A young songstress from Los Angeles, Auni's enchanting voice and charming melodies wend their way into listeners' hearts and heads in her debut, self-titled EP. Written, arranged, and produced by Auni, the 6-song collection offers a stunning kaleidoscope of style and nuance, each song encapsulating its own miniature musical world. Listeners attest to being able to hear the smile in her voice, refreshing and warm in its vintage color.
The local grocery store lady still knows her as the two year old who tottered through the aisles belting out the soundtrack to "The Sound of Music." At ten, she spent an entire summer figuring out the inner workings of a four-track tape deck her dad bought her, sparking her passion for vocal harmonies. Growing up in a household of classical musicians, however, Auni first set her sights on becoming an opera singer; it wasn't until a series of folk and rock concerts in her sophomore year of college that she started seriously thinking about writing her own music. A few months later, she set off to study in Paris, towing along her ukulele for its portable size and a couple of melodies scribbled into a notebook. And maybe it was something about living in that city, or maybe it was just the right time, but during her 10 months there, hardly a day went by when she wasn't writing music. On the metro, in classes, under downpours in the south of France she would run home and work out songs on a borrowed guitar and ancient keyboard.
Once back in Los Angeles, she started playing her songs in coffee shops and small nightclubs, and was soon joined by a few musician friends, forming a small, string-based acoustic ensemble, with influences ranging from bluegrass to classical and rock. This folk quartet has played in such cozy LA venues as The Hotel Cafe, Bar Lubitsch, Room 5, and the House of Blues. Since recording her debut EP, she has also made several music videos, led workshops on songwriting for social justice, and honed her craft as an overall arranger, especially for strings. Auni is now gearing up to record her first full-length record in the spring.