy written on the gold envelope for the deluxe edition wrapped in black chiffon

One of the deluxe edition specialty cards

One of the deluxe edition specialty cards


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’

cover with pages open

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.

Here is a link to some more specialty cards that I made recently and I share some photos of how I add the gold wax seal to the back of the gold envelope.

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

deluxe card and CD 3

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!

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