|Gaia Consort / Bone Poets Orchestra
||[Oct. 18th, 2008|06:10 am]
Gaia Consort Fans
This is the text of a letter from Chris that was handed out at the last two shows. You're going to want to read this if you haven't seen it yet!
GAIA CONSORT / BONE POETS ORCHESTRA
Gaia Consort started after we were hit by a giant clue-by-four we called the 'European disaster tour' - a very long story involving theft and deception on a very personal level, which left us recovering from debt and joblessness. Once it became reasonably clear that we were going to be able to recover financially, I began work on recovering my musical soul. It started me down a train of thought that I maintain pretty much most of the time these days; when a choice comes up I ask, "What's important?"
I realized then that I wanted to write music that celebrates the natural world. I've had a life-long fondness for the myriad mythological views that we humans create, and I know that most Pagans speak the language of those myths. I saw that I share serious common ground with the Pagan community. By 1997 I was on fire with the idea of building a culture that celebrates the natural world, informed by the works of Gary Snyder, James Lovelock, Starhawk, Carl Sagan, and the extended poly family ideas of Robert Heinlein and others.
The most common response to the music in the early days was "Wow! Pagan music that isn't a dirge!"
We did our first show at Nudestock 97, just Sue and I. By April in 98 we were laying the first tracks for Gaia Circles. We have been so fortunate to ahve the love and excited support of so many of you here tonight for this whole time. We've seen kids turn into adults in front of our eyes in that time. In the current musical culture, eleven years is something like a few centuries. I literally would not have been able to produce this work without that support. The myth of the genius artist slaving away in isolation is just that, myth. I'm deeply grateful for each of you making it possible for me to produce a body of work I can be proud of.
Art isn't art til it has an audience, and really good art rarely happens without people who have studied it seriously enough to call themselves professionals. You folks have paid for truly world class musicians to bring my visions to life. People like Dan Mohler, Jay Kenney, Grammy-nominated TJ Morris, our wonderful and amazing string players and a host of guests along the way... none of that happens in USA 2008 without money - and you, through donations, CD and ticket purchases, by volunteering your time to support us, have made these musical experiences possible on the scale we've managed - completely outside any of the standard corporate models. That's something we can all be proud of - we may someday make the cover of Rolling Stone, but Justin Timberlake will never make the cover of New Witch Magazine.
Gaia Consort has been the framework for a set of musical and poetic ideas, and after 11 years and four CDs, I think I've filled the frame. It's time for me to move on and create something new.
I hope all of you will stick with us as we re-frame the band with ideas and images that will probably maintain some Pagan flavor (if not Goddess references), certainly some poly flavor, definitely a bunch of rock and roll, under the banner of Bone Poets Orchestra. It may not seem like a huge change for those of you who are more familiar with the latest work Gaia Consort has done, but I think you may agree that it's a direction we've been moving in for some time. We're excited about the change, and hope you'll come see Bone Poets Orchestra for yourselves.
Love to all,