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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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The meaning of life…

An inspiring quote by Pablo Picasso…
 
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Commemoration of the Martyrdom of The Bab

Today, all around the world, Baha’is commemorate the Martyrdom of The Bab.  I would like to share one of the prayers that The Bab revealed and that I have set to music. It is entitled, ‘Remover of Every Anguish’.

 

 

Remover of every anguish


Our High School Graduate

It is hard to believe our son, Taraz, has now graduated from high school and soon will be embarking on the next adventure in his life.  The graduation was a unique and moving event that was held at the Confucius Temple in Beijing.  The graduates were seated on the steps leading to, and their families and friends in the courtyard of, this majestic example of Chinese architecture, a temple dedicated to learning and scholarship. What a perfect setting for a graduation!

Afterwards we had a family celebration for our son and his friends. We asked all the parents to write words of advice on cards called ‘Keys to success’.  The graduates then read aloud all the wisdom and guidance written on the cards.  One of my favourites was from my father: “In a world where ‘self’ has become the centre of all attention, practice selflessness.  Where looking after #1 has become the conventional motto, practice service to mankind.”

We had great fun creating treats for the party. One decoration involved attaching photos of each of the graduates to helium balloons which hung from the ceiling.  My daughter made a special graduation cake for the graduates and marshmallow graduation cap treats!  I think the most time-consuming treat was the Hershey chocolate kiss messages as each one had to be cut out and glued on the chocolate!  It was well worth it… (see photos below).

As we embark on this new change in our family, we feel blessed that our son will be spreading his wings and starting his life as an independent young adult. We pray that God will guide him and protect him on his path of learning and that he will flourish intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

At the Confucius Temple for WAB 2015 graduation

At the Confucius Temple for WAB 2015 graduation

Taraz, our graduate!

Taraz, our graduate!

The dining table covered in treats for the graduates and their photos hanging from helium balloons

The dining table covered in treats for the graduates and their photos hanging from helium balloons

Amelia's graduation cake

The graduation cake made by my daughter

Marshmallow graduate caps

Marshmallow graduate caps

Graduation cupcakes made by a family friend

Graduation cupcakes made by a family friend

Hershey chocolate kisses for the graduates

Hershey chocolate kisses for the graduates

'Keys to Success' - words of guidance from family and friends

‘Keys to Success’ – words of guidance from family and friends

Words of guidance from my father to my son

Words of guidance from my father to my son


An interview with 9 Star Media

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.

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Final Journey – composed for a special lady

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.

 

 

I blogged about the uniqueness of my mother-in-law 5 years ago.
You can read about it here.


I Adjure Thee chant for Declaration of the Bab

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!

 

Shrine of the Bab


An inspiring quote for Mother’s Days!

Dedicating this beautiful quotation to all my friends who are mothers. May your day be filled with love, joy and blessings!
O ye loving mothers


Ridvan song in individual languages & instrumental version available!

I hope you have been enjoying the full version of our Ridvan song ‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness’ in 6 languages! We now have several shortened versions of the piece in separate languages in case anyone would like to sing it in just one language. For now it is available in English, Swahili, Chinese, French & Italian as well as a shortened instrumental version for any community who would like to sing it in their own language. The separate tracks and instrumental version are available on the website for download and the instrumental version is also below. Enjoy!

If your community does come up with your own version in your native language, kindly send me a copy of the words and a recording if you make one.

Short Instrumental Version

Rejoice with exceeding gladness


Video for Ridvan song!

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!

The song is available as a gift download (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. Click here to download the 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.

Below is the video:

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Video about the meaning of Ridvan!

The Festival of Ridvan has begun and I wanted to share a video that my friend, Glenn Franco Simmons created on the theme of Ridvan with a wonderful explanation of what this occasion means to Baha’is.

I would also like to thank so many of you for your support of our song ‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness’ that we released for Ridvan in 6 languages.  Several of my friends shared that they played it at their Ridvan celebrations in different parts of the world. Click here to read about the making of the song. I will also release a 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.

Here is the song if you haven’t heard it yet and below the song is Glenn’s video: