Happy 2016! Love from Gaia…

Wishing all a peaceful, inspiring, creative, magical and fulfilling 2016.

If January has seemed like a slow start to the year, take comfort in the fact that Mercury has been in retrograde nearly the whole month (stationing direct on Jan 25), that some key themes for January 2016 have related to rebalancing, recalibrating, reflecting and RESET (Lena Stevens/Power Path), and, have always found that the new year REALLY kicks into high gear with the magical spark of Imbolc (traditional: Feb 2, actual cross quarter for 2016: Feb 4) and the New Moon/Lunar Imbolc on Feb 8, 2016 (Chinese New Year of the Red/Fire Monkey – remember, the Chinese astrological calendar doesn’t even start until then!)

So make the most of the illumination and insight the Leo Full Moon brings this weekend (Jan 23-24), pay attention to what is revealed, especially in relation to how and what you create in the world (hint: focus more on authentic expression than dramatic attention), then prepare to release whatever is no longer serving your highest purpose, vision, and self after this full moon and get ready for a refined seed vision to emerge in your mind’s eye in the next few weeks.  Make sure to “enchant the earth” ~ literally and metaphorically if possible ~ so that your foundation for the year is clean, fertile, and primed for new planting, and also nurture your seed vision with love and care over the next few weeks in preparation for spring equinox/activation.  There is still time to refocus intentions for the year ahead…

P.S. Don’t forget to take a morning in the next few weeks to awake before dawn and check out the stellar lineup of planets visible on the eastern horizon to the naked eye!

Here, I am re-dedicating myself to my lifelong musical endeavors, not only with my long-unfinished album still tugging at my wings, but an entire new project now bubbling into being and captivating my curiosity… excited to see what else comes forth from the void…

Personally, some of the greatest motivations for me this winter have been reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s BIG MAGIC (check out her Big Magic Guide here with some great exercises for you to do right away!), Heatherash Amara’s Warrior Goddess Training: Become The Woman You Are Meant To Be, the unfortunate passing of many musical icons (especially David Bowie, triggering deep reflection on mortality, magic, and creativity via Blackstar), and numerous long walks in nature, taking time to listen to the wisdom of Gaia.  After much purging/release at Samhain, and a contemplative, transitional Winter Solstice, insights and breakthroughs have been coming like lightning flashes of divine inspiration!

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Finally, Gaia Grove is holding space for a creative open house/retreat for artists, musicians, creatives, witches, healers, shamans, and all others who wish to recharge and be inspired by the beauty and healing power of Gaia Feb 11-15, 2016 at the AMAZING Baja Off The Grid home (www.bajaoffthegrid.com), perched high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just a 2 hours drive south of San Diego in La Bufadora, near Ensenada, Mexico. Make a date with your Muse, and spend this weekend communing with nature, the unknown, and your creative spirit. Very limited space; please email gaiagrove@gmail.com to express interest, inquire about rates, and hold space. More details forthcoming, but announcing before full moon as if you are without a current passport, LA based folks can get an expedited one via an appointment with the Federal Passport Agency in West LA if you feel called to visit this magical place 🙂

 

With Love, Music, Magic, & MUCH Inspiration :),

Gaia Grove founder & Creatrix,

Amy Clarke

www.amyclarke.com

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Soulful songstress Amy Clarke crafts powerful vocal & piano-driven music with lyrical depth, consciousness, and *magic*. Skillfully blending classical training with modern influences, she is a dynamic and compelling stage presence – whether solo acoustic, experimenting live with guest artists, or mixing effects on her synth keyboard. Her own label MAAT Music references the Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, and balance.

“beautiful, magical, original” – Mary Ishimoto Morris, The Washington Post

“full of dark, quirky and experimental sounds and complex lyrics” – Pete Harris, Indie Sounds NY

“a gifted musician with a lovely voice” – The Eclectic Collection: A Celebration of Women in Music

ARTISTRY
As a creatrix, oracle reader, and priestess of the moon, Amy brews music, healing arts, ceremony, & nature into a promising and potent alchemical blend.  While primarily a solo artist, Amy enjoys experimenting with other musicians and artists, at times producing  unique concerts and events to benefit sustainable non-profits and local organizations with her evolving collective GAIA GROVE (www.gaiagrove.org). Amy has opened for and shared stages with a diverse & inspirational collection of artists and projects including Starhawk, Poe, Amanda Sage, Occupy Love, Dave Greene (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Joe Walsh, Steve Ferrone Band), La Palabra, played an impromptu set at Lilith 2010 in Irvine, CA in the Yamaha tent, and was appointed the Nettwerk Social Media Ambassador by CEO Terry McBride for the penultimate Lilith concert in her hometown Washington, DC.

Inspired by many muses, Amy has interviewed Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, and more in person on creativity, songwriting, and touring, and she has shared her own music and taught workshops on creativity, sound healing, astrology/tarot and more from major festivals (Sacred Spaces Village, Burning Man, SXSW, etc) to local collectives, schools and community gardens (primarily Micheltorena Garden in Silver Lake, Los Angeles). Amy is also a Priestess with Reclaiming, has been published in the Reclaiming Quarterly, has shared her work at the International Alchemy Conference.

DISCOGRAPHY
Since independently producing and releasing her debut After The Fall EP mostly from her laptop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2006, Amy’s music has been featured on national, cable & internet TV; FM Radio, internet radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, she has been interviewed on TV & radio and local press, and performed in countless high-profile gigs in both top NY/LA/DC venues (see below) & on festival circuit (SXSW, Burning Man (twice), LA Burning Man Decom (3 times), San Diego Burning Man Decom, South Park Music Festival, Temple of Visions, Cross Pollinate, & Sacred Spaces, to name a few). Amy earned a Certificate in Electronic Music Production from SAE-NY in 2005, and has also received 5 ASCAP Plus awards for songwriting.

Amy released the single “MARY (her story)” in 2009 as a preview from her future album, and followed that up with the Winter Solstice 2012 release of “We Are The Web”. She now plans to release her full album in 2016, along with another new project.

PERFORMANCE
In New York City, Amy has performed at The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, Rose Live Music, CBGB’s 313 Gallery, Marion’s on the Bowery, Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction, Caffe Vivaldi, The Triad, The Duplex, P.S. 122, M Shanghai Den (Williamsburg residency), BAP (Bushwick Art Project), Hope Lounge, and in events for Tree People, Direct Relief, Theatres Against War International, Planned Parenthood & Habitat for Humanity International. Amy has also starred Off-Broadway and been featured and interviewed on television, Sirius Satellite Radio, and cable. In Washington, DC, she has performed at the Studio Theatre, Georgetown University, Catholic University, The National Theatre, and from the indie underground scene of the Black Cat and The Red & The Black all the way to The White House. Amy has been selected as Artist of the Month at Busboys & Poets U St and was featured at All Souls Unitarian Church, 16th St, DC. In Los Angeles, CA she has performed at The Viper Room, Hotel Cafe, The House of Blues, Temple of Visions, The Big Art Church, LA Burning Man Decompression Festival, Playhouse, King King, The Silver Lake Picture Show, Sunset Triangle Plaza, Los Globos, Genghis Cohen, El Cid, The Derby, Tangier, The Verity Room, MethodFest Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, Los Angeles Convention Center, LA State Historical Park, and has opened for Starhawk three times at Fais Do Do.

Amy is grateful for the loving support of many wonderful friends, family, and community members. “Love is the way” ~

http://www.amyclarke.com/

http://www.youtube.com/scorpfaery
http://www.myspace.com/amyclarke

http://www.reverbnation.com/amyclarke
http://www.facebook.com/pages/AmyClarkeMusic
http://www.twitter.com/amyclarke
http://www.instagram.com/scorpfaery

www.gaiagrove.org

 

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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

Summer Solstice in Silver Lake

Greetings friends, neighbors, & family,

We are warming up for the Summer ~ some great community events in Silver Lake this weekend!
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Saturday 6/20 at Micheltorena Community Garden is our Barrel Cob Oven Build!
https://www.facebook.com/events/598692343606003/
A full day of mud, food and fun! We’ll have a potluck lunch and be led by Sir Cobalot (Miguel Elliott) to construct the wonderful new addition to our community garden, & we already have over 200 cob bricks made from a few weeks ago ready to build 🙂 Bread, pizza and pies made with delicious garden herbs, greens & vegetables all summer long!

Micheltorena Garden, Sunset & Micheltorena, 10am-5pm, FREE
please bring clothes that can get muddy and potluck food to add to the fun
and Sunday 6/21 in Sunset Triangle Plaza is the 3rd Annual Make Music Silver Lake free concert (part of Make Music LA & global festival Fete De La Musique)!
 
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The concert will be in the morning this year, to welcome Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and to kick off the all-day festival Make Music Los Angeles! (Part of global festival Fete De La Musique) ~ exact moment of Solstice is actually around 9:30AM this Sunday morning!

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Morning concert begins at 9AM in the Plaza with classical music/vocals, instrumental music, and soundscapes welcoming both the sun and the musical day, with piano, harp, tabla, violin, frame drum, guitar, other percussion, and a variety of eclectic musicians coming together to collaborate, including Indian classical vocalist Kamini Natarajan, world singer/pianist/percussionist Amy Clarke, improvised musical co-creation via Gaia Grove, soulful blues songwriter Renee Dawson, funk/rock/soul band Ian Thomas McCulloch & Dave Rundell (Stonefeather), ukelele diva Brit Rodriguez, power pop band Joyeur, singer-guitarist Mooney Starr, eclectic vocal loop-pedaling of Alan Ishii, and other special guest artists all joining us around the piano & congas in the Plaza.  At Noon, when the morning concert concludes, the Bijan Taghavi Jazz Trio will play an extended set until 2pm…
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Sunset Triangle Plaza, Sunset Blvd & Griffith Park Blvd
at piano in front of Mornings Nights & Pine & Crane, 9am-2pm, FREE
please bring instruments if you have them & blankets to spread out in the Plaza picnic style…
Thanks to Sunset Triangle Plaza, Genelle Le Vin & the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Make Music Los Angeles, Gaia Grove, Fête de la Musique, yummy.com, Pine & Crane, Mornings Nights, Nina Sorkin & more!

www.gaiagrove.org
www.makemusicla.org
www.silverlakenc.org

See you soon in Silver Lake, and remember ~ next Thurs 6/25 is the kickoff of The Silver Lake Picture show in the Plaza (running biweekly through the summer) and also the Thurs night Micheltorena Community Garden Potluck! (every Thursday night – including tonight…)

LOVE,
Amy
twitter:  @amyclarke @scorpfaery @gaiagrove
instagram: @scorpfaery & @gaiagrove

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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sunlight streaming into the room pre show

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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.