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   Artist Information

    Label: self-released

    Genre: indie folk

    Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California & Kolding, Denmark

    Influences: Kate Bush, George Harrison, Joanna Newsom, 

    Steve Kilbey

    Sounds like: Swell Season, Kate Bush, The Church, Agnes Obel

 

   Biography

To Wake You is a dance between the band’s two members, Danish Karoline Hausted and American Mark Davis. The songs on their EP, Beauty In The Smallest Things, were written while the duo lived miles apart, preparing for a life together in no small part through musical dialogue and collaboration. 

 

A wonderful collaboration between Danish Karoline Hausted and American Mark Davis began back in 2002 when the two wrote a song together at a retreat on an island in Denmark. For the next eight years, they had no communication with each other...

When they met again, the stars were aligned differently, and doors swung open. The musical dialogue deepened and flourished, and To Wake You was born.
 
While there is contrast between the two - the expected feminine/masculine interplay, Hausted’s lilting Scandinavian folk influences meeting Davis’ rumbling folk-rock sensibilities - the two have created a unified field of their own. To Wake You is music to close your eyes and travel to... it’s an other-worldly place of wonder, of mystery, and of the heart.
 
Karoline and Mark now live in California, most recently as part of an organic farm and retreat center community, which has provided them with a rich opportunity for experiencing a simple and sustainable life-style combined with space and time for developing their music, including Karoline taking up the celtic harp. Their adventures together have brought them into collaboration as part of the acclaimed group Shadowlands, as well as into studies of Contemplative Musicianship and Kundalini yoga. On the aside from “regular” music concerts, To Wake You has begun performing “Winter and the Sacred Tree” concerts around the globe every year in December and January. These are intimate, quiet concerts designed for reflection and a deepening connection to nature and soul. Mark and Karoline also now offer yoga classes with live music and singing meditations.

Solo accolades include a Danish Folk Grammy nomination for Karoline and Mark’s You Came Screaming named Album of the Decade by the Los Angeles Times.

Biografi -Dansk

Musikerparret Karoline Hausted (DK) og Mark Davis (US) turnerer i foråret 2019 sammen under navnet To Wake You og præsenterer sange fra deres nyligt udgivne EP "Beauty in the Smallest Things". Sammen vil de løfte sløret for nye kompositioner, samt spille sange fra deres soloudgivelser, herunder Karolines roste, danske album "Jeg tror jeg drømmer”.

Det bemærkelsesværdige samarbejde mellem danske Karoline Hausted og amerikanske Mark Davis begyndte tilbage i 2002, da de to skrev en sang sammen på et sangskriverophold på Samsø i Danmark. Først otte år senere fandt de hinanden igen og denne gang stod stjernerne helt rigtigt til at skabe et liv sammen – men også til at skabe musik med enkel skønhed og elegant, lyrisk poesi.

Mens der er kontrast mellem de to - det forventede feminine / maskuline samspil, Hausteds umiskendelige skandinaviske klang i mødet med Davis’ medrivende folk-rock udtryk - har de to skabt et unikt eget felt. To Wake You er musik man kan lukke øjnene og rejse til.

Karoline og Mark bor idag i Californien, senest som en del af et gård- og retræte-fællesskab, der har givet dem mulighed for at dyrke en enkel livsstil kombineret med plads og tid til at udvikle deres musik - for eksempel er Karoline blevet fortrolig med keltisk harpe, som også indgår i forårets koncerter.

Deres fælles musikalske vej har ledt dem til samarbejde i den anerkendte gruppe Shadowlands, såvel som studier i Contemplative Musicianship og Kundalini Yoga. Udover "regulære" musikkoncerter er To Wake You begyndt at opføre "Winter & the Sacred Tree" koncerter på begge kontinenter hvert år i december og januar. Disse er stille, intime koncerter skabt til refleksion og fordybelse.
Mark og Karoline tilbyder nu også yogaklasser med sangmeditationer og live musik.

Soloanerkendelser omfatter en dansk folk grammy nominering til Karoline og en kåring af Marks “You Came Screaming” som årtiets album af Los Angeles Times.

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