“A celestial new age goddess . . . Nymphya has delivered in spades with this album. I will encourage my listeners to hear this through headphones”. ~ Deep Nuggets Radio, Steven Davies Morris
“An ambitious and well-crafted work, which provokes as much as it soothes. Sonically what has been created here sounds unique, an admirable accomplishment in and of itself. . . It’s hard to think of anyone apart from Kate Bush who could deliver a line with such twisted emotion and authenticity. . . It asks much of the listener and warrants repeated visits.” ~Chris Wheatley, Rawckus Magazine
“Spectacular. . . eclectic but not disjointed, musically fascinating, gripping and moving.” ~David Gordon, Singer, Guitarist Author
California-based NYMPHYA is an Ethereal / Folktronica Baroque-Pop artist with suffusions of Worldbeat, Opera and Avant-garde, where Kate Bush meets Stevie Nicks at the Otherworld sorcereress’ soiree. Her alchemical Art-Pop style is a quirky collage of eclectic beats, soaring vocals, haunting soundscapes, and captivating samples which kindle her insightful lyrics.
Professional opera singer Valentina O is the eclectic and multifaceted songwriter, vocalist, arranger, and producer behind Nymphya. Valentina has appeared throughout the United States as an opera singer, actor and performer, as well as on numerous soundtracks for television, film and commercials (Time/Life Warner, IMAX, and Garfield), and on multiple CD projects for recording artists, including backing up John Cale (The Velvet Underground) on the Tonight Show and appearing on MTV with her group Screaming Divas.
By 2011, Valentina had performed her original song “Peace on Earth” onstage at the Seattle Center for a live webcast which reached 50,000 viewers and remained in rotation on PeaceDayTV.
In August of 2015, Nymphya’s “Dream Dance” , was recently featured as a soundtrack for the Extreme Surfing viral video, garnering over 874,000 listens and views, and continuing to climb.
As the award-winning creative director and arranger of the San Francisco-based acapella cabaret group Screaming Divas in the late ’90s, Valentina won vocal arrrangement awards and top honors in the Beyond Category for the SF Weekly in San Francisco. She then developed an obtuse love for opera and launched her professional opera career, which brought her to the concert halls of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and New York City Opera, among others.
Reviews in the press characterized Valentina’s singing as “stunning, provocative and consistently beautiful” . . . “golden mezzo”. . . “gorgeous voice and impressive acting” . . . “brilliance and emotional power”. . . and by 2015, Valentina was commissioned to co-write and musically arrange a cabaret musical based on the life of Edith Piaf, which garnered rave reviews, sell out houses, extended runs, and a nomination for Best Original Script from the SF Bay Area Theater Critics Circle.
All of these influences feed her original compositions and arrangements for Nymphya’s music. DREAM DANCE, released on December 3, 2017, is Nymphya’s first solo CD of original compositions, featuring Valentina on vocals, guitar, keyboards, loops, and percussion, Ray Schaeffer on bass, Anthony Flores on drums, Philip Everett on Electric Lapharp, and Gentry Bronson on piano and lyrics for four of the songs. The captivating music combines Nymphya's influences of Kate Bush, Schpongle, Lorde, Dead Can Dance, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Loreena McKennitt, The Doors, Patti Smith, and Bjork, and is available for purchase at https://shop.nymphya.com/