Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit. ‘Infinite Bounty’, my 7th album on the theme of detachment is now available, as well as a piano instrumental CD entitled, ‘Glimmerings’ as featured in the movie ‘Grace’.  I have also released a new song with my son titled, ‘Fragrances of Holiness’.  Enjoy!

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Infinite Bounty Cover
Celestial Garden

 

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Exciting news + 2 new albums!

Recently I shared some exciting news on my mailing list!  For about a year, I have had the privilege of working on an album in Chinese for the upcoming bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh on October 2017.

While I was on Pilgrimage in December with my family, I felt that I could not pass up such a once in a lifetime opportunity and so decided to create an album in English also!  The idea seemed daunting as time is short and working on two albums at the same time is challenging.  So I need your prayers that all goes smoothly.  As I write this, we are working on both albums at a rapid pace and I hope to share more details soon.

I have saved the best news for last... :)

On the Chinese album, there is one song in particular that I have been so excited to tell you about.  We have asked Grammy-winning producer, KC Porter, to rearrange the song ‘This is Faith’, an inspiring poem that I set to music on my ‘Fire and Gold’ album.

KC is still working on the piece and world renowned musician, Cheng Lin, just finished recording vocals in Chinese for it.  I will be sharing more news and updates on my mailing list.  Subscribe below to join my music family.

KC and Lin in the studio

 

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‘Arise’ Choral Sheet Music Available

A couple of years ago, I composed a piece called ‘Arise’ in honor of the Twin Holy Days. I am excited to share that I just made the choral sheet music for this piece available on my website.  The words to ‘Arise’ are from a Tablet honoring the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, published in the compilation entitled “Days of Remembrance”.  The choral sheet music for the song is available in a 4 part harmony (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) as well as each part separately.  The download also includes the mp3 of the song, ‘Arise’.

Many friends have been planning for the upcoming bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh and my hope is to offer this piece as an option that can be used by choirs for the celebration.

Below is the song ‘Arise’ and here is a link to download the sheet music + song.  Feel free to share with others you think may be interested to know about this.

Lyrics:

“O people of Bahá! Soar upon the wings of detachment into the atmosphere of the love of your Lord, the All-Merciful. Arise then to render Him victorious…” -Bahá’u’lláh

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Arise sheet music

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Bahá’í Fast Video – favorite quotations from the fast

As the Bahá’í fast is coming to an end, I thought I would post another video/slideshow  from  ‘Meditations for the Fast’.  The piece is called ‘Every Hour of These Days’ and contains some of my favorite quotations from the fast.  They have inspired and sustained me during this period, and I hope they uplift you as well. Enjoy!

If you have not yet seen the  video created for ‘Invocation for the Long Fasting Prayer’ with beautiful photographs of the Bahá’í World Centre, here is a link to view the video.


Every hour of These days video

Quotations for the Fast:

Thou hast endowed every hour of these days with a special virtue, inscrutable to all except Thee, whose knowledge embraceth all created things. – Bahá’u’lláh

Fasting is the cause of the elevation of one’s spiritual station.
– Abdu’l-Bahá

Even though outwardly the Fast is difficult and toilsome, yet inwardly it is bounty and tranquillity. – Bahá’u’lláh

…fasting is the supreme remedy and the most great healing for the disease of self and passion. – Bahá’u’lláh

Fasting is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul. – Shoghi Effendi cited in the notes to the Kitab-i-Aqdas, page 176.


New song release for International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!

In honor of this special day, I am thrilled to release a new song titled, ‘Fragrances of Holiness’ – a prayer for women – recorded with my son last year before he left for university.  I had longed to record a piece with him and this is the result of our collaboration.  Having the opportunity to record him on the electric and acoustic guitars as I sang was such a blissful experience!  

The song is now available for download on my website with an elegant bonus download of the lyrics for you to enjoy.  Click here to listen to and purchase the song. 

As it is International Women’s Day, I thought it would be a lovely opportunity to share the song with friend’s you appreciate.  If you would like to send the song as a gift to friends or loved ones, the website has a feature enabling you to do so.  Simply click on the ‘Send as Gift’ link under the track and fill in the details.    

You may find this piece is different from my usual style so do let me know what you think in the comments below.  Enjoy!

Wishing you all a joyous International Women’s Day!

Have a listen to ‘Fragrances of Holiness’ below.

In a previous blog, I share a video teaser of recording a small piano part in the beginning of the song.  Check it out here.

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Fragrances of Holiness - A Prayer for Women cover


Working on the piano for Fragrances of Holiness

In a few days, on March 8th, I will be releasing a song in honor of International Women’s Day.  I recorded this piece titled, ‘Fragrances of Holiness – A Prayer for Women’ with my son.

Collaborating with my children is such a joyful experience. I am able to keep a memory of a song we created together.  In this piece, my son plays the electric and acoustic guitars.  I had a lot of fun adding piano to the piece once the guitar parts and vocals were recorded.

Below is a little teaser of the beginning of the song.  I was in my home studio recording a short piano part in the video.  Click on the link below to watch it.

In the studio recording the piano for ‘Fragrances of Holiness’

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9 days of inspiration!

Our family recently had the privilege of visiting the Bahá’í World Centre for a 9 day Pilgrimage!  Spending time in the holy places where Bahá’u’lláh resided after His exile from the Ottoman empire in 1868 was a priceless experience.  Praying and meditating in the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh was extremely nurturing and for the first time I felt at complete peace – a moment I will never forget.  Most of all, the joy I felt throughout the 9 days was all-encompassing and experiencing the Pilgrimage with my family was such a blessing.

Meeting friends from around the world was so joyous and it was wonderful to see such diversity.  Among the countries represented were: Canada, United States, South Africa, Hong Kong, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Tanzania, France and Australia.  We were especially happy to see so many families with youth and children – a lovely gift for our children to be able to bond with others their age.  A wonderful surprise on our Pilgrimage was finding out that my first cousin (who I grew up with) and her family happened to be in the same Pilgrim group as we were.  You can imagine how joyous and moved we both were knowing we hadn’t planned it and yet we were able to experience the special Pilgrimage together.

Something that struck me throughout those 9 precious days was how much beauty and order permeated everywhere and in all forms – from the gorgeous tapestry in the gardens to the beautiful decor so lovingly placed in each room for the Pilgrims to see.

As promised, I had the pleasure of reciting prayers in the Shrines for friends and loved ones all over the world.  It brought me great joy to say them as I know not everyone is able to go on Pilgrimage.  One of my favorite prayers to read in the Shrines is the Long Healing prayer.  As I read it, I dedicated each paragraph to a person on my prayer list, especially those who have asked for healing prayers.

Here’s another blog post I wrote in 2009 titled, ‘A Spiritual Reunion’,  about my 3 day visit to this very special place.

Below are a few photographs from our special visit.  Enjoy!

The Shrine of the Báb at night. So beautiful!

The Shrine of the Báb at night. So beautiful!

 

My family standing on the balcony of the Mansion of Bahji. The garden is like a tapestry.

My family standing on the balcony of the Mansion of Bahji. The garden is like an exquisite tapestry.

 

At the Ridvan garden. One of my favorite photographs of our Pilgrimage. My family looks so radiant.

At the Ridvan garden. One of my favorite photographs of our Pilgrimage. My family looks so radiant.

 

Another favorite photo... father and son walking arm in arm with the sunlight. An inspiring moment.

Another favorite photo… father and son walking arm in arm with the sunlight at their back. An inspiring moment.

 

At the Ridvan garden. The bench where Bahá'u'lláh would sit and greet the friends

The bench where Bahá’u’lláh sat in the Ridvan garden

 

Bahji - the exquisite garden that surrounds the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Akka.

Bahji – the exquisite garden that surrounds the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Akka.

 

Walking in the gardens. Love watching my husband and son having deep conversations

Walking in the gardens. Love watching my husband and son having deep conversations

 

'Abdu'llah Pasha - The original stairs of the house in 'Akká that 'Abdu'l-Bahá rented in 1896 and that served as His residence until He moved to Haifa in 1910

‘Abdu’llah Pasha – The original stairs of the house in ‘Akká that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá rented in 1896 and that served as His residence until He moved to Haifa in 1910

 

Just before our special visit to the Archives building which holds many of the most sacred items within the Bahá'í Faith. One of my favorite days of Pilgrimage

Just before our special visit to the Archives building which holds many of the most sacred items within the Bahá’í Faith. One of my favorite days of Pilgrimage

 

My sweet first cousin who just happened to be in the same Pilgrim group as we were!

My sweet first cousin who just happened to be in the same Pilgrim group as we were!

 

Our Pilgrim group B with friends from diverse parts of the world - such a beautiful group

Our Pilgrim group B with friends from diverse parts of the world – such a beautiful group

 

Such a pleasure to be able to say prayers for friends and loved ones inside the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh

Such a pleasure to be able to say prayers for friends and loved ones inside the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh

 

My talented friend and photographer, Glenn Franco Simmons, allowed me to use his photo to create this gift for friends I prayed for...

My talented friend and photographer, Glenn Franco Simmons, allowed me to use his rose photograph to create this gift for friends I prayed for…


Daybreak – soothing piano instrumental video

Happy Year of the Rooster!  May this new year bring you joy, blessings and inspiration!

We celebrated Chinese New Year last night in our home with hummus and homemade bread baked by my cousin who is visiting! :)  Normally we would have dumplings on new year’s eve, but since the whole family wasn’t with us we will wait to have dumplings all together.

To bring you tranquility in what sometimes feels like a chaotic world, I wanted to share a video I just posted on youtube called ‘Daybreak’.  The song is from my piano instrumental album, ‘Glimmerings’.

I recently made the sheet music available for ‘Daybreak’.  Click here for a download of sheet music + the track.

For my friends in China, here is a link to see the video on youku.  Enjoy!

Daybreak video


Beaded bookmarks for Ayyam-i-Ha!

One of my favorite activities is searching for beautiful beads.  I recently found these gorgeous cloisonné beads and just finished designing 5 new pieces just in time for the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha.

Below are some of the photos of the cloisonné beaded bookmarks.  Each one comes with an inspiring quotation and a matching prayer book cover (as an option).

To view all the bookmarks and other items in the shop, click here.  I am offering a special 10% discount on all orders on my Etsy site till the end of January.  Simply enter the code Ayyamiha when checking out.

Shipping takes 2-3 weeks from China (sometimes longer) so please order in time. :)

Click on the photos below to take you directly to the beaded bookmark on the site.

Scarlet Garden Beaded Bookmark

Scarlet Garden Beaded Bookmark

Sapphire Rose

Sapphire Rose

 

New cloisonné beaded bookmarks

New cloisonné beaded bookmarks

Butterfly Bliss beaded bookmark

Butterfly Bliss beaded bookmark

https://www.etsy.com/listing/505622169/beaded-bookmark-o-coral-petals-cloisonne?ref=shop_home_active_3

Coral petals beaded bookmark


Meditations for the Fast bundle + prayer book cover gift!

Happy New Year!

Are you looking for a music gift to give to loved ones for Ayyam-i-Ha?

Last year, I released my latest album titled ‘Meditations for the Fast’.  The pieces on this album set to music prayers and writings revealed by Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá especially for the Bahá’í fast, a time dedicated to personal reflection and meditation.

From now till March 1, I will be giving ‘Meditations for the Fast’ in a discounted bundle of 5 CDs (they make great gifts)!  With each purchase of the discounted bundle, I will be adding a gift of a prayer cover (see photo of sample below, actual prayer book cover may be different).  Click here for more details.

If you are looking for a digital gift, you can also send the album (or any other album on my music page) to friends by clicking the button ‘Send as gift’ below the Buy Now button.  Here are directions for how to do that. 

As shipping takes 2-3 weeks from China, kindly make your order as soon as possible.

Meditations for the fast bundle

 

 


‘A Bahá’í Perspective’ Radio Interview

I recently had the privilege of giving a one hour radio interview with Warren Odess-Gillett from ‘A Bahá’í Perspective’.  The interview is now LIVE!

Visit this link to hear the podcast where I share what inspired several of my pieces from 5 CDs, how I started on my music journey, the themes of the albums I have released so far, what it was like being raised in Kenya as well as what religious life was like growing up there.

Do leave me a comment below and let me know if you have any questions about the music, the albums or the interview in general.  There was so much to talk about and not enough time.  I was only able to share 6 pieces from 5 albums out of the 8 albums released so far.

You can download the full podcast on iTunes here. 

A Bahá'í Perspective - Elika Mahony