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Touring & song circles for communities + downloadable press kit for gatherings & retreats. 

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Artist and song tender Alexandra "ahlay" Blakely has written an album entirely dedicated to grief. Written in the community singing tradition, the intention of the songs is to inspire communities to create their versions of contained circles together to sing + become more agile in their relationship with grief. 

 

The album is inspired by the five gates of grief from Francis Weller’s book The Wild Edge of Sorrow. Ahlay dreamed of recording the songs with a choir and from this vision, WAILS: Songs for Grief - Recording + Gathering was born. 

The 4 days will be centered around 4 recorded song circles (3 hours each), recording 5 songs (the five gates) with a professional sound engineer. The recordings will happen inside a lodge and will be woven into the album WAILS: Songs for Grief to be released in early 2024.  

Image by Jem Cresswell

photos by Jem Cresswell

29+ songs caught by Alexandra Blakely on bandcamp.

Listen here

One of Blakely's many passions is visual storytelling and filmmaking. Many of her video projects have either been directed and/or edited by her. 

Watch some here. 

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Blakely unearths the power in song, that similar to prayer, can propel the solidification of realities. She writes for the community to transform, ask questions, and seek to lead lives that would make us ancestors worth honoring.

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