On the heels of releasing their mesmerizing live album, Winter and the Sacred Tree, and performing several of these concerts on the tail end of 2019, To Wake You began 2020 hunkering down in a small apartment in the heart of San Luis Obispo to still the mind and call in new material. Nourished by 2019’s travels and retreats amidst vibrant landscapes, the magic was happening and their enthusiasm was building for the coming concerts on the Central Coast and in Europe later in 2020.
Then came the pandemic and the global shutdown. Life is, indeed, what happens when you're busy making other plans.
During lock-down, Mark and Karoline have made some home studio recordings of some new songs. The first that will be coming out is called Summer (She Can Do What She Wants): Karoline wrote the melody and music on the harp, then Mark wrote the words. They then followed the muse into a rather epic and atmospheric landscape... go to the home page for a sneak preview.
To Wake You is a sonic dance between Danish Karoline Hausted and American Mark Davis. As revealed on their EP Beauty In The Smallest Things and their newly released live album Winter & The Sacred Tree, there is contrast between the two - feminine meeting masculine, lilting Scandinavian folk inﬂuences meeting rumbling rock sensibilities. Together, they create a uniﬁed ﬁeld of their own. To Wake You is music to close your eyes to and travel to an other-worldly place of wonder, of mystery, and of the heart.
This wonderful collaboration began back in 2002 when the two - both accomplished individually as solo artists - 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.
Currently basing their lives out of California’s Central Coast, Karoline and Mark’s adventures together have brought them in several unexpected directions, among them: studies of Contemplative Musicianship, Karoline taking up the celtic harp, and an ongoing aﬀection for kundalini yoga, in particular its musical delights. The past year has brought marvelous extended stays around the globe in a handful of places built for deepening, including Glendalough in Ireland, Ørslev Kloster in Denmark and St. Gertrude’s Monastery near Cottonwood, Idaho.
On the aside from “regular” music concerts, To Wake You is now performing Winter and the Sacred Tree concerts around the globe every year between November and March. These are intimate concerts designed for contemplation of nature and soul, rich in To Wake You’s signature atmosphere and beauty.
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. In addition, they both have worked in collaboration as part of the acclaimed group Shadowlands.
Biografi - Dansk (kommer snart...)
Photo credit: Carl Adams
Photo credit: Catherine Barellano
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