Native to the Southwestern United States and living in Austin, Texas, Mexican American singer/songwriter Mariana Tirsa is making the world a more beautiful place one song at a time as Runaway Horse. Mariana writes songs about transcendent mystical states as well as harrowing the trials of life. She approaches music as a path of self realization and universal healing. Mariana chose to use a moniker to represent the collaborative spirit she loves in making music with other musicians.
When Mariana discovered Emmylou Harris’ “Ballad of a Runaway Horse,” she was moved both by the poetry of the title and the lonesome, vulnerable spirit of the song. But it wasn’t until she learned that the song was a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Ballad of an Absent Mare” based on the Zen Buddhist 12th century Ten Ox-herding Pictures, a metaphor for the path of enlightenment, that she knew she had found the name for her music project.
Under the name “Runaway Horse” Mariana has made music with Austin musicians; producer/musician Daniel Barrett and long time collaborators, Robert Musemann III, and Joseph Manzello. In 2013 her debut EP Beautiful Blue was made primarily with Daniel Barrett.
Following this release, Mariana, Musemann, and Manzello met three other musicians who would fill out the music into a full bodied sound: bassist Alan Burrows, keyboardist Robin T. Smith, and drummer Jack Daniels. As soon as this constellation of musicians came together, Mariana wanted to capture this special sound as soon as possible. In 2016 the group went to spend five magical days on the border of Mexico outside of El Paso at Sonic Ranch Studios where they recorded a six song album GLOW.
Soon after completing GLOW Mariana was invited to be the artist in residence in the Lake District in England where she wrote two songs. These two songs became the inspiration to record a second album with the same musicians and this was done in Spring of 2017 in San Marcos, Texas at Firestation Studios. That summer the members went their own way to pursue other projects, Mariana continued to write songs and is currently in 2020 slowly working on a new album, Vintage Man, with Austin musician and producer, Erik Karlsson.