Paris, Ireland and beyond

In this post…

  • How I came to be in Ireland
  • LIVE show coming soon – save the date
  • The HOUSE!
  • Strigoi update

The world picked up her skirts, shook her hair and went into a spin. She took me from Paris and laid me upon the emerald isle’s shores. 

HELLO FROM IRELAND.🍀

I hope you are healthy and safe wherever you are in the world. 

This is the story about how in a matter of 24 hours I went from one future to another, from the heart of Paris to the countryside of Ireland. 

It was March 13th. I was strolling down the streets of Paris bathing in the sunset light and greeting the budding cherry trees in the Jardin the Tuilleries. I needed to get out of the house. The weight of the world was weighing on my heart. My limbs exhausted. My producer and I had just returned from a grueling filming trip to Romania for my Strigoi film.

We were supposed to fly from Romania to Italy and then to New Orleans to interview two key people for my movie but I cancelled our Italy trip the evening before we were set to fly and we returned to Paris instead. I’ve walked in many a cemetery at night, interviewed some dicey characters and put myself through a lot of physical and psychological challenges for my film but this covid situation felt bigger than what I wanted to tackle. Getting all the footage I needed to finish the film felt so close I could almost taste it. And yet …

Let me get back to the evening of March 13th. At around 10pm at night, I get a call from California. My friend Jonathan says I should really think about getting out of Paris because things are about to get serious. He says I should go to their house in rural Ireland. That I’ll be safe there while the world goes mad. It felt like a crazy idea at first but then, I felt a tiny flutter of joy in my heart. I decided to follow that flutter. I packed a bag and 24 hours later, I was in Dublin.
The next morning, Paris went on lockdown. 

It’s hard to believe I’ve been here for 2 months.
I’ve had a lot of alone time,
a lot of conversations with the crows outside my window 
I planted a garden
wrote songs
I laughed and cried and held myself close
and most of all, I felt what it’s like to be cared for by someone from afar who thinks to call and say, “Get out of there, we have a safe place for you.”
That was the flutter I felt.
That’s the joy I followed. 


My Songs LIVE from Ballyrane House, Ireland!
Sunday, May 31st 10AM PST.

Get your STAGEIT tix here – pay what you can starts at 0.50c


Ballyrane House was built in late 1800s.
My friends Jonathan & Tiffany bought it with the idea of moving here AND to share it with people as a vacation and events rental. They’ve been the perfect hosts from afar! I’m so happy to be here. It’s paradise. I know the house will host many happy moments. I am so lucky to be part of her joyful legacy. (The house loves it when I pick flowers for her. I’ve been posting photos on my Instagram feed. (here)
Follow Ballyrane House on insta @ballyranehousewexford and Tiffany at @rosecrest_events. She is an absolute inspiration!


Strigoi film is on hold. My editor went to be with her family in Belgium. We will still work on it together from a distance (I’m not eager to return to Paris) but the finish date is getting pushed to the fall. It’s a heavy burden to push this movie across the finish line but we will do it. I wish I had those two interviews from Italy and Nola! We may do them online or wait until the world opens up.
Did you see my latest Strigoi video update? (Watch here)
You can follow @strigoifilm on Insta for regular updates.


I’ll end here for now.
Life goes on
Hearts open
We press on
Love is the greatest.

Write back if you can and tell me how you are,

Ingrid

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Almost there

Two more days until my Stageit show!
It’s ONLINE so you can watch from anywhere.

Dear friends, it’s actually happening! I will be singing for you in two days. It’s almost surreal but it also feels like the most natural thing in the world.
I feel ready. I’ve been rehearsing a lot.
I’ve tried to bring as much beauty and be as truthful in writing these songs as I can muster. 

Seems that writing and performing are two different things, kind of like acting and directing. I’ve been reading this amazing book on Mysticism in Sound and Music. It’s quietly revolutionary. It speaks right to my heart and validates the thoughts I’ve had on music, harmony and dissonance. Light and darkness … So much!
I don’t want to get too much into it here because you should read it for yourself. The idea that all is vibration, that everything is music and that music is divine language is something that has governed my life for a while. I could talk about this for-ever!

I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to be able to put my heart into movies and songs and share them with you. I can’t even tell you how honored I feel by each of you who’s bought a ticket for the show on Sunday. I am truly grateful and I hope that you will be enriched for having shared that experience with me.

The show sold out twice today which made me feel all the love, so I have released more tickets.


It was a real surprise to see that I am the top featured show on Stageit today!

Feels like I’m getting something I didn’t pay for, like the free metro ride I got today because the ticket machine was broken. 🙂


In Strigoi news …

Here’s my latest video from London.
If you’re not subscribed to my YouTube channel or on social media, you might have not seen it yet. This is part I. Part II is coming soon. 

Part I of II

Thank you for reading and sharing and being and caring.

Hope to see you Sunday and if not, someday, somewhere along the path the wind carries me. 

love,

Ingrid

PS. My top 3 supporters on Stageit get a hand-written postcard from me from Paris. Maybe I’ll write you a poem, a prophecy, a drawing, a blessing, a wish … 

PPS. There is some news I’m sitting on. I can’t share yet because it’s not fully confirmed, so please cross your fingers for me.

Staying home and singing

There’s so much to tell you, I don’t know where to begin.
First off, thank you for being part of my community here. A special welcome to all of you who have just arrived. Wish I could give you a glass of champagne in proper Parisian fashion.

Second, I want to tell you a little bit about that volatile situation I mentioned on FB. I was to go into the middle east and direct a documentary film during a rescue mission. The story was and is very compelling and one I believed in fully but it fell through.

So, I’m staying in Paris, focusing on my vampire documentary and the release of the Egypt film I directed. The two films are in such stark contrast when it comes to the production details. With “Free Trip to Egypt,” we have a big team working on the release, around the clock, it seems. With “Strigoi,” it’s just me, sticky notes on a wall and the occasional strolls in the cemetery with my vampire expert friend.


A Music Story

It’s been a rich and difficult couple of years. The things that have kept me going, aside from inner fortitude, or stubbornness, are my friends and music. I started writing songs. I have a handful of them now and as you know, I’ve been debating whether I have the courage to share them with you or not. I think I’ve always wanted to but I wasn’t sure if it would be too personal or if the songs are even decent.

Photo by Victoria Smith in Laurel Canyon, LA

I’m doing it on Sunday MARCH 31st @ 1PST. 
I’m using StageIt so the concert will be streamed live. It’s like a house concert except I’m playing the songs in Paris and you watch them on your computer in your comfy pants. 
You have to make a reservation if you’d like to see my performance. It’s pay-what-you-can.
Save your “seat” here:
https://www.stageit.com/ingrid_serban/my_solo_debut/67035

I’ll end here for now. There’ve been so many realizations and inner work and tears and some laughter too but I think the songs will say all of that and more.

Thank you for reading.
I hope to see you on the 31st.


In other news ….

We just released a new trailer for Free Trip to Egypt.

The film is set to hit theaters in the US mid May.
If all goes well, I will be in LA and NYC for the premieres. 

Thank you for reading.

All my best,

Ingrid

March

How are you?

I’m good. It feels as if I’ve been very busy. Amongst other things, I created a new website for Forest on squarespace. That was a steep learning curve! There are quite a few photos of me on that site. haha I also made a new site for myself (still in progress) and a brand new one for our film production company Goat Lips Productions.

Let’s see …. what else. Big film news: In addition to the Asheville Film Fest in NC, our short film “All Sales Final” got accepted into the Chennai International Film Festival, India AND into Tiburon International Film Fest AND (although this is still a secret) into the Albuquerque Film Fest!!!

I’m so proud of our lil film. 🙂

If you’d like to join us in Tiburon, CA or Albuquerque, NM, please let me know. I would love to see you there.

We’re also working on setting up a concert in Santa Fe when we come out to Albuquerque in June. I’ll keep you posted.

Hope to hear from you.
love,
Ingrid

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