Genre: indie folk
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California & Kolding, Denmark
Influences: Kate Bush, George Harrison, Joanna Newsom,
Sounds like: Swell Season, Kate Bush, The Church, Agnes Obel
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. 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 between November and March, which include Karoline on the celtic harp. 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.
Musikerparret Karoline Hausted (DK) og Mark Davis (US) turnerer sammen under navnet To Wake You og præsenterer sange fra deres nyligt udgivne EP "Beauty in the Smallest Things". Sammen spiller de sange fra deres soloudgivelser, samt løfter sløret for helt nye kompositioner skrevet på de seneste års rejser og retræter i USA, Irland og Danmark.
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, et instrument som nu er blevet et udtryksfuldt element i duoens lyd .
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.
Photo credit: Carl Adams
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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