Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit.  My new album, ‘The Ancient Beauty’, created in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh, has just been released!  Join the mailing list to be the first to hear new music and updates!

The Ancient Beauty cover

Browse my music page to listen to other releases and to view my arts and crafts projects on the Art Creations page. Also take a moment to visit a new page on the site of resources on love and marriage. Enjoy!

 

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The Ancient Beauty released!

I am immensely grateful for this moment.  With all the challenges and delays along the way, ‘The Ancient Beauty’ CDs are finally in my hands and they are stunning!

This morning I took photos of the album (see photos below) and I’ve started packing the orders so I can ship the first batch today (half the CD stock has already been purchased so they are going fast)!

Last day to order the CDs at the pre-order price is today!  From tomorrow, the album will return to the regular price of $15.  To place an order (at the pre-order price) for ‘The Ancient Beauty’, click here.

For those of you who would like to give ‘The Ancient Beauty’ to your friends, but are not sure if they have CD players, we have also created a beautiful paper cut gift card with a digital download code. The gift cards were created using a paper cut design in antique gold with space inside to write a personalized note. Details are on the website.

Some friends have asked about purchasing bulk CDs for gifts for their Bicentenary celebrations. If you would like to make a bulk order for your community, kindly email me.

The moment the CDs arrived on my doorstep!

The gorgeous cover for ‘The Ancient Beauty’

The laser paper cut design is truly sublime!

A glimpse of ‘The Ancient Beauty’ package

The introduction about Bahá’u’lláh


‘The Ancient Beauty’ download cards!

I have some more good news for you!

After a suggestion from a few friends of mine, we are now making available ‘The Ancient Beauty’ digital download paper cut cards with individual codes (for the full album) to be given as gifts. Many people have expressed that they would like to give the album as gifts to friends without CD players. So we have decided to make these beautiful antique gold paper cut cards available in sets of 5 and 10.

Each card comes with an envelope and a unique download code with instructions on how to download the full album (see photos below).   There is a blank space on the inside of the cards for you to write personalized messages to give as a gifts.  The best part is Shipping is FREE!

Click here to purchase the paper cut cards in either a set of 5 or 10.  

If you would like to order the CDs instead, here is the link.

Click here to watch the video introducing the album for the pre-launch.  Now all songs are available for download.

Below are the Digital cards – set of 5. Each comes with an envelope.

The Ancient Beauty Digital card set of 5

Below are  theDigital cards – set of 10

The Ancient Beauty Digital card set of 10

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An Inspiring Cover Design

Creating the cover for my new album, ‘The Ancient Beauty’ has been such an inspiring experience.  There was such creative flow as I explained to the designer what I envisioned for the cover.

As I sat with my designer brainstorming ideas for the cover, I knew I wanted a paper cut design as there is a beauty and sophistication in this art form. We looked at a photo of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh and noticed the intricate ironwork on the gate at the entrance of His Shrine. We both immediately knew we had to incorporate that design in the papercut. The first draft produced by my designer was fairly simple and while it was lovely it seemed that something was missing. Then we realized that the gate has a distinctive stylized “B” in the middle. So we did a new design with the “B” and it was perfect!

Below are some photos of the creative process so you can see how detailed the design is.

Also just to give you a heads up, the pre-order price of $12 per CD will last until June 19th after which time the regular price of $15 per CD will apply.  Here is a link to order CDs.

There is a special discount price for pre-orders ($12 during the pre-order only) and further discounts of orders of 5 CDs ($10 each) or 10 CDs or more ($9 each) so that friends can give them as gifts to others.

To learn more about ‘The Ancient Beauty’, you can read more about the album here.  All songs on the album can now be downloaded.

If you have not yet pre-ordered the album, you can do so here.

Adding the ‘B’ to the design of the gate

Such intricate designs

Cover of ‘The Ancient Beauty’
The Ancient Beauty cover

Below is the gate to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh that inspired the cover design. Photo by Antzmanz on DeviantArt


The Ancient Beauty digital downloads now available!

I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that “The Ancient Beauty” is now ready for full digital download!  Simply click here to purchase. If you have already pre-ordered the CD you should have received an email with a code for the digital download.

The bad news is that there were some issues with the sample CD sent by the duplicator and this may delay the release of the physical album by a week or so. Our team has been trying to solve the problem but the language barrier (technical music production terms in Chinese) is not easy!

Please keep the project in your prayers.

Whenever I am feeling challenged, I love reading the quotation below as it brings me peace of mind.  The red rose is from our garden!

Rose quotes - Elika Mahony


Final Journey piano instrumental video

This is the seventh year since the passing of my dear mother-in-law, Ann Byington Mahony. On the day of her passing, I composed a spontaneous piece on the piano in her honor titled, ‘Final Journey’. I remember so vividly sitting at the piano that morning after the news of her passing and feeling the urge to express what came to my heart through music.

Ann was a truly remarkable woman –  one of strength, confidence, independence, honesty, charm and elegance.  I shared a post about her on the day of her passing. Click here to read it.

I decided to share a video of ‘Final Journey’ today in honor of the 7th anniversary of her passing. She loved to travel so I felt these nature scenes from different season were perfect for the video. I hope you enjoy it.


Video for Pre-launch of ‘The Ancient Beauty’

I recently created a short video about the pre-launch of my new album ‘The Ancient Beauty’.  I described what inspired the creation of the CD and introduced the 2 songs now available for download.

There is also a little explanation about the design and I look forward to sharing more about that soon.  I hope you enjoy the video.

If you have not yet pre-ordered the album, you can do so here.  There is a special discount price for pre-orders ($12 during the pre-order only) and further discounts of orders of 5 CDs ($10 each) or 10 CDs or more ($9 each) so that friends can give them as gifts to others.

NOTE:  Since this post was published all the songs are now available for digital download.

The Ancient Beauty cover


My New Album – Now available for Pre-order!

I have great news!  I’m thrilled to share that my new album, ‘The Ancient Beauty’, is now available for pre-order on my website.

This album has been created in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, and my hope is that it will be given as gifts to friends, neighbors, relatives and colleagues during this special year to share with them the beauty of Bahá’ulláh’s writings and teachings.

I plan to release the physical CD in June but wanted to make them available now for pre-orders as I will only be printing a limited number and there are already orders coming in.

How to pre-order the CD

There is a special discount price for pre-orders ($12 during the pre-order only) and further discounts of orders of 5 CDs ($10 each) or 10 CDs or more ($9 each) so that friends can give them as gifts to others. Click here for details and options.

I have made two of the songs available for the pre-order.  ‘A Radiant Heart’ – a song recorded with my daughter and ‘Arise’ which has been edited and re-mixed specially for this album.  Once you pre-order the album(s), these two songs from the CD will be available for download. When the physical album is released in June, you will also receive a link to download all the songs.

Cover Design

I’m so excited about the cover and album design. It is the most inspired cover I have had the pleasure of designing so far with the help of Oops studio. Can you guess what inspired it?  Let me know in the comments below what you think of the cover.

Thank you for taking this journey with me and for all your support.  I truly appreciate it and please do share news of the release with your friends.

I have made a short video about the introduction of the album and will be sharing regular updates on my Facebook Music page about the process of releasing the album.  Look forward to seeing you on there!

The Ancient Beauty cover


An Inspiring Quotation

I wanted to share this quotation with you as it has helped me on several occasions to find balance and moderation in what I say and what I do.


Title chosen for Bicentenary Album: The Ancient Beauty

Thank you so much to those of you who shared your thoughts for a title for the Bicentenary album in English!  With the help of your responses, I was able to choose a title that is befitting for the occasion.  There were some wonderful suggestions and ideas but the overwhelming preference was, ‘The Ancient Beauty’.

I wanted to share some of the thoughts and reasons written by friends on the previous blog which affected my decision to choose ‘The Ancient Beauty’:

“I like all the other suggestions but this one directly refers to Bahá’u’lláh in His own Words.”

“All the suggestions are lovely, but the one that reaches into my heart the most is Ancient Beauty. It resonates on so many different levels, from the obvious to the mystical.”

“I prefer Ancient Beauty because it implies a mystery which should be investigated!”

““The Ancient Beauty” jumped right out at me.”

“The Ancient Beauty is most beautiful and relevant.”

The next stage of the project is designing the physical album.  I feel the pressure to make it unique, and unlike any of my previous album designs.  I’ve been trying to think of what would be appropriate for such a momentous occasion and I look forward to sharing the result as soon as it is ready.

In my previous blog, I shared a link for donations.  For donations above US$20, a CD will be sent to you.  Thank you in advance for all your kind support.

I will soon be posting details about the album release.  For album and music updates, join the mailing list below.

 

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The Ancient Beauty title


Ridvan song in Italian

I have been posting videos of Ridvan songs in different languages for the 12 days of Ridvan and today’s language is the last of the series!  Once again, I would like to thank all the friends who were a part of this project and who graciously recorded their voices so that these songs could be shared and downloaded as gifts for you!   The video links in each language are all below. 

A special thanks Larry Magee who played the guitars and to Jarome Matthew for editing all the languages and making sure they were mixed and mastered to sound alike.  I’m also extremely grateful to Adeeb Afshar for sharing several of his beautiful photos from the Ridvan garden and also Shira Trick for her lovely video of the fountain.  If you listen closely at the end of the video, you can hear a slight trickle of the water flowing from the fountain.

Yesterday I posted a Ridvan song in Swahili and below is the next video for the Ridvan song in Italian!   I so enjoyed singing this version as I love the sound of Italian.  I was blessed to have an Italian friend coach me with the pronunciation for the song as I wanted to be as accurate as possible.  Thank you Piero!

The following languages have already been posted:  

Ridvan song in English
Ridvan song in Arabic
Ridvan song in Japanese
Ridvan song in Swedish
Ridvan song in Portuguese
Ridvan song in Chinese
Ridvan song in French
Ridvan song in German
Ridvan song in Swahili
Ridvan song in Spanish

Lyrics:

Esulta di suprema gioia, o gente di Bahá, nell’evocare il ricordo del Giorno di felicità suprema…

Rejoice with exceeding gladness, O people of Bahá, as ye call to remembrance the Day of supreme felicity… – Bahá’u’lláh

Allah’u’Abha

Song credits:
Music composition & piano: Elika Mahony
All guitars: Larry Magee
Verse vocals and echoes: Elika Mahony
Chorus vocals: Elika Mahony & Nasim Anayati Maani
Percussion, production & mixing: Jarome Matthew

Photo and Video credits:
Adeeb Afshar
Elika Mahony
Copyright © Bahá’í International Community
Shira Trick (end video of the fountain)

Ridvan song in Italian