DON’T MISS: American singer Peia at the Spirit Festival.
DON’T MISS: American singer Peia at the Spirit Festival. Contributed

Sacred songs preserver in Mullum

PEIA'S songs pierce the heart with bell-like clarity.

As a sacred songs preserver, Peia has gathered songs from indigenous traditions across the globe, as well as their stories and teachings.

Peia accompanies herself with a range of instruments including an Andean string instrument called a charango, harmonium, guitar and an eclectic array of percussion.

With a classical music background, Peia said she travelled and studied medieval chanting, Bulgarian and Celtic folk music, as well as medicine songs from the native peoples of North and South America.

"It was a long journey and a slow discovery over many years," she said.

"I studied opera and then a bit of raaga. Soon I became obsessed with qawwali and medieval chant.

"Slowly I learned that it was the sacred song forms that moved me the most deeply both as a singer and a listener.

"I understand songs as a bridge, a key, a living spirit that reaches back through time to remind us where we have come from, how we used to live and keep alive the wisdom of our ancestors."

At Spirit Festival in Mullumbimby, April 15 to 17. For details visit www.spiritfestival.com.au



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