[a.k.a. Songstress Ariella]
ARIELLA FORSTEIN, award-winning vocalist shares her global fusion combining classical, world, and improvisatory music. She extracts rhythms and melodies from West Africa, Middle Eastern music, her Jewish heritage and Eastern European traditions. Her eclectic taste shines through as she travels as a performer and Vocal Empowerment Coach.
Ariella performs wild improvisational music, classical and cantorial renditions of ancient to modern music, and world music fusion. Her current project, Vox Svara, is inspired by Dead Can Dance & Delerium, both projects that have electronica music as the root, featuring wild voices, influenced by classical and otherworldly music.
Ariella grew up studying Jewish Cantorial music as an apprentice to renown U.S. Cantors. Ariella then entered OSU's School of Music to study classical voice. Enticed by things "outside of the box," and wanting to satisfy her need to explore something different, she studied music in Ghana. There her world opened to rhythm and movement inspired by earth, nature and things other than intellect. She was ecstatic that she could make music with western technique, and also connect to soul, earth, and a wider universal language. Ariella also studied Balinese Gamelan with I Supartha, African percussion/culture with Dr. Daniel Avorgbedor. She's the founded and lead of THE Ohio State University's renown Jewish A Cappella group, The MeshugaNotes between 1999-2002.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
Ariella worked as a vocalist in L.A.'s music scene from 2003-2011, where she founded Yeh Dede - the women's world music ensemble, for which she won the ASCAP Plus Independent Artist award in the Jazz & Popular Division in 2008 and 2009, + 2011. Yeh Dede released their full-length CD, “Freedom" in July 2009. Ariella toured nationally with Moira Smiley & VOCO between 2007-2011. During 2014-2016 Midwest tours, she was a guest Vocalist with the Yuval Ron Ensemble, and sang with Bobby McFerrin at Orchestra Hall. Most recently, she won the MECA (Minnesota Emerging Composer Award) from the American Composer's Forum. This grant is funded by the Jerome Foundation, and supported the Autumn, 2016 premiere of her world music electronica project, Vox Svara.