Covering a range of genres from meditative folk-ballads to hip-hop, Bells of Kindness is the first full length Solaris studio album.
With a solid and unique folk-rock sound, the album puts powerful vocal harmonies behind lyrics that are insightful, healing, courageous, and quite often funny.
On Sept 17th, 2015, we squeezed ourselves and a huge pile of instruments into two overloaded vehicles and headed South on a shoe-string budget musical tour. Forty days and 3,600 miles later, things had worked out remarkably well. We had survived tire blow outs, heat stroke, and equipment failures. People came, listened, sang, danced, laughed, cried, connected, and afterwards gifted us with their heartfelt recognition and encouragement.
The budget hit zero in Salt Lake, and as busking for daily bread became the new normal, things got even better. Friends had already offered us the use of their pro recording studio, including the recording engineer, and now they added a house to stay in! Another surprise gift filled the gas tanks and we were on our way to record a new CD.
The 20 songs for this album were all recorded "live", standing in a semicircle like we do on stage, in 6.5 days. Between studio sessions, we rehearsed, did two dance presentations, played a church service and four concerts in three cities, celebrated Thanksgiving, a birthday, and then packed for the long haul drive back to Sacramento.
Back on the West coast, one good thing kept leading on to another as an improvised, week by week, truly epic four and a half month tour unfolded. Concert events, church services and children's schools. A Buddhist monastery, an Aikido Dojo, an urban sustainability centre, a youth rock camp, homeless shelter, elder home, and a concert at the state capitol. Contra dances, farmer's markets, musical jams, open mics, dance presentations and busking. Meditation, dance, rehearsals, introspective songwriting and intriguing encounters. The magic of music was bridged together by hard work, faith, intuition and many spontaneous acts of unexpected kindness and remarkable generosity.
With profound gratitude to all, for the help, encouragement and enthusiastic support, here is Bells Of Kindness. May this music be as good for you as it has been for us!
"Music written and performed from the heart to inspire the soul."
Bob SchneckPoet and green building pioneerNew York NY
"Your music was one of my most favorite parts of the Parliament [of World's Religions].
The harmonies, the variety of instruments, and the chemistry of your group were all inspiring, soothing, and uplifting."
Laurel ClarkSt. Louis, Missouri
"The beautiful messages and blending of voices gives me hope [...] It reinforces what I know ... that there is much good in the world and in us, a natural balance beyond our recognition..."
Linda RodriguezHighland, NY
"I thoroughly enjoy listening to Solaris, a group of multitalented musicians whose energy and spirit is palpable. The variety of their music is matched by the diversity in their players, all giving rise to spirited, wise, soulful songs. Not only is their music delightful to hear, the lyrics convey messages of hope, wisdom and peace."
Janet EBellingham, WA
"When I listen to Solaris it is like I am hearing my higher self giving gentle reminders to Open up, breathe, listen and to continue to be in wonder and awe of life as well as support for my ongoing work on self.
Solaris reminds me to be present and grateful and to be ALIVE.
Thank you all so much for such wonder-filled gifts of inspiring songs - music for all beings everywhere! "
Stacy TatumPerformance ArtistTijeras, NM
"The uplifting music of Solaris is disarming in the simplicity of its message. But there is more than expressive harmonies well balanced between vocals and instruments. You know good artistry when it resonates and throws light on something within you that you thought purely subjective. One finds this in the music and lyrics of the group."
"In today's cacophony of modern "music", it's refreshing to find pure originality that strikes a deeper chord."
Lisa de WolfProducer, Celebrity Enterprises, Inc.
"Uplifting and one of a kind!"
"Real People...Real Music...True Kindness!"
Olivia KirkleyInternational Concert Tour Director, Celebrity Enterprises, Inc.
"Pure positivity filled with intelligent and inspiring food for thought."
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