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arlah hears a future filled with emotional and passionate music that has something to communicate. she believes in the power that music holds, and no matter how commercial society becomes people will forever seek out music that moves them. “in search of...”, her debut album, was created for just that purpose: to reach out to people through words and melody and affect them, to touch them, and to make them dig into their own experience and feel something.
it might be difficult to believe that all of this began with a recorder in the fourth grade, but everything starts somewhere. arlah learned how to read music on that awkward little instrument; flute came naturally afterward, as did lessons, but she was quick to learn and easy to bore and the oboe sounded more exciting anyway. so it was the oboe for two years. then it was alto sax, then soprano, finally to baritone, and she founded her own saxophone quartet and won medals at local competitions. piano and guitar lessons were interspersed throughout. her final instrument to date, which she played in college, was the trumpet. all in all, she became proficient with eight instruments, playing each at various times in school jazz and concert bands.
somewhere in the middle of all of that, at nine, she joined the world-renowned San Francisco Girls Chorus. rigorous ear training, sight-singing and theory classes became a part of every-day life for eight years, as well as constant rehearsal and performance of some of the most difficult choral music ever written. professionalism and perfectionism became part of arlah’s artistic credo and she was able to sing in three San Francisco Opera Company productions and tour the world at various competitions.
college was where performance of the old gave way to creation of the new and she began writing original compositions. influenced heavily by her classical and choral upbringing, she wrote first for strings and voice. hearing everything in soprano, alto, tenor and bass, she proceeded to write in the context of choral harmony and would add or subtract voices where needed. the technological aspect of music came last, and it was in 2004 that she attended the Musician’s Institute and learned how to record, mix and produce everything herself.
arlah’s music is steeped in classical tradition, yet it remains thoroughly modern as drum beats and synth sounds carve their way through. her strings are richly textured, creating emotional soundscapes as backdrops for lush vocals and deeply felt lyrics. it is electronica with an unnervingly vulnerable humanity, and it is this duality that arlah strives for most in her music.
"in search of..." is her debut full-length album, which she wrote, recorded, mixed and produced all on her own. it stands as an introduction to what promises to be a career voyage of musical innovation and uncompromising artistry.