TOTD: Ayla Nereo – “Bonteka”
Tonight, as I sat listening to Ayla Nereo‘s “Bonteka“ (off of her most recent album, Hollow Bone), I turned to the giant white herd dog next to me and found him bouncing along with the beat of the song. Thinking it was just me, I turned off the music and he stopped bouncing. The moment I hit the play button he started again. I had never witnessed such a direct connection between a non-human animal and a piece of music.
It’s not a surprise that an animal would respond reflexively to the primordial feel of “Bonteka,” a song that perfectly reflects the title of this album. Hollow Bone is reminiscent of something I can’t quite put into words, while simultaneously distant, Ayla calling out to join her from afar. This album captures echoes that are utterly human; refracting sound within hollow bone.
Ayla Nereo is one of the artists featured on Arise Music Festival‘s 2016 lineup, and definitely one of the artists I am excited to see perform. Her ability to intricately loop her own voice into a rhythmic story while engaging the crowd in direct interaction makes her live performance extremely connective and fun.
I have found and continue to find that music sounds even better when you have a lot of respect for the artist in question. Ayla Nereo, the Polish Ambassador, and Rising Appalachia have been pioneers in the art of Permaculture Action. Through the Permaculture Action Network, a group that hosts permaculture action days across the country, each performance is coupled with an action day. It is inspiring to watch the knowledge shared and experience gained at these permaculture action days help us be the change we want to seed in the world. When we share the work along with the fun true community is born.