Rise Up O Flame – A Yuletide Gift

Throughout history and across cultures, people marked the dark nights surrounding the Winter Solstice with a celebration of Light. To honor this beautiful mystery, no matter what tradition you may follow, Afalarian would like to gift you with this offering of song — a small flame that will, perhaps, help to warm your spirit as the blessings of Light return. Here, then, is our rendition of “Rise Up, O Flame”, a 16th century round written by German composer Christopher Praetorius.

Bendithion,
Lori and Jhenah


Afalarian at PantheaCon 2014

We are proud to share that Afalarian will be hosting a Pagan Open Mic at PantheaCon 2014! We hope there will be a great deal of community participation in what should be a fabulous evening of song and sharing! Here is the description of our event, which will take place at Club Max on Saturday February 15, at 11 PM:

Do you have a passion for music and a willingness to share in community? If so, bring your voices, instruments, and love for music to an open mic session hosted by musical duo Afalarian. Share your original songs, favorite chants, evocative beats, and improvisational jams in a safe and supportive environment open to singers and musicians of all levels. Join us for group singing and spirit-led jam sessions, as we let the Awen flow!

If you will be attending PantheaCon, and think you will be interested in participating in the Open Mic, please contact Afalarian at info@afalarian.com or fill out the online form we’ve set up here; we will also have sign-up opportunities at the conference itself. Historically, Open Mics fill up fast, so we suggest that you sign up ahead of time to help ensure you have a spot. Please spread the word so others who might be interested can also have time to prepare what they’d like to perform and plan ahead to bring their instruments along. Small percussion instruments will be available for community use.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Looking forward to creating a space where we can share music together!

Blessings of Awen,
Lori and Jhenah

 

Blodeuwedd Video

Lori Schneider is a prolific musician who has created beautiful works as a solo artist and as the founding member of the group Crystal Rose. As she brings the magic of her artistry to Afalarian, we would like to share some of her other work with you. Please enjoy her song “Blodeuwedd” off the Look Inside album by Crystal Rose.

Crystal Rose’s albums Look Inside and Weaver’s Tapestry are available through iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby.com and other digital distributors.

Amazon Rankings and Free Ringtones from “The Loom”

Blessings all!

We are so thrilled to share that our first single, The Loom, is in the Top Ten Hot Releases for Traditional and Celtic Folk on Amazon.com! We just discovered ourselves at number 7 this weekend, but may well have been there (and perhaps even higher!) for some time without knowing it, as the rankings change hourly. Such a wonderful find, and we are truly grateful for all of the support and excitement that’s been building around this project.

As a small token of our appreciation, we would like to give a little something back to everyone who has been downloading, sharing, and simply enjoying our music. We’ve created a few ringtones from The Loom and have posted them here for free download. Just right click and save for each of the files below, and then upload them to your phone. We hope you enjoy them — thank you again!

The Loom – Afalarian Ringtone 1

The Loom – Afalarian Ringtone 2

The Loom – Afalarian Ringtone 3

Single Release Announcement

NEW PAGAN MUSIC DUO CONJURES MAGIC WITH PRE-RELEASE SINGLE FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING FIRST ALBUM

Seasoned musician Lori Schneider, celebrated solo artist and member of Crystal Rose, joins with author and Sisterhood of Avalon founder, Jhenah Telyndru, for exciting new project.

NEW YORK (September 18, 2012) – Afalarian, an exciting new musical duo, blends musical styles ranging from medieval chant, Renaissance instrumentals, modern Pagan Folk with a touch of Gothic influence in their pre-release single called The Loom.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Lori Schneider brings two decades as a professional performer and music educator to this project, infusing it with a sense of the divine as a reflection of her immersion into music as a spiritual path. “For sheer vocal beauty, “ writes Good Times Magazine of Lori, “there are few that can match her.” She was the founding member of Crystal Rose, an acoustic duo who has toured widely in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and who was acclaimed for their incredible harmonies and rich musical landscapes. Lori has several diverse solo projects under her belt as well. Her 2004 release, Legend:A Knight’s Opera, is a medieval rock opera, containing an eclectic range of influences from classical, progressive rock, folk and world music. Lori’s long term interest in Indian Music inspired the release of her 2007 CD Evergreen Heart, and her studies included the exploration of Indian Ragas, vocal Bhajans, as well as learning to play harmonium, tambour and Bansuri Flute.

Jhenah Telyndru is new to the professional music scene, though she has been leading chant workshops and using sound healing as part of her spiritual practice for almost 20 years. A singer/songwriter who feels that music is made more powerful when it is shared in community, Jhenah is best known as an author and teacher in the Pagan Community, and her 2010 release, Avalon Within, weaves together the threads and tag ends of Celtic women’s spirituality into a whole tapestry, something at once old and new, individual and universal,” according to Sage Woman Magazine.

Together, Lori and Jhenah are Afalarian, a collaborative effort of two women seeking to taste the wondrous fruit of Avalon, the silver apple of wisdom and self knowledge. The music they make is a reflection of this journey, and they invite you to come along. The Loom is available through iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com and all major distributors of digital music. To learn more about Lori and Jhenah, please visit the Afalarian website. You can also follow the progress of this project on Facebook  where you will receive the latest updates, exclusive downloads, and music samples.

First Single to be Released on September 18, 2012

We are so thrilled to be able to announce that our first single, The Loom, is scheduled to be released on September 18, 2012. We cannot wait to share it with you! Watch this space or follow us on Facebook for details about the release. We hope you are as excited about this birth as we are.

Until then, please have a listen to a small taste of The Loom here.

Many thanks and blessings,
Lori and Jhenah

Something’s brewing in our Cauldron…

Oh, yes indeed! After months of laborious stirring and soulful distillation, the first taste of our cauldron’s brew is about ready for sampling! We hope you will join us on our journey to express the ways in which Awen — the essence of Divine Inspiration which was so precious to Celtic Bards and Poets — has revealed itself through music in our spiritual work and in our lives. Our first single is due to be released in the next few weeks, and we cannot wait to share it with you! Please follow our blog and keep up with us on Facebook as we we embark upon this exciting musical voyage!

Blessings of Awen!
Afalarian — Lori and Jhenah