Our new CD "Winter and the Sacred Tree - A live concert recording" is here!
It can be ordered directly from us here: Order CD.
In San Luis Obispo, CA, it's also available from Boo Boo Records.
And of course you can get it at our concerts. See all live dates.
The package includes a 12-page booklet with our personal song notes, lyrics and a very special introduction written by Therese Schroeder-Sheker.
Treat yourself or a loved one to a beautiful winter gift!
To reserve seats and purchase tickets for any concert, please go the page Live Dates and look for the ticket link below the specific event. Note that not all of our listed concerts are Winter And The Sacred Tree. Email us with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-864-4810
To Wake You's 6- track EP "Beauty In The Smallest Things" released on February 10, 2017.
Video premiere for "Where the Day Went" of Beauty In The Smallest Things
VIDEO & SONG REVIEW BY IMPOSE MAGAZINE:
“Where The Day Went” is an outlier in modern collections of music which represent the unfathomable pace of globalization. Stitching together a quiet reflection, To Wake You capture their truly abstract form within the cinematography of the piece... (read more)
WHAT IS IT? / TO WAKE YOU (Single released on 7.15.16)
The second single from To Wake You is two-sided: it has two songs, yes - but it’s also a dance between the band’s two members, Karoline Hausted and Mark Davis. Both songs were written while the duo lived miles apart (Hausted in Denmark, Davis in California), preparing for a life together in no small part through musical dialogue and collaboration. There is contrast: Hausted’s “What Is It?” floats with a feminine sweetness, while Davis’ “To Wake You” rumbles with an aching masculinity. Yet, the songs both still live on the same planet.
While it is safe to consider these love songs, there is something else going on here, something pointed toward in the dreamy, layered quality - both sonically and lyrically - that unites the tracks. We’re in the land of wonder, of mystery, of the subconscious (think The Swell Season with a dash of Radiohead). It’s music to close your eyes to and travel.
Whether one is migrating into a new love or a new land, taking the plunge into the unknown brings both excitement and fear; one can feel suddenly awake, emotions open up, nature sparkles and speaks, yet it isn’t always a comfortable ride. To Wake You brings two songs here that contain both these sides, but ultimately this music is an invitation to find beauty that wasn’t noticed before. It’s an offering from the romantics that we will be all right in doing so.
NOT GONNA FALL (Single released on 5.6.16)
Eight years is a long time. Long enough, in fact, that it may justify the use of the term ‘destiny’ when describing the Shakespearean-esque coming together of San Luis Obispo, CA’s To Wake You; the main difference here being that this story seems set for anything other than tragedy.
Karoline Hausted and Mark Davis - who first connected eight years prior to the start of a relationship that would inform Hausted’s subsequent immigration from Denmark - wrote the duo’s first single, Not Gonna Fall, whilst hibernating amidst the Sequoia’s on one of many visits between their then-distant homes. Snowed into their remote lodgings with little but a piano for entertainment, the song was written to remind each other that it’s okay to fall, so long as you fall forward.
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To Wake You Live Montage
Video - Where The Day Went
Video - To Wake You on "What Is It?"
“Not knowing what to expect, I'm a blank slate entering the early show featuring To Wake You. For me, there is something primitively soothing about the music I was hearing and it went straight to my soul. Between the musical harmony and the rhythmic melodies,
To Wake You is taking the small crowd into a hypnotic state. It was at that moment I realized what music could do to people!
Can a mere song change people's minds? I doubt that it is so. But a song can infiltrate your heart and the heart may change your mind. To Wake You replayed past memories, awoken forgotten worlds and made minds travel. “
“…It was at Esalen that I had the great pleasure of hearing To Wake You in Concert a couple of months ago (…) If you ever get a chance to hear them live -- together as To Wake You or solo -- jump at it. I promise you'll be glad you did.”
-Ty Webster // Simply-Begin.com
“Where The Day Went” is an outlier in modern collections of music which represent the unfathomable pace of globalization. Stitching together a quiet reflection, To Wake You capture their truly abstract form within the cinematography of the piece.
The song itself is a peacefully crafted candidate for exploring how time can so easily slip away. Any perceived vagueness ought to be swept aside, and instead taken as a prompt to seek the deeper significance of their creation.
While some listeners may find it challenging to engage with, the philosophical nature of Mark and Karoline’s musical collaborations invite an appreciation of finer details. As a standalone introduction to the duo’s talents, excitement should be a natural response to how close we are to the release of Beauty In The Smallest Things — whose title only compounds those observations. 4.5/5.
-Michael Brummett // Impose Magazine, January 31, 2017
"You’re going to have listen to To Wake You’s “What Is It?” and “To Wake You” back-to-back to fully appreciate their poetry. That’s not to say the singles aren’t great individually, but the full effect is felt with both playing immediately after each other.(...) The first one is more light-hearted lyrically and in tone, with Hausted’s vocals full of unrestrained hope, curiosity, and sincerity. The flipside is Davis’ “To Wake You” single, which is darker, slightly more sensual, and hauntingly beautiful. If “What Is It?” is the start of a relationship, full of wonder and almost child-like optimism, always questioning, like the title suggests, then “To Wake You” is the answer to those questions, ones we might not always want to know the answer to. And I kind of love both of them a lot."
-Katey Stoetzel // Impose Magazine
"The reason you shouldn’t listen to something just once and then dismiss it is because you may miss out on gems such as To Wake You – “Not Gonna Fall". A sparse and sprawling track of seemingly hopeful love, quiet positivity or perhaps perseverance most likely all three.
To Wake You’s Karoline Hausted and Mark Davis certainly conjure up romantic dreams of fabled The Swell Season and this is that feeling of comfortable vs. uncertainty meets you canthat makes this track swell for all
seasons forward moving romantics."
-Walter Price // globaltexanchronicles.com