PRESS RELEASE - November 2019
Mara Katria’s debut single and music video "Midnight Mind" is coming this winter!
STATE COLLEGE, PA – The award-winning filmmaker and musician Mara Katria’s debut single and self-directed music video “Midnight Mind” will be released this winter. The news does not end there as “Midnight Mind” will pave the way for an album with five original songs she’s created featuring the legendary post punk / new wave band Modern English!
“Midnight Mind” was composed and performed by Mara and features J. Jeff Ungar (as seen on SyFy Television). The single was e-mastered at Real World Studios founded by globally recognized musician and humanitarian Peter Gabriel. “Midnight Mind” was envisioned as an authentic, human story that explores the latent beauty in the proverbial darkness, the give and take of the winds of change. Katria states that she hopes the song will “act as a mirror to reflect possible perspectives through which we consider pain and perseverance … our own and each other’s, alone and not alone.”
Over the last three months, Ms. Katria has embarked on a pre-release media tour for her upcoming single and accompanying music video. This preliminary tour has included radio interviews and annually held international film festivals where “Midnight Mind” has received early acclaim and multiple Best Music Video awards. The Sound and Vision International Film and Technology Festival, for example, describes it as a “stunningly crafted [piece] that takes you on a surreal journey into sight and sound. Made with a high regard for creativity, ‘Midnight Mind’ wows the eyes and moves the soul.” Mara’s appreciation for immersive synth pop and new wave music is evident in the track. As Radio’s Don Bedell states: “‘Midnight Mind’ is a hit! It's haunting. It's mesmerizing. Ethereal. Atmospheric. A little Kate Bush. A little Annie Lennox. I'm looking forward to hearing more!”
This all portends the 2020 release of what will be Mara’s follow-up album featuring a band that helped define the 80s: Modern English! Mara connected with the iconic group after supporting their 2017 record Take Me to the Trees. In comment about working with her friends and heroes (like renowned Modern English and Piroshka bassist Michael Conroy), Mara intones: “My God; it’s full of stars!” She notes that all songs will share a common thread – from the ME tracks back to “Midnight Mind” – and refers to them under the hashtag #MusicForTimeTravelers.
Watch the otherworldly announcement for “Midnight Mind” and the coming album here.
Check out the short trailer for “Midnight Mind” here.
"My God; it's full of stars!"
Mara Katria reveals that she is creating a new album that will feature the iconic post punk band Modern English! This to be preceded by the release of her debut single "Midnight Mind" e-mastered at Real World Studios.
* Click any image to open a high resolution version in a separate tab.
“‘Midnight Mind’ is a hit! It's haunting. It's mesmerizing. Ethereal. Atmospheric. A little Kate Bush. A little Annie Lennox. I'm looking forward to hearing more!”
– Radio’s Don Bedell (longtime radio host and musician Don Bedell helmed the beloved central Pennsylvania FM radio station 98.7 The Freq. He is now Director of Business Support for WPSU (a PBS and NPR member station).
“If music is indeed the universal language, then ‘Midnight Mind’ is a shimmering satellite that will bathe the cosmos in waves of truth and meaning as it traverses the heavens above. The portal is open.”
– Christopher Di Cesare, The Ghost Boy of Geneseo.
“‘Midnight Mind’ is a stunningly crafted music video that takes you on a surreal journey into sight and sound. Made with a high regard for creativity, ‘Midnight Mind’ wows the eyes and moves the soul.”
— Sound and Vision International Film and Technology Festival.
A being outside of time reflects within a universe of thought. She beholds the beauty in the dark – and tries to give a new name to the wind.
Experiences are what Mara Katria creates. She uses the varied tools of a musician, film director, videogame world-builder, and photographer to immerse audiences in the depths of history and the perpetuity of genuine emotion.
Experiences are what Mara Katria creates. She uses the varied tools of a musician, film director, videogame world-builder, and photographer to immerse audiences in the depths of history and the perpetuity of genuine emotion. Her commitment to the craft of moving people and the art of communication has seen her receive numerous accolades dedicated to her varied disciplines. Ms. Katria’s creative path began as project leader for the videogame expansion MOD “Et in Arkay Ego” for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 2009. She went on to direct the award-winning feature film Please Talk with Me which recreates the famous C2D1 Haunting. Most recently, Mara's debut original single and self-directed music video "Midnight Mind" was announced for release during last quarter, 2019. This in preparation for an original album she has written and performed featuring the legendary post punk band Modern English. The record, codenamed Modern M, promises to guide listeners on a sonic adventure that spans the ribbon of time. In all these productions, Katria aims to use music and cinema as a mirror: echoing our mythic past and projecting epochs yet to come.
Please refer to the main bio section of this website.