Ana Roxanne is a Los Angeles-based Southeast Asian musician. As the press release reports, born & raised in the Bay Area to immigrant parents, Ana’s love for music and singing began through her mother’s cd collection of 80’s/90’s R&B divas. She announced the release of her debut EP ~~~ which is out on March 15th via Leaving Records. “Nocturne” is the first excerpt which shows the ethereal vocals and the minimal lines of ambent textures. Listen below.
Raised in the catholic church, she became a devout choir nerd and found any opportunity to sing, which led her to a brief stint at a vocational jazz program in the cornfields of the midwest; in a remote town of 7,000 people, she began a formal study of jazz and classical music. During these years she would tour with her jazz and chamber ensembles to beautiful old cathedrals in nearby cities and became enamored with the sacredness of choral music, as well as the enveloping sound of harmony. A near death experience, too, served as a connection between music and spirituality, and music as a healing art after facing tragedy.
In 2013, Ana was also fortunate enough to spend a few months in Uttarkhand, India where she met an incredible voice teacher who introduced her to classical Hindustani singing. She lived and studied with this teacher, which deeply impacted her trajectory and outlook on the voice as art. It was there that she began to see the singer… the Diva… as a symbol of divinity; that the unique power of one’s voice comes from the vulnerability of using the body as an instrument. Be it romance, love, or worship of a deity, in order to access such depths of emotional expression, one must be willing to be intensely vulnerable, lay one’s heart in the open air, expose what is kept hidden. This brief study was the catalyst that led her to finish her music study at the experimental Mills College in Oakland, CA, where she began to combine all of these influences into her current self-titled project. This album ~~~ was created during her last years residing in the Bay Area, a tribute to the great musicians who inspired her and the landscape where she spent her formative years.
In addition to the worship of R&B and pop divas, Ana’s current practice explores themes of gender & identity. In October of 2018, she decided to come out publicly as intersex, and is dedicated to being a voice for her community and speaking out about social justice for intersex youth.