Songs from the Heart-Mind: Live Performances 2020
Ari and the Buffalo Kings is a project near and dear to my heart. In fact, I call our music "songs from the heart-mind." It's an expression of my time and place, my history, my personality, and the collective musical hearts and minds of all the wonderful musicians who join me on this journey.
A lot of my songs are questions. A lot of my songs are expressions of raw emotion. A lot of my songs are me trying to figure out this life, this beautiful and turbulent life, and how best to live it. My music stands for empathy, connection, the cultivation of compassion, and the fearless experience of one's own life, with all its beauty and tragedy. I make musical and lyrical connections across the places and heart-spaces that have made up my days on this Earth. These songs are a personal synthesis of cultures, philosophies, and worldviews: from the fantastical and all-too-real imagery of life in the Mozambican countryside, where I lived for two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, to the rich storytelling, ethics, and humor of my Jewish heritage and the felt experience of vast spaciousness and open-heartedness of mindfulness practice.
Looking at the world today, all I want to do, all I feel I SHOULD do, is promote and cultivate compassion and connection in my community, in Baltimore and beyond. This is the heart of my life as an artist and human being. In other words, this music is my way of contributing light to the world.
Ari and the Buffalo Kings debut studio album is currently in production, with an expected release in summer of 2021!