Monday, February 20, 2012

christel veraart's performance at the anchorage museum

Christel Veraart launched her latest CD Inner Landscapes at the Anchorage Museum on Saturday, with a multimedia performance combining her unique sound with images and poetry.

The event was sponsored by the museum gift shop which carry all of her CDs and a series of Soundscape Cards - greeting cards with mp3 download cards of her music inside.

Christel’s music is available through her website, as well as through major digital music distributors such as iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this event happen!

Photos of “Inner Landscapes” launch concert

More about Christel Veraart

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What the audience is saying
* Christel Veraart’s performance at the Anchorage Museum on Saturday was truly astounding – her voice has an ethereal quality, and her use of images and poetry created a magical atmosphere, bringing her songs to life. Her new CD Inner Landscapes is about her own journey through life’s experiences – from happiness to grief and sorrow. Christel’s gift is to help us discover our own path through these experiences that we all share – and how to grow from them. The concert was a stand-out, which will remain in my memory.

* Truly wonderful, Christel Veraart's music has touched my soul!

* Very lovely, moving music!

* Absolutely beautiful music, what a beautiful voice!

* Great stuff!

* I was among those privileged to share the delightful performance of multi-media artist Christel Veraart. Several original compositions were presented through song and poetic expression, with a mastered visual background designed by the artist. From a rousing rendition of Hummingbird to the emotional impact of Elegy for a Cherry Tree, each provided a memorable journey of unique experience. A program of this quality I would deem worthy of an expanded production with dance and orchestra, and expect to see appreciation of this artist to flourish.

* So relaxing and soothing!

* This music was very truly beautiful!

* Wonderful concert!
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Monday, February 13, 2012

cd release party at the anchorage museum

Based on extensive travels throughout the world, and an enduring love of nature, Inner Landscapes creates a perfect calm in the storm of everyday life. Ten original compositions take the listener on an enchanting journey through space and time.

With an art performance that combines sound, images and poetry, Inner Landscapes will be officially released at the Anchorage Museum, downtown Anchorage.

Please join us to celebrate this free event!

Saturday, February 18 at 7 pm 
CD Release Party 
The Anchorage Museum
 625 C Street, Anchorage

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

greetings for valentines

Award winning San Diego artist Tricia Kaye is the force behind Tea Leaf Cards, a small digital media company dedicated to providing high quality cards. She and I have worked together on numerous projects and since I'm based in Alaska these days, the electronic medium suits us perfectly.

Below you can watch a video we put together to announce Tea Leaf Cards latest additions, just in time for Valentines Day.

Tea Leaf Cards focuses on short and sweet electronic greetings, aimed at people on the go. Whilst we both enjoy paper cards (Tea Leaf Cards has those too), electronic greetings offer a different and unique way of staying in touch with people, especially from a distance. There are many occasions where an ecard hits the perfect note – Valentines is one of those.

In the Americas and increasingly in Australia as well, Valentines is a day of showing friendship as well as romantic love. While it has become very commercial in the US, I still like the idea of showing appreciation of both friends and lovers – and who does not like roses and chocolates?

The celebration of Valentine’s Day may have early roots in Greco-Roman times, but the first recorded association of Valentines with romantic love is in “Parliament of Fowls” (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer – “For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” So Valentine’s day has been celebrated from many centuries, and Valentine’s Day cards were first produced in in 1797.

We hope you enjoy our selection – see

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

iemanja's chant

Iemanj√°, goddess of the sea and the mother of all gods in the Umbanda religion of Brazil, has kept me under her spell for years. She and I met in Rio de Janeiro, when I was there to celebrate new-years eve with a friend. On the last day of the year, everybody dresses up in white while carrying their offerings to sea. Flowers, gifts, perfume and rice are set into little boats and cast adrift into the sea. All of this is done to appease the goddess and beseech favors for the year to come, as well as to thank her for the ones already granted. I remember standing in the surf of the famous Ipanema beach and staring into the horizon where the lights of hundreds of little boats had lined the horizon. Since that day I have made it my tradition too and, regardless of the place I'm at, I build the goddess a little altar. I even wrote a song about her that holds an invitation for you as well.

this ship would like to count you in
on dreaming into space
through star lined skies and azure seas
with infinite horizons

submerged in ancient waters
with dreamlike creatures in every shade
medusas all around you
like fairy queens in luminous gowns

with yesteryears on neither shore
your presence, all that matters
on yearning ships with wavering sails
your dreams adrift, your thoughts at peace

(music and words by christel veraart)
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