Summer Solstice “Welcome The Sun” Concert 2015, Silver Lake (part of Make Music LA)

Summer Solstice morning concert “Welcome The Sun” ~ Make Music Silver Lake (part of Make Music LA) June 21, 2015

Photo blog below ~ huge thanks to Kamini Natarajan, Saheb Singh, Amy Clarke, Ian McCulloch of Stonefeather, Renee Dawson, Ella Mira & Shivali, Ralph (on Djembe), Brit Rodriguez, the Lollipop Girls, Mooney Starr, Joyeur, Alan Ishii, Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures on percussion, Chris Cooley & Dave Alvarado of Mefisto, all of the musicians who joined us to co-create music, all of the neighbors who came to listen, Julie & Mornings & Nights Cafe for the electricity, Karina Andrade & Stephanie Andrade for extra photos and support, Pine & Crane, Yummy.com, Sunset Triangle Plaza, Genelle LeVin, Mark Hummer & the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Jeff Wayne, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Gaia Grove, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Dorsay Dujon of Make Music LA, everyone who helped make the Plaza a reality & our beloved street piano Georgia, still rocking the plaza a year and a day after she was delivered here last year for the 2014 Make Music Silver Lake concert!

More pics & video coming soon.  Stay tuned…  instagram.com/gaiagrove  twitter.com/gaiagrove

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Sunset Triangle Plaza (aka Polka Dot Plaza) at sunrise on Summer Solstice morning, ready for the concert…

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Kamini Natarajan & Saheb Singh opening the concert with beautiful classical kirtan ~

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local Ralph on percussion joining Kamini & Saheb, while Ella Mira & Shivali ring the bells for the sun

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Amy Clarke on vocals, piano, keyboards & percussion (Gaia Grove) with Ian McCulloch (Stonefeather)

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sultry ukelele diva Brit Rodriguez joins the mix as musicians all play together in lovely collaboration

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new friends Ella Mira & Shivali enjoying the music

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the amazing Renee Dawson singing soulful, jazzy standards & bluesy originals
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simply sweet summer songs of The Lollipop Girls, local Mooney Starr on guitar

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more local magic from power pop Silver Lake band Joyeur

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Motion of the Ocean ~ Ian McCulloch of Stonefeather solo, later joined by Amy Clarke & Miguel Elliott on drums

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eclectic Alan Ishii rocking the loop pedal and later the piano too

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Silver Lake locals David Alvarado & Chris Cooley of Mefisto making a hot day COOL

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after the joyous co-creation and celebration of the day in community, Amy plays solo acoustic in the sun

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THANK YOU TO ALL for making it happen.  Special Silver Lake Gaia Grove house concert/garden party coming soon … get on the list to make sure you get the invite – send email to gaiagrove@gmail.com, subject line: MUSIC

More pics & video coming soon.  Stay tuned…  instagram.com/gaiagrove  twitter.com/gaiagrove

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New Moon in Taurus, Mercury Retrograde in Gemini ~ Reclaiming the Divine Feminine & More

Hello bright stars!

Earthy, sensual New Moon in Taurus today, conjunct fixed star Algol, & Mercury stations retrograde to transit Gemini through June… https://instagram.com/p/20xtXkq0ky/

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Plant seeds of intention today/tomorrow to grow into bloom by the full moon (short term) and over next 6 months (long term)…since it is also Mercury retrograde, though, REflect upon & REview your words carefully…they have power!  Mercury retrograde is a great time to go back & do something you wanted to do before (or from your past) and also anything beginning with “RE” ~ REnew, REhearse, REvisit, REconnect,REdesign & more…especially in friendships, communications, all things ruled by Gemini….also, REthink the myth of Medusa, the snake goddess (start here: http://www.covenofthegoddess.com/goddessmedusa.htm) and REconsider what you may fear both in sexuality and in your temple, as this new moon is REvealing new ways to think about this classic maligned Goddess, rising feminine kundalini wisdom, sacred sexuality and more…(Algol is located in constellation Perseus, in the center of Medusa’s forehead, and could also be considered a third eye, or intuitive knowledge, cut off by the patriarchy)

Medusa (Dark Moon, Crone, Snake Goddess) was one of three Goddesses divine to the Libyan Amazons known, along with Athena (New Moon, Virgin, Warrior Maiden) and Metis (Full Moon, Mother, Sea Goddess), and in ancient Libyan myths, this Triple Lunar Goddess rose from the water as Anatha.

“Serpent-haired Medusa ruled over the regenerative mysteries of sex and death, and protected these magical rites from being discovered and abused by the uninitiated. As the third, crone/destroyer aspect of the lunar triad, Medusa’s message was one of wisdom, and it concerned the inevitability of death. AS an Ocean Goddess of the West She guarded the gateway of death and granted safe passing to all souls entering the oceanic entrance to the underworld.”

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Guiding a exploratory workshop on these above topics and more next Sun May 31 at the beautiful Giving Garden in Santa Monica, 11am-1pm, $22 donation, with more details at flier below & at FB invite:  🙂

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In the meantime, save the date for LAMother Exhibition Preview (REscheduled) next Saturday May 30 in Hollywood!  This is the source of my current FB profile photo with hashtag #Goddess ~ and is all about women REclaiming words in powerful waystogether, let’s REspect, inspire, empower & celebrate women all around the globe! — at LA MOTHER.

Also coming soon!

SUN JUN 7 – Cross Pollinate 5 in West LA
Inspiring Women Leadership/Networking/Connection event at Fais Do Do 1-5PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/447723228729372/

SAT JUN 20 – Summer Solstice Ritual with Reclaiming LA in North Hollywood 7:30PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1603308046576148/
Will be drumming at this event at the fabulous Green Man Store in NoHo…
 
SUN JUN 21 – Make Music Los Angeles/Fete De La Musique
Special “Welcome the Sun” Morning Concert 9-10:30AM in Sunset Triangle Plaza, Silver Lake
https://www.facebook.com/events/1443218525994308/
Performing, curating & co-creating at this event…email gaiagrove@gmail.com to get involved!
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More to come…
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Join FB group (over 400 members & growing): https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaiagrove/

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Full Moon Music – tues pm Silver Lake Farmer’s Market – Next Event Tues May 5 from 5-8pm

Tues Mar 31 ~ BEST ‪#‎fullmoonmusic‬ in Sunset Triangle Plaza yet!  Thank you, all you fabulous musicians, collaborators, healers, visionaries, artists, dreamers, parents, children, free spirits and more. What a night! Keeps getting better and better. Gratitude to all who made this fabulous evening possible ~ looking forward the next gathering (with extended hours) Tues May 5 (5/5/15) starting at 5PM ~ please email gaiagrove@gmail.com to get involved, share music, art, poetry, songs…the lineup is already filling up, as we keep growing every month!

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Special thanks to Mornings Nights Cafe, Pine & Crane, Story & Clark, Georgia the street piano, the Silver Lake Tuesday Afternoon Farmer’s Market Silver Lake, Los Angeles , the Silver Lake Improvement Association, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Amy Clarke, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Renee Dawson, Richie Rich, Rene Collins, Charlie Becker, Lauren Green, Ryan Bersten, Wilma & Ethel Jewelry, the face painting team & balloon art vendors, and all who come together to make this fun, healthy & sustainable community event possible.

Support your local farmer’s market! Come to the Plaza every Tuesday afternoon & Saturday morning in Silver Lake 🙂

See you at the next #fullmoonmusic on 5/5/15 at 5PM!  Get involved ~ gaiagrove@gmail.com

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Music & Creativity Lessons: Piano, Voice, Percussion, Songwriting, & More

(Piano/Keyboard/Voice/Drum/Percussion/
Singing/Songwriting/Theory/Creativity/
Composition/Melody/Harmony/Rhythm)

CUSTOMIZED, INDIVIDUALLY-TAILORED music sessions
that fit your (or your children’s) unique creativity, skill and gifts

LOCATION: your home or my studio (Silver Lake)

INSTRUMENTS: Piano, Synth Keyboards, Voice, Drums (Hand), Percussion

SUBJECTS: Piano/Voice Technique, Theory, Composition, Harmony, Rhythm, Lyrics, Songwriting

YOUR MUSE/TEACHER/GUIDE: Over 30 years experience, including professional performance as an innovative award-winning singer-songwriter pianist & keyboardist, 15 years experience in one-on-one lessons & private consultations with adults, 13 years hosting both public & private moon circles, ceremonies, rituals & full moon concerts, 3 years experience teaching/working with children from ages 2-12 including at LAUSD school & with private preschool children

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REFERENCES: Available upon request, including those from some top musicians, film directors, musical directors, songwriters & producers as well as non-music professionals who have enjoyed creative sessions

COST: $40-60 per hour, sliding scale*

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Please contact with any questions and to arrange your first session – gaiagrove@gmail.com

Your musical and creative gifts are waiting to be nurtured, encouraged, and developed!

Gaia Grove opening for Starhawk in LA at Fais Do Do Dec 7 2014

Magical day for the community ~ Sun Dec 7, 2014 Gaia Grove opening for Starhawk Climate Justice workshop hosted by Reclaiming LA & more partners ~ THANK YOU to SoCalClimate Action 350, Joyful Activist, Cross Pollinate & more!

all photos here courtesy Gaia Grove, unless credited otherwise ~ with sincere love & gratitude

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flier for event in Gaia Grove, Silver Lake @gaiagrove

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Annette Conlon & Water Woman

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Magical Entry Arch by Ray Cirino (Dragon Oven)

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Annette Conlon of Nette Radio

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Hale May

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Serena the S90, Amy Clarke’s keyboard, which has toured from DC to NY to Burning Man & SXSW

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Amy Clarke (www.amyclarke.com) in picture by Lauren Green, courtesy Gaia Grove

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Amy Clarke & Starhawk (www.starhawk.org)

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Starhawk & Laurie Lovekraft of Reclaiming LA

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Dominic Beauden & Jes Minah by Stephen Readmond (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.805876589458136&type=1)

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Amy Clarke, Laurie Lovekraft, Starhawk

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talking in breakout groups during the Climate Justice workshop

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Magical times with amazing ladies! Thank you center Spirit, spirits of the Land, and spirit of the Air! http://instagram.com/p/wVN3kwK0oY/?modal=true

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Amy & Hale after the show

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Amy Clarke & Lauren Green

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Starhawk expressing gratitude ~ featured on left in gold Jes Minah & in yellow Lauren Green

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the gathering as seen through Water Woman

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BELIEVE ~ the inscription on Amy Clarke’s keyboard

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Starhawk as seen from the Air Altar

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Devon speaking during workshop with SoCal350 Climate Action Jessica Aldridge & Jeffrey Lassanke to her left

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Amy Clarke, spoken, song & limpia invocation for Air, standing with the Air Altar

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Priestesses of Air ~ Amy Clarke (spoken/sung invocation of Air) & Solara DancingFlame (dancer of Air)

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workshop in action, all meeting and talking with others

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drumming & singing in the light ~ photo by Stephen Readmond ~ with Starhawk, Laurie Lovekraft, Amy Clarke, Ananda, Donar & all. More photos of the amazing event by Stephen Readmond are here on FB: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.805876589458136&type=1

Gaia Grove music lounge featuring Amy Clarke, Hale May & Annette Conlon of Nette Radio opening for Starhawk.

May 4th Garden Compost Mini Parade (with Maypole!) & Big Parade LA

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for a wonderfully fun “mini” parade in the Micheltorena Community Garden on Sat May 4, 2013!  Special thanks to gardeners Amy Clarke & Charles Herman-Wurmfeld for co-creating event, spreading the word, and collaborating with other gardeners, the neighborhood council, the media & community. To open the day, Leonardo Chalupowicz gave a fabulous compost workshop, Frances Tran gave a good talk about the chickens, we honored the local farmers market & farmers with decorated buckets of compost from the community garden, spoken word artists Rich Ferguson & Nance Broderzen shared beautiful pieces about the garden and all that is growing, we all created a maypole together and then carried it with us in our parade to the farmers market and back again, where we then did a dance with chant and singing led by Amy Clarke on drum (along with volunteers from Benjamin Allen’s Groov3 Dance Workshop) around the maypole, and then we shared food and drink in the garden together.  The maypole was then celebrated with the school kids from Micheltorena Elementary on May 8th, planted much deeper in the garden along with some magic climbing beans to reach the top of the pole & their wishes and hopes for the garden, the school, and the community.  The maypole now will live in the garden all year; please come by and visit and make a wish on our community & school garden maypole!

Local photographer Brittany Margulieux’s (of BKM Photography http://bkm-photography.com/) fabulous photojournal documenting the event on FB: http://on.fb.me/15Pfdcshttp://bit.ly/175qrJQ

(or if not on FB, a few images are sampled below & on Google+ ~ http://bit.ly/175qrJQ

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@amyclarke playing the drum in the garden before leading the parade

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Dancing around the maypole while @amyclarke drums & sings, & Charles Herman-Wurmfeld celebrating with bells

Not only did Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms gift us with her beautiful flowers as we paraded through the farmer’s market, but Tutti Frutti Farms sent us this lovely thank you note with a picture of where in their acres of fields they added our garden-gifted compost – completing the cycle from field to farmer’s market to garden to compost back to market and the to field!

Greetings,

This is Joy from Tutti Frutti Farms at the Silverlake Market. I attached the photos I showed you of where I placed the compost you gifted us. It will be part of the next crop to be planted there soon. Even though the compost seems so small in comparison to the large field on the farm, it still feels good to bring the cycle back. Many thanks for the thoughtful gift! I also attached a few shots from your parade in front of our booth I thought you might like.

I found your Garden’s facebook page. I think your garden is so amazing and beautful! Thanks for sharing and always collecting the compost. I do not like wasting so it feels wonderful to know the cycle keeps flowing.
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Here is the Tutti Frutti Farms facebook link and the website for a little history if you want to see where the produce/compost comes from.
https://www.facebook.com/tuttifruttifarms
http://tuttifruttifarms.com/
Cheers!  Joy

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Join us again to celebrate the BIG Parade LA (http://www.bigparadela.com) the weekend of May 18 & 19, 2013, with a warm community potluck welcome reception in the Micheltorena Elementary Garden on Saturday eve, May 18th, 2013 from 6-8PM ~ please bring a delicious dish to share and a fun friend and join for any portion of the Big Parade Saturday or Sunday (the main Silver Lake loop) ~ route schedule, maps, and timetables are listed here: http://bigparadela.tumblr.com/post/23119323761/2013-details

Follow the Big Parade LA on twitter ~ @bigparadela #bigparadela

Also, Alysia Gray Painter wrote a great piece for NBCLA on the Big Parade. Here it is:
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/the-scene/On-Foot-in-LA-with-New-Friends-The-Big-Parade-207531801.html