From Ariana, 13 Dec, 2017: “I’m posting this song today as a prayer for my friends and family currently affected by the fires in Southern California. I think of you every day, sending prayers for safety and sweet air. . . I also pray that in the wake of these fires, we dedicate ourselves even more wholeheartedly to the restoration and care of this blooming, fertile earth. . . This is no small task, but it is necessary if we wish to leave this tortured land any better than we found it. I don’t think we can afford to leave the task to anonymous strangers anymore ~ this work is for each of us, every day, in large and small ways. These times ask for a total reframing of what is important, of what we should live for, and what we can leave behind. The earth can’t afford our merely human-centric way of thinking anymore ~ it is time to remember and honor this delicate matrix that we are woven within, that we rely entirely upon, in all its precariousness and synergistic balance. May we devote ourselves to healing our relationship with the earth, her many non-human creatures, and all the marginalized people who still suffer in the aftermath of our relentless pace for modern, industrial society.”
Ariana Saraha is a singer, musician, and composer from the western US with a global soul. Most often compared to Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt and alt-world artists Dead Can Dance, she writes, records and performs original and traditional world music with Celtic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, North African and Indian influences. Since the 2015 release of her debut album, Maiden of Midnight, Saraha has been working on her next, From the Wild, while traveling the primordial and sweeping corners of the earth… Download and listen to her ALBUM, find her ON TOUR, and stay connected!
“This evening is the first time I have listened to Ariana Saraha’s “Maiden of Midnight,” and I am utterly unprepared for her wild, mystical soul and music that transports me to faraway realms and ages. Frankly, I am blown away. I feel as if I have stumbled unknowingly upon a gypsy caravan and stepped into the circle of dancing firelight and music. It seems the perfect soundtrack for a foggy, coastal night at the edge of the continent, here at the threshold of earth, sea and sky. At times there is a Sarah Brightman quality to Saraha’s soprano voice, though the music is less symphonic and more Old World — which is actually part of its allure. Less sleekly produced, more authentic. Most of the songs are at least 6-minutes long, well over the typical 3-minute pop composition. Indeed, there is nothing commercial here or geared to court a mainstream audience. In the very best way, “Maiden of Midnight” strikes me as unapologetic — true to the essence of Ariana’s wild, gypsy soul.” — L.R. Heartsong, Author (from the article, The Wild Soul Songstress, featured in the Soul Artist Journal)