Portland, Oregon, USA

Aranya's sound and performance are deep, powerful and beautiful with the occasional kick in the pants. Uta Plotkin's viola and acrobatic vocals weave around and over complicated structures of guitar, drums and bass and tell a story that will leave you gasping.


Aranya was formed in the summer of 2008 with the intention of assembling a tight-knit clan of men and women who shared the goal of boring deep into the primal forces of the human experience. Live, the band presents this vision through ritual, acrobatic musicianship, and a large feathered staff. Their sonic alchemy was first captured in their debut album, A Violent Birth, released in the fall of 2009.

Aranya’s second album, Cutthroat Spiritual (released July of 2011), is made up of twelve original songs dealing with themes of divine experience, creation myth, magic, ritual, and powerful forces beyond our control. This work delves into primitively philosophical realms. Not tied to any one preexisting musical aesthetic, Cutthroat Spiritual forges new musical territory, fusing elements of Metal, Punk, Progressive, Psychedelic Rock and World Music. Already, they have established a strong presence with tours throughout the western United States and continue to push further into new geographic frontiers.


Meditations (2008)
A Violent Birth (2009)
Cutthroat Spiritual (2011)
Farabequah (2012)