Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. She writes songs, plays, monologues, short stories, erotica, blogs, and poems. Marla is known for her provocative, raw performance style and intelligent lyrics and is regarded by her peers as being a true musical pioneer of our time. She is backed by the Tomás Doncker Band.
Just off her first tour in China where she was invited by the Friends of the UN to perform for UN GLOBAL PEACE DAY in Linzhou City, Marla was given an honorary “Messenger of Peace” award for her visionary work as a songwriter and performing artist. Her fans span the globe.
Here’s Marla’s video for her song “Piece of Peace”. Breathtaking ladypower at its finest. Rock on.
Marla has recently released the DELUXE Edition of her album SPEAK which includes the 10 songs on the original 2010 album plus 6 new tracks including Piece of Peace, AnnaRexia (a reggae track featuring Garrison Hawk from Bill Laswell’s Method of Defiance), and Bill Laswell’s dubmix version of AnnaRexia. Check it out!
AnnaRexia is spearheading the StayImperfect Project or Love Your Butt Campaign, which Marla created to empower women to not only accept but love themselves and their bodies. Proceeds from AnnaRexia as well as emerging artist, Lael Summer’s track, The Good Fight (whose EP Marla co-produced with Doncker) will go towards theprojectheal.org, a non-profit organization founded by two teenage eating disorder survivors, that raises scholarship money for girls whose families cannot afford to send them to treatment.
Mase is currently developing THE SPEAK SHOW, a multi-media concert/performance piece using music (from SPEAK DELUXE), spoken word, dance and visual imagery to explore the themes of confinement, sexuality, body image, trauma, oppression (internal/external) and freedom as a means of celebrating the raw reality of our human condition as expressed through the eyes, bodies, voices of women. It was recently booked for NYC Summerstage 2013 with appearances set for June 15 and August 17.
Marla is also collaborating with The Climate Institute to create a concept album around the subject of Climate Change and The Melting Arctic; a Global Soul fusion of the mythologies, poems and music of indigenous peoples as they relate to the subject.
Due to some health issues, I am home for the rest of the semester and part of me really would like to get back to blogging. I’ve saved every single email and submission I’ve received and I would really like to do something with them. But, I want to know if it’s worth my time & efforts…
"Inside Out" -- Paal Isaksen's signature single off of his upcoming album
Good evening, friends.
This evening I’m bringing to you a very special song from Norway, by Paal Isaksen. As described by the artist himself, “This is a song at the intersection of hope and despair.”
"Inside Out" features a dark, deep, and rich melancholy that is, at the same time, incredibly catchy. On its release date, it went to #46 on the iTunes pop chart in Norway.
Give it a listen. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the refreshing tune.
You can learn more about Paal on his website, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter. I know I’m looking forward to hearing more of his music, and I’ll let you all be the first to know what I think!
Check out And the Giraffe's new music video "Sorry"!
From the band:
“We put about 500 miles on a rickety Uhaul van to get shots in some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. We drove out into the desert northeast of Los Angeles to the Coyote Dry Lake bed to capture the sunset seen in the final moments of the video. It was an exhausting and thrilling couple of days as we shot and pieced this thing together. Thanks to Harrison Sanborn for being a great friend, letting us stay in apartment, and for the great work he does.”
I’m really digging the laid back dreamy sounds of And the Giraffe, and the Californian landscape provides a beautiful backdrop.