“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)

    “WOW, this is an absolutely amazing album. So much more versatility than anything like it I’ve heard. I listen to Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Clannad, etc. and often after about three or four songs I’m feeling like it all sounds the same. NOT the case with your wonderful album. Not only do you weave a delightful mix of musicians together throughout the album, but your voice also shifts and changes like a chameleon angel. You have surpassed my greatest expectations and I’m delighted to have this music to add to my collection.”  Benjamin Buren, Photographer

    “In some dimension, Rumi and Hafiz are reading your lyrics and smiling.” — R.S., Boulder, CO

    “Your album is a real work of art. BRAVO!!! Totally worth the wait. Your album will remain in my music mix – these songs are for repeated listening.” –- K.B., Boulder

    “I really appreciate the depth of your genius. Thank you for this masterpiece!” –- F.L., Los Angeles

    “I cannot stop listening to it.” –- V.H., London

    Maiden of Midnight

    Recorded over three years along the gypsy trail, Saraha’s debut studio album weaves musical tradition and modern mysticism…

    “Ariana’s voice is a soaring, beautiful thing. Wrapped around expertly-played instruments of the Middle East, Persia, and India, her song very much takes flight. You follow it like a bird into the blue or a diver into the depths. Where Dead Can Dance brought us into the Labyrinth, Ariana Saraha offers to meet us in the Silence.” — D.F., Boulder, CO

    With influences spanning Celtic and Eastern Europe, Spain, the Middle East, and India, Ariana Saraha’s debut album, “Maiden of Midnight,” is a journey along ancient and new trails. Co-produced with Dream-Pop songstress Tina Malia and Mideast-music guru Jesse Manno, this debut studio release is a well-crafted musical journey that invites the listener to a place beyond borders where musicians meet in celebration and song. Through it all, Ariana’s achingly beautiful and versatile voice reveals a heart that loves this world so poignantly that even through a stormy night she would hold up a light to reveal the beauty hidden under the cover of darkness.

    Liner Notes…

    “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)

    Lyrics

    Maiden of Midnight

    I gave the wind an eagle feather
    That she, she might set my spirit free
    And I gave the earth the sacred stone
    That she, she might carry me home

    All the way home…

    And I stood at the edge of the trembling sea
    And I cast my prayers to the deep
    And I felt the pull of the moon on my bones
    Calling me, drawing me home

    All the way home…

    Ancient woman, maiden of midnight
    Sing us your mystery song
    And gypsy dancer, of the fire and moonlight
    Won’t you bring us along

    On your way home…

    And the sheltering eaves whisper to our souls
    Of sacred forests of old
    Where we’ll find our way to the circle of stones
    And there, we will dance our way home

    All the way home…

    The Wind

    I heard the cry of Raven
    In the wild sky above
    for the one who was lost over the ocean
    Well don’t give up my love
    My little dove

    So I sent the god of thunder
    To break the stormy night
    But still, the darkness gathers
    So close your eyes
    I’ll be your sight

    And I would be the wind over the seas
    I would be the breeze, caressing you endlessly
    I would be the wind under your wings
    I would breathe, into you, in through you

    And I know your wings grow weary
    I hear your silent cries
    But lift your heart my angel
    For you were born to fly
    On wings of light

    And I would be the wind…

    Dance of the Stars

    Round and round and round and round
    Catch the stars and bring them down
    Ride the sky, a light on fire!

    (traditional, Hymn for the Russian Earth)
    If the people lived their lives
    As if it were a song, for singing out of light
    Provide the music for the stars
    To be dancing circles in the night

    Desert Blooms

    Maybe one day, you and I will leave this place
    Let the land return to its original grace
    With wild hearts, we will fly
    Angels of the earthly sky…
    And the desert blooms, in the rain we left behind
    Angels of the earthly sky…

    Golden we dissolve into the setting sun
    Let the earth rest in her beauty

    Touched so long by the hands of man
    Now life grows where the cities did stand
    And the winged ones play on the winds through the day
    And the rhythm of hooves dancing o’er the plains
    Will awaken the thundering earth from her grave
    Oh the rivers they will flow from the heart of her pain
    She will wash, wash away all the scars that we made
    And raise up the mountain as a pillar of praise

    For you and I, we have gone from this place
    Left the shame of our anguished rage
    Left it all, to return again
    To the endless sky from which we came

    We left our garments by the riverside
    We left our homes where we used to hide
    We gave our yearning to the ocean’s tide
    We gave it all, we left it all behind

    And we are wild as the wind
    As we caress the earth and sky
    And we are lovers of this land
    And love is all that’s left in time… in time

    Maybe one day, you and I will leave this place
    Let the land return to its original grace
    With wild hearts, we will fly
    Angels of the earthly sky…
    And the desert blooms, in the rain we left behind

    Phoenix

    I sing for the earth
    I sing for the angels fallen
    Wind is my breath
    And thunder is my song

    Have you tasted the sweetness of raindrops?
    Have you smelled the lilacs in bloom?
    Have you seen the sun in a lover’s eyes,
    And conquered your own doom?

    This endless ache of humankind,
    The heart of suffering here inside…
    There is a warm cave and I have lit a fire
    Come sit here by my side.

    Together we will sing until the silence falls,
    As the flames dance and devour
    The dragon’s breath on your mortal skin,
    Care to join me on the pyre?

    How close can we come to death,
    Dancing on the edge?
    What keeps you sane,
    what keeps you from the flames,
    what keeps your heart contained?

    If you were to fall, finally to surrender,
    who would you be now?
    Who would you be now?…

    La Rosa Enflorece {Los Bilbilicos}

    (traditional Sephardic, words by Solomon Ibn Gabirol)

    La rosa enflorece, hoy en el mes de May
    Mi alma se oscurece, sufriendo del amor

    Mas presto ven, paloma, mas presto ven con mi
    Mas presto ven, querido, corre y salva me

    Los bilbilicos cantan, con suspiros de amor
    Mi neshama y mi ventura, estan en tu poder

    Translation: The Rose is in Bloom {The Nightingales}
    The rose is in bloom, today in the month of May
    My soul is darkened, suffering from love

    Come quickly, dove, quickly come with me
    Come quickly, my love, run and save me

    The nightingales sing with sighs of love
    My soul (neshama) and my destiny – they are in your power

    Kali's Army

    Kali’s army is coming around
    Kali’s army is tearing the walls down…
    …till I am naked and whole again
    Tear me open and scatter me to the wind
    Like stardust is shattered and gathered in your breast…
    This is no lonely death
    For I am coming home…with every breath
    Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma…

    Wine blood is flowing from my heart to hers
    My love is flowing to the heart of the earth…
    …till I am empty and full again
    Tear me open and pour me out
    This love is a river that’ll ravage your drought
    This is a holy rain
    And I am coming home…to heal this pain…
    Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma…

    And I’m bound in this garden is watered with tears
    Turn back ye demons, I’ve conquered your fears!
    Yes I surrender and lay me down…
    Tear me open and offer me to the land
    Till me under and work me with your hands
    I am a warrior, in love again
    And I am coming home…to the heart of man
    Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma…

    Kali’s army is coming around
    Kali’s army is tearing the walls down…
    …till I am naked and whole again
    Tear me open and scatter me to the wind
    Like stardust is shattered and gathered in
    Your night sky devours and crushes me to your breast
    This is a holy death

    Into the Void

    When the lady’s dance is done
    And the last song is sung
    In a time when mists abide
    Inner space where dreams collide…

    Into the void I travel
    Into the shadows I fall
    Into the silent thunder
    Into nothing and all

    I’m falling, I’m falling
    The blackness is calling
    Shadows wrap around
    Silence is a mighty sound

    Raven

    Raven is my name
    My mother is the wind
    Cradled in her arms
    Dance together on the breath

    I have travelled to the edges of death
    Laughter fills the void
    I am dancing
    I am empty
    I am light

    Shadows give way
    to sight
    beyond sight

    Essence of blackness
    Silence of night
    Stillness embodied
    Fall into flight

    One eye sees daylight, one into dream
    Know that nothing is as it seems

    For hidden inside
    Beyond the blood and the flame
    Enter the gate and step into space

    Keep folding in and in and in on the abyss
    And there you will find the deep well of bliss
    Fathomless

    Esperanza

    We ride on ancient wings
    Our hearts awakening
    Sacred souls, wild and free,
    We are soaring on ancient wings
    Awakening, remembering, awakening…

    Respira la esperanza
    Con la fuerza del espiritu
    Inspira la esperanza
    Con la fuerza del espiritu

    (traditional Taize, words by St. Theresa de Avila)
    Nada te turbe, nada te espante
    Quien a dios tiene, nada le falta
    Nada te turbe, nada te espante
    Solo dios basta

    Angelfire

    Black waves of night pour through me
    Stars of the ocean, tumbling sky
    Wash away all that was mine
    But I, oh I, I don’t mind…

    For I walk in the light of the sun at midnight…

    And I sent a prayer that flew to the sky
    Touched the stars, and fell to my eyes
    Showering, shimmering petals of light
    And I, oh I, I am pure delight…

    For I walk in the light of the sun at midnight…

    And I watch as the embers fade to grey
    And I close my eyes and a light takes shape
    Only a spark, a touch of grace
    Then a star, my heart aflame
    Oh, AngelFire!

    For I walk in the light of the sun at midnight…

    © All lyrics and music written by Ariana Saraha, except where noted.

    Musicians

    The wonderful musicians who graced this album!
    Ariana Saraha Lead vocals and most harmonies. Frame drums on tracks 1, 4, 8 & 9. Cajòn on track 7
    Jesse Manno Baglama saz on tracks 3, 5, 7 & 9. Cura saz on track 11. Oud on track 10. Drums on track 10. Cymbals on track 6. Davul on tracks 3, 5 & 9. Djembe on track 9. Riq (Arabic tambourine) on tracks 6 & 9. Chant vocals on track 7. Keyboards on tracks 2, 3, 5, 8 & 10. Bamboo flute on track 9
    Wade Evans Classical guitar on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10 & 11. Oud on tracks 3, 5, 7, 8 & 9
    Aharon Wheels Bolsta Drums on tracks 1 & 4. Tabla on tracks 1, 3 & 4. Darbuka on tracks 3, 5, 7, & 9. Various percussion on track 10. “War” toms on track 7. Jaw harp on tracks 4, 8 & 9
    Scott Bears Electric Guitar on tracks 2 & 7
    David Alderdice Drums on tracks 2, 7, 8 & 11
    Meagan Chandler Additional vocals on tracks 3 & 7. Palmas (Flamenco clapping) on track 3
    Jenna Woods Zills (finger cymbals) on track 6
    Tina Malia Keyboards on 1, 4, 11
    James Hoskins Cello on tracks 1, 3, 4, 7 & 8
    Adrienne Short Violin on 10 & 11
    Jared May Bass guitar

    Production Credits

    Produced by Ariana Saraha
    Co-Produced by Tina Malia and Jesse Manno
    Mixed by Tina Malia in Venice Beach, CA
    Mastered by Tim Gennert at Eleven Eleven, CA
    Recorded by Jesse Manno, Tierro Lee, Ariana Saraha, Tina Malia, Dik Darnell, Scott Bears, Jeremy Bleich, and Charles Parker
    Executive Produced by Ariana Saraha and Brent ‘Hafiz’ Mathieu
    Photos of Ariana by Guillaume Wildcat | Nature photos and graphic design by Ariana

    (p) © 2015 Ariana Saraha Music, all rights reserved.

    Thank You!

    (The official “Thank You” written in the liner notes)

    First and foremost to the Earth, my primary and most gracious teacher ~ for her endless beauties, wild mysteries, and the peace she brings. To my amazing parents Karen & Eugene who always encouraged me to be totally myself by their own radical examples, who taught me to live simply but boldly, and most importantly to trust myself, even my wild imaginings. To the spirit of the Muse for giving my life purpose. To my dearest of friends Tom Hast and Meagan Chandler for your rich wisdom and love ~ I am continually heartened by you! To all the ‘gypsy dancers’ who bring the spirit of this music alive, especially my loves Ixeeya, Beth Leone, and Vannassa. To Jesse Manno, my most inspiring of maestros. To Tina Malia for your tireless impeccability on this project. To Brent Mathieu for making this all possible through your belief in the medicine of my music. To my loving community of friends and fans who have largely funded this work ~ I am so honored to sing for you! And though it almost goes without saying, to all the musicians who play so beautifully on this album, and graciously with me throughout the years ~ you inspire me to grow both musically and personally ~ this music is born from and dedicated to our gypsy tribe. A special thank you to Cameron Powers and Sherefe for introducing me to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music, and for inviting me to play with you when I was still a musical baby. And lastly, to all the people keeping music and arts alive across the globe ~ whether through your playing, teaching, or patronage and appreciation ~ these are the gems of our human heritage, a truly priceless legacy. May all the arts continue to flourish as a sacred living tradition, and may music continue to heal our hearts.

    “WOW, this is an absolutely amazing album. So much more versatility than anything like it I’ve heard. I listen to Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Clannad, etc. and often after about three or four songs I’m feeling like it all sounds the same. NOT the case with your wonderful album. Not only do you weave a delightful mix of musicians together throughout the album, but your voice also shifts and changes like a chameleon angel. You have surpassed my greatest expectations and I’m delighted to have this music to add to my collection.”  Benjamin Buren, Photographer

    “In some dimension, Rumi and Hafiz are reading your lyrics and smiling.” — R.S., Boulder, CO

    “Your album is a real work of art. BRAVO!!! Totally worth the wait. Your album will remain in my music mix – these songs are for repeated listening.” –- K.B., Boulder

    “I really appreciate the depth of your genius. Thank you for this masterpiece!” –- F.L., Los Angeles

    “I cannot stop listening to it.” –- V.H., London

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