Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

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

I just released my new album, ‘The Exalted One’, in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb.  

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The Exalted One cover

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Recent Blog Posts

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Remover of Difficulties – New Video

For the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Báb I am sharing a video accompanied by a piece titled ‘Remover of Difficulties’ – a prayer in 3 languages: English, Spanish and Arabic.

I am sharing it with you a few days early in case you would like to use it for your Holy Day program.

>>> Watch the Video here <<<

Just a few more days left till all proceeds of ‘The Exalted One’ album go towards the fund for the construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (until July 10th).  To order or send as a gift, click here.

I explain this initiative in this video that includes photos of friends who have supported it.  Thank you to the many friends around the world who have been supportive of the Kickstarter campaign, the album and this initiative.

Remover of Difficulties

Special thanks to Ali Gomez who sings the Spanish section so beautifully and to Daniel Badi Rinaldi who produced the piece.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the previous video and read about how the prayer ‘Unto Thee I Repair for Refuge’ was inspired, click here for a previous post.

And please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel for more videos. Thank you in advance.


My Refuge – New Video and Reflections

There is a prayer that I have recited frequently throughout my life. The prayer is by the Báb and starts “O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge’.  I say it often as it seems to apply to so many aspects of life: seeking God’s protection and aid, asking for detachment from all things, praying for contentment.

For many years I wanted to set it to music but found it rhythmically challenging.  Since the prayer is by the Báb, I felt it should be on ‘The Exalted One’ and so I attempted to compose a melody for it one more time. When I placed my fingers on the piano the melody seemed to flow through me from another realm!  The experience was magical!

In the piece the piano takes us on a journey like a train moving towards its destination, with the rhythm of the music carrying us forward.  Then the music slows down in the chorus while we ask for His ‘Sufficing Help’.

As the song progresses towards the end it becomes more complex with harmonies and varied voices, reflecting the path of our lives as we grow through difficulties and joys.

In the last part of the song (my favorite part at 3:20) the piano rises an octave without any distractions, symbolically signifying that we have become “independent of all things” and that we are finally aligned to His wishes.

I have made a video for the piece and encourage you to watch it thinking about your own journey and your own hopes.

>> Watch the video here<<<

** If you are able, kindly give the video a thumbs up and leave a comment as that will allow more eyes to view the video. Many thanks. :)

To hear all the songs on the album: ‘The Exalted One’.

Just a Kindly reminder that all proceeds of ‘The Exalted One’ go towards the construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá until July 10th.  To order or send as a gift, click here. 

LYRICS

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.

O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.

Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy!

Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me.

Thine is the absolute authority to command.

Selections from the Writings of The Báb, page 74

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Bahai Blog Interview

My interview with Baha’i blog just went live!  Here is a link to the interview where I share what inspired the creation of ‘The Exalted One’, what brought me the greatest joy in making the album, and my hopes for the project.

>>> INTERVIEW with Baha’i Blog <<<

All proceeds from the sale of ‘The Exalted One’ will be contributed towards the fund for the construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahábetween the Declaration of the Báb (on May 23rd) and the Martyrdom of the Báb on (July 9th).

Thank you for all your loving comments about this initiative. :)

If you already have one, you might consider giving them as gifts to friends.

Here is a link to download ‘The Exalted One’.

I would love to hear from you once you read the interview.  Let me know what you enjoyed about it.


a special update…

Joyous greetings for the Declaration of the Bab!

I was thrilled when I recently read that plans for the design and building of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá are now in process.

Upon hearing this exciting news, I immediately felt that I wanted to be a part of this historic process.

Therefore I decided that all proceeds from the sale of ‘The Exalted One’ will be contributed towards the fund for the construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá between the Declaration of the Báb (on May 23rd) and the Martyrdom of the Báb on (July 9th).

This seems particularly befitting given that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was born on the very same day as the Declaration of the Báb – May 23, 1844 – and it was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá who worked tirelessly to build the Shrine of the Báb. It brings me great joy to think that ‘The Exalted One’ will contribute to the building of the Shrine of the ‘Servant of God’!

If you already have one, you might consider giving them as gifts to friends.

Here is a link to the album ‘The Exalted One’.

 

Here is a link to watch the video ‘My Beloved’ (if you haven’t had a chance yet):


New Video – My Beloved

One of my favorite pieces on ‘The Exalted One’ is titled ‘My Beloved’.  It is based on a prayer of the Báb and is sung in 6 languages – English, Spanish, Swahili, Chinese, Italian and French.

For the Declaration of the Báb I have made a video with beautiful photographs of the Shrine of the Báb (thanks to Farzam Sabetian) to accompany the piece.  I hope you enjoy it.  Please feel free to use it for the coming Holy Day.

>>> Watch the video here.<<<

I would like to thank all the talented singers who recorded on the song: Ali Youssefi (Spanish), Auntieclare Rezin (Swahili), Tracy Chen (Chinese), Ali Gomez (Italian) as well as my talented producer, Daniel Badí Rinaldi.

To hear all the songs on the album: ‘The Exalted One’.

If you missed the timelapse video of how each album is prepared click here to watch it.

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Timelapse video of The Exalted One

Timelapse Video

Thank you for your support of ‘The Exalted One’.   I am so thrilled to be receiving emails and posts from friends around the world who have opened their packages with the new album.  Thank you for sending them in. :)

I recently made a timelapse video of how each album is prepared – it’s quite the intricate process!  Click here to watch it.

Just a reminder that each CD package has a unique download code inside for you to download the music if you don’t have a CD player (see photo below).

Online Platforms

The album is now available on Spotify, apple music, and other online platforms.

On my next blog, I look forward to sharing a video from one of the songs on the album. Stay tuned….

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The Exalted One download code


‘The Exalted One’ released!

The Exalted One released!

I’m thrilled that my new album, ‘The Exalted One’, has just been released!

The CD is now available on my website. Two thirds of our stock is almost gone! Here is the link to download the physical or digital album on my website.

I would like to thank so many friends around the world who supported the making of this album through their generous contributions during the Kickstarter last November.

I am deeply touched that our goal was reached in 3 days!  My Kickstarter friends are mentioned by name below.

I have so enjoyed composing, designing and assembling this precious album and I hope that you will enjoy it as much I have creating it.

A special thanks goes to my producer Daniel Badi Rinaldi and Jarome Matthew for mastering the album!

The Exalted One released

The Exalted One download code

Each album contains a unique download code within the package

Kickstarter supporters

Thank you to all my Kickstarter supporters who helped in the creation of this album.

I treasure you! :)

William Cai – Executive Producer

Brett Smith
Janet Cundall
Li-Jun Ma
Patricia Crumrine
Qiu Crowley
Hamid Samandari
Ladan Doorandish
Susan Mahony
Guitelle Baghdadi
Malinda Cecil
Cynthia Fernandes
Taraz Mahony
Pierre Pickens
Scott Norris
Mark Habibi
Markus Azadeh
Hong Mei Chen
Matin Maani
Susie and Dave Foster
Katharine and Tim Huber
Christopher and Anna Wolfel
Sherry Faroky
Leela Green
Hamed Ehsani
Fariborz Masroori
Zhang Xin
Gisou Ravanbaksh
Tannaz Morano
Adeeb Afshar
Uwe Singhof
Nina Lembcke-Beattie
Kathleen King
Katharine Kripke
Emma Salahuddin
Parvin Esfahani Stanwood
Rabbani Mihrshahi
Sahba Farhad
Shareen and Sami Farhad
Adam and Karyn Robarts
Melissa and Bambad Jabbari
Marc and Farnoosh Lee
Ruslan Tokbolat
Sohayla Asari
Nooshfar and Omid Afnan
Jose and Sharon Fierro
Bita and Roo Changizi
Jarome Matthew
Dayyan Eng
Thomas Pawlowski
Jack Hsu
Pierre Pickens
Suzanne Henck
Roya Pirmoradi
Candy Sayers
Monica Jeffers
Maya Nian Baumgardt
Lisa Lucas
Varya and Sarmad Sanina-Garmroud
Zuhal Werner
Aldarmaa Buyandelger
Susan Shuford
Ladon Ghalili
Rachel Enslow
Victoria Leith
Jamil Yaganegi
Nancy and Faryar Moshtaghi
Richard A. Green
Michelle and Prashant Loyalka
Ciprian Jauce
Guillaume Giraud
Mojgan and Brian Didier
Sein Mene Chew
Lim Thiam lock
Sonbol Taefi
Mona Epyerua
Barbara Kamali
Nooshin Darvish
Ferdous Mitchell
Britt Williams
Raju Mohan
Ariane Bertrand
Rita Egrari
Payam and Gouya Zamani
Julie and Mehraban Iraninejad
Dawn Oh
Vida Bertrand
Ai Takaki
Muni Tahzib
Friedemann Bergter
Aref Amanat
Ariana Brodner
Peter Neumann
Leila and Nakhjavan Tanyi
Naree and Alby Chan
Marcia T Brehmer
Brigitte Aiff
Shiva Yan
Mary Munion
Bernie and Miguel Cortés-Wohlwend
Polly Malby
Hooman and Karishma Ehsani
Leigh Lohrasbi
Catherine Sherman
Virginia Yeung
Yalem Kiros
Mona Nourani
Tamana Bostan
Catherine Walters-shaw
Farnaz Schaefer
Melissa Charepoo
Shastri Purushotma
Kimberly Gila
Linda Brücke
Deborah and Grant Peirce
Jeff Rhodes
Hedda Shuurman
Vicki Morrison Goble
Faranak Najafian
Marilyn and Michael Higgins
Leva Safai
Lana Richardson
Era Mae Balaba
Wargha Peiman
Dr. Adel Badiian
Shahin Yazdani
Yassaman Doldo
Elham Asdaghi
Nima and Lydia Fazilat
Shohreh Abrari-Venouss
Rebecca Teclemariam-Mesbah
Elaine Haddad
Shyama Ezekiel-Fagundo
Everett Phillips III
Nasim and Sahba Anayati Ma’ani
Mine Rich in Gems
Jolene F Philipps
Nigel Whitehouse
Pat Rosser
Louise Doughty
Roya Akhavan
Gaowa Saren
Farah Imani
Judith Anne Russell
Corinne Padilla Mc Loughlin
Tom Gore
Ruth Twaddell
Cheri King
Ann E Mitchell
Courounel
Arthur L Decker
Luke Slott
Colby Jeffers
Hui Sheng Liu
Sun Yuan
Afrookhteh Saadat
Tony Toonders
Mary Obrien
Marshall Royse
Vince and Tessy Baugher
Saideh Farahmand
Yvette Galea
Venus Alae-Carew
Tayebeh Masomian
Shekufeh Hudson
Victoria Souter
Amanda Sevak
Jacqui Thomas
Mahvash Yazdani
Flora Todaro Luck
Joseph Paczkowski
Robin Stott
Karel Fontaine
Dylane Ho
Nicole Moshtaghi
Deborah Karres
Atieno Mboya
Tan Beng Sooi
Kit Bigelow
Sarih Raisi
Sue Mitchell
Mozhdeh Foo
Deborah Rana
Steven Phelps
Eric Harper
Julia Berger
Soheila Dawson
Mathew Dawson
Afsoon Roshan
Jacki Rochelle
Fiona Doomun-Rouhani
Shukufeh Ahmadzadegan
Azin Messing
Manizha Azizi
Ladan Ehsani
Mehraz and Jaleh Ehsani
Shahnaz Kassiri
Farzam and Claire Ehsani
FeiFei Li
Any and Tim Perry
Hala Bassier
Samoa Mithaq
Chelsea Smith
Goleta Burriston
Sophia hurst
Glen Cotten
Ali Riazati
Zaynab Twaddell
Dawn Vermilya
Elke Fohringer
Vida Famouri
Susie Simerly
Sabrina van den Bos
Nasim Mullen
Jonathan ROYON
Mary Tanyi
Vered Ehsani
Sheila McGarey
Simeen Douglas
Matthew Edwards
Layli Miller-Muro
Karen Shrimpton
Tammy Rhoades-Baldwin
Lyn and John Ostar
Hatice Baghainia
Gary Boivin
Ivan and Karen Rosel
Emily Mohajeri Norris
Dean Martineau
Alex Boysen
Sigurdur Asgeirsson
Robert Howard
Niloufar Pepperell
Daniel Blumenthal
Helene Safajou
Wiley Rinaldi
Paul Meredith
Tim Marr
Damian Odess-Gillett
Nabil Moghaddam
Manijeh Rafraf
Corbin Doak
Estella Wang
Rogge
Roy A Steiner
Saloumeh Javid
Lua
Tricia Hague-Barrett
Merry Sierecki
Arzhia Habibi
Gary Reusche
Irina Musuc
Bob Jackman
Parisa Farahani

 


a heavenly gate…

As you may know, the cover of my previous album ‘The Ancient Beauty’ was inspired by the gate at the entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, with a delicate gold papercut tracery of the intricate design of the “B” that adorns the gate.

The design

For the cover of ‘The Exalted One’, I wanted to use that same motif in order to visually represent the relationship between the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. Both covers therefore feature a similar gold laser cut of the wrought iron gates that lead to the Shrines of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh (in Haifa and in Bahji), reflecting the unity of Their reality as the Twin Manifestations of God for this age.

Befittingly for the Báb, however, the cover of ‘The Exalted One’ actually opens up as a gate, visually alluding to His role as the Herald of Bahá’u’lláh. It is also set against a deep forest green background, the color associated with the mission of the Báb. I must say that the results exceeded my fondest aspirations!

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

Release date

Only six more days till the release of ‘The Exalted One’ on May 2nd!  :)

Photos of the process

draft for The Exalted One

Designing all the intricate details around the letter ‘B’

draft for The Exalted One 2

In the end we had to remove one of the rings as it was too detailed

design of The Exalted One

Making sure all the proportions are right

The Exalted One cover design

Working with the designer

I have so enjoyed collaborating with Nev, the designer from Oops Studio to work on the cover and design of ‘The Exalted One’ and ‘The Ancient Beauty’. Feeling extremely blessed by the capable hands that helped bring this album alive.

Our first session coming up with the concept for the cover of ‘The Exalted One’


Ridvan Video and chords

A few years ago I released ‘Rejoice with Exceeding Gladness’ – a song in honor of the Festival of Ridvan.  I love listening to this composition: it is in 6 languages and everyone can join in singing the chorus!

Click here to listen to or download the gift song (there are also other languages).

The song is a gift to you (please feel free to share it). Even though the link says ‘Buy Now’ you can download it for free (just enter 0 in the amount).

As there were production costs, there is an option for donation.  Just enter whatever amount you wish after clicking ‘Buy Now’ on the website.

I have uploaded a video for the Ridvan song that my talented friend Glenn Franco Simmons created of communities from around the world.   I hope you enjoy it! Click here to watch it or watch below.

Can’t wait for the release of the new album ‘The Exalted One’ on May 2nd.  Stay tuned…

Some friends have been asking for the chords of the song ‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness’ so I am sharing them below.  Enjoy!

Here is the link to more Ridvan videos. Enjoy!

 

Rejoice with exceeding gladness


a gift on my doorstep

I am so elated to share with you that my new album ‘The Exalted One’ is now in my hands!

Over the past few days I have been fully engaged in the delightful yet demanding process of packaging the album. :)

As the cover is so intricate, I decided to assemble the packages containing the CDs, the unique code stickers and introduction card myself.  Even though this process has been quite time consuming, I have enjoyed every moment of it – especially closing each gate and adding a personal note to every person who helped make this album come to life. :)

Since they are ready earlier than expected I will start shipping them out to the Kickstarter backers first before I make them available on the website.

The formal release date for the album is May 2, 2019, the last day of Ridvan!

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