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.
Haunting and soulful, Attasalina manifests a passionate sound. Her powerful vocals, infused with layers of meaning and experience, have repeatedly been termed a return to substance. She has written and recorded with Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets, Tones on Tail), Black Needle Noise aka John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, NIN, Cocteau Twins) as well as her band The Seraphim Rising and is an accomplished fine art and commercial photographer.
Attasalina is my birth name given by my godmother, a pioneer teacher of Buddhism in the West, and has been translated as “providing the meaning”. My musical abilities can be traced to my grandfather, a Cuban-American progressive jazz drummer and singer.
I 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 vocal finals as a soloist, I began songwriting and teaching myself guitar. I dropped out of high school at sixteen and enrolled in college. Choosing not to continue studying music, I pursued art and writing instead. After several years of struggling to survive and go to school, I dropped out of college in order to take a full time position managing a photography studio.
After managing and photographing for the studio, I started my own photography business and began showing fine art. I had several exhibitions and in collaboration with a non profit created a local arts grant. I worked primarily as a portrait and event photographer for over a decade.
In 2008 I decided to return my focus to music. I held a live acoustic performance at the Ojai Coffee Connection and from that show formed my first rock ‘n’ roll band. We debuted Attasalina & The Seraphim Rising at a former mortuary turned 90 seat theater in April 2009.
In 2010, we began performing regularly as The Seraphim Rising. We were invited by friend and promoter DJ Christopher the Minister to record at his friend’s studio in LA. On January 16, 2011 we recorded seven songs at the legendary Swing House Studios in Hollywood, Ca. We released a six song EP entitled “Life In Suspension” on Halloween in 2011 followed by a CD release from a successful Kickstarter campaign in June 2012.
My first release, however, was toward the end of 2010 and was a collaboration with long time friend and mentor Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love & Rockets). The song entitled “The Soldiers of Everyday” released on iTunes and a music video was created and released in 2011. A brand new remaster was released on the 2016 limited edition CD Daniel Ash – Freedom I Love with a digital release in 2017.
In 2012, I was forced to retire from commercial photography due to physical injury and The Seraphim Rising was brought to a close.
I continued to record and perform solo on occasion, debuting at the Desert Stars Festival in Joshua Tree, Ca. in 2014 for the release of my first solo single “Heart of the Beast” followed by a second single release entitled “The Legend of Seraphim Rising”.
In 2016 I 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 and limited edition colored vinyl in 2019.
“Messages by Dreams is soulful dreampop; a tangle of barbed wire and muslingauze that unwinds only by tearing into fibres.” – Cold War Night Life
“Before The Tears Came not only feels like a 4AD title, it actually sounds like one as well. In fact, you can say Black Needle Noise made the fourth album that This Mortal Coil never made.” Didier BECU, Peek A Boo Music Magazine
“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
“Chilling and assertive social commentary.” – DJ Mac, Woody Radio
“This belongs to that holy 0.01% that totally shines!” – Dani Macchi (Belladonna), The Noir Hour – Rock n Roll Radio, Italy
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
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