I am so excited to share with you my new album “Bridges” which includes songs spanning from my earliest days of songwriting to earlier this year! Stream it on Bandcamp, buy it if you’re into it, and if you want to listen on Spotify it will be there in just a few weeks. Don’t forget to come celebrate at the Starry Plough TONIGHT!
I can’t believe the release for my new album is only a week away! The mastering is done, the zine has been sent for printing, download codes are created, the band has been practicing… I can’t wait to share all this art and music with you! From rarely-performed tracks to some old favorites finally recorded, this album has been a culmination of years of work and tons of collaboration. See you all there!
September 14, 2019 8:30pm at the Starry Plough, Berkeley
My first official music video is out now!
Many thanks to Shena Van Sponsen for shooting and editing the video, my friends Michelle Ward, Ami Nashimoto, and Christian Giordano for running around Oakland with me, Ridgeway House occupants for opening up their home to a ruckus house concert, my lovely band for playing, and all of the amazing wonderful folks for coming to the show!
Whew, 2019 has been a busy year – a creative culmination of almost a decade of work, coming together to become one album – “Bridges” – set to release on September 14, 2019 at the Starry Plough! I’m excited to play a bill with some amazing Bay Area bands – Wayfairy, Heather Normandale, and Briget Boyle! There’s one more treat coming up before then to get you all pumped for the album, so keep your eyes peeled!
My newest single “House Upon a Hill” is out now on Bandcamp! In addition, my last single “Montagues and Catapults” got a very kind review from The Deli Magazine SF.
“Wang’s music feels like the soundtrack to a powerful moment and listening, watching, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed in the right kind of way.” – Michelle Kicherer, The Deli Magazine
The song is a true melding of widely varied influences, with simple folk melodies backed by a band and string quartet throughout. A mythological house upon a hill, a sort of fountain of youth, offers respite to all who come. As the song progresses, it becomes clear that it is not magic or other-wordly power which heals, but a community gathering to enjoy good food, music, and company. Check it out, and keep an eye out for details of the CD Release show September 14 at the Starry Plough!
A cascade of music and transformational sounds for your ears TOMORROW! Not only do I get to play my songs with my very talented friends and colleagues of the Composer Arranger Performer Orchestra (CAPO), I also get to accompany my fellow CAPOist Matt Montgomery (who also plays in the Ariel Wang band!) and two of my favorite bands, Yassou and Meernaa (who is also releasing an album!). I hope to see you there – buy tickets early for discount (and in case they sell out!).
My new single is out! Montagues and Catapults is a critique on how society so easily buys in to greed, vitriol, dishonesty, gluttony, and environmental destruction in order to fuel our desire to hate others, and a call for the disaffected and disillusioned to lay down their walls and cross picket lines so they can join to fight these poisons with compassion, patience, generosity, and gratitude.
I am so incredibly grateful to all those who have helped make this possible! Thank you so so much for breathing life into my fantastical whims.
Ariel Wang – songwriter, guitar, vocals, violin
Lewis Patzner – cello
Terrell Liedstrand – mandolin
Matt Montgomery – violin (solo)
Kevin Gordon – bass
Tim DeCillis – drums
Corey Mike – violin (intro)
Mia Bella D’Augelli – violin
Jacob Hansen-Joseph – viola
Recorded and mixed by: John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Studios
Mastered by Myles Boisen