I am aruna antonella Handa
For years, I composed in secret, stowing away my songs in a picnic hamper. After a hiatus from music performance, I am slowly returning, collaborating with others to once again partake of that sheer joy of music making at its most sublime. For me, there is nothing like it, and I love it.
My compositions are mostly songs or song cycles. I cannot wait to record some of these and I am working with producer David Seitz of Shelter Island Sound in New York and hope to do so before long. Last year, a song cycle I composed about the missing and murdered women of Canada called "Have You Seen My Sister?" was selected for the program of Independent Projects for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017. It was a moving experience to sing this four song cycle with some 80 people. So many missing women's names were sung out into the night, so many more names of murdered women were recited.
That project continues and you can read more about it here.
Currently, I am thrilled to be singing with the Sirens, with whom I am collaborating on a number of song cycles. I love the human voice and it's blissful to harmonize with these women, muddling the crunchy together with the ephemeral as we prepare to set these songs free into the world.
I've sung Gregorian chant in chapel choirs, opera chorus with members of the Canadian Opera Company, in jazz duos, Celtic-influenced bands, and folk and blues groups. If you're wondering, I am that Aruna who also does food, for which please visit here.
I hope you'll be able to join us at a club or festival sometime. If you'd like us to keep you posted, please sign up here.
(Photo credits below (L-R): Cher Knightgale Geoffrey Bendz, Bendz, AAH.)
AAH next performance
THURSDAY MAY 24/18
12 CLINTON STREET
Toronto 8 pm
$12 ADV; $14 at the door
SATURDAY JUNE 9/18
open tuning festival
seaton village, toronto
venue & time tBA