Born in Venice Beach, Ca. and raised between Los Angeles and the wilderness surrounding the Ojai Valley, Attasalina is a fusion of the urban experience and the insights afforded by the natural world.
Attasalina manifests a passionate sound. Haunting and soulful, her powerful vocals are infused with layers of meaning and experience and have repeatedly been termed a return to substance.
Her name is her birth name given by her godmother, a pioneer teacher of Buddhism in the West, and has been translated as “providing the meaning”. Her musical abilities can be traced to her grandfather, a Cuban-American progressive jazz drummer and singer.
Attasalina began writing poetry and studying piano at age six and performed opera in choir in middle school. Disenchanted with classical training after competing in the Los Angeles finals as a soloist, she began songwriting and teaching herself guitar. She dropped out of high school at sixteen and pursued art and writing in college, then dropped out of college in order to take a full time position managing a photography studio when she was twenty-two.
In 2004, Attasalina purchased a Volkswagen Van with her husband and they traveled in the West for six months before returning to Ojai, Ca and creating an exhibition of photography created on the road entitled Cow and the Moon: A Traveler’s Photographs. Attasalina also began recording music she had written during her travels, however since her first show received quite good publicity, one photography show led to another and very quickly Attasalina became a full time photographer.
A few years after making a name for herself with photography, she surprised her local audience with her singer/songwriter debut at the Ojai Coffee Connection in September 2008 and from that show formed her first rock ‘n’ roll band, The Seraphim Rising. Attasalina & The Seraphim Rising debuted their electric show at a former mortuary turned 90 seat theater in April 2009.
In 2010, they performed regularly to many more packed houses and were invited by DJ Christopher the Minister to record at his friend’s studio in LA. The Seraphim Rising tracked a six song EP entitled “Life In Suspension” at the legendary Swing House Studios in Hollywood, Ca and released digitally on Halloween in 2011 followed by a CD release from a successful Kickstarter campaign in June 2012.
Attasalina’s first release, however, was a collaboration with long time friend and mentor Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets, Bauhaus, Tones on Tail). The song entitled “The Soldiers of Everyday” released in 2010 on iTunes was originally written during Attasalina’s travels in the van. She sung it to a dear friend at Daniel’s house just a few days before he died. A music video was created and released in 2011. A brand new remaster released on the 2016 limited edition CD Daniel Ash – Freedom I Love and remains a loving memory.
In 2012, Attasalina was forced to relocate to Northern California due to chronic pain and illness. She also retired from commercial photography and The Seraphim Rising was brought to a close.
She continued to record and perform solo on occasion, debuting at the Desert Stars Festival in Joshua Tree, Ca. in 2014 for the release of her first solo single “Heart of the Beast” followed by a second single release entitled “The Legend of Seraphim Rising”.
In 2016 Attasalina was invited to collaborate with iconic music producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Love & Rockets, NIN…) for his new project Black Needle Noise. The song entitled “Messages By Dreams” released as a single in 2016 and later on the album “Before The Tears Came” with a music video release in 2018.
Attasalina continues to struggle with chronic pain and disability however, she also continues her creative life making art and music.
“Messages by Dreams is soulful dreampop; a tangle of barbed wire and muslingauze that unwinds only by tearing into fibres.” – Cold War Night Life
“In 2000 Ash hooked up with a brilliant musician and a ‘Annie Lennox’ style singer, Attasalina, and cut a song titled, ‘Soldiers of Everyday’. The song contains such a compelling rhythm that with Ash’s combined guitar work it makes the song a transcendental journey. This track could’ve easily been a Love and Rockets song. Personally, I think this is the most unique work Daniel Ash has done during his solo music sojourn.” – Jefferson Laufer, Rock Bands of LA
“This is a track that is for the smokey, coffee house crowd…beat poetry with a spacey, electronica soundtrack. To be truly appreciated it requires a bit of intellect, something that is needed these days as it is decidedly lacking in mainstream music.” – Fourculture Magazine
“This belongs to that holy 0.01% that totally shines!” – Dani Macchi (Belladonna), The Noir Hour – Rock n Roll Radio, Italy
2009 “Freedom” Firebird Plaza, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength Is Beauty” Valley of the Moon Gallery, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength is Beauty” Ojai Art Center, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Liberation” Secret Location, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Flowers Within” Upstairs Ghost Gallery, Ventura, Ca
2005 “Cow and the Moon: A Traveler’s Photographs” Ojai City Hall Gallery, Ojai, Ca
2013 “Group SC 2009” Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, Ca
2010 “Autumn Lights” Pershing Square, Los Angeles, Ca
2010 “Group SC 2009” MOPLA – MINARC/Gallery Skart, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca
2010 “FADA LA Art Show” LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, Ca