The Full Story
Ari Urban is a proud native of Miami, Florida and is a regular member of Miami's 21st century chamber orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble.
She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and her Master of Music from Depaul University of Chicago.
During her studies in college, Ari started experiencing performance anxiety and did not have access to helpful tools through her university, so she embarked on finding solutions on her own through attending a mindfulness course at age 20. Ari learned how to use meditation to train the mind, regulate the nervous system and get in touch with her intuition; which was the exact medicine she needed not only to dissolve stage fright, but to also become the foundation of her life.
After graduating with her masters degree in music, Ari was a violin fellow in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two years and had the opportunity to work with world renowned cellist Yo-yo Ma, who inspired and supported her vision of fusing mindfulness and music in a new way to help bring healing to herself and others. This marked the beginning of Ari's journey into entrepreneurship.
After a decade of devotion to her own personal growth and healing, Ari's desire to share what she has learned has manifested into her current offering:
THE ART OF BEING HUMAN - unique sound healing sessions designed to assist her clients in up-leveling mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
She offers her services virtually and in-person for private clients, wellness centers, and companies.
As an independent recording artist, Ari creates evocative and meditative instrumental music music that fosters a sonic landscape of safety and surrender.
Ari is also the co-founder of musicfreemyheart, a platform that utilizes the timeless power of music and meditation as vehicles for awakening; hosting workshops and retreats globally.
Learn more and subscribe at musicfreemyheart.com.
As a performer, Ari holds a rich history of sharing the stage with world-renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Wyclef Jean, Jacob Collier, Joshua Bell, Michael Buble, Wyclef Jean, Yoshiki, Gloria Estefan, George Benson, Angelique Kidjo, Josh Groban, Richard Bona, Ben Folds, Johnny Mathis, Tank and the Bangas, Father John Misty, and Andrea Bocelli, among others.
As a studio musician, Ari has played on multiple Grammy Winning and Nominated albums with John Legend, PJ Morton, Ledisi, Chronixx, and Jessie J.
Ari holds two Grammy certificates and is a member of the Recording Academy.
In 2023 Ari won the Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Grant Program award, helping to fund her artistic development and practice.
In 2020 Ari received the "New Work" Grant from the Knight foundation in Miami, Florida for her project "The Art of Being Human; cultivating self compassion at the intersection of live music, guided meditation, and sound healing".
In 2018 Ari was a winner of the "Make a Wave" Grant from the 3Arts foundation in Chicago for her project on Mindfulness for musicians.