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.
Born in Venice Beach, Ca. in a home two blocks from the boardwalk, Attasalina grew up between Los Angeles and the wilderness just outside the Ojai Valley. 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 at about four or five years of age, loved to sing and asked for piano lessons at age six. Quite passionate about rock ‘n’ roll, she eventually began turning poems into songs and strumming on an acoustic guitar. After leaving high school early and beginning college at seventeen, she discovered photography. Calling it the poetry of images, she worked for over a decade as a professional photographer and continues to practice fine art.
In 2008, Attasalina made her singer/songwriter debut at the Ojai Coffee Connection and from that show formed her first rock ‘n’ roll band, The Seraphim Rising. After debuting at a former mortuary turned ninety seat theater and subsequently performing to many more packed houses in their home town of Ojai, Ca., Christopher the Minister invited them to record at his friends studio in LA. They 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 and merch release from a successful Kickstarter campaign in June 2012.
Attasalina has since relocated to Northern California due to chronic pain and illness. She performed at the Desert Stars Festival in Joshua Tree, Ca. in 2014 and released two singles “Heart of the Beast” and “The Legend of Seraphim Rising” as well as a collaboration with iconic producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, NIN) for his project Black Needle Noise. The song titled “Messages By Dreams” released on the album “Before The Tears Came” in 2016.
Her first studio recording was a collaboration with Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets, Bauhaus, Tones on Tail). The song entitled “The Soldiers of Everyday” released in 2010 on iTunes followed by a stunning music video featuring the two of them in 2011. A brand new remaster has recently released on the 2016 limited edition CD Daniel Ash – Freedom I Love.
“Messages by Dreams is soulful dreampop; a tangle of barbed wire and muslingauze that unwinds only by tearing into fibres.” – Cold War Night Life
“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
“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