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• 2022 •
► December 25, 2022 – – – Martyn Ware hosts a special Christmas and Holiday episode of his renowned podcast Electronically Yours. In this episode, he gives a lengthy shoutout to author J. Jeff Ungar and references Michael Conroy (Modern English, Piroshka, etc) — as well as the album being created by musician and filmmaker Mara Katria in collaboration with Modern English — inspired by Ungar’s recordings from the 80s. Martyn’s credits include but are not limited to: Heaven 17, Human League, BEF, and his pioneer 3D AudioScape company Illustrious. In his podcast, he talks to the famous artists from the worlds of music, art, film, comedy, TV and creativity that he’s encountered during his 40 year career. Click HERE for a clip of the show including the shoutout. Better yet, click HERE for the outstanding full episode (shoutout at 1hr 12mins).
► December 24, 2022 – – – It’s time for the Indiefferential Magazine holiday edition! This issue (now in print) spotlights Mara Katria, her upcoming album being created in collaboration with the iconic New Wave / Post Punk band Modern English, Mara’s debut single “Midnight Mind,” and her recent acclaimed cover of Loreena McKennitt’s “The Dark Night Of The Soul.” Dark Night is perfect for a holiday playlist and features strings and guitars by Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan (House of Hamill) and mastered by award winning producer Clyde Rosencrance (Republic Audio Studio). Click HERE for a preview of the story. Visit the Indiefferential link above to get a copy of the whole issue.
► December 6, 2022 – – – Mara Katria’s award-winning, self-directed music video “Midnight Mind” is spotlighted on the television show Brodian’s Basement! The program features short films, music videos, and interviews with public figures recognized for their contributions to art and history. The show is conducted by musician and radio host Stewart Brodian. The show airs on networks throughout Pennsylvania (Phillycam!), Virginia (Fairfax Public Access), Oregon (Portland Metro East), England (Cambridge Latest-TV), and New York (Manhattan Neighborhood Network).
► December 1, 2022 – – – Tune in for the primetime weekday show The Blend on 88.1FM WDIY! Why? Because, Stewart Brodian is cooking up an amazing lineup highlighting Mara Katria’s debut original song “Midnight Mind” alongside new tunes from Wilco, Tears For Fears, and Lyle Lovett! It’s in preparation for the airing of his much anticipated new episode of the TV series Brodian’s Basement! Click HERE to check out the full playlist!
► November 30, 2022 – – – It’s Wellness Day, and universities in the US and beyond are promoting mental wellness for students, faculty, and staff with music. The official Wellness Day playlist curated by Penn State University Libraries is streaming live on the 30th! Mara Katria’s “Midnight Mind” (featuring J. Jeff Ungar, mastered at Real World Studios) and “Dark Night Of The Soul” (featuring Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan of House of Hamill, mastered at Republic Audio Studios) are included alongside remarkable tracks by the legendary LUSH, Brian Eno, Stevie Wonder, and Howard Shore to name a few. Click HERE for a preview image — and HERE to listen to the playlist reposted on Spotify.
► September 14, 2022 – – – This week on Turn To Gold, Chris Di Cesare (Coast To Coast AM, Travel Channel) hosts a roundtable discussion exploring music, art, and the paranormal with SyFy TV’s J. Jeff Ungar who authored the famous C2D1 Haunting Journal Notes. Joining the roundtable as well is the first person to investigate the aforementioned haunting, Alan Lewis. The evening will also feature singer/song-writer, video game designer, and film director, Mara Katria! The live broadcast airs at 9:00pm EST on BB3TV. Click HERE to watch.
► August 10, 2022 – – – Acclaimed fiddle player, vocalist and co-founder of the international Irish music band House of Hamill, Rose Baldino, releases a new playlist on her influential Spotify curation dedicated to women in Celtic music. Quoting Rose, “[it spans] several generations, from legends like Maddy Prior and June Tabor all the way up to many of today’s Celtic artists that you already know and love.” The list also features the recent homage to Loreena McKennitt’s “The Dark Night Of The Soul” by Mara Katria with stunning strings and guitars by HoH’s Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan.
► August 6, 2022 – – – WPSU-FM airs a special episode hosted by Radio’s Don Bedell featuring one of Mara Katria’s earliest pieces entitled “Mountain Stone”. The song was composed during the period when she was designing PC video games – and is described as “Athena in therapy”. To listen to the archive of the show click HERE.
► June 17, 2022 – – – The acclaimed “Midnight Mind” music video by Mara Katria, featuring the meaningful use of the German language by J. Jeff Ungar, is spotlighted on the Official Diversity Week Playlist for Pennsylvania State University Libraries this May — and now also available on Spotify. This alongside such outstanding videos and artists such as “Stefania” by Kalush Orchestra (winner of 2022’s Eurovision Song Contest), “Hablando x Hablar” by Alex Cuba (winner of the 2022 Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album), and “Stephen” by the remarkable Slovakia-based band HRDZA.
► May 25, 2022 – – – Quote from BB3TV: “Join host of Turn To Gold Chris Di Cesare (SyFy TV, Coast To Coast AM, Travel Channel) as he welcomes the very talented singer/song-writer, video game designer, actress, and award-winning film director, Mara Katria! With her album Modern M nearing release, and her first song ‘Midnight Mind’ already a hit on college radio stations, this Best Director award winner’s (Please Talk With Me) appearance is a must watch event!” 5/25/2022 @ 9:00pm EST. Click HERE to see the ad for the show. Click HERE to rewatch the episode!
► February 5, 2022 – – – Sister Sylvie, host of The Homegrown Music Show on the Lion 90.7-FM, gives a live shoutout to Mara Katria and spins her debut single “Midnight Mind.” Click HERE for a one-minute clip of the show including Sister Sylvie’s meaningful words. To hear The Homegrown Music Show, tune in on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-3pm on TheLion.FM or turn your dial to 90.7-FM.
► January 21, 2022 – – – I’m Music Magazine publishes their Artist Spotlight feature about Mara Katria. The interview includes questions and answers about her childhood crushes; discovery of music; favourite new albums (including Sting’s The Bridge and a solo record from Ultravox’s Billie Currie The Brushwork Oblast); mind melding with Annie Lennox and Ada Lovelace; and her upcoming debut record, Modern M, featuring Modern English. Read the article HERE.
► January 11, 2022 – – – The EP The Sun Destroyers by Oldster is released including the single “The Forever Seed” featuring Mara Katria. The album is helmed by Josh Benash (Kiss Kiss, Ice on Titan) and showcases collaborations with several diversely talented creators and boasts beautiful artwork by Nova Stardust. Listen to or purchase the song and/or album on BandCamp HERE.
• 2021 •
► December 7, 2021 – – – Founder of the orchestral art rock band Kiss Kiss and Ice On Titan recording studios, Josh Benash, is collaborating with Mara Katria for the song “The Forever Seed” on his impending EP. The album (coming January 11, 2022), entitled The Sun Destroyers by Oldster, will feature musical and artistic contributions from several remarkable creators including: Stephanie Babirak, Sandrushka Petrova, Dagan Thogerson, Nekane Arce, Ben Goldstein, D. James Goodwin, Nova Stardust, and Alison Chin. Pre-order the album HERE.
► September-November – – – Mara Katria is featured on the seminal airings of NPR’s new WPSU show The Local Groove. Catch her on September 25th with “Midnight Mind” and on October 30th with “Sumus.” The Groove – hosted by The Mighty Wiggus and produced by Radio’s Don Bedell – dishes out passion for independent music and features many outstanding artists. Click HERE for a clip!
► July 1, 2021 – – – Mara Katria is awarded Best Musical Performance by the Cape Fear Poetry and Prose Society of Art for the entirety of the preceding calendar year. “The songbird and film director captures the win for her original composition ‘Midnight Mind.'”
► May 29, 2021 – – – The influential and inspiring radio host Sister Sylvie gives a special airing and intro to Mara Katria’s debut single “Midnight Mind” – saying: “Your gorgeous sounds grace The LION 90.7fm (WKPS) – Penn State Radio airwaves!”
► April 30, 2021 – – – J. Jeff Ungar (featured on Mara Katria’s “Midnight Mind” as well as her upcoming album Modern M) is awarded Best Photo for his piece “In The Bright” by the State College Photography association. Ungar’s stunning shot was taken on the film set for one of Katria’s 2022 music videos code-named with a similar title.
► April 7, 2021 – – – Radio host Johnny Popko’s Shirts for the Scene – “a partnership between The Popko Project and Axelrad Screen Printing” – hits its goal and closes with success for fans and artists. On April 7th, the Mara Katria design arrives in the US and Norway.
► March 17, 2021 – – – In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, Mara Katria’s tribute to Loreena McKennitt “The Dark Night Of The Soul” – featuring strings and guitars by Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan with mastering by Clyde Rosencrance – is being featured on the Celtic Roots Radio podcast hosted by Raymond McCullough in Northern Ireland. Tune in HERE at 4:00pm EST.
► January 1, 2021 – – – Channel 98.9FM Corry’s Radio Alternative announces their Top 98 Modern Rock Tracks of 2020 and Mara Katria’s debut single “Midnight Mind” (featuring J. Jeff Ungar) comes in at number-eight! The list includes outstanding independent musicians like Slim and Red, In the Key of B Minus, and Ghost Hounds. Not to mention established artists like The Go-Go’s, Smashing Pumpkins, Killers, Billy Eilish, Rolling Stones, Evanescence, Foo Fighters, Blink 182, and Alanis Morrissette. To listen to the complete list on Spotify, click HERE.
• 2020 •
► December 2, 2020 – – – In light of the pandemic, radio’s Johnny Popko launches the Shirts for the Scene initiative – “a partnership between The Popko Project and Axelrad Screen Printing where fans can purchase their favorite independent artist’s shirt, and the proceeds will go directly to them.” To buy a Mara Katria shirt, or a design by many other outstanding musicians, click HERE.
► November 16, 2020 – – – Director Mara Katria joins paranormal documentarian and photographer J. Jeff Ungar (as seen on SyFy), researcher Alan Lewis, and author and lecturer Christopher Di Cesare (as seen on Travel, SyFy, and Coast to Coast AM) as they share the film Please Talk With Me. The socially distanced event is hosted by the excellent Ghost Magnets With A Twist in Fishkill, NY.
► November 8, 2020 – – – Tune in for an in-depth interview with Mara Katria hosted by Artie Martello on The Catskill’s Cafe — featuring an exclusive airing of Mara’s philosophically experimental original song “Sumus.” The show broadcasts on WIOX 91.3FM on Sundays from 2-3pm EST. It is also syndicated on: local television, Radio Satellite, Blues and Roots Radio, and Bluegrass Planet Radio. An archive of the show is available on all of your favorite platforms including Buzzsprout HERE.
► October 31, 2020 – – – An insightful and beautiful article by MJ Hanley-Goff for Woman Around Town entitled “Mara Katria’s ‘Midnight Mind’ Explores Darkness, Isolation, and Beauty.” To read the full article on the Woman Around Town website, click HERE. For a preview of the story, click HERE.
► October 31, 2020 • 9-10pm EST – – – In honor of Halloween, Mara Katria’s debut single “Midnight Mind” is featured on ALT 92.1 FM’s ALT Natives with Johnny Popko. “Midnight Mind” features J. Jeff Ungar with e-mastering at Real World Studios.
► October 11, 2020 – – – Mara Katria’s cover of Bon Iver’s “Flume” is featured alongside local and legendary artists including Natalie Merchant and Bob Dylan on The Catskill’s Cafe with Artie Martello. The show is broadcast on WIOX 91.3FM.
► October 9, 2020 – – – I’m Music Magazine posts article entitled: “Mara Katria’s Ethereal Cover of ‘Dark Night Of The Soul.'” Learn intimate details behind the creation of this homage to Loreena McKennitt by Ms. Katria. The piece features strings and guitars by Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan (House of Hamill) — and was mastered by Clyde Rosencrance (Republic Audio Studio). For a preview of the article, click HERE.
►► September 26, 2020 – – – Mara Katria’s cover of Loreena McKennitt’s “The Dark Night Of The Soul” featuring Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan is spotlighted on Artie Martello’s Mostly Folk radio show (to listen to the archive, click HERE).
► September 19, 2020 – – – “The Dark Night Of The Soul” is released in iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and all other major platforms! The music video premieres at 7:00pm EST on YouTube. The song is a cover of Loreena McKennitt by Mara Katria featuring Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan. It was mastered by Clyde Rosencrance. The music video was directed by Ms. Katria with videography by J. Jeff Ungar and Mara as well.
► September 19, 2020 – – – Mara Katria’s new cover of Loreena McKennitt’s “The Dark Night Of The Soul” is featured on Folk Music Notebook‘s Train Wreck and Radio Nowhere shows hosted by Joltin’ Joe Pszonek. Listen to a clip HERE.
► September 18, 2020 – – – Mara Katria talks with DJ Silvis on Channel 98.9FM Corry’s Radio Alternative. They are discussing Mara’s recent original single “Midnight Mind,” her upcoming album featuring the iconic band Modern English, and her September 19th release of “The Dark Night Of The Soul.” An archive of the show may be found HERE.
► September 12, 2020 – – – Mara Katria’s new cover of Loreena McKennitt’s “The Dark Night Of The Soul” goes into rotation on Celtic Songstress Radio.
► September 5, 2020 – – – Mara Katria’s new cover of Loreena McKennitt’s “The Dark Night Of The Soul” is featured on Folk Music Notebook‘s Train Wreck and Radio Nowhere shows hosted by Joltin’ Joe Pszonek. Listen to a clip HERE.
► August 31, 2020 – – – “Midnight Mind” screens in Russia at the Moscow Shorts International Film Festival! This festival has a poignant story behind their elegant laurel artwork: “In Russia[…] tales of grandeur and fallen heroes, as well as stories to promote good morals, have been passed down through generations. One mythic character that is found in the country’s folklore, and various versions are found across the world, is the Firebird, or Zhar-Ptitsa.”
► August 29, 2020 • 7:00pm EST – – – The internationally acclaimed music video for “Midnight Mind,” directed by Mara Katria and featuring J. Jeff Ungar, premieres worldwide on YouTube! This short film has only heretofore screened at festivals from New York, to Brooklyn, to Louisville, to Moscow, et cetera. Subscribe to Mara Katria on YouTube to be the first to see this award-winning piece.
► August 29, 2020 • 4:00pm EST – – – I’m Music Magazine posts article entitled: “Acclaimed Filmmaker Mara Katria Weaves Magic With ‘Midnight Mind!'” Be the first to see the official “Midnight Mind” music video made available by this excellent publication. Read about the background of “Midnight Mind,” Mara Katria herself, and her upcoming album with the iconic band Modern English! For a preview of the article, click HERE.
► August 24, 2020 – – – “Midnight Mind” goes into regular rotation at midnight on The Lion 90.1FM! Additionally, an interview with Mara Katria hosted by the sensational Sister Sylvie is also scheduled to air on 90.7’s Homegrown Music Show at 1:00pm, August 29th!
► August 20, 2020 – – – “Midnight Mind” screens at the Hudson Valley Film Fest! For their fifth year, the HVFF are hosting a spectacular evening of short films including Mara Katria’s award-winning music video “Midnight Mind.” It all takes place at the legendary Warwick Drive-in Movie Theater. The event, which benefits from festival committee organizers Hannah Maxwell and Martin Dominguez Ball, is perfect for the summer of 2020! (Warwick, NY)
► August 12, 2020 • 3:00pm EST – – – Check out The Blend hosted by the outstanding Stewart Brodian live on 88.1 FM WDIY (NPR Lehigh Valley). “Midnight Mind” is scheduled to air at 3:00pm (EST) after Beck and the Indigo Girls!
► August 8, 2020 – – – “Midnight Mind” by Mara Katria, featuring J. Jeff Ungar is spotlighted on Radio Kingston WKNY 107.9FM’s The Pfeil File eloquently hosted by remarkable humanitarian Blake Pfeil (Episode 7: “Gen Z vs. Lin-Manuel Miranda”). Listen to the show archive HERE with valuable insights from Pfiel and a stunningly curated playlist including: Sarah McLachlan, Sophie B. Hawkins, Irene Cara, Paula Cole, The Decemberists, Suzanne Vega, Melissa Ethridge, Annie Lennox, Aimee Mann, Natalie Imbruglia, The Cranberries, Dido, Brian Eno, Tracy Chapman, Barenaked Ladies, Sixpence None the Richer, and Switchfoot!
► July 21, 2020 – – – The “Midnight Mind” lyrics video is slated to air on Brodian’s Basement in August. The program features short films, music videos, and interviews with public figures recognized for their contributions to art and history. The show is conducted by musician and performer Stewart Brodian who is also a host on 88.1FM WDIY. The show airs on networks throughout Pennsylvania (Phillycam!), Virginia (Fairfax Public Access), Oregon (Portland Metro East), England (Cambridge Latest-TV), and New York (Manhattan Neighborhood Network).
► April 5, 2020 – – – The brand-new Lyrics Video for “Midnight Mind” by Mara Katria, featuring J. Jeff Ungar, is available to watch on KNOB-TV, a Roku and Amazon channel! KNOB-TV emphasizes global understanding and inspiration via music videos, documentaries, interviews, literature, and more to create a “360-degree view of the world.”
► March 28, 2020 • 9-10pm EST – – – In honor of Women’s History Month, Mara Katria’s debut single “Midnight Mind” is featured on ALT 92.1 FM’s ALT Natives with Johnny Popko along with several talented “Women Who Rock” in the NEPA region! “Midnight Mind” features J. Jeff Ungar with e-mastering at Real World Studios. Listen via 92.1 FM, www.alt921.com, or the ALT 92.1 mobile app. An archive of the show can be found HERE.
► March 28, 2020 • 11am + 7pm EST – – – Premiere watch parties on YouTube at 11am and Facebook at 7pm for the brand new Lyrics Video for “Midnight Mind” by Mara Katria featuring J. Jeff Ungar. The Official Music Video is still coming later this season, but with all that’s happening this spring in 2020, Ms. Katria wanted to shoot and edit something sooner in hope of providing solace during the current COVID-19 climate.
► February 29, 2020 • 9-10pm EST – – – “Midnight Mind” airs on ALT 92.1 FM’s ALT Natives with Johnny Popko! “Midnight Mind” is the debut single from Ms. Katria and features J. Jeff Ungar with e-mastering at Real World Studios. Listen via 92.1 FM, www.alt921.com, or the ALT 92.1 mobile app. An archive of the show may be found HERE.
► February 28, 2020 – – – Courtesy of Music For Time Travelers, collectible editions of “Midnight Mind” are now available for purchase. The Deluxe Edition for example includes the CD single plus a hi-def Blu-ray with the unreleased (as of this writing) music video — all packaged with enhanced content and bonus art signed by Mara Katria and J. Jeff Ungar. This 2-disc set as well as CD wallets, digipaks, and art portfolios may be found HERE.
► February 20, 2020 • 2:15pm EST – – – Check out The Blend hosted by Stewart Brodian live on 88.1 FM – WDIY Lehigh Valley! “Midnight Mind” — the new single from Mara Katria featuring J. Jeff Ungar — is scheduled to air at 2:15pm. Pennsylvania residents can tune in to 88.1 FM, and people anywhere can listen online at www.wdiy.org. For a copy of the playlist, click HERE.
► February 20, 2020 • 7pm EST – – – “Midnight Mind” is RELEASED. The debut single from Mara Katria featuring J. Jeff Ungar is now available to stream or download via all of the popular music hubs like iTunes, Amazon,, Google Play, and Spotify.
► February 20, 2020 • 10:30am EST – – – 2/20/2020 is the single release day for “Midnight Mind” — Mara Katria’s debut original track featuring J. Jeff Ungar! The celebration begins with an exclusive radio airing of the song on Channel 98.9 FM – Corry’s Radio Alternative. This preceded by an interview with Mara by General Manager Brian Silvis. Listeners in Northwestern PA can turn their FM dials to 98.9, and folks everywhere can tune in online at www.channel989.org! An archive of the interview and debut of “Midnight Mind” may be found HERE.
► January 11, 2020 • 8pm EST – – – Mara Katria joins Chris Di Cesare, The Ghostboy of Geneseo, on The Paranormal View hosted by Henry Foister, Barbara Duncan, Geoffrey Gould, and Kat Klockow on the Para-X Radio Network. The subjects for the evening are: the C2D1 Haunting which was recreated in the feature film Please Talk with Me; as well as future projects like Mr. Di Cesare’s next episode on the Travel Channel “Run Ghost Boy, Run” and Ms. Katria’s music developments regarding “Midnight Mind” and Modern M. Listen to the recording HERE.
• 2019 •
► November 19, 2019 • 2pm EST – – – “Midnight Mind” is awarded Best Music Video at the Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival!
► November 10, 2019 • 2pm EST – – – “Midnight Mind” screens at the Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival. Many wonderful films, workshops, and events all weekend! The entire festival runs November 7-10th. Get tickets HERE. (Brooklyn, NY)
► October 25th, 2019 • 5:30pm EST – – – Mara Katria introduces Chris Di Cesare and J. Jeff Ungar during An Erie Halloween Special for the SUNY Geneseo students at Erie Hall dormitory (where the C2D1 Haunting took place in 1985). The evening focuses on those paranormal events — as also seen in Katria’s award winning film Please Talk with Me (CITA Productions). (Hosted by resident assistants Jorge and Sabrina)
► October 14th, 2019 – – – “Midnight Mind” — written, directed, edited by Mara Katria and featuring J. Jeff Ungar — wins Best Music Video award at Imaginarium Independent Film Festival.
► October 12th, 2019 • 11:30am EST – – – “Midnight Mind” screens at the Imaginarium Convention and Film Festival. Many excellent films, panels, and parties all weekend! The entire festival runs October 10-13th. Get tickets HERE. (Louisville, KY)
► October 12th, 2019 • 7pm EST – – – Mara Katria gives a special one-song performance on the historic stage of the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ in preparation for the release of her debut original single song “Midnight Mind” coming this autumn. This paving the way for the original EP she is writing and performing, featuring artist and author J. Jeff Ungar and the legendary post punk band *MODERN ENGLISH*! Quoting Mara Katria: “We are thrilled to announce that our great friend and beyond-phenomenal speaker Chris Di Cesare has asked J. Jeff Ungar and I to be his special guests for an amazing event: Night at the Strand Theater with Chris Di Cesare — hosted by the excellent New Jersey Paranormal Investigations! I am excited to say that J. Jeff, author of the “C2D1 Journal Notes,” will be featured in Mr. Di Cesare’s presentation. Following the invaluable talk, I will have the pleasure of singing in the haunting (and haunted) Strand Theater!!!” An event link is HERE.
► September 30th, 2019 • 7-9pm EST – – – Mara Katria has a radio interview on Kindness Beyond the Veil on WCET.FM and Late Night in the Midlands, hosted by Chip Reichenthal. Listen to the recording HERE.
► September 22nd, 2019 • 7-10pm EST – – – Mara Katria and J. Jeff Ungar attend “Midnight Mind” screening, award ceremony, and Q&A at the Sound and Vision International Film and Technology Festival. Get tickets HERE. (National Opera Center, NYC)
► September 14th, 2019 • 4pm EST – – – (as featured in Please Talk with Me, Modern M, and “Midnight Mind”) gives a lecture about the C2D1 Haunting with Chris Di Cesare (The Ghostboy of Geneseo) – at Otherworldly Paracon, hosted by On Angels Wings. (White Hill Mansion, NJ)
► September 12, 2019 – – – “Midnight Mind” wins Silver S.A.V.V.Y. award for Best Music Video at Sound and Vision International Film and Technology Festival! (Coming September – NYC)
► September 3rd, 2019 – – – “Midnight Mind” is awarded Official Selection status by the Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival – #ITWIFF. (Coming November – Brooklyn, NY)
► July 22nd, 2019 – – – “Midnight Mind” is awarded Official Selection status by the Imaginarium Convention and Film Festival. (Coming October – Louisville, KY)