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Bardic Circle Featuring...
(words & music by Christopher Bingham)
Vitam Edoceo Vitam
Life teaches life / We are a glance in a great eye watching Life teaches life / through every mind the seed is passing / Life teaches life - One thing: evolve
Four billion years of evolution / A lifespan's the froth on windswept tide Peel off the fears and savage delusions / savaged illusions And wave after wave of the old gods die
And Life teaches life - one thing: evolve
Deep in the seed that moves between us / The shape of the meaning as cells combine The weave of the dream before we see it/ Leaves trace elements of your hand in mine
And Life teaches life - one thing: evolve
Life teaches life We are a glance in a great eye watching Life teaches life Through every mind the seed is passing Life teaches life - one thing: evolve
A strand in the web of all existence / Revealed in the joy of a midnight kiss Spanning the centuries of starlit distance / Or so it would seem on a night like this
Life teaches life - one thing: evolve
January 8, 2004
copyright 2004 Christopher Bingham
Gaia Consort [a Witchvox Sponsor] ...
(by Christopher Bingham)
Audience Count: 15,071
This is a live version of the title tune of our latest release, Evolve. Evolve is about incorporating our EMOTIONAL connection to our evolution into our lives. Life teaches life, evolution is a process of passing information down through the generations, both the evolution of conciousness, and bioliogical evolution through the DNA. One could argue that the difference is slight - living things and our thoughts are all "biological" but both are certainly vastly important to the survival and evolution of our kind.
Recorded: October 8th, 2004 Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA
Guests/Players: Christopher BIngham, Sue Tinney, Betsy Tinney, Larry Golding, Sunnie Reed, TJ Morris, Matthew Burgess, Jay Kenney, Dan Mohler
Technical Notes: 9 players on stage, probably a couple tons of gear... Just assume it's a LOT of boxes with blinkinhg lights and knobs, and HOPE we all now how to use them!
Artist Profile: Gaia (Gaea) 'guy-uh':
1) The Greek Earth Goddess and Mother of the Titans
2) The autopoietic superorganism that is the living biosphere
1) one who shares a common lot
2) a ship accompanying another
3) spouse / lover
4) to make harmony
5) a group of singers or instrumentalists performing together
Gaia Consort sounds like a movie sound track for the gathering of the tribes. Imagine a thousand naked hippies dancing around bonfires in the woods to drums the size of Gallo’s fermentation tanks. Add to that some intelligent lyrics about evolution, sensuality, engaging the natural world, and then throw in a string trio. Imagine Ian Anderson dropping acid with Peter Gabriel and doing a mash-up between So and Thick as a Brick.
Christopher Bingham and Sue Tinney got themselves booked into Nudestock 97 and announced the new name, played some of the new stuff, and the crowd was on it’s feet . In 1999 and 2001 the Consort released Gaia Circles and Secret Voices to critical acclaim in all the major Pagan magazines and a fair number of “mainstream” music journals as well.
Their next CD, Evolve, was released in April 2004 and it continues Bingham’s musical and philosphical explorations within the framework of an expanding Gaian Culture. Friends and fans donated over $17, 000 by “adopting” songs to help Gaia Consort record the disc. Evolve is as much a product of a supportive community as it an individual vision.
Backing Bingham and Tinney are some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest musicians. Gaia Consort’s current line up includes Larry Golding violin, Sunnie Reed viola, Dan Ochipinti drums, Matthew Burgess on hand percussion, Jay Kenney, keyboards, Roberta Downey and Betsy Tinney, cello, Dan Mohler, bass and Larry Murante and Amy Read on backing vocals.
Gaia Consort has never been about making it big in the music “industry.” Eschewing the usual venues of clubs and coffee houses, Gaia Consort has managed to quietly build an audience that fills rooms, playing house concerts and self-produced shows in halls around the Pacific Northwest. They’ve built enough of a following to have been invited to play a variety of festivals and events, including headlining the long running Heartland Pagan Festival (2000) in Kansas, and Canada’s Wic Can Fest (2002) outside Toronto. Their concert celebrating Evolve filled the 400 seat Meydenbauer Center.
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