Ayla Nereo – By The Light Of The Dark Moon Tour 2019 – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – May 5th, 2019

Ayla Nereo - By The Light Of The Dark Moon Tour 2019

Ayla Nereo - By The Light Of The Dark Moon Tour 2019

Elijah Ray, MELD

Sunday May 05, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Advance GA $15 | Day of GA $17 | Premier Plus $25

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available
• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Ayla Nereo
Ayla Nereo
Ayla Nereo is a voice for the planet, a beacon of light, a modern bard of beauty singing directly from her soul. With lyrical poetry splashing like dazzling paint across a canvas of sound, she builds layer upon layer of vocal melodies into majestic loop-pedal harmonies, weaving syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba, piano, and percussion into her live performances.

Ayla’s music is a genre unto its own, as she allows sounds to dance between vocal looping, produced beats, live drumming, orchestral string arrangements, Celtic melodies, and even dashes of hip-hop wordplay. With an uncanny ability to disarm and crack open the heart, Ayla’s lucid storytelling and magical presence rings with love, as she sings for the depth of our humanness, a truth beyond time and place, and the pure wonder of life itself.

Calling us to listen deeper, her songs are elegant masterpieces of lucid storytelling, with lyrics ringing as anthems and mantras for hope, healing, and love.

Though you’d never know it by witnessing her perform, Ayla grew up with a deep fear of singing. In her final year of college, songs began pouring through her, and it was only through the constant urging of those around her that she began to slowly share her music. Propelled by the songs themselves, Ayla’s journey of meeting those fears and singing through them has propelled her into the powerful performer she is today, touching an ever-widening global audience with the inspiring magic of her songs.

A child schooled at home in the hills of Sonoma County, Ayla was raised on Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, opera, classical music, traditional celtic songs, and ABBA -- influences which have deeply shaped her music. Touching on both the timeless and modern, she always rides the line between genres, so that her songwriting and sound ultimately cannot be compared to anyone else.

Dancing her own songs on stage as she sings them, her movement and presence gives the audience a permission to be wild, real, vulnerable, and alive. Every performance Ayla gives is its own inspired journey; an enchanting and poignant experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.

Ayla is releasing her 6th album in the spring of 2019 via Jumpsuit Records. Honing her artistry and craft over the years, Ayla has developed a loyal fanbase, one that has recently seen exponential growth into widening circles across the planet. The upcoming release of her phenomenal new album, "By The Light of the Dark Moon", marks a stepping-out into the world arena. With a nationwide tour supporting the album release, a full summer of notable festival appearances, and her second European tour on the horizon, Ayla's music is reverberating from a west-coast transformational niche into larger global audiences, to inspire and uplift the hearts of humanity. To date, Ayla has released 5 solo albums, 2 Wildlight albums (the collaboration project of Ayla and David Sugalski, aka The Polish Ambassador), and 3 collaboration albums. Her music has also recently seen rapid and increasing growth throughout Europe, as well as Canada, Australia, and dozens of other countries.
Elijah Ray
Elijah Ray
Soul Shine Music - a delicious blend of soul, world, funk, gospel, reggae, folk, hip hop, and so on...it's new. It's you. It's the Band of Light.
MELD's music can be described as cinematic R&B, with undertones of Jam and Electronica. Her "vocal runs and sultry sound" have been compared by Nashville songwriter Bruce Miller (Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, and Rascall Flatts,) to that of Rihanna. MELD draws inspiration from powerful female performers and songwriters such as Nai Palm from Haitus Kaiyote, Susan Tedeschi, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, and Kalmia Traver from Rubblebucket.

A Nashville-based musical act just under one year old, MELD and her 6-piece band have already played events such as Nashville's Music City Big Break on Cannery Row (October of 2016,) The Happening at Bearded Iris Brewery in West Nashville (September 2016,) and Summer Jam Finale/Whatchakalooza at Harp & Fiddle Nashville in late summer 2016. They've also played well-known Nashville venues such as The Basement, The Country, The High Watt, Mercy Lounge, Mad Donna's, and more.

In previous solo projects, MELD (Melanie Dewey,) has had the opportunity to share the stage with songwriters Maggie Rose, Teddy Geiger, and jam bands Zoogma, and Brothers Past. Other accolades and accomplishments that came from MELD's previous years of songwriting include: A top 12 finalist spot in the 2013 annual Bruce Hornsby Songwriter's showcase for her original song "Why We Cry," and a 7th place slot out of thousands in the 2013-2014 Grammy U amplifier competition.

Regardless of her eclectic background in music, MELD has always been dedicated to the art of performance. She has toured all around the USA, including playing in cities such as Nashville, TN, Philadelphia, PA, Syracuse, Ithaca, and New York, NY, Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando, FL, Flagstaff, AZ, Portland, ME, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, CA. Visited in a dream once by Susan Tedeschi, Melanie (of MELD,) had a conversation with her, in which Susan quoted another of Melanie's influences stating "Remember what Janis Said! 'In the moment, it's not just your skill or how you play that makes or breaks a show. It's the audience that guides the music in the direction it's supposed to go.' " This dream experience is the perfect way to describe MELD's outlook on performance. Each show is a unique experience, and most importantly, a collective and shared one.

MELD is currently working on a two-part EP release, that will collaboratively explore all facets of the r&b/soul/jam world. The first EP (set to be released in January of 2017, with a single this November,) will explore more minimalistic electronic instrumentation. The second EP (to be released in Late 2017,) will work with more complex rhythms, chord changes, and lyrical concepts. Melanie will be working with instrumentalists, visual artists, and influences from every chapter of her life. In other words, people from all across the US will be lending their artistic voice to this album. It is within this truly collaborative effort, that MELD works to build a collective of creatives from around the world.

Overall, MELD aims to open minds and hearts from all walks of life with this eclectic approach. Her mission as an artist, is to honor and acknowledge the validity of all musical processes, genres, and storytelling methods - while fearlessly melding them together. Honoring the oneness of all things, MELD stands for fusion, acceptance, and above all, collaboration.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180