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‘Lilyonyx in the Isis Rise’ celebrates the feminine

Whew! After much persistence, intention, and help from many friends, I am about to release my debut solo album, “Lilyonyx in the Isis Rise.”

Perhaps the process of creating “Lilyonyx” began when I first moved to Nevada County and lived where Indigo Way meets Foxfire, down the hill from Artemesia on Backbone Road. At the time, I was reading “Confessions of a Pagan Nun” by Kate Horsley and “Into the Forest” by Jean Hegland, books which inspired my lyrics for the songs “Witch’s Brew” and “Artemis.” Since then, my poetry has ripened, finding its way into many musical collaborations and finally, into the creation of an album. “Lilyonyx in the Isis Rise” is a tapestry of the feminine, woven with poems and songs inspired by goddesses and women living here in the Sierra foothills. It is flavored with an eclectic blend of musical styles from jazz to beatboxing and mountain folk to rock, and it features many local musicians playing tablas, fiddle, cello, drums, bass and guitar. Even a mouth trumpet found its way in! Soundscapes knit the album together with ambient sounds recorded by co-producer Oz Fritz in his journeys around the world. The sounds of whales, wolves, wind, birds, ocean waves, West African drumming, monks chanting and children chatting in the Great Pyramid are all layered to create an experience that I hope will help stabilize energies connected to the re-emergence of the divine feminine and reverence for all nature. A book with my lyrics and poetry and exquisite paintings by Grace Kelly Rivera will be tucked into the CD case to create a package I am so excited to share with the world. In the course of this creative process, as more people entered into the mix, it became clear that the album was making itself, and as a conduit, I just needed to be present and get out of the way of the energy pouring in!

The release of the album will be a ritual in itself. I’ve called on many women to choreograph and dance to the 17 tracks on the album. Solos and group pieces will create a stimulating evening of visual and auditory pleasure. The “Lilyonyx in the Isis Rise” release performance is tonight, Aug. 9, and Friday, Aug. 10, at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road, Nevada City (on the San Juan Ridge). Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8. Tickets are $17 at the door (children 12 and under are admitted free). With your purchase of a ticket, you’ll receive a copy of my album. Call the NCSCC at (530) 265-2826 if you need more information .

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