I’m excited to share this song I worked on with my new friends from Italy, Kardada. Since 2020 I have been working for myself as a composer and nonprofit administrator. It has been a fulfilling and awakening adventure. I have connected to so many creative people. Its been an honor to support their art, and at the same time, challenge myself artistically. Music connects me to my community all over the world. Thanks for letting me be a part of your lovely album, Kardada. Below is the opening track to the album. Here is a link to all the streaming sites.
I’m getting a few future releases ready too! I’m working with my friend Jeff at Imperial Emporium to share a video series and limited run tape of the unreleased compositions I created in France. I’m really proud of this one and will share the details soon! I am also mixing the songs I wrote in Alaska and hope to share that in the coming months too. Thanks for your support and for listening.
Alaska was amazing! For 6 weeks I was an artist fellow at Chulitna Lodge. Located on the shores of Lake Clark in Port Alsworth, Alaska, the wilderness lodge is only accessible by plane and boat. There are no roads.
The plane sat 4 people and carried 2 Costco pizzas plus a box of moose burgers. We flew eye level with the mountain peaks. We took off in Anchorage and landed at Port Alsworth, AK. A boat transported us across Lake Clark to Chulitna Lodge.
It’s challenging to put my feelings into words. The environment and experiences are one of a kind and life changing. The love I have for the people I shared the space with is profound.
Depending on the week, the lodge housed 8-13 people while I was there. I was surrounded by likeminded, creative, kind people, all whom I miss dearly. You can read about the other artist fellows, staff, and the history of the lodgehere.
The scenes were the most beautiful views I have ever seen. I lived in a yurt, cozied up with my recording equipment and a bed. At the fellowship, I wrote and recorded 10 songs and filled a huge hard drive with videos and nature sound samples. I experimented with some new approaches and am ecstatic with the results. I will release the songs after they are mixed and mastered.
I went to the fellowship to develop a project that honors and explores old-growth forest. I wish to create compositions that encourage others to feel enthusiasm and love towards trees. I wrote 6 pages defining what that looks like. I will use the text for future residencies, to find support, and continue on my forest mission.
Chulitna Lodge is lakeside and the beach is beautiful. There are wild chives, fireweed, and other wildflowers growing among the beach rocks. Down the beach is a massive beaver dam. On the other side is a maze of water channels that flow through the forest. I went paddle boarding for the first time and explored for hours in the canals. The water was warmer than the glaciated lake and crystal clear. You could see moose and bear prints at the bottom imprinted in the sediment. Twisted pine trees surrounded us. It was incredible.
Although I didn’t see a lot of cities in Alaska, I had many adventures around Chulitna Lodge. Across the Lake is Mount Tanalian. We took a day trip and hiked to Tanalian Falls.
There are a few self-maintained paths around the property and in the National Park. Towards the end of the fellowship we hiked the mountain directly behind the lodge. They call it Mount George because it looks like George Washington’s profile. From the top of the mountain you can see Kijik Lake. I read the land around the lake was known as Qizhjeh Vena, ‘a place where people gather lake.’ The Qizhjeh (Kijik) area includes K’q’uya Vena (Kijik Lake). Qizhjeh Vena is the ancestral homeland of the Dena’ina people.
This hike was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I love nature and being outdoors, but I’m from flat Ohio and rent cabins. The other hikers were more experienced but they shared their knowledge and encouragement the entire way. I have never been on a hike where the trail was bushwhacked as we progressed. It was an incredible challenge and I am proud of myself for pushing through fear and hesitations. I sobbed gratitude and relief at the top. The view was breathtaking.
The midnight sun never let it get dark. During solstice, there was 22 hours of daylight. Even when the sun set the sky glowed. On the longest day of the year we made solstice tea with foraged wildflowers. We took the boat around Lake Clark, explored some islands and abandoned cabins. We saw bald eagles and baby moose. I love the photos from this day.
I had the best time and will be forever grateful for the opportunity. Thank you, Chulitna.
In other news, I am loving living in Maine. So far so great. I’m painting the studio next week and will be back to recording soon.
In addition to Uno Lady, I write compositions for other creative folks. I record vocal harmonies for people’s albums and arrangements. I make original music for virtual exhibits, art installations, meditation practices, and write jingles for businesses. Please consider working with me on your creative projects. You can hire me through SoundBetter, Fiverr, or message me directly at email@example.com
I’ll be adding it to Bandcamp tomorrow for Bandcamp Friday for those of you who prefer a digital album.
Look how lovely they are!
So many wonderful people are a part of this. This record is the Wax Mage exclusive, hand poured and hand laid by Heath himself. Lia Massari drew the amazing album artwork. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.
These songs were recorded live in Akron, Ohio during an Earthquaker Devices session in 2017. Chris Tran, Jeff France, and Brad Thorla captured the sights and sounds. This is my favorite live recording and the first to be pressed. Thank you!
In other news, Alaska is amazing. I am surrounded by mountains, living in a yurt on Lake Clark at Chulitna Lodge. I am polishing an unreleased album and short film called “Le Flux.” It features songs and videos created at the residency in France. I’ll be looking for creative ways to share and will keep you posted. I’m also brainstorming a new project that focuses on the forests.
I am on pause from paid work for a few months so I can experience this adventure. Buying music on Bandcamp is a great way to show support.
I had the honor of composing music for Massillon Museum‘s virtual tour of “A Thrilling Act: The Art of Anthony Eterovich.” Thanks Karen Eterovich, John, and Alex Coon at Massillon Museum for inviting me support such a lovely project. It turned out amazing! Watch it here.
A Thrilling Act: The Art of Anthony Eterovich was on display at the Massillon Museum from June 12—September 26, 2021. I was honored to perform at the opening.
I loved writing songs specifically for the virtual exhibit. Inspiration for the songs were derived directly from experiencing Anthony Eterovich’s art. I love the vast variety of styles and the playful and vivid colors he uses. The paintings and sketches provided endless inspiration. It was wonderful to learn more about his life as an artists.
In other news, I leave soon for the off-grid artist fellowship in Alaska. I’m developing a project that focuses on the forests. I will be in the wilderness, without phone and limited email. I am taking a break from outside work and reconnecting with nature. if you’d like to work together on a composition in the future, I’ll be available to write again mid-July. Take care!
The new 7″, Single Rider, is a very limited and unique release.
The record will be available at the show at The Little Rose Tavern, on April 22. Any records that are left will be for sale on my website. I will keep you posted here when they are available or any flash sales (subscribe). Thanks for your patience.
These songs were recorded live in Akron, Ohio during an Earthquaker Devices session in 2017. Chris Tran, Jeff France, and Brad Thorla captured the sights and sounds. This is my favorite live recording and the first to be pressed. The rich quality needed to be on a physical release.
My good friend Heath at Wax Mage reached out about releasing a record together and I had been daydreaming about this for a while. I am honored to have my music on one-of-a-kind vinyl.
WAX MAGE VINYL DETAILS The limited-run pressing is 50 Random colors – $15 25 Clear with blue pigment swirl- $20 25 Nebula random color – $20 15 Wax Mage Customs random color – $25 Add $5 for domestic shipping. And will be sold at the release show and here (when I have time to post and ship) http://unolady.com/shop/
It’s called Single Rider because singularity is a common theme. Both songs are about isolated characters. As a solo musician, I compose alone. I also happened to have a season pass to Cedar Point during these brainstorming sessions and became fixated on observing people riding rollercoasters alone. Single Rider/ Ride On. Was that a slogan or an inside joke? I am not sure. But it’s an album title now.
I want to thank my good friends Crystin and Holly for being there for me as I bought the Cedar Point photo pass and refused to sit next to them in the name of art.
Lastly I want to thank the Holiday Music Motel. I wrote the song 52 Hertz with some friends at the Holiday Music Motel. Dark Songs is a week-long songwriting festival in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Thanks to my co-writers Dan Smerz and Tarl Night, and the lovely mj and pAt mAcdonald who host the Holiday Music festivities. I love and miss you all!
I have 3 upcoming shows. Let me serenade you. These are my final performances booked before I go to Alaska for the fellowship and move. Let’s celebrate together.
April 15, 8pm, $10, Cro Bar is a newly opened old dive that is really rad at 3244 St. Clair. Cleveland, Ohio. The show was organized by the amazing people with Emerald City. Twen (must see! seriously!) and Orefice Rothare also playing.
April 16, 7pm, $10- Dawn of the CAVE 15 Broad St. Akron, Ohio. This is the first show in this new DIY space. I’m honored to be a part of it. Sponsored by EarthQuaker Devices,UNO LADY, MOTH COCK, JEREMY BIBLE,STEMS, & DJ: HR3. Masks strongly encouraged. Extra KN95s and hand sanitizer provided. Street parking is available on the same side of the street as the venue. All ages. BYOB 21+; CAVE is a safe(r) space.
I’m going to Alaska! I have been awarded a fellowship at Chulitna Lodge, a historic Alaskan landmark in the center of Lake Clark National Parks and Preserve, one of the largest parks in the U.S. Chulitna Lodge is 180 miles southwest of Anchorage and is an off-grid living community. The property primarily runs on solar power.
My fellowship begins in May and is completely self-directed. I applied with a new idea that focuses on old-growth forests. I will spend my time developing a project that tells the tales of trees. I’ll also take videos and compose music inspired by my stay.
The fellowship covers my lodging and food expenses. I have to pay for a portion of my travel, cover my home expenses, and variation in income. I’ll come up with creative ways to help fund this incredible opportunity and keep you posted. You can always buy music through Bandcamp or pledge on Patreon.
Thanks so much to the Chulitna Lodge Research Institute for providing the time, space, and facilities for creatives to make and meditate. Some text and photo are from Chulitna Lodge’s website.
Rocky River Flows into Erie is a meditation piece that samples sounds from the Lake Erie region. For this project, I recorded environmental acoustics at five different locations. Wave sounds were sampled from Magee Marsh and Edgewater Beach. Bird, bug, and frog songs were recorded from Old Woman Creek, Rocky River Reservation, and Columbia Station Reservation.
The vocals were composed and recorded at the Foundation House residency in Greenwich, CT.
You can buy this on Bandcamp and hear on all streaming sites.
Feel the breeze blow on my skin gentle sweet kisses from the wind hear the bird song melodies of the air chorus of the forest show they care
Nature is my lover we look after each other
Feasts of plenty tasty terrain they flirt through the dirt with gifts of sweet sugarcane sunbeams gleam their love for me moonlight makes my heart shine bright
Nature is my lover we look after each other
How awesome the blossoms’ bloom presents of fine perfume
Nature is My Lover was written and recorded in this gorgeous retrofitted stable at the Foundation House artist residency.
The background melody came first. There are Lake Erie sounds, Connecticut swamp sparrows, and babbling springs from France.
This song was almost lyricless. I sat in the spacious yard, cross-legged in the grass, and reflected on what lyrics would serve the sound. In this pause, I connected my breath with the breeze, felt the wind on my skin, and the sun’s warmth on my face. I was aware of the ways nature brings me joy. I noticed the gifts I receive every day. What a generous and caring experience. Nature is my lover.
Thanks for listening. Warm regards, Christa
I’m sharing a video of a live performance of Nature is My Lover on Patreon.