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New album by Mara Katria featuring MODERN ENGLISH! (coming 2021)

Modern M will be an original EP by Mara Katria featuring the artist J. Jeff Ungar and her friends and heroes — the post punk / new wave legends: MODERN ENGLISH!!!! The album is slated for release 2021!

• 2020 •

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 18, 2020 – – – Mara Katria’s new cover of Loreena McKennitt’s “The Dark Night Of The Soul” goes into rotation of 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 ionic band Modern English!

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 can 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 can 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” can 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 20th, 2019 • 11:45am EST – – – Mara Katria introduces J. Jeff Ungar and Chris Di Cesare for a special presentation at the Central PA-ranormal Convention.

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!!!” Event Link.

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)

July 19th, 2019 • 8-9pm EST – – – Mara Katria has an interview on the Haunted Chronicles on ParaMania Radio, hosted by Jennifer Runyon and Jimmy (Mr. Haunted). Listen to the recording HERE.

Mara Katria - "The Touch" by J. Jeff Ungar

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