mamalama is creating music as medicine
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patrons

Thank you for showing up here at this very moment in time and space. Thank you for coming to concerts and listening. Thank you for all of your receptivity, your love, and all of the encouragement you have given me as an artist.
I'm so glad you are here.
I'm glad to live and walk on the earth at the same time as you. It's such a strange and beautiful time to be alive. So, I'll sing to that.

Cut to the chase: What is this 'Patreon'? Well, this site is a way to ask fans of Mamalama music for encouragement through direct financial support, for the ongoing creation of new music, as well as for specific new music projects. Support for the very practical every day life things, as well as for the grandiose musical endeavors..... the visionary things, and the mundane things. 
You become my 'patron'. And I create music, supported by you. And beautiful things happen. 

First of all, let's talk about Music.
Music is and has always been, for me, a form of medicine. It has become a form of prayer. It is a mirror. It can hold anything for us. Music reaches the heart quickly. It heals, it teaches, moves us, soothes us, riles us, strengthens us, and gives us good company if we are lonely. It soothes a cranky child.  We can pray with it, we can cry into it, we put into musical forms our joy, sorrow, wonder. It is (mostly) invisible in it's delivery, ancient re-invented rhythms and new melodies traveling wherever they want, without boundaries, ~~~just like water ~~~~~, lifting up and crossing over/under ALL borders, and redistributing as it pleases. It carries the stories and rhythms of our ancestors, and always has. It breaks our heart. It heals our broken heart. And so on. These things I'm sure you know already.

The path that music has taken me on is unexpected-----and profoundly beautiful. Because you may or may not be familiar with the different ways I work with music in the world, I think it would be good to share some of that background with you.

As you probably know, my main musical presence in the public eye is with my work as Mamalama, an ever-evolving harp-and-voice-fronted, sometimes fully orchestrated world music ensemble performing my originally composed, 'modern sacred music'. Mamalama has taken on different incarnations over the years, working with a varying orchestration of human beings and harps, ethereal voices, African balafon, a string section, French horn, hammered dulcimer, handmade music boxes, glockenspiel, Irish flutes, frame drums, and most currently---- a plethora of traditional Andean flutes and Native American instruments, and lots of new choral/vocal arrangements. (mamalamaband.com). 
And then there's this 'earth opera', a  large-scale piece that I'm about to dive into during my month long residency at Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock NY.... my first such piece...an interdisciplinary piece that involves music, dance/movement, a stage, costumes, visual art, a narrated storyline, the telling of a bigger story....
This new 'earth opera' project with a working title of "Seeds Under Nuclear Winter" will be telling the story of many personal vivid dreams and visual/spiritual experience. My musical compositions are becoming a lot more visual lately while I'm writing them, requiring movement and dancers, characters and costume, lights, texture, storytelling. In it's very beginnings, this opera is about maintaining lightness, heart and faith in the darkest of times. Complete with monks, dancing deities (Hanuman, Christ, Green/White Tara, Mother Mary, Ganesh, etc.), an ethereal vocal ensemble/choir, some kind of beautiful constructed set/stage, and a large and delightful world music 'pit' orchestra (representative of all 7 continents). 
It is clear to me that the pieces need to take on a larger form in order to really paint the picture.  (Patrons will have exclusive, up-close access to the ongoing development of this new work. )

Aside from Mamalama, I work with music in quieter ways, bringing music to places that seem to need music the most.

Over the years, I have been asked many times to play my harp at the bedside for people who are actively dying. I've been there at the deathbed with my harp for my own grandparents, and for other people's grandparents. I've also played for many (young and old) who are in comas due to traumatic brain injury, and made musical rounds on a tracheotomy unit for those who are on breathing machines. Because music (especially harp) seems like an enormous comfort and benefit to the needs of the ill and dying, as well as to the family around the bedside, I have made myself available within nursing homes and hospitals to deliver bedside music to those who are on the threshold.  
It's been a gift to be present to this, and I've experienced the mysterious and medicinal potency of music in such a deep way through this work. In truth, I think I know less about what music IS now then I ever did before---and I love music infinitely more for this. These experiences all inform my work as a composer. Alongside these experiences, I also studied in a "Contemplative Musicianship" in a monastic setting through the Chalice of Repose Project in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with the guidance and teachings of Music-Thanatology (music for the dying) pioneer Therese Shroeder-Sheker. This time spent studying through The Chalice of Repose Project has greatly informed the work I do around end-of-life care and with my music as a whole----though most of my experience and learning has been gained directly in the field, right there at the bedside. 

Another branch of my musical path has been what I do through "SageArts: A New Voice for Elders", a non-profit organization in which I am a foundational composer/supporter/performer (sagearts.org). SageArts brings our community elders together with songwriters to create an original, collaborative piece of music that deeply reflects upon what has been essential to each Elder's life. These songs are created over several months of very personal, collaborative work between songwriter (me) and elder. The pieces are then orchestrated and performed live for the community at large, honoring our elders and all of the wisdom and experience they have to share with us all, through music. I have written pieces with many different elders, and will be embarking on the next Sagearts project in the fall---- writing original collaborative music with holocaust survivors. This intense personal work involves visiting the homes of elders over the course of several months, spending time getting to know each human being and the stories that they would like to share through song. Over time, we begin to collaboratively create an original piece of music about that person's life. There is a documentary being made about this work, and a good chance that it will be aired on PBS in 2019. More on that later, as it develops.

Another place my songs have taken me over the last few years is to an alternative Men's Rehabilitation Center in New Hampshire, playing small, intimate concerts for groups of men of all ages who are in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. This particular rehab incorporates a Buddhist-based philosophy into it's program, incorporating meditation and contemplative practice, it's model based on the creation of a "healing/therapeutic community". I visit this community several times a year to play music for both the residents and the professional interventionists who visit the rehab in search of effective recovery space for their clients. My harp and I were flown out to Las Vegas (just a week after the massive shooting this past year---we landed literally across the street from where this shooting took place) in order to give a concert for those attending a National Interventionist Convention. The audience consisted of recovering addicts, detectives who track down lost people, doctors, interventionists, and addiction specialists in many fields. While I've never struggled with addiction myself, I can clearly see how effective and healing certain forms of music are for those who are struggling with this, and for those who have experienced such intensity and human suffering while working to help others. Considering the vast opioid epidemic running rampant in this country, taking so many lives and destroying so many families, and with a lack of fully understood, effective options for deep healing---I am so glad to bring music to these places where it seems to be even the slightest bit helpful. They keep inviting me back, so something worthwhile must be happening. And I keep saying yes. 

In addition, I have worked with children and adults with special needs through music, playing therapeutic concerts at many public and private events. I have been a featured performer within such events as the "Mind-Body Connection Conference" at The Center for Discovery (thecenterfordiscovery.org),  a conference which showcases the work and expertise of many scientists, doctors, featured TED talk speakers, and technology pioneers along the topic of medicine and the mind/body connection. 
 
This is all part of my story. All of these things inform my music, my writing, my 'performances' (though I shy away from this term, as music feels more like a contemplative, devotional practice to me, rather than a performance). 
I'm seeing as I go how music is a kind of medicine in so many ways, and it's beautiful. We have enough "entertainment". I'm most interested in how music transforms and heals, whether it's at the bedside or through a live concert.  

I'm asking for support from those who believe in the possibilities of my musical work.

Please consider supporting me ongoing so that I can dive into these things more deeply.
Be my PATRON. Make beautiful things happen, through music. 

THANK YOU for everything.


******
Empty like a vessel
here and waiting to contain
pouring out like water
to the mouth of desert flame.

Silence like a vessel
pregnant with the purest sound
silence
full and empty
like a vessel
hollowed out.

Love,
Elizabeth 
(mamalama)

Tiers
Gratitude and Patron only Post-Updates
$2 or more per month
At this tier, you are welcome to view all updates and posts that I share on my Patreon feed. 

I am grateful for your support and encouragement!

unfinished, still-in-formation lyrics
$5 or more per month
At this tier, I will share with you some pieces of lyrics that are being worked with presently. Scribblings and rewrites.... The process of finding the right words. 
Gratitude, Post Updates, Unfinished Lyrics, AND Free album download
$15 or more per month
All of the above...

and choose an album to download.

beauty and awe, and unfinished lyrics
$25 or more per month
At this tier, I will share with you something that I've found that has created the experience of beauty and/or awe and/or wonder. Nothing frivolous. Something real and moving. I look for these things daily. Sometime I find it.

Sometimes this could be an image, a story, a song. When I find it, I'll share it with you. 


Also included:  lyrics-in-formation, patron-only post-updates, free album download, GRATITUDE.

All recorded music, Beauty/Awe
$50 or more per month
At this tier, you are most welcome to download all of the 3 albums I have yet recorded.

Also---as in previous tier----I will share with you something that I've found that has created the experience of beauty and/or awe and/or wonder. Nothing frivolous. Something real and moving. I look for these things daily. Sometimes I find it.

Sometimes this could be an image, a story, a song. When I find it, I'll share it with you. 

Also included:  lyrics-in-formation, patron-only post-updates, GRATITUDE

Video of new music in the works, and all of the above
$100 or more per month
At this tier, I will share a video with you of the music that I am currently composing.


This video will be made for you in my home studio, or made out in the great big world, somewhere beautiful (lake, waterfall, ocean, moonlit porch )


You are also welcome to download any of my albums, for free. Even the newest one.

Plus, lyrics-in-formation, beauty and awe sharing, and all of the above.


.

lullaby written for you, or for someone you love
$250 or more per month
I will compose one personal lullaby for you, or for your child, or for someone that you love dearly. 

You are welcome to give me some content that you'd like woven into the piece... or not.


I will play and sing this lullaby for you on my harp, and send you a video of the recording. 


Also included, all of the above, ongoing. And enormous GRATITUDE. And a pony.


(Disclaimer: I don't really have a pony to give you. But I can draw you one, if you'd like...)


Goals
4% complete
Meeting this goal will allow me to create my first 'earth' opera.

Your support will begin by sustaining my month long hiatus from all other work while I dive fully into the beginnings of composing an 'earth opera', with a working title of "Seeds Under Nuclear Winter".  The idea for this opera sprouted in a dream last November, though the seeds of it have been there for a long  time. Your support will continue beyond my Byrdcliffe residency (http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/) back into real life so that I can sustain and continue developing this large body work. 

In it's very beginnings, this 'opera' is about maintaining lightness, heart and faith in the darkest of times. Complete with monks, dancing deities (Hanuman, Christ, Green/White Tara, Mother Mary, Ganesh, and many other forms), an ethereal vocal ensemble/choir, a beautiful constructed set/staging, choreographed movement, costumes, lights, video, and a globally sourced world music 'pit' orchestra (an orchestration that somehow touches upon 7 continents.....).

Once I have the beginnings of the music written, I then take it to the musicians...the dancers... a choreographer...a film maker...the costume makers, and the people to embody the costumes.....a set designer....a hosting venue....etc.....and then, a PREMIERE! You will be in the front row when this dream/vision becomes a real thing, because you are my PATRON!

 I stumbled upon these words recently, from one of my mentors:
" If you have a vision of something you want to do, follow it and you will find a way".
     -Meredith Monk

I will be updating all of my opera patrons ongoing as the next developmental phase of this opera arises. You can be my patron the whole way through....from the opera's creative beginnings to the fully-realized performance....
and celebrate with me when the dream becomes a real thing. 
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Thank you for showing up here at this very moment in time and space. Thank you for coming to concerts and listening. Thank you for all of your receptivity, your love, and all of the encouragement you have given me as an artist.
I'm so glad you are here.
I'm glad to live and walk on the earth at the same time as you. It's such a strange and beautiful time to be alive. So, I'll sing to that.

Cut to the chase: What is this 'Patreon'? Well, this site is a way to ask fans of Mamalama music for encouragement through direct financial support, for the ongoing creation of new music, as well as for specific new music projects. Support for the very practical every day life things, as well as for the grandiose musical endeavors..... the visionary things, and the mundane things. 
You become my 'patron'. And I create music, supported by you. And beautiful things happen. 

First of all, let's talk about Music.
Music is and has always been, for me, a form of medicine. It has become a form of prayer. It is a mirror. It can hold anything for us. Music reaches the heart quickly. It heals, it teaches, moves us, soothes us, riles us, strengthens us, and gives us good company if we are lonely. It soothes a cranky child.  We can pray with it, we can cry into it, we put into musical forms our joy, sorrow, wonder. It is (mostly) invisible in it's delivery, ancient re-invented rhythms and new melodies traveling wherever they want, without boundaries, ~~~just like water ~~~~~, lifting up and crossing over/under ALL borders, and redistributing as it pleases. It carries the stories and rhythms of our ancestors, and always has. It breaks our heart. It heals our broken heart. And so on. These things I'm sure you know already.

The path that music has taken me on is unexpected-----and profoundly beautiful. Because you may or may not be familiar with the different ways I work with music in the world, I think it would be good to share some of that background with you.

As you probably know, my main musical presence in the public eye is with my work as Mamalama, an ever-evolving harp-and-voice-fronted, sometimes fully orchestrated world music ensemble performing my originally composed, 'modern sacred music'. Mamalama has taken on different incarnations over the years, working with a varying orchestration of human beings and harps, ethereal voices, African balafon, a string section, French horn, hammered dulcimer, handmade music boxes, glockenspiel, Irish flutes, frame drums, and most currently---- a plethora of traditional Andean flutes and Native American instruments, and lots of new choral/vocal arrangements. (mamalamaband.com). 
And then there's this 'earth opera', a  large-scale piece that I'm about to dive into during my month long residency at Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock NY.... my first such piece...an interdisciplinary piece that involves music, dance/movement, a stage, costumes, visual art, a narrated storyline, the telling of a bigger story....
This new 'earth opera' project with a working title of "Seeds Under Nuclear Winter" will be telling the story of many personal vivid dreams and visual/spiritual experience. My musical compositions are becoming a lot more visual lately while I'm writing them, requiring movement and dancers, characters and costume, lights, texture, storytelling. In it's very beginnings, this opera is about maintaining lightness, heart and faith in the darkest of times. Complete with monks, dancing deities (Hanuman, Christ, Green/White Tara, Mother Mary, Ganesh, etc.), an ethereal vocal ensemble/choir, some kind of beautiful constructed set/stage, and a large and delightful world music 'pit' orchestra (representative of all 7 continents). 
It is clear to me that the pieces need to take on a larger form in order to really paint the picture.  (Patrons will have exclusive, up-close access to the ongoing development of this new work. )

Aside from Mamalama, I work with music in quieter ways, bringing music to places that seem to need music the most.

Over the years, I have been asked many times to play my harp at the bedside for people who are actively dying. I've been there at the deathbed with my harp for my own grandparents, and for other people's grandparents. I've also played for many (young and old) who are in comas due to traumatic brain injury, and made musical rounds on a tracheotomy unit for those who are on breathing machines. Because music (especially harp) seems like an enormous comfort and benefit to the needs of the ill and dying, as well as to the family around the bedside, I have made myself available within nursing homes and hospitals to deliver bedside music to those who are on the threshold.  
It's been a gift to be present to this, and I've experienced the mysterious and medicinal potency of music in such a deep way through this work. In truth, I think I know less about what music IS now then I ever did before---and I love music infinitely more for this. These experiences all inform my work as a composer. Alongside these experiences, I also studied in a "Contemplative Musicianship" in a monastic setting through the Chalice of Repose Project in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with the guidance and teachings of Music-Thanatology (music for the dying) pioneer Therese Shroeder-Sheker. This time spent studying through The Chalice of Repose Project has greatly informed the work I do around end-of-life care and with my music as a whole----though most of my experience and learning has been gained directly in the field, right there at the bedside. 

Another branch of my musical path has been what I do through "SageArts: A New Voice for Elders", a non-profit organization in which I am a foundational composer/supporter/performer (sagearts.org). SageArts brings our community elders together with songwriters to create an original, collaborative piece of music that deeply reflects upon what has been essential to each Elder's life. These songs are created over several months of very personal, collaborative work between songwriter (me) and elder. The pieces are then orchestrated and performed live for the community at large, honoring our elders and all of the wisdom and experience they have to share with us all, through music. I have written pieces with many different elders, and will be embarking on the next Sagearts project in the fall---- writing original collaborative music with holocaust survivors. This intense personal work involves visiting the homes of elders over the course of several months, spending time getting to know each human being and the stories that they would like to share through song. Over time, we begin to collaboratively create an original piece of music about that person's life. There is a documentary being made about this work, and a good chance that it will be aired on PBS in 2019. More on that later, as it develops.

Another place my songs have taken me over the last few years is to an alternative Men's Rehabilitation Center in New Hampshire, playing small, intimate concerts for groups of men of all ages who are in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. This particular rehab incorporates a Buddhist-based philosophy into it's program, incorporating meditation and contemplative practice, it's model based on the creation of a "healing/therapeutic community". I visit this community several times a year to play music for both the residents and the professional interventionists who visit the rehab in search of effective recovery space for their clients. My harp and I were flown out to Las Vegas (just a week after the massive shooting this past year---we landed literally across the street from where this shooting took place) in order to give a concert for those attending a National Interventionist Convention. The audience consisted of recovering addicts, detectives who track down lost people, doctors, interventionists, and addiction specialists in many fields. While I've never struggled with addiction myself, I can clearly see how effective and healing certain forms of music are for those who are struggling with this, and for those who have experienced such intensity and human suffering while working to help others. Considering the vast opioid epidemic running rampant in this country, taking so many lives and destroying so many families, and with a lack of fully understood, effective options for deep healing---I am so glad to bring music to these places where it seems to be even the slightest bit helpful. They keep inviting me back, so something worthwhile must be happening. And I keep saying yes. 

In addition, I have worked with children and adults with special needs through music, playing therapeutic concerts at many public and private events. I have been a featured performer within such events as the "Mind-Body Connection Conference" at The Center for Discovery (thecenterfordiscovery.org),  a conference which showcases the work and expertise of many scientists, doctors, featured TED talk speakers, and technology pioneers along the topic of medicine and the mind/body connection. 
 
This is all part of my story. All of these things inform my music, my writing, my 'performances' (though I shy away from this term, as music feels more like a contemplative, devotional practice to me, rather than a performance). 
I'm seeing as I go how music is a kind of medicine in so many ways, and it's beautiful. We have enough "entertainment". I'm most interested in how music transforms and heals, whether it's at the bedside or through a live concert.  

I'm asking for support from those who believe in the possibilities of my musical work.

Please consider supporting me ongoing so that I can dive into these things more deeply.
Be my PATRON. Make beautiful things happen, through music. 

THANK YOU for everything.


******
Empty like a vessel
here and waiting to contain
pouring out like water
to the mouth of desert flame.

Silence like a vessel
pregnant with the purest sound
silence
full and empty
like a vessel
hollowed out.

Love,
Elizabeth 
(mamalama)

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Tiers
Gratitude and Patron only Post-Updates
$2 or more per month
At this tier, you are welcome to view all updates and posts that I share on my Patreon feed. 

I am grateful for your support and encouragement!

unfinished, still-in-formation lyrics
$5 or more per month
At this tier, I will share with you some pieces of lyrics that are being worked with presently. Scribblings and rewrites.... The process of finding the right words. 
Gratitude, Post Updates, Unfinished Lyrics, AND Free album download
$15 or more per month
All of the above...

and choose an album to download.

beauty and awe, and unfinished lyrics
$25 or more per month
At this tier, I will share with you something that I've found that has created the experience of beauty and/or awe and/or wonder. Nothing frivolous. Something real and moving. I look for these things daily. Sometime I find it.

Sometimes this could be an image, a story, a song. When I find it, I'll share it with you. 


Also included:  lyrics-in-formation, patron-only post-updates, free album download, GRATITUDE.

All recorded music, Beauty/Awe
$50 or more per month
At this tier, you are most welcome to download all of the 3 albums I have yet recorded.

Also---as in previous tier----I will share with you something that I've found that has created the experience of beauty and/or awe and/or wonder. Nothing frivolous. Something real and moving. I look for these things daily. Sometimes I find it.

Sometimes this could be an image, a story, a song. When I find it, I'll share it with you. 

Also included:  lyrics-in-formation, patron-only post-updates, GRATITUDE

Video of new music in the works, and all of the above
$100 or more per month
At this tier, I will share a video with you of the music that I am currently composing.


This video will be made for you in my home studio, or made out in the great big world, somewhere beautiful (lake, waterfall, ocean, moonlit porch )


You are also welcome to download any of my albums, for free. Even the newest one.

Plus, lyrics-in-formation, beauty and awe sharing, and all of the above.


.

lullaby written for you, or for someone you love
$250 or more per month
I will compose one personal lullaby for you, or for your child, or for someone that you love dearly. 

You are welcome to give me some content that you'd like woven into the piece... or not.


I will play and sing this lullaby for you on my harp, and send you a video of the recording. 


Also included, all of the above, ongoing. And enormous GRATITUDE. And a pony.


(Disclaimer: I don't really have a pony to give you. But I can draw you one, if you'd like...)