Sacred Voices Team
Sacred Voices is an organization of artists, teachers, musicians and healers dedicate to supporting the importance and power of the human expression.
Terrell Washington Anansi
Facilitator of SACRED VOICES which sponsors a weekly gathering of performers and musicians called “The Meeting Place” in Irvine, Ca. Twenty-two years ago Terrell created the concept of Tribal Neo Pop after graduating from the University Of Irvine, with a B.A. in English/Comparative Literature (’83). His grandmother and grandfather were acapella gospel music teachers, his mother a gospel singer and his aunt sang jazz in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Terrell lived in a bell jar of sacred voices.
A hair designer, model, singer, video artist, poet, performance artist, teacher of critical thinking skills and editor, spiritual warrior, and defender of truth… Terrell is an UP-Cycle Artist of the Human Spirit…from the 1960s to now…from the church to the streets to academia and back to the streets…and back to the churches and sacred spaces. Always fighting for the voiceless, women, people of color, gays, victims of sexual abuse, the homeless and the poor-those people who have a disconnection from our modern world.
To honor his history and to heal what he knew was wrong with his life, Terrell began telling his stories in words, in visual images, and through the power of the sacred voice. Terrell was 36 when his daughter was born, and as she took her daily two hour naps, he took the opportunity to develop his personal challenge to make meaningful fine art out of discarded memories, belongings, people’s histories. Terrell learned to allow the recycled bark, paper, cardboard, fabric and wood to talk to him, dream with him, dictate with spirit in co-creation….as a sacred artist…a revolutionary artist who has become an evolutionary artist of change.
Terrell speaks language as he breathes words and images with respect to his ancestors and this planet. He is a spiritual energy, experiencing a human experience. He is a human, being.
Terrell’s recently published work, “Echoes and Ashes” is a spoken word/spoken song experience, a celebration of life honoring the human expression, our sacred voice. And to be sacred is to know intimacy in poetic and dreamtime, real time knowing. To honor the sacredness of the human voice only honors the sacredness of life itself, the bonding of the human experience. Echoes and Ashes is a call to be a spiritual happening every second…a.s.h.e.s. We can change our lives in a instant, a second in time…a change in personal actions. Change the story, the echo, we are living in into to a story that is a more functional story or echo. Our thoughts become our words and then our words become our world…a poetic modern novel, such as Echoes and Ashes.Available on Amazon.com http://goo.gl/sJH5fI
Cathy Wilson is a retired teacher, having taught writing and various arts in the public schools and, for ten years, in juvenile corrections. She is a writer with several published books, mostly on alternative healing and related themes, as well as many poetry and essay publications. She is also a visual artist, working mostly in oils and focusing on the portrait and the figure. Cathy loves to play the recorder, mostly alto, particularly enamored of the baroque period. She is also a drummer and a drum circle facilitator. Having directed a neo-tribal bellydance troupe for over a dozen years, she loves to dance as well. At present, she teaches online writing for Ashford University. Cathy is passionately devoted to the arts as a way to empower the Sacred Voice among people of all ages and walks of life.
Cecile Claude came to Laguna Beach from the East Coast about 4 years ago to be closer to her family and grandchildren. She firmly believes that SPIRIT has brought her here to the West Coast to do what she does best, “HOLD SACRED SPACE” for the building of community through Sacred Voices and The Meeting Place. Cecile brings 35 years of being a Rainbow Warrior and helping to mend the Golden Hoop of Humanity with The Sun Temple back east. Cecile feels deep in her heart that working with Terrell’s words and messages of us all finding Our Story and using our own sacred voices IS the next part in the journey of her life.
Love Chutney, Sacred Voices House Band
Love Chutney presents a fusion of Indian classical, kirtan and new age music, blending traditional Indian ragas with original compositions and popular modern incarnations of timeless chants. They create healing music with sitar, drones, percussion and eclectic instruments to guide the listener’s journey through sound into a state of sincere bhakti. Love Chutney often accompanies yoga and meditation as well as visual and performing artists. Based in Laguna Beach and Long Beach, they perform at art, yoga and dance events, as well as other ceremonies and gatherings around Southern California. Past shows include the Laguna Beach Art Walk, the Sawdust Festival, the Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball, the Mantra Mela Festival and Yoga Rocks the Park. Current and future events will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/LoveChutney