OJAI COCOON PERFORMANCES / GUEST ARTIST SERIES
From Carnegie Hall to Libbey Bowl, the Lincoln Center to the Ojai Cocoon, Rebecca Comerford’s brilliant voice and socially conscious message will join forces with Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly to bring you a performance full of power and beauty.
Saturday, June 16, 2018, 7:30-10:30pm
Hailed by Variety Magazine as a “standout character actress” in the cult classic comedy, The Living Wake, as “the future of lyric theatre in America” by Classical Voice Magazine, and “brilliant” by the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Rebecca Comerford’s voice and sincere dramatic intensity has been felt in concert halls, theaters and movie screens across America and Europe.
As a concert soloist she has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall/Lincoln Center, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Symphony Space, The Orpheum Theatre Memphis, Vienna Staatsoper and Aspen Music Festival. Her latest one-woman show “Songs of Resistance and Rebellion” recently made it’s debut at New York City’s iconic Neue Galerie as part of the Cafe Sabarsky Cabaret Series, with collaborator and Broadway Music Director, Anna Dagmar on the piano.
As an actor she has been seen in such films as the SXSW Audience Winner, Explicit Ills, opposite the Roots frontman, Tariq Trotter, Iranian film maker Shirin Neshat’s experimental short, Issar, The Living Wake opposite Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg and as a writer, composer and lead in the period western, Sulphur Mountain.
In addition to her original compositions and librettos, Rebecca co-founded Ojai Youth Opera Company in 2014, the first autonomous youth opera theatre in America, dedicated to telling original stories with a socially conscious message for youth. OYO has brought some of the best and brightest in the Opera field to mentor young singers ages 7-18 to the idillic Ojai Valley every summer. These artists include Metropolitan Opera star, Falk Struckmann, contralto Nicole Mitchell and conductor, Kostis Protopapas.
Rebecca is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, Actors Equity and ASCAP. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Eastman School of Music and a Masters from Manhattan School of Music.
Please join us for the next performance in the Ojai Cocoon on Saturday, June 16, 2018, 7:30-10:30pm, for the brilliant vocal talent of Rebecca Comerford in collaboration with Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly.
Sonic Butterfly is a 26 string acoustic, chromatic, long-string harp designed and played by Andrea Brook. The long strings are at minimum 60 ft and span out over the audience, transforming indoor and outdoor environments into a giant musical instrument and engaging the audience to be participants, to transcend limitation and let their creativity fly.
The Ojai Cocoon is Andrea’s studio and performance venue. Once a month or so, Andrea hosts guest artists to collaborate, record and perform with Sonic Butterfly. The collaborations from these events will result in an album of duets and trios with Sonic Butterfly.
The event is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Space is limited to 50 guests, so you must RSVP to attend. You will receive directions to the Ojai Cocoon when you RSVP. You are welcome to invite guests. Please only reply for the number of guests you will bring. If you are paying in advance, please Venmo email@example.com $15 for each guest.
The event is 7:30-10:30m on Saturday, June 16. Doors at 7:30pm. The show will be at 8pm – 9pm. Please do not arrive later than 8pm. RSVP to receive the location, parking information and all the details.
World Renowned Grammy & Academy Award Winning Flute Player, Steve Gorn, is returning to the Ojai Cocoon!!!
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7-10pm
Steve Gorn has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His work with the flute is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with the Paul Winter Consort, and the Academy Award winning Documentary film, “Born into Brothels,” He is also featured on Grammy nominated cds: Paul Simon, “You are the One,” Angelique Kidjo’s, “Oyo,” Silvia Nakkach/David Darling, “Long & Longing,” and Paul Avggerinos, “Bhakti.”
His unique blend of Indian music and contemporary world music can be heard on recordings with Paul Simon, Glen Velez, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Tony Levin, Adam Rudolph, Layne Redmond, Richie Havens, Alessandra Belloni, Badal Roy, Simon Shaheen, Deepak Chopra, Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, and numerous Indian musicians. His numerous recordings include Luminous Ragas, the landmark Indian-Jazz fusion recording, Asian Journal, Pranam a jugalbandi with Barun Kumar Pal playing hansaveena, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla. His latest recordings are “Between Two Worlds,” Rasika, with tabla by Samir Chatterjee, and Illumination, with Nepali flutist, Manose. In addition to the landmark world music recording, Asian Journal, with Nana Vasconcelos and Badal Roy, he recorded ‘Wishing Well’ with Richie Havens, and in August, 2013, he performed at “Back to the Garden: A Day of Song and Remembrance Honoring Richie Havens“, at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Wednesday, February 14, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a couple of lovers and a Sonic Butterfly! Bernie Larsen and Cassidy Linder, the dynamic duo behind the Ojai Underground and Arts Exchange will bring their extraordinary song and dance and in collaboration with Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly to fill the Ojai Cocoon with love. Doors will open at 6:30pm, Show at 7pm, and plenty of time to be home for a cuddle by 10pm.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:30-9:30pm
Bernie Larsen: Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer. Bernie has lived a charmed life for many years. He has recorded, toured, and produced an elite handful of artists most of which are Grammy Award recipients including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. He also spent six years as an original member of David Lindley’s legendary band El Rayo-X. He began his own record label Spinout Records over 20 years ago, and has produced dozens of records for artists around the nation, including records of his reggae band, Cry on Cue, and numerous solo records, the latest being released last year, Downward Dub.
Cassidy Linder: Cassidy began dancing at the age of 3, being trained in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and more. At 17, she auditioned for a professional tap company in Chicago called Chicago Tap Theatre, and became the youngest member of the company. She performed and toured with them all over the midwest and in Europe for 4 years. She then spent some time in New York before moving to Ventura County, where she has continued performing and teaching. She spent a season performing with the tap group Pumping Metal in Oxnard, performed with the band Noble Creatures and poet Lady May, and has had her taps recorded as musical accompaniment. She has taught at the Ojai Recreation Center, is a featured guest choreographer at Nordoff High School, is on faculty at the Jill Johnson Dance Studio in Santa Paula, and recently returned from Chicago where she was on faculty during the summer intensive at American Dance Center.
In January 2017, Bernie and Cassidy opened Ojai Arts Exchange/Ojai Underground Exchange, a multi-purpose performing arts and events venue. Cassidy instructs tap, ballet, and dance fitness classes during the day, and in the evenings Bernie hosts live performances in music, dance, film, theater, spoken word, comedy, and more. The Exchange has changed the tide in Ojai, creating a true listening room experience for both the performer and the artist. Bernie and Cassidy also perform together, Bernie sharing his music and songwriting, while Cassidy keeps rhythm with percussion and tap dancing.
Bernie Youtube: https://www.youtube.
Cassidy Youtube: https://www.youtube.
Saturday, January 13, at 7:30pm, Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly will present a solo performance including her original compositions and new work that was born out of the collaborations from the past year in the Ojai Cocoon. This will also be Andrea’s birthday celebration and includes 2 special guests plus a magical surprise!
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7:30-10:30pm
Since 2001, Andrea Brook has presented visually and sonically stunning performances, transforming architecture and natural environments into large-scale musical instruments around the world and in a wide variety of locations including a cathedral in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a children’s festival in Canada, a 9th Century Castle in Italy, a ski resort in Bulgaria, the Grand Theater in Shanghai, a temple in Vietnam, the remains of a ruined palace in Istanbul, Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the BVI, a fort in the Philippines, a city block in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and throughout the US including the Space Needle in Seattle. When describing her work, her audiences express themselves with words like “mesmerizing,” “thought provoking,” “astounded,” “electirfying,” and “spectacular.” Paul Guzzone of Triple Z Music said, “Andrea Brook has an inspired imagination, is a great collaborator with a sensitivity to detail, and exhibits the highest level of professionalism.”
Andrea presents solo and multi-instrumental performances in a wide array of genres, classical, rock, world, and dance music. She has collaborated with a long list of incredible musicians and visual artists including Grammy Award winning flute player, Steve Gorn. She has created collaborations with symphony orchestras and dance complanies including the incredibly talented Denna Thomsen. In addtion, Andrea has created shows for corporate clients including Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Caterpillar, Samsung, Lincoln, Toyota, Chivas Regal and many, many more. She has performed at world renowned festivals including Lollapalooza, Coachella, Burning Man, the Shanghai International Arts Festival, La Calaca, the Envision Festival, Wanderlust, and the list goes on.
In 2013, Andrea designed her own long-string harp, Sonic Butterfly, to inspire audiences to release limiting beliefs and bring to the world who they truly are. Sonic Butterfly is a two octave, chromatic, acoustic harp with 60 foot long strings and projection and LED wings. The 60ft strings span out over the heads of the audience, placing them inside the instrument and creating a full sensory experience. The Ojai Cocoon, Andrea’s studio and performance venue was built in 2016 in Ojai, CA, where she delightedly calls home.
Sunday, November 12, at 5pm, Chris Murphy will bring “a unique fabric of world music” to dress up the Cocoon in a tapestry of talent. This fantastic violinist will join Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon.
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 5-8pm
For 25 years, and with no sign of slowing, violinist Chris Murphy has made a living by writing, performing and recording original music. For Murphy, the path forward is charted by looking backward, to the troubadours and minstrels of ages past. Forget the exaggerated reports of the music industry’s demise. It’s only the record industry, a relative blip in the history of putting tones in sequence, that’s suffering. Music, and the opportunity to make a life’s work out of it, well, that’s not going anywhere.
“In another era,” he says, “I would have played square dances, and loved it. I would have been a court musician in Versailles in the 17th Century, or a violinist in a circus orchestra.” For Chris Murphy, inspiration spans eras and aesthetics, but the fundamentals are the same.
Born into an Irish-Italian family near New York City, Murphy was surrounded by the disparate and eclectic sounds of his neighbors’ traditional music. “I heard and was influenced by everything – from Italian-mandolin music, to bluegrass and folk, to Latin music,” he says. Inevitably, he discovered rock ‘n’ roll, claiming still further influence from some of rock’s most adventurous and eclectic icons: Lou Reed and Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson. “My real hero,” he says, “was David Lindley. Hearing him play fiddle and lap steel with Jackson Browne — that kind of esoteric, enigmatic soloing over songs is originally what I loved.”
He learned about Turkish and Indian music at Simon’s Rock of Bard College and then studied composition at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. A longtime instrumental dabbler, Murphy has mostly taught himself how to play percussion, guitar and mandolin, even some Eastern instruments, but he found his proper match at 22, when he picked up the violin. “It’s the one instrument you’ll find anywhere you go,” he says. “And it has a wonderful, charming kind of minstrel quality. I love all the myths surrounding it.”
Eventually, Murphy did as so many American adventure seekers had done before him: He sought his fortune in the West. Now based in Los Angeles, Murphy earns his living by teaching — guitar, mandolin and violin — working on music for films, and, mostly, by performing his work for audiences.
And that’s hardly at the exclusion of recording. To wit, Murphy has amassed a deep catalog of solo and collaborative albums and made cameo appearances on records by Har Mar Superstar and The Dandy Warhols, among others. Murphy’s recordings include the likes of Steve Hodges and Larry Taylor from Tom Waits’ band, Nels Cline (Wilco), Mike Watt (fIREHOSE), D.J. Bonebrake and John Doe (X, The Knitters), Herb Pedersen (The Desert Rose Band), Tim O’Brien, Joachim Cooder (Buena Vista Social Club), Joey Peters (Grant Lee Buffalo), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana), Trevor Hutchinson (Waterboys, Lunasa) and Pat D’Arcy, L. Shankar (Peter Gabriel), Victoria Williams. In the last year alone, Murphy has written and recorded six new albums in a vast array of styles. Chris has also been featured on television programs such as ‘Til Death and The Ellen Degeneres Show; his diverse and chameleon-like talents make him a sought after composer and collaborator for film and television. Chris has also performed in over 40 US states, in England and in Ireland.
As he searches for new ways to communicate through music, fusing styles and techniques from across the globe — a unique fabric of world music, he calls it — Murphy finds his element on the stage, where spontaneity and improvisation reign. “To me, the music is liquid, and I’m looking to have some kind of experience.” he says. “I’ll twist and turn and hammer and mold and shape cut and paste the music to do that. We’ve never done a song the same way twice.” As ever, Murphy re-forges the past to make a new way.
Sunday, October 8, at 5pm, award winning guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, Dave Cipriani will join Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon, bringing a touch of the mystic and ethereal with his blend of North Indian, World Music and Jazz.
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 5-8pm
Dave Cipriani touches the mystic and ethereal while still staying
grounded in this world. With advanced studies in North Indian music in
India, an MFA in World Music Performance on guitar from the California
Institute of the Arts; private studies of Jazz with Charlie Byrd,
Balkan and African music with Miroslav Tadic, and Indian music Ustad
Aashish Khan and Pandit Barun Kumar Pal, Dave reaches in to find the
authentic soul of music from everywhere.
BUTTERFLY WOMEN ~
A Collaboration of Transformational Leaders
5 women sharing their unique, powerful and deeply authentic expression, including Alarra Saress on Keys and Vocals, akka b. Poet, Tory Elena on Drums, Ukulele and Vocals, Onyay Pheori on Vocals and Violin, and Andrea Brook on Sonic Butterfly.
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 8-11pm
On August 26, 2017, the Ojai Cocoon presents 5 female artists to share their own work and to collaborate together to create magic!
Alarra Saress is a composer, singer, sound designer, songwriter, and sacred sound ceremonialist. Specializing in rich, dreamy textures and soul-touching lyrical themes, Alarra brings 30 years of musicianship to her expression. Her musical journey started early as a classically trained pianist. Over the years she has cultivated a multi-layered approach towards healing through the intentional and technically gifted use of touch, voice, singing bowls, tuning forks, and most notably gongs. The magnificent and powerful 38″ Sedna gong has become one of her principle healing instruments. For two decades, Alarra has developed potent skills as a healing artist. Following her foundational BA in Philosophy she studied and received certification in Massage, Acutonics Sound Therapy, Ayurvedic Sacred Stone, Prenatal Bodywork, Aromatherapy, Holistic Health, Shamanic Studies, Spiritual Essence of Plants, Body Into Being: Advanced Energetic Somatic Training with Ray Castellino and Anna Chitty, and much more.She nurtures personal sanctuary for consciousness acceleration and spiritual evolution through harmonic medicine, compassionate touch, and deep listening. http://www.alarra.org
akka b.: TEDx. Talking Fool. Poem Maker. Wisdom Whore. Play Hunter. Rock Collector. Tree Lover. Heart Drencher——akka b. starts fires and walks away. Exposing her own process of Self-exploration, she has inspired countless people worldwide to engage the nuances of their life, activate creativity and reignite wonder. She teaches, she speaks, she makes, she writes, she shares, but mostly she shows…you how to get to “knowing” through not knowing and how to live more, by letting go and letting grow. “I like mirrors, that’s why I make poems; because I see how things reflect each other, even if they are very, very different. Fear interests me because it’s both blaring and allusive and it asks me to move through it no matter its form. Tip toeing between worlds, connecting what is unknown and unseen to that which is known and seen keeps me busy, even though if you catch me in the act it may look like I’m merely staring at a wall. I also like mountains and dirt and coffee shops and temples of every arrangement, and the possibility inherent in ancestors – unburied, and aliens uncovered, and babies and mothers of babies. I like courage. Heart-courage ya know? The moments where things break – open. And I like the journey to realizing that courage. The trembling lip, the laughing eye, the search for god: these are my interests.” http://drunkloveheart.blogspot.com/
Tory Elena is a Southern California based artist whose work is a snapshot of visions born from her dreams of night and day. As a painter, illustrator, graphic designer, sculptor, and installation artist – art expands beyond a career to her very way of life. Bridging the worlds of sight and sound, Tory Elena explores synesthesia as drummer, vocalist, and composer in the band Sea At Last. She is also a board member of GYPSYPOP RECORDS. “Artist: [noun] A prime specimen of the deconstructed construction of the continuously implosive explosion.” http://www.toryelena.com/
Onyay Pheori is a vocalist, violinist, song writer, producer, recording & performing artist and actress based out of Los Angeles, CA. Onyay writes and produces music for film, tv, trailers and commercials. She also collaborates with inspiring artists, producers and publishers in a range of genres for film and television as well. She has had domestic and international placements, including SYTYCD International Russia, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, the trailer for the video game Devil May Cry 4 special addition, Satisfaction on the USA Network, the theme song for HDNET Movies, the official NBC trailer for the romantic comedy A to Z, and more! In the fall of 2014 Onyay released the EP, No More Waiting, with the title track being the campaign song for Beanpole commercials with Korean star Kim Soo Hyun and the song, Fever, in Fila and skin care ad campaigns. Onyay toured internationally with The Earthharp Collective from 2008-2014 and performed in the Finals of America’s Got Talent. Onyay recorded violin on a bonus track for Grammy winning Herbie Hancock’s “The Imagine Project” and wrote and recorded “The World is Ready” with Grammy winning producer, Jeff Bova, that was used in the tck tck tck campaign’s International celebrity PSA raising awareness for climate change. Onyay has appeared in over 40 roles on stage and screen. Onyay began a 7 Year Quest called 33 Muses in 2005 when she started traveling to sacred sites opening up to the mysteries and frequencies beyond this world. Her process involves a receptivity and communication with the sounds and memories held in these places, translating them through her voice and violin as a sonic shapeshifter, becoming more human and more than human simultaneously. Onyay’s otherworldly language and hypnotic melodies explore love, awakening, light, communion,angelic realms, other dimensions, freedom, illusion, consciousness, the peaks, the valleys and the journey of being human in a forever changing world. https://onyaypheorimusic.com/
Andrea Brook is an international performing artist, yoga teacher / life catalyst and public speaking / body language coach. As a musician, dancer and installation artist, Andrea has toured since 2001, presenting visually and sonically stunning performances and transforming architecture and natural environments into large scale musical instruments, including the Coliseum in Rome, the Space Needle in Seattle, the Temple at Burning Man and the Grand Theater in Shanghai. She has also been teaching yoga since 1998 and has lead workshops and retreats around the world including Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, the Omega Institute, the TED Conference, and festivals including Wanderlust, Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle and the Envision Festival in Costa Rica. Andrea’s own practice began as an Astanga practitioner; she studied in Mysore, India with Guruji, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in 1998. Andrea returned to India in 2000 to study Integral Yoga in Rishikesh, India with Swami Vivekananda Saraswati. She also had the great pleasure to study mindfulness meditation with Thich Nhat Hahn, and has studied many styles of yoga with amazing teachers from all over the world. As a body language coach, Andrea has worked internationally with politicians and leaders of multi-national companies to support them to convey their true intention through the language of their bodies. Andrea began Sonic Butterfly Productions in 2013 to unite her talents. Sonic Butterfly is Andrea’s design of 26 string, chromatic, long-string harp. The 2 resonating chambers look like butterfly wings with 2 full octaves of strings shooting out on each side of the performer and over the audience. The company is based on the concept of transformation, like the butterfly, re-creating ourselves into the full expression of who we truly are with all of our beauty shining. http://sonicbutterfly.com
Ojai’s own OLIWA! This phenomenal music
producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist, will join Andrea Brook / Sonic
Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon.
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8-11pm
Oliwa is the moniker of Oliver Newell, a music producer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Ojai, California. His decades of experience as an upright/electric bassist have slowly given way to his current experimentation with live electronic music. His music is uniquely intertwines influences of contemporary electronic dance music, jazz, classical, dub reggae, and psychedelia, woven into intricate organic grooves and emotional textures.
Oliwa has performed at festivals and venues around the world with a wide assortment of bands, solo artists, chamber ensembles and orchestras. His endeavors include serving as the principle bassist of the Kona Symphony as well as playing bass with Columbian reggae artist Ras Sparrow, folk glam-a-billy rockers He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, progressive big band The Industrial Jazz Group, and legendary LA psych band Jeffertitti’s Nile. He also performs his original works with his 9-piece band, The Pleasure Circus.
Recently he has been producing music for other artists (Shining Lion, Henry Wolfe, Ted Lennon, Sara Melson, Elisa Rose), performing with his live folktronica band, Radio Skies, and DJing on the side. He is a graduate from the composition program at California Institute of the Arts and is also a certified yoga instructor.
Shredding electric guitar player Tobias Hurwitz with Andrea Brook & Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm
Tobias Hurwitz is a popular rock guitarist from Baltimore Maryland who divides his time between live performances, writing guitar books and teaching Skype guitar lessons to students throughout the USA and abroad. When he’s not revving up local football fans at M&T Bank Stadium as lead guitarist for The Baltimore Raven’s he stays healthy with yoga, meditation and a natural plant based diet.
Tobias has written 15 books on rock guitar, has over a million you tube hits, and has been widely published by the major guitar magazines. He won “Best Guitarist in the Mid-Atlantic” from the Music Monthly Reader’s Poll, was named “Baltimore’s Best Guitar Teacher” by Baltimore’s City Paper, received the MVP 2015 Award by The Marching Ravens, and is a Grammy nominee for the Music Educator Award. Tobias’s endorsements include PRS Guitars, Fractal Audio and Ernie Ball Strings.
Deepak Ramapriyan joins Andrea Brook & Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7-10pm
The Ojai Cocoon presents Sonic Butterfly with very special guest, Deepak Ramapriyan. Deepak, also known as “The Other Deepak“, is a virtuoso singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, dancer and record producer known for evoking extraordinary experiences in listeners of all kinds. Classically trained in violin since age 4, Deepak lends his immense talent to elicit a remarkable range of emotion, from soul-centered meditative bliss to ecstatic jubilation, inspiring his listeners to go beyond the ordinary and access transcendent states of joy and spiritual communion. He is the lead singer and violinist for the pop/rock/electronic group Robot Nature. He also still tours with his indie-rock band The BOLT, and the world sacred music band Breath of Life Tribe. As a freelance musician, he has also played with great talents such as India.Arie, Rihanna, Jason Mraz and many others, as well as recently costarring on the television show “Modern Family” as well as the film “Bleeding Heart” starring Jessica Biel.
Sonic Butterfly Multimedia Performance in newly completed Ojai Cocoon!
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7-10pm
Presenting a Sonic Butterfly Multimedia Performance, an exciting collaboration between Andrea Brook/Sonic Butterfly and Nima Rezai/Merge Factory with Brad Ranola on drums.