Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit. I hope my music brightens your day and brings you joy!

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Recent Blog Posts

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Chinese New Year sale!

We are nearing Chinese New Year here in Beijing and I’m anticipating lots of fireworks, joyous celebration and the making of jiaozi (Chinese dumplings)!

A quick reminder about the Chinese New Year sale we’re having before the post office closes (last day to order is January 31st).   Everything is 10% off for both the music and the crafts!

If you are looking for a meaningful gift for a friend (especially for Ayyam-i-Ha), please check out my Etsy craft store and/or my music page to see if anything inspires you.  Use the code AYYAMIHA19.  The Etsy craft store already has everything marked down.  Please use the code on my music website.

Below is a photo collage of some of the items on the Etsy shop which include specialty cards, beaded bookmarks with inspiring quotations, prayer beads that come with a silk box,  Ayyam-i-Ha and Nawruz cards, Greatest Name cards, silk prayer book covers, art magnets and more!

The collage below the craft collage photo is of all my music albums (but does not include my single releases).  Enjoy!

Elika’s Etsy Craft Store

Elika’s 9 Music Albums


“It’s like baking a cake!”

I hope you are having a fruitful start to 2019!

Update about ‘The Exalted One’

I wanted to give you a quick update about ‘The Exalted One’.  I am now in the middle of recording the vocals for the final song titled ‘Enable All the Peoples’.  It has turned out to be one of my favorite pieces on the album because of the beauty of the flamenco guitar and its Latin flavor.

In other good news, I’m thrilled that we have now started the mixing for the album.

Next month, Daniel, my producer in Colombia, will complete this process. The album will then be mastered by an engineer in the U.S. To be able to create music with so many talented individuals around the world is such a gift!

It’s like baking a cake

Daniel describes the mixing and mastering process by likening it to baking a cake:

“I liken music production to baking a cake. First you gather ingredients (a recipe can be useful, but not required), you place the ingredients together, bake them, and finally decorate. Elika and I have practically finished gathering the ingredients which is the process of recording all the musicians, including Elika’s piano and vocals.

Now we’re ready to start mixing those ingredients. So this is literally the editing and mixing stage where we’ll decide how loud the vocals should be in relation to the piano or guitar…so taste is subjective in this stage. Once fully mixed and baked, the cake is ready for decoration or what we call mastering. Mastering takes multiple songs and makes them sound coherent as one album rather than standalone songs. So when you listen to them back to back one isn’t much louder or brighter or duller than the previous one. Just like a cake could have many layers, but when decorated it looks whole. I hope you enjoy Elika’s delicious cake…I mean album!”

Thank you again for all your kind support of the album.

Look forward to keeping you posted.

P.S. If you haven’t already seen or heard ‘Prayer for Protection’ – one of the songs on the album, watch it here.

If you have heard it, I would love to hear what you think about the piece.

Join Elika’s music mailing list for updates about ‘The Exalted One’.


Ayyam-i-Ha gift ideas!

The season of Ayyam-i-Ha will soon be upon us! It is one of the most festive times of the year for Bahá’ís. During these days, Bahá’ís all around the world celebrate by visiting friends, giving gifts and through acts of charity.

For this special occasion I will be making my CD, ‘Meditations for the Fast’, available in a discounted bundle of 5 CDs (they make great gifts). With each purchase of the bundle, I will be adding a free silk prayer book cover as my present to youClick here for more details.

Until the end of January, everything in my Etsy store will be 10% off including new items (I just added a new set of prayer beads in the color ebony and Baha’i greeting cards for Ayyam-i-Ha or any other occasion) to my shop!

>> To view my Etsy shop, click here. <<

ALL of my music is also on sale until the end of January on my website.  Use the code AYYAMIHA19 for a 10% discount at checkout (you can also click ‘Send as Gift’ and write a special note to friends or loved ones).

>> Here is the link for ALL my music. <<

Shipping takes 2-3 weeks (sometimes longer) from China so please order soon!  :)

95 black prayer beads with cloisonne clasp comes in elegant silk black/gold box

Ayyam-i-Ha cards

Ayyam-i-Ha cards handmade with elegant Japanese paper and gold ribbon

Bahai greeting cards for all occasions

Discounted package of 5 CDs for the fast with a gift prayer book cover


Marriage – an ongoing conversation

Dear friends,

If you are a subscriber of my blog posts, I apologize for the accidental old blog posts that have made their way to your email yesterday!  We have fixed the issue so thank you for your patience!

Wedding Anniversary

January 7th was our 24th wedding anniversary and a friend of mine asked ‘What has contributed to marriage going well for you?’

So I wrote down some answers for her and decided to share them on my blog.

I could spend a whole day talking about this topic… I listed some of the more significant things that have contributed to the progress of our marriage below (not in order of importance):


My favorite instrument…

Blessed

As we are reaching the end of 2018, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for being a part of my music journey.  I am still marveling at all the loving support I received for my Kickstarter campaign in the month of November.

I’m feeling so very blessed and am now working diligently with my talented producer, Daniel Rinaldi, to get this album out to you in 2019.

Flamenco Guitar

Currently we are exploring the beautiful sound of the flamenco guitar (one of my favorite guitar styles, originating in Southern Spain). Daniel and I wanted to give some of the songs on the album a Spanish flavor. This style of playing is unique so Daniel looked for a specialist in Bogotá where he found Eliécer Martínez.  Eliécer lived in Spain for several years just to hone his flamenco playing.

Improvisation

A lot of the style is based on improvisation: the act of spontaneously playing unrehearsed.  Daniel met up with Eliécer and improvised the guitar parts in a studio in Bogotá. The result was glorious! The guitar was so beautiful for one of the songs that it ended up replacing the original piano part (I’m so thrilled)! These types of recording sessions rely a lot on trust, prayer and chemistry.

As I reflect on the past year, I feel extremely blessed to be able to compose and record music during this special time in history. And what a blessing to be able to share it with you!

As we approach the last few days of 2018, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for friends like you all over the world.

Wishing you a joyous year ahead in 2019!

As this is the holiday season, here is a cover of the song ‘Mary did you know’ that I recorded a couple of years ago. Enjoy! Click here to listen to the song.


We did it!! Thank you!

We did it!  The Kickstarter is officially over and thanks to friends and family around the world we almost doubled our funding goal!  Thank you for the the best birthday gift — the generous support from so many for this campaign.

I now look forward to finishing the album – recording all the songs (a few more pieces to go), and having the album mixed, mastered, designed, printed and shipped by July 2019.

I will continue to post updates about the project in the next few months so that you remain informed about the process.

Successfully Funded

Altogether we raised $30,971 with 268 backers (this includes other payments that came in through PayPal and WeChat)!

I can’t wait to finish this upcoming album for the Báb titled ‘The Exalted One’ and continue working on one for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for 2021!

Thank you for all the love, support and generosity you have shown me!

 


48 hours left!

Only 48 hours remain until our Kickstarter Campaign ends on Nov 30 at 10 am EST/7 am PST (11 pm AWST) and 11pm Beijing time!

I am most grateful to all who have supported me throughout the process!

Final Hours

During these final hours any additional funds received will go towards producing an additional new album that will be released in 2021 in honor of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, thus making a trilogy together with “The Ancient Beauty” (for the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah) and “The Exalted One” (for the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb).

>>>> www.elikamahonykickstarter.com <<<<

With my deepest thanks for your support of my music!  I could not have done it without you.


Beautiful cover reveal…

I’m so excited to share with you the gorgeous cover of ‘The Exalted One’!

The striking gold laser cut cover traces the design of the gate that leads to the Shrine of The Báb, and the green cardstock invokes His memory.  The design also reflects that of ‘The Ancient Beauty’, creating twin album covers for the twin bicentenaries of the Twin Manifestations!

As we only have a few days remaining for the Kickstarter campaign, I wanted to be sure to share this with you before it ends.

If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, please go to: 
>>> Elika’s Kickstarter Campaign <<<

Only 4 days left to support the project!

 


Gift for Kickstarter Backers

It is the season of Thanksgiving and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all your support of my music.  This month in particular I have been blown away by all the kind support of my Kickstarter campaign!  Thank you!

Thanksgiving Gifts

As a gift for all backers of the Kickstarter campaign, I will be giving a free download of the song and video for the ‘Prayer for Protection’ (after Nov 30 when the campaign ends).

>>> Support Elika’s Kickstarter Campaign <<<

Additional Funds for a SECOND album

Any funds received during the next 7 days will be used for an additional album in honor of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 2021.

Thank you for all your kind support and for spreading the word.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the video yet here it is: Prayer for Protection

And thank you for all your incredible support of the Kickstarter!  I’d be so grateful if you would continue to spread the word about the Campaign.


Why I did a Kickstarter campaign?

Why a Kickstarter Campaign?

Six months ago I started creating a video for my Kickstarter campaign to share my thoughts about the new album we are making titled ‘The Exalted One’ (see video below).

At first the process was daunting.  Knowing this sacred event comes once in a lifetime raised the bar for composing music that would be worthy of the occasion.

Several friends had encouraged me to launch a Kickstarter as a way of involving the community in the making of this album.  I was hesitant at first but then realised what better way of overcoming my fears!

To be honest, embarking on this Kickstarter campaign caused me some fear and anxiety.  I would often ask myself ‘What if I don’t make the goal? What if people don’t respond?”

But I decided to practice courage, determination and perseverance in order to accomplish the goal I had set out to create an album in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.

Below are three reasons I decided to do a crowdfunding campaign.

Reasons for doing a Kickstarter Campaign

1. making an album is an expensive endeavour and often takes years to recoup the costs – sometimes never!  (Watch the video below to see where all the costs go)

2. Involving the community in the making of this album

3. Personal growth – pushing myself out of my comfort zone

Below is the video I created for the Kickstarter explaining the project and sharing some of the details of the album.

We have 11 days left to the end of the campaign!  Please share the video with your friends.  Even though we have made our goal we hope to fund a second album in honor of Abdu’l-Bahá for 2021!  I am already collecting the songs to start on the project as soon as I finish this album for The Báb.

To support the Kickstarter click here.

I am also accepting PayPal payments separately (please contact me here about that) and also WeChat funds.