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The best kept secret in music

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"Profound and Expressive"

Its Aruna’s very first concert in Europe, and within two hours the singer/songwriter from California manages to completely win our hearts. Although the room wasn’t too crowded, at first listeners hesitated with applause as the first song was a bit aggressive on the ears. After her piano intro with which also a song by Alannis Morissette could begin, the guitars and drums start off a bit too metallic. Still, the song with the title “Break You Open” has a winning melody and is performed by Aruna very emotionally. Her charisma immediately shows. Especially also when she explains the very personal and mostly humourous stories behind her songs with which she loosens up the show.

Unique Lyrics
Already with “Red Lights”, the playing together is more balanced. The phrasing of her effusive lyrics in this songs reminds one of Jewel with whom Aruna also shares the engaging quality of the content of her songs: many lyrics aren’t written in the first person but lament a different outcome with a different point of view. “Too Late For Sorry” at first sounds like a love song but actually is a song about an adult woman’s regret for punishing her grandfather in her childhood. “Not Your Mommy” reminds one of Alannis Morissette’s “Not The Doctor” but is less angry and more soft. Where Morissette already resigned, Aruna still holds compassion and understanding.

Most Beautiful Alone
Those songs that Aruna sings without the band and accompanies herself with her piano on have the highest intensity and show her voice best. Even every inhale and the sound of it sizzling through her teeth belong to her voice and carrry tremendous emotion. After “Let Me Know”, which has especially nice melodic turns, and some other songs, one wishes for more of such solo performances. The intro to “Walk On Water “ with its syncopated phrasing and the rhythmic concurrence of keyboard and vocals is something special and sounds like nothing previously heard. The rest of the song is simply a very beautiful and introspective pop/rock song, like most of Aruna’s compositions, whose actual strength is to convince live with her extraordinary level of depth and expressiveness. In any event, the more she performed, the more attentive and captivated the Albani audience became and the more enthusiastically they applauded. It could be difficult for Aruna’s music to come across on CD as, stylistically, its in well-established company. To visit a concert of hers, however, and to enjoy the whole show of this artist has proven especially worthwhile this evening.
- Der Landbote


"The Amplifier"

By now Aruna, who got her feet wet in Boston at Berklee and in the piano bar circuit (specifically Jake Ivory’s) is no doubt making a name for herself in L.A. where she has relocated. I’m grateful, however, that her three-song CD landed in my hands for it is truly a gem, a sparkling diamond of a recording. In three songs we are gifted with Aruna’s lush, delicately powerful piano playing; moving, inspiring music; and her striking, emotive vocals. Her songs touch the soul, her voice embraces your ears, and her performance and presence captures your attention. Not only that but the songs on this CD lyrically speak sincerely from Aruna’s heart in an affecting manner. Lending their talents and contributing beautifully to the landscape of the CD is a stellar cast of musicians: Duke Levine on guitars, Mike Rivard on bass, Gerry Leonard on guitar, and Ben Wittman on drums. In addition, the recording was produced by Alain Mallet, known for his work with Jonatha Brooke and mixed by Kevin Killen, a Grammy Award-winning engineer. From what I read in Aruna’s bio, she is getting the credit and attention she deserves and will most likely expand on that as she pursues her career.I truly hope so as more people should experience her wonderful, God-gifted talent. Thank you, Aruna, for sending this in. From your last hometown to your next, we wish you all the best. - Soundcheck Magazine


"Music Reviews"

This 2-cut demo offers a preview of singer/songwriter Aruna's mesmerizing arrangements and compelling vocals. Under the Arlington, MA-based Pisces Moon label, Aruna offers a hypnotic sound with a trained voice and just enough edge to leave us wanting more. We wait in anticipation for the release of her upcoming CD. - Musicians Trade Journal


Discography

Broken Circles, EP Feb 2000
Running Red Lights, LP April 19 2005

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Bio

Guided by a compass of seemingly magnetic emotion, songwriter/artist Aruna travels a deeply personal path of art and music marked by impeccable songcraft, a burnished voice and an accomplished musicality.

It's been a circuitous route to this center. Born in Flemington, New Jersey -- a concrete geography distinguished mostly by imposing outlet malls -- Aruna channeled her emerging sensitivity into music. She began writing songs at age 9; by thirteen, she was traveling to New York City to attend music education events. Her initial aspiration was to be a session musician. Under the training of her mentor, also an accomplished studio ace, she practiced the music of Chopin, Debussy and Thelonious Monk for up to ten hours a day.

As a high school freshman her sense of alienation revealed itself through immersion into dark, heavy music: Obituary, Sepultura, Napalm Death, �Monster stuff,� she laughs. The day after her high school graduation she departed for Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music. When she was moved by hearing a record from the band Cynic, an international touring act based in Florida, she sent them a letter expressing interest in joining them in the studio. Surprisingly, three weeks later they replied: within months Aruna had moved to Miami to collaborate on the group's next record.

When Cynic imploded in a shower of record company detritus, Aruna interned with Miami-based hit songwriter Desmond Child; improbably, she also gigged at Howl at the Moon, a watering hole that featured a format of dueling pianists performing scabrous ditties for a rowdy, alcohol-fueled audience of up to six hundred patrons nightly.

Eventually, Aruna made her way back to Boston and Berklee. Then, in 2000, Capitol Records put out the call for local acts to support the �Girl's Room Tour� and she was selected to open the Boston shows. Press reviews and major label contacts followed. She recorded an impressive three-song CD with Alain Mallet, noted for his work with Jonatha Brooke. But Boston offered scant opportunity for her emerging solo artistry and introspective songs. After weighing the options of other music capitals, Aruna opted for the sunniest: Los Angeles.

One week after her arrival she performed at an open mic at the venerable acoustic venue, Highland Grounds. Within weeks she was selected to showcase at the club. �After a month in L.A. I was drawing more people than I ever did in Boston,� she notes.

Aruna continued her consistent local and regional gigging for over a year, until she felt her skills were honed and her songs were primed. In October 2002, she retreated to the studio for six months to complete what would ultimately become her debut LP, Running Red Lights. �It was an amazingly complex and challenging process�, she recalls. �I wanted it to have a modern, polished, upbeat sound, while still maintaining depth and radical honesty as well as more subtle, organic elements. It was a constant negotiation between those potentially disparate concepts, but in the end it all somehow came together.�

Since the record�s completion, Aruna has been hard at work plotting and preparing its release. With her song �Walk On Water� featured in the forthcoming film �Eulogy� starring Ray Romano and plans including an international radio campaign and an international tour in the works, it doesn�t appear she�ll be slowing down anytime soon. �This is the fun part, � she laughs. �I feel I�ve grown so much since my last recording, as a writer, an artist, and particularly as a person. My hope for this record is that these songs will speak to people, touch them in whatever way. If I can do that, I�ve done my job.�