Ariana Saraha (voice, frame drums, kalimba…) and Fernando Medina (drums, percussion) have teamed up to form “Flight Behavior,” a new duo whose music evokes the night sky, the flowering earth, and the blood river in our veins… Occasionally joined by additional guest musicians, these two follow in the footsteps of bands such as The Creatures and Dead Can Dance in their rich interplay of melodic and rhythmic space.
Most often compared to Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt and alt-world artists Dead Can Dance, Saraha draws upon influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Celtic & Eastern Europe, as well as performing a choice selection of traditional music of the same diaspora. But what really invites the listener in, beyond her vocal finesse and Old World influences, is her rare mixture of raw wildness and heartfelt intimacy.
Fernando Medina has toured with bands with such warm, fuzzy names as Christian Death and After The Crash, shared the stage with immensely contrasting acts such as Jah Wobble, The Creatures and Eddie Money, played the SXSW Festival, Panama Jazz Fest, and others between and beyond. Medina is not just a drummer, but a co-creator and “rhythm painter” who weaves melodies and landscapes out of percussion.