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The Center For The Arts Presents Ayla Nereo

Saturday, May 2, 2020

8:00pm Show, Doors at 7:00pm at The Center for the Arts

  • General Admission: $35, Members $25
  • Dance Show, Limited Seating
  • For each date on Ayla Nereo’s 2020 Spring Tour, $1 will be donated to Tree Sisters, to support the global reforestation effort to counter climate change. Each ticket purchased plants 2 trees!
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“One of the most poignant voices currently floating about… Ayla Nereo is an otherworldly artist who shares the fruits of her soul” — The Huffington Post

“[Ayla’s] relationship with the earth is imprinted in her music… expansive and intriguing.” — Billboard

Ayla Nereo is as a voice for the planet, a modern bard and beacon who dances songs directly from her soul. With lyrical poetry splashing across a canvas of sound, her music has an uncanny ability to disarm and crack open the heart, as she sings for the depth of our humanness, and for the return to our pure wonder of existence. Her lucid storytelling and magical presence onstage and off creates a force field that is palpable, joyous, deep, and utterly enchanting.   


With a particular joy for bridging musical styles, Ayla’s songs seem a genre unto their own, as she weaves between vocal looping, produced beats, live drumming, orchestral string arrangements, Celtic melodies, disco rhythms, electronic soundscapes, and even dashes of hip-hop wordplay. Calling us to listen deeper, her songs are elegant masterpieces of lucid storytelling, with lyrics ringing as anthems for planetary healing, human potential, beauty, and compassion.  


Though you’d never know it by witnessing her perform, Ayla grew up with an intense 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 grown 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.  


After touring 33 cities in 6 weeks with The Polish Ambassador for the first Permaculture Action Tour, she began to create her own Herbalism Action Days to connect her fanbase with their local plant-teachers and healers, to empower communities to know what medicines and foods grow around them, and support the self-reliance of individuals to reclaim their own health care and community food systems. She is excited to weave more action days into her future touring.  


Ayla released her 6th solo album, the phenomenal By The Light of the Dark Moon, in the spring of 2019 via Jumpsuit Records. The album marks a distinct stepping-out into the world arena. Dancing between genres across each song, this album is a journey of finding light through darkness, connecting to what is currently happening in our world with many collective shadows rising to be seen and healed. “By the Light of the Dark Moon,” as Ayla shares, “speaks to what becomes visible when times get darker, whether it be within us, or as a culture, or out in the sky above.” This album is a beacon, illuminating hope, awareness, and a deep sense of wonder for all of Life. As the opening track calls forth, “We the shining forest… to the darkness bring song.” Ayla has also 2 albums with her project Wildlight (her collaboration with David Sugalski, aka The Polish Ambassador), and 3 collaboration albums.  


Honing her impeccable artistry and craft over the years, Ayla has developed a deeply loyal fanbase, one that has recently seen exponential growth into widening circles across the planet. After a nationwide tour supporting the album release in the spring of 2019, a full summer of notable festival appearances, a sold out appearance at Red Rocks with Nahko & Medicine for the People and Trevor Hall, a co-headlining concert with Rising Appalachia, supporting Nahko & Medicine for the People on 14 dates this past fall, and her second nationwide and European tours set for this year, Ayla’s music is reverberating from a west-coast transformational niche into larger global audiences, to inspire and uplift the hearts of humanity. Her music is currently seeing  rapid and increasing growth throughout the US, Europe, as well as Canada, Australia, and dozens of other countries.


artist website | facebook page


OPENING: Honey of the Heart

Justin and Maren formed the group Honey of the Heart to inspire and connect people with their voices, rhythm, and melodies from around the world. Inspired by Martin Prechtel’s phrase & prayer from his books describing “utzil”, meaning ‘Long Life and Honey in the Heart”, and the work of connecting to the sweet moments in life. Based in Grass Valley, CA with strong roots in the Bay Area and Seattle, the group is releasing their premier studio full length album that combines talented musicians from across California. The new album gets as intimate as just vocals, harmony and ukulele, to as large as a twelve piece band with a horn section, multiple percussionists, three part harmonies, and DJ. Their live shows emote a sweet nectar of sounds that can bring people to personal revelation, community awareness, and uplift the power of joy in our hearts. 

The album drops early in 2020 and they will be touring heavily to promote their new work as educators of the heart. They are now the parents of Juniper, their daughter, and plan to combine their work as parents, educators, and musicians, to create a humanistic, compassionate approach to walking through life, loss, joy, and matters of the heart. Watch out for them on their west coast tour this spring, and this summer/fall including more inland states, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Montana. 


2020 Tour stops and highlights: Visit to Bolad’s Kitchen & as many Hot Springs and conscious, inclusive Festivals as possible. Workshops and Classes focused on unity through music improv, cultivating the self, community, and skill sharing using Maren and Justin’s tools in NVC, Neurolinguistics, Environmentalism, and Musicality.

artist website | facebook page



Venue & Tickets 

  • The Center for the Arts
  • 314 W. Main Street
  • Grass Valley, CA 95945
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  • General Admission: $35, Members $25
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