LAIR / Mary Leo / Music Video / The Brvtalist Premiere

July 7, 2021 § Leave a comment

I am so happy to share this stunning video created by the super-talented Mary Leo for the title track from my newest EP ‘I Hurt So I Cry’ which premieres today on The Brvtalist

“The Brvtalist is pleased to premiere a new video from LAIR. Following her 2017 self-titled debut EP, releases on Urban Legend and Rhod Records as well as collaborative projects in the visual arts and dance she returns to Eotrax to release I Hurt So I Cry this summer. Building off her previous efforts, we return to LAIR’s dark, meditative, ambient world. Where ethereal vocals meet immersive soundscapes, plunging the listener into a new realm where darkness meets light and nothing is quite as it seems.

Today we are thrilled to host this stunning video Directed by Mary Leo, which is the perfect visualization of LAIR’s haunting work. The EP is out now on cassette and digital. Get yours at: https://eotrax.bandcamp.com/album/i-hurt-so-i-cry

-JRS”

Out Today / LAIR / I Hurt So I Cry EP

June 29, 2021 § Leave a comment

My newest EP is out today on Eotrax

Know the dark and light are one
There is no denying pain

Look at the unseen
Listen to the unheard
Love the life undone

We hurt so we cry, so hope may spring

LAIR returns to Eotrax with a new 4-track EP.

Following her 2017 self-titled debut EP, releases on Urban Legend and Rhod Records as well as collaborative projects in the visual arts and dance she returns to Eotrax to release I Hurt So I Cry this summer. 

Created using elements of sound healing and sacred sound I Hurt So I Cry can be engaged with from a purely musical perspective or listeners can take advantage of its sound healing qualities and use this EP as an active sound bath- active in that the listener intentionally uses the music to support them in going within and releasing, resting and restoring their body, nervous system and heart.

As with all LAIR’s work, the music is composed using only her voice with one exception, a sampled cello in the EPs first track Foreshadow. This brooding opener inhabits the dark ambient world we’ve come to expect of her music but as the EP unfolds ethereal vocal lines mix with her darker sound and a new, lighter sound world is revealed. 

In the artist’s words:

“A shadow falls across our lives, we hurt so we cry, the feeling starts to shift and from that shift hope can spring.”

Both intimate and expansive, the tracks create a feeling of existing outside time. LAIR’s profound connection to nature can be felt through all the tracks – at times in a deep cavern, at times moving through an elvish forest and at times in an Otherworld.

Released on June 29th on red cassette & digital with artwork and design by Goldmoth Media. Mastered by Dominic at Declared Sound.

Laura LAIR / Rachel Wynne / Barely A Person

May 10, 2021 § Leave a comment

I have created the soundtrack for an incredible dance piece choreographed by and starring Rachel Wynne. Rachel is the co-founder of dance company Expandance.

“The expandance technique is part meditation, part mindful movement, and part dance improvisation. Because of these three components, it can be (and is) utilized by everyone from professional dancers to people with mobility issues, chronic pain or injury, people undergoing medical treatment, and anyone who wants to be more mobile and present in their bodies. 

The technique draws on decades of Rachel and Laurie’s training as professional dancers and choreographers, and also Rachel’s decade-plus of facilitation training in group and individual healing modalities, Laurie’s many years as a Pilates teacher, and various skill sets and other trainings we’ve done over the years – from Thai massage, to clowning, to capoeira, to comedy improv, to yoga, to acting, to directing, to our work teaching all different walks of life, ages and abilities.”

Rachel has created a stunning and, to me, important piece in ‘Barely A Person’. She and director Jessica Headington gathered audio contributions from a number of women discussing their experiences with post partum depression. I took excerpts of these recordings and weaved them through two of my tracks ‘I Hurt So I Cry’ and ‘Hope Springs’ to form the soundtrack to the stunning choreography by Rachel and beautiful filming and cinematography of Dana Hunt and Sean Pettis.

It is featured in the Heroines, Harpies and Harlots festival alongside three other pieces, with interludes by three pre-teen poets.  The show will be available for streaming on May 8, 9, 15, 16 at 2pm (PT) and May 8, 14, 15 at 8:30pm (PT) and tickets can be bought on their website.

I was truly honoured to work with the voices of these courageous women and be part of the creation of such a powerful piece.

Rachel Wynne, creator of ‘Barely A Person’

Barely A Person

Director: Jess Headington

Concept/Choreographer/Dancer: Rachel Wynne

Soundtrack: Laura LAIR

Camera Operator: Dana Hunt

Director of Photography/Editor: Sean Pettis

Special Thanks: Sarah Jenness, Laurie Schneider, Kayli Duncan

-and to all the anonymous mothers who contributed to this piece: Thank you.

LAIR / I Hurt So I Cry

September 13, 2019 § Leave a comment

A Full Moon offering going up on Bandcamp tonight: “I Hurt So I Cry”

It’s an intense moon tonight as we approach Autumnal Equinox in the North.

Like the trees letting go of leaves, we are feeling the drive to let go of all that no longer resonates. This drive can feel really intense at the moment and perhaps you feel slightly wistful to extremely sad…

Fear not: all is ok. YOU are ok.

Feel your sadness, own the pain… We hurt, so we cry.

I made the mini-vid with some of the footage super-talented Sharon Phelan shot for my Invoke video. Check out her instagram @soundsweep

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