Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor (10:15 PM)

Ben Lee (9:15 PM)

Cillie Barnes (8:30 PM)

Sun, December 11, 2016

8:00 pm

Adv tix $12.00 / DOS tix $14.00

This event is all ages

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Maria Taylor - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Maria Taylor
Am I in it? is it now? Is it what comes after this life?

I’ve lived so many lives within this life.

I grew up singing and writing songs as early as I can remember. I was writing words before I knew words, making them up and singing them.

I started a band when I was 15 with my best friend, Orenda Fink. We named it Punchanella. Later we grew into a pop band and called ourselves Little Red Rocket. As we honed our craft, we also found our music to be cathartic and a way to cope with the death of someone close to us. Our music changed as it mirrored our lives and with the change we became Azure Ray. We came into ourselves as Azure Ray.

But as time equals growth and change, after many records and many, many years together I started my solo career. I loved the freedom I had to explore different genres within a single record. Every record I released since then has been a reflection of where life has taken me.

Fast forward to 2016.

A move back to California and a husband and two children later I’ve found myself looking at my favorite release of all of my work. I rummaged through my life, taking parts of my past lives and intertwining them with my current life. I’ve imagined my life beyond what is now. I’ve taken all that I’ve learned both musically and lyrically (with the help of my incredibly talented friends) and put it into this record. I kept asking myself, “If I die tomorrow, what would I want my last record to say?”

I teamed up with one of my favorite songwriters and producers, Nik Freitas, to co-produce this record. I love his music and what he brought to these songs. I called in help from many of my super-talented friends and family. I balanced my femininity with beautiful male backing vocals. “If Only” features Conor Oberst. “It Will Find Me” and “Pretty Scars” feature Joshua Radin. There are also appearances from Nik Freitas, Macey Taylor, Jake Bellows, Louis Schefano and the female exception, Morgan Nagler. One of my dearest friends and favorite poets, Brad Armstrong, was my lyric coach for this record. Writing a record and raising two kids has many challenges. I would find myself in ruts with the lyrics and Brad would help me with different approaches and steer my brain away from the obvious. I even co-wrote lyrics to “There’s Only Now” with one of my favorite lyricists and friends, Morgan Nagler. My connection to this record was also the impetus for self-releasing under the my own label, “Flower Moon Records.”

In The Next Life sums up my past, my present, and my future. I’m so fortunate to have this life to write about, these friends to write it with.

“As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” - Pablo Neruda
Ben Lee - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Ben Lee
Hi friends.

​My name is Ben. I was born in Sydney, Australia on September 11, 1978.

I began making music professionally at 14 years old, with my teenage punk band Noise Addict. Some time after that, I also began making solo albums, more acoustically-driven. I have released many albums over the years, side projects, music for tv, movies, commercials, as well as produced other artists.

I began my career in the music industry hungry for fame, attention and validation. With time, effort, failure and success, I gradually lost interest in these goals, and I now continue for different reasons.

It's hard to explain my relationship to music and songwriting (I imagine it would be difficult for most musicians), but it is a very intimate and profound relationship. For almost 25 years now, I have felt an intense and unrelenting urgency to make music, to attempt to manifest in word and sound that which exists deep within my heart and mind.

As my spiritual pursuits became more central to my life, my music naturally became an extension of these interests.

My music has often been both an exploration and a diary of my attempts to open my own heart and mind. There have been victories and failures, successes and missteps, but I have always sought truth and documented my findings, attempting to share what I have learned with my community and audience. From this space, of earnest and sincere exploration, I hope to be able to inspire others to feel more courageous as they move towards their own awakening.

As my life has unfolded I have also found other ways of making small contributions to the project of awakening consciousness. I have been asked to speak more often lately, to groups larger or smaller, about my journey, the lessons I have learned and am currently learning. I have also enjoyed working with various charitable projects over the years, and more recently in the realm of ethical business coaching and essential oils with my wife as a part of Skye Lee Essential Oils.

Thank you for your interest in my work, and thank you for your openness and willingness to step into a world of infinite possibility with me!
Cillie Barnes - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Cillie Barnes
Lover of all things frog. And if cheese is involved, I'm in. But not the two together. No never.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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