Record Label: Nixi Music
Press release for 'Silent Voices'
Ayla Schafer is a multi-lingual folk singer-songwriter weaving together a stunning repertoire of original poetic songs. Her new Txai Fernando - produced album Silent Voices was released on 20th November 2020 via Nixi Music.
With a growing international presence, Ayla has become known for combining the worlds of folk music with ceremonial / medicine music, a movement with a growing community dedicated to the healing power of song.
The turning point in Ayla’s musical expression took place six years ago when she went travelling in South America. The years she spent away from her home shook her world and reshaped her writing as she explored the mystery of the inner landscape whilst learning with many indigenous traditions. This unveiled a new depth and honesty, inspiring her compositions to express the beauty and rawness of the human experience.
Silent Voices echoes this: a moving, intricate folk record that combines musical elements from contrasting parts of the world but carries a message about inclusivity and introspection. An album title that is especially relevant for the challenging times we all face, calling for cultures to be more aligned on issues we encounter as a species and the environment we live in.
Ayla released three singles before the Album release - First was ‘Rose’. With its gorgeous guitar melodies, sweeping violins and undulating percussive rhythms that underpin her soaring vocals, and lyrics about strength and softness, the track is an encapsulating introduction to the new record.
Other highlights include rousing folk track ‘Grandmother’, and Spanish-spoken, flamenco-inspired ‘Agua Del Amor’, which both showcase the breadth of song writing, musicianship and cultural influences featured on the record.
Silent Voices is the follow-up to Ayla’s 2017-released, co-produced debut Dive into Water, a record that looks to tap into an authentic and heartfelt journey of light, courage, depth, and truth. The purity of her voice is held intimately by a vivid soundscape of an eclectic array of instruments, with the album’s lead track ‘Vuela Con El Viento’ spread globally with over 10 million listens on YouTube.
In addition to her album releases, working alongside organisations protecting the Amazon Rainforest, Ayla released the single ‘Music Plants Trees’ and the ‘Music plants Trees’ Remix (Featuring Chris Paradox) with Agami Records in 2020 giving 100% of profits to tree planting projects. She is also leading the way in ‘Artivism’ with the campaign ‘Music Plants Trees’; the vision and mission to help reforest the world through music and support social and environmental causes through art.
Hugo Simpson, Evil Twin PR
A voice that heals and inspires us to listen deeply
New Age Music Guide
The wisdom of Mother Earth is clearly channeling through Schafer, and just as our mother is, this music is also stunning.
Chalked up Reviews
Exudes beauty and originality
Soothing for the soul...wisdom from the earth with the healing power of song
Sings of unity, healing and presence... some of the most beautiful world folk I’ve heard all year
Higher Plains Music
Spellbinding folk music infused with latin mystique