Sacred Music Sessions Upcoming Concerts
Gaelynn Lea with Alan Spearhawk and Eli DiBerarino
Gaelynn Lea plays with Guitarist Alan Sparhawk and guest bass player Ellie DiBerardino. Opening act: Aireene Espiritu – vocals, guitar; Brian Judd – mandolin, guitar; Karl Sevareid – bass
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- Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her experimental and ambient takes on fiddle music — an approach that incorporates her love of traditional tunes, songwriting, poetry and sonic exploration. Thanks to the encouragement of several fiddle students from her hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, Gaelynn Lea entered NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest in the early months of 2016. The video entry of her original song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” rose to the top of over 6,100 submissions from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.” With the wind of her award at their backs, Gaelynn and her husband Paul sold their house, quit their jobs, bought a van, and hit the road. Since then, Gaelynn has played over 425 shows in 42 states and seven countries, adding nearly 100,000 miles to their Ford Econoline’s odometer. The singer-songwriter and violinist has graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. She has been featured at arts festivals in Iceland and Switzerland, and she has been included in the line-ups at Winnipeg Folk Fest, SXSW, Travelers Rest Festival, and Halifax Pop Explosion.Yet somehow between this perpetual blitz of performances, Gaelynn also managed to release her third full-length album in September 2018. Until this point Gaelynn Lea has presented most of her songs using only a few tools: a violin, a voice, and a looping pedal. But for her latest, Gaelynn Lea enlisted the help of some musical friends to bring her new album to life. Several of Minnesota’s heavy-hitters—including Al Church, Dave Mehling, Marty Dosh, Andrew Foreman and Alan Sparhawk—lent their creative influence and musicality to this recording. The result is a powerfully emotive effort of confidence and purpose which captures the poignancy and presence of Gaelynn Lea’s crafted repertoire.Her new album, Learning How To Stay, is an 11-song collection that runs the gamut sonically from pensive and luscious to aggressive and intentioned, from folk to decidedly pop, and even includes a couple of traditional fiddle tunes. Undoubtedly the connecting thread of this album is Gaelynn Lea herself. With her singular voice and deeply-affecting violin, she guides the listener through a journey that explores the contrasting nature of existence: dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy. Learning How to Stay encourages the listener to stay present for it all. “Learning How To Stay is Gaelynn Lea’s finest moment to date and shows a true artist developing right in front of our eyes.” (Simon Tucker, Louder Than War)
In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also loves to do public speaking engagements about disability awareness, accessibility in the arts, and living an enriching life. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. Gaelynn is a strong voice in the disability community; she uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.
Musician & Public Speaker
Opening Act: Aireene & The Itch – Aireene Espiritu – vocals, guitar; Brian Judd – mandolin, guitar; Karl Sevareid – bass
Gaelynn Leas and Alan Sparhawk.
Ellie DiBerardino will accompany Gaelynn on bass.
Current Viewable Concerts:
MaMuse – Folk: Sarah Nutting, Karisha Longaker, Mike Wolfchuck (percussion)
Fia Forsström – Singer songwriter: Guitar & vocals
Jai Uttal – Kirtan: Jai Uttal, Prajna Vieira, Radhanath Das, Greg Barnett, Ben Leinbach
Mukti – Kirtan: Prajna Vieira, David Estes, Donald Fontowitz, Ramana, Greg Barnett, Julie Simonsen, Lisa Chorny
Raga Concert 1: Mark “Gangadar” Gerhard, Christopher Ris, Peter Van Gelder
Raga Concert 2: Manik Khan, Arjun Verma, Nilan Chaudhuri
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The concerts take place in the town of Sonoma in Northern California.