Covering a range of genres from meditative folk-ballads to hip-hop, Bells of Kindness is the first full length Solaris studio album. With a solid and unique folk-rock sound, the album puts powerful vocal harmonies behind lyrics that are insightful, healing, courageous, and quite often funny.
On Sept 17th, 2015, we squeezed ourselves and a huge pile of instruments into two overloaded vehicles and headed South on a shoe-string budget musical tour. Forty days and 3,600 miles later, things had worked out remarkably well. We had survived tire blow outs, heat stroke, and equipment failures. People came, listened, sang, danced, laughed, cried, connected, and afterwards gifted us with their heartfelt recognition and encouragement.
The budget hit zero in Salt Lake, and as busking for daily bread became the new normal, things got even better. Friends had already offered us the use of their pro recording studio, including the recording engineer, and now they added a house to stay in! Another surprise gift filled the gas tanks and we were on our way to record a new CD.
The 20 songs for this album were all recorded "live", standing in a semicircle like we do on stage, in 6.5 days. Between studio sessions, we rehearsed, did two dance presentations, played a church service and four concerts in three cities, celebrated Thanksgiving, a birthday, and then packed for the long haul drive back to Sacramento.
Back on the West coast, one good thing kept leading on to another as an improvised, week by week, truly epic four and a half month tour unfolded. Concert events, church services and children's schools. A Buddhist monastery, an Aikido Dojo, an urban sustainability centre, a youth rock camp, homeless shelter, elder home, and a concert at the state capitol. Contra dances, farmer's markets, musical jams, open mics, dance presentations and busking. Meditation, dance, rehearsals, introspective songwriting and intriguing encounters. The magic of music was bridged together by hard work, faith, intuition and many spontaneous acts of unexpected kindness and remarkable generosity.
With profound gratitude to all, for the help, encouragement and enthusiastic support, here is Bells Of Kindness. May this music be as good for you as it has been for us!
"Pure positivity filled with intelligent and inspiring food for thought." Jakob GyllenpalmSweden
Along with Bells of Kindness, we have created a revolutionary smart phone app that makes all our music available to everyone for free.Try the demo version without installing
In addition to unlimited streaming and personal playlist selection, the app works with no internet connection (once songs are downloaded), includes complete lyrics and chords, shows new videos and upcoming concerts, and lets you share songs directly through social media.
"The beautiful messages and blending of voices gives me hope [...] It reinforces what I know ... that there is much good in the world and in us, a natural balance beyond our recognition..." Linda RodriguezHighland, NY
To accompany Bells of Kindness is a new songbook with complete lyrics and chords for all the songs on the album in a convenient format for music enthusiasts.
"The uplifting music of Solaris is disarming in the simplicity of its message. But there is more than expressive harmonies well balanced between vocals and instruments. You know good artistry when it resonates and throws light on something within you that you thought purely subjective. One finds this in the music and lyrics of the group." EricBoston, MA
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