KCRW’s Private Playlist: Ana Roxanne

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Vocalist/composer Ana Roxanne‘s most recent album, “Because of a Flower,” begins with an incantation: “The spirit of harmony, as it condenses, produces all beings.” The sentiment might serve as a guiding principle for her creative work as a whole. Roxanne’s debut EP, “~​~​~,” made a splash with its quietly bold reworking of Chaka Khan’s 1978 disco classic “I’m Every Woman.” Her version is refracted through Whitney Houston’s powerhouse 1992 remake, which she heard as a child of Filipino immigrants newly absorbing American pop. These kaleidoscopic layers of influence and interpretation show up in Roxanne’s original material as well, where her jazz and classical training melds with her interests in ambient, spiritual, and popular music. The results are unclassifiable and bewitching, reminiscent of spaces as vast as a cathedral and as intimate as the womb.