Eve Decker "Awakening Joy CD Release Concert"

Eve Decker "Awakening Joy CD Release Concert"

James Baraz, Jennifer Berezan, Melanie DeMore, Betsy Rose, Julie Wolf, Lisa Ferraro

Wednesday, January 30th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$18 ADV / $22 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Eve Decker
Eve Decker
Eve Decker has a great big heart, writes a wise and witty lyric, and has a voice that carries with it our deepest longings and fulfillment,” said renowned Buddhist and news hound Wes “Scoop” Nitzker

In the words of KALW host Kevin Vance, she plays “a kind of music that makes the world a better place.” Eve is an accomplished teacher of the dharma (thumbnail definition: the spiritual practice of Buddhism) and also an accomplished musician – she co-founded the feminist folk trio Rebecca Riots in 1993, recording four albums and playing sold-out shows around the country as well as here at the Freight.

She wrote her first song at the age of eight – “Oh, Mother Nature” – and as a teenager performed on a popular song celebrating her hometown, “Mill Valley.” In college, she sang in the UC Berkeley Jazz Choir; after graduation, she worked as a guitar-playing pre-school teacher and became the musical director at Camp It Up! During her time with Rebecca Riots (named “Best Band with a Conscience” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian), she developed her Buddhist practice and became seriously involved with the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. The result has been called “dharma folk” – “My deepest intentions are to ease suffering and offer joy,” Eve says. “The two most wonderful things I have found in my life, that have eased my own suffering and brought me joy, are music and Buddhist teachings. So, I have dedicated my life to sharing both.”
James Baraz
James Baraz
James Baraz has taught mindfulness meditation since 1978 and is co-founder of the world-reknowned Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He is co-author of two books
Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness and Awakening Joy for Kids. James has taught the Awakening Joy course to over 15,000 people from 30 countries since 2003, as well as retreats and workshops in the US and internationally.

For many years, James brought local musicians to sing for his course. Each class in the ten week course represents a theme to explore and practice for awakening joy, such as intention,
gratitude, and compassion. The musical artists who sang for James’ class would select (and sometimes write!) songs that supported the class themes. This album and the songs on it are
offered in the spirit of Awakening Joy – reflections that deepen well being.
Jennifer Berezan
Jennifer Berezan
Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/ songwriter, producer, and activist. Over the course of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing. Her ground breaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music and healing and she is an acclaimed producer of large scale multi-cultural ecstatic musical events. Not your typical singer/songwriter, her work continues to expand artistic boundaries, blurring the distinctions between musical styles, politics, and spirituality. Though her songs often confront universal issues, her perspective is informed by a refreshing and honest intimacy. Raised in the prairies of Alberta, Canada, the transformative power of nature is also at the heart of her work.
Melanie DeMore
Melanie DeMore
Melanie DeMore : Vocal Activist - is one of the most outstanding vocal artists of today helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah  stick pounding.  She was the subject of a documentary called 'Stick and Pound which showcases this tradition.She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in NewFoundland, Canada and Chorus America.

She is sought after as a song/ prayer facilitator, creating spontaneous choirs for The Trinity Institute, The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Powell Foundation as well as many varied spiritual and faith based organizations.She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, Master teaching artist for CalPerformances at UC Berkeley, a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change and the Artistic Conductor of The Oakland Children’s Community Choir with Living Jazz.

She was a founding member of the Grammy nominated, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such varied artists as Odetta, Richey Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir, MUSE Cincinatti Women's Chorus and many others.

Melanie DeMore is a singer/songwriter, composer ,conductor and vocal activist, who believes in the power of voices raised together.

She says:
'A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you".
Betsy Rose
Betsy Rose
Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community song leader, active in women’s and social change movements for more than four decades. From concert halls to political rallies, from vigils to preschools, she sings of justice and empowerment, kindness and peace.

She is a member of Occupella, a group that sings at BART stations and at marches, demonstrations, and vigils in support of the 99%, Black Lives Matter, and recently co-founded Choral Majority, an “any voice welcome” group singing the many movements responding to threats to immigrant and women’s rights, voting equity, climate justice, and more.

In 2015-16 Betsy spent 5 months in Asia and Africa, bringing empowering and healing songs to a wide variety of groups- from earthquake survivors in Nepal to tribal and Dalit children in India, to former sex workers in Kenya, to women peace activists in Liberia.

Betsy is a co-creator and facilitator of Death Salons, community conversations about loss and bereavement, enriched by the arts. Her latest recording, Long For This World, offers songs of loss, remembrance and comfort for those experiencing bereavement or other losses. Betsy lives in Berkeley, California. mindfulsongs.org
Julie Wolf
Julie Wolf
Oakland’s Julie Wolf is a composer, teacher, and master of the accordion who has worked with Maceo Parker, Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, Bruce Cockburn, Cris Williamson, and Barbara Higbie, as well as composing music for films and serving as music director for the Berkeley Rep’s 2010 world premiere of Girlfriend.
Lisa Ferraro
Lisa Ferraro
“Extraordinary jazz vocalist Lisa Yvonne Ferraro is a soulful original and has one of the most distinctive voices heard today,” said jazz radio personality and founder and president of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, Tony Mowod. Lisa is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has been an in-demand local performer while also touring nationally and internationally. For five years she sang one Friday a month at James Street Tavern, a center of Pittsburgh’s jazz community.