We came together in celebration of mate, regeneration, and building Earthships with music and community as the focal point to this journey through South America.
Richard is an accomplished violinist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who mixes classical and modern music in his work.
It was the early 1970s in the desert of Taos New Mexico, where a young architect began a lifelong journey into the world of eco-construction. Freshly graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Michael Reynolds, started developing a system of building, using recycled and reclaimed materials that aimed to address the growing environmental and affordable housing.
For Austin-based band, Ley Line, community is everything. Made up of two musical pairs, Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez and twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek, the women feel grateful to live in a city that supports their work as creatives and allows them to continue to share their stories through music, something they feel is integral and inherent to the human experience.
Resilience, Self-Sufficiency, Economic Independence & Cultural Revival on the Pine Ridge Reservation
The prairie lands of Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, are storied with resistance and resilience to colonialism, both past and present.
“Harmonize is a love song and a rite of passage to a higher form of love. It’s about the calling forth of truth, lust, inspiration, fantasy, and honesty from the depths of a person.
Luke Wallace, 26, has made a name for himself in communities all over western North America. Since the age of 16, Luke has been writing songs rooted in unity and a love for the planet, using his music to draw attention to critical social justice and environmental battles.
Come To Life and Salt Spring Island’s Mateada teamed up for a sit down interview with artist Autumn Sky to hear her thoughts on identifying as an artist, art as therapy, visionary art, the balance of masculine and feminine, the artist’s role in regeneration, and more.
“Right now there’s too much carbon in our atmosphere. But carbon is not the enemy, it’s the building block of life. Everything alive is made of carbon, it’s us. The problem and the solution are a simple matter of balance.” – Pashon Murray of Detroit Dirt
Growing up with the lush landscapes of Maui as his backyard, Hank Gaskell has always had a deep appreciation for growing his own food. For Hank, it’s a way of life carried with him wherever his passions beckon.
Evan Marks is a creative force whose passion lies in connecting people to nature through the edible landscapes he co-creates.
For Elizabeth Street Garden Executive Director Joseph Reiver, a sliver of green in Little Italy is his family’s treasure. “My father Allen Reiver built the Garden as an extension of his Elizabeth Street Gallery,” Joseph tells me.
Composting is a practical act of transformation and creation. It is both art and science. And for some, like me, it is a duty and a means of showing gratitude. Strip away all the talk about waste and landfills and climate change, and composting is still a service to the Earth.
Over the last 14 years, Oakland-based O2 Treehouse has constructed structures all over the world with the purpose of further bridging the gap between man and nature, fostering harmony, and enhancing relationships through time spent at new heights.
New York City is the type of place where if you want something, you can just reach out and grab it. Wild lettuce, chickweed, the common plantain, Japanese knotweed, and lamb’s quarters are all here for the taking, for those that know where to look and what they are looking for.
Upon first thought the combination of permaculture and massive international music festivals may seem like an unlikely pairing.
Everything is Temporary – The Loss of Urban Green Space And The Seventh And Final Season Of North Brooklyn Farm | Come to Life
Almost a decade ago, Henry Sweets was walking home by what was then the parking lot of Domino Sugar. He saw an expansive field of grass just blowing in the wind and he thought, “What if we filled this place with flowers?” In 2013, Sweets, along with co-founder Ryan Watson opened North Brooklyn Farms, a pop-up agricultural park and community space in Brooklyn.
“The mushroom and the fungus connect all life,” says Olga Tzogas, the founder of Smugtown Mushrooms, who means this in a literal sense. “It is the network of cells holding us together on many levels.
The birds and the bees of New York City retain an enigmatic presence in the urban jungle. Pedestrians on the sidewalks fail to look up and notice the local pollinators flying above their heads or the interconnected rooftops, graveyards and hidden gardens, where urban beekeepers, wildflower advocates and community connectors are working to nourish the city’s local ecosystems.
To say that Amber Tamm Canty has a strong work ethic is an understatement. The New York farmer is up before 6 a.m. for a workout of crunches, plank poses, push ups and sun salutations before heading to the farm in Brewster, New York where she works to grow a plethora of flowers and produce.
Artist and activist Ernesto Yerena Montejano experienced a childhood tethered by borders.
This summer, Come to Life is sharing stories about urban farmers and their amazing work with earth and community care. Over the month of July, Guayaki Yerba Mate is putting on an event series across New York City.
Argentine muralist Daniel Ephraim, internationally known as KOKON, has been praised for his colorful nature-inspired art.
Founded in 1995, the Austin-based SIMS Foundation is the first musician-geared support service in the city, offering mental health and substance-abuse recovery aid to musicians, music industry professionals and their families.
May 19th is the anniversary of Malcolm X’s birthday. Come to Life is honoring this day with the release of “Ilala”, the first single from Masauko’s upcoming self-titled record.
Waves of color wash against a concrete canvas as muralist Skye Walker begins his work. Images begin to peak through the paint engulfed in vibrant tones of orange, blue and green.
Having worked with activist and musician Luke Wallace for the past 5 years, we’ve come to see him as a true ally in the regenerative movement.
Cyrus Sutton got his start in filmmaking 17 years ago, a time when “the culture of consuming media was vastly different,” before Facebook, Instagram and YouTube engulfed public consciousness.
SprATX, a creative agency in Austin, Texas, has been connecting artists throughout the world—such as streets artists and muralists—with opportunities for growth and financial support.
HOPE Outdoor Gallery is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Austin. A three-story paint park in the charming Old Austin Clarksville neighborhood, it has become an epicenter for connection, education and creativity, welcoming nearly 500 visitors a day.
On a beautiful summer’s day in 2018, hundreds of people gathered on Salt Spring Island to experience music and community in the golden glow of Stowel Lake Farm.
It’s early fall – the beginning of September to be precise- and all around Denver’s RiNo Art District the sound of rattling spray cans reverberates through the air.
In Austin, each January marks an exciting time, a month filled with growth, educational opportunities and inspiration. Since 2013, PrintAustin, a nonprofit which aims to showcase both the traditional and modern styles of printmaking, has given local makers, as well as print artists around the US, a place to showcase their work during its annual festival.
The album’s creation finds its roots back during the US Presidential elections of November 2016 when Masauko was invited to a jam session on Salt Spring Island, Canada.
This is an old English/Appalachian folk song passed down to us by our mamma, full throttle and rowdy. Performed by many a folk singer throughout the times, we rewrote some of the words to include an homage to our godfather, Whitlock Connah, who was an incredible blues man and a huge influence in our musical life.
This song was written by one of my favorite living songwriters, Samuel Lockridge in 2012. The haunting melody and stark poetry gripped me immediately, and I’ve been singing it ever since.
An artist watches their work up close during creation time and then unleashes it out into the world, never fully knowing where it lives or where its tendrils truly stretch.
Our frineds over at Playing for Change Just launched there new video Seeds Of Freedom,” by Manu Chao and our sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith.
Here’s a new video featuring our dear friend Peia, shot live in the Siskiyou mountains of Oregon. Peia will be bringing her songs and stories to New York next month for Changing Tides, a fundraiser for our underwater relatives and the Salish Sea.
The narrative of young people showing up to lead is not a new phenomenon- in the past few years alone Malala Yousafzai, Emma Gonzalez, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (to name a few) have become household names.
As part of our month-long “Come To Life: Colorado” campaign, we’ve been hosting events and concerts to bring the Front Range community together to ultimately take steps to regenerate the Colorado community and show that taking positive action is possible.
“I like the idea of street art and mural work… it enters your space, you don’t enter its space. They hit you before you’ve had your coffee. It could be something real quiet or mundane but just the idea that you might wonder what a sentient donut would talk about- like, that’s enough to just lower your blood pressure for a second.” -Michael Roy AKA Birdcap
In a neighborhood surrounded by construction, the old synagogue that has been reborn as one of Denver’s most unique and intimate venues, Invisible City, is hard to find. Maybe that’s the point.
This month we will be diving deep into the stories of several system affected people who have broken their cycles of incarceration by discovering various forms of regenerative healing, helping them to take back their lives and become important contributors to their communities.
This September and October, Guayaki Yerba Mate presents “Come To Life Colorado” featuring gatherings, action days, and partnership events with nonprofits to bring awareness to the importance of regenerating communities.
Rare is it that an artist can capture your heart as well as intrigue your mind by infusing soothing and inspiring music with a message. Trevor Hall is a talented singer-songwriter who achieves all of this and more.
Come To Life had the pleasure of supporting Trevor Hall earlier this summer, partnering with him on his album release show at No Vacancy in Hollywood. While we were getting ready for what turned out to be a magical night to remember, we sat down and interviewed Trevor.
North America is entering an era of cheap, low impact energy production through the creation of wind and solar farms, tidal energy facilities and geothermal power plants. Every month, the cost to produce these renewable energies falls.
I’ve lived my whole life on the west coast of North America. It wasn’t until about 6 years ago, when I first traveled outside the reaches of Vancouver, that I realized what wild salmon meant to coastal communities.
“My world was blown open in summer 2016 while volunteering at Calais Jungle refugee camp in France. I woke to culture and language completely beyond my understanding, and also the simple power of humans making beauty together – from nothing” – Moira Smiley
Big broad snowflakes drifted around us as we meandered through the woods and scrambled up a steep hill to the tiny clearing where the Wolf Kids nature school lives and breathes.
Come to Life presents “I Dreamed a Dream”, a new song from singer-songwriter Dustin Thomas that was recorded live on Lasqueti Island in BC.
O’er the Land, O’er the Sea is a song I wrote several years ago while living in a little cabin in Southern Oregon. After many years of travels and study, I finally rooted down, creating a home for myself and finding my kin. This song was inspired by the feeling of finally coming home after a long journey, and by the beautiful way of life I witnessed in the community surrounding me.
By the candle light of a cool summer evening, a trio of singers gathered by the seaside to sing an old Irish folk tune in a sailboat anchored in the far islands of the Salish Sea.
We recorded I Am Not Lost in Dodge Cove on Digby Island, a small island community of 40 people located across the harbour from Prince Rupert in Tsimshian territory.
Us is a collection of live songs recorded over a period of 6 months in communities all over the West Coast ofNorth America. In this record are the voices of hundreds of people fighting to protect the planet earth and the systems that sustain them.
The Raging Grannies are a radical choir of progressive grandmothers based on Salt Spring Island, BC, in Saanich and Cowichan Territory.
Recording Turning the Tide on Salt Spring island was a truly memorable night. The turnout was amazing and the energy in our wide circle reflected the shared love that we all have for the Salish Sea.
In every corner of the world, people of all ages and backgrounds are bursting at the seams with love, frustration, hope and fear. There is an energetic pressure that is building in the hearts and minds of folks who are ready for a sweeping and fundamental shift in the way humanity exists and progresses.
By the candle light of a cool summer evening, Rising Appalachia gathered by the seaside to sing while their sailboat anchored in the far islands of the Salish sea. The adventures that followed spanned many islands, many farms, and bridged many worlds and hearts.
In the sweet evening hours after a long weekend of shows this October 2017 for us and our dear friends Climbing Poetree, we all gathered in a beautiful backyard in Oakland, CA to relax, feast and tell stories from the road.
The wheel turns as we reap the last of the autumn harvest. A chapter closes in this story of life-long devotion to song, and I commence communion with the muses once more. Here in a cabin in the woods, stirred only by the hum of a hummingbird, drinking at my window….at last time to steady, digest and rest.
We landed at the Yuba river in Northern California after days down in the south, to return to the fire wrought lands and the beautiful wilds of this region. Our 2 night shows at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts was full of bright eyed souls, and on our afternoon off we sat and sang song on the polished stones and crystal waters of the Yuba River.
I first met Arouna Diarra in Ghana in 2007. At the time he was in his early 20s and didn’t speak any English yet. We played a song together and the song translated to mean if you want to follow your destiny it’s up to you.
Rising Appalachia - Alive Tour Diary 6 : We Find Our Packs
gathering steam through kindreds and kinfolk, friends and compatriots, game changers and the steady hands that uplift us along the route.
It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to go home to my little cob house in Bolinas for a night between shows. I drove to the coast lifted by the beautiful energy of Petaluma. I felt the winds rock me and the smoke turned the moon red.
Sending enormous prayers to the communities engulfed in wildfire in NorCal right now. We spent the last 2 nights hosing down the yards, keeping eye on the burning ridges, and standing guard in the neighborhoods of Santa Rosa, while the residents kept watch on who would evacuate and who would stay.
SanFrancisco held us in its great arms of community power, diversity, and foggy light down Hardly Strictly lanes. Thousands of sweet faces swayed & danced with us while two lover hawks hunted-ducked & dived above head. Peaceful air show. Ancestors & signs of peace.
First show on our Alive Tour at the Catalyst, Santa Cruz. Full moons and a mighty girth of fam’ in the room to swell and sing to the tides.
Birth Of Come To Life Music
Crafted from 2 years of stage serenades from across North America, we give to you our 7th album, ALIVE.