music by anna may:
alt tragi americana snapshots, invocations for peace and judgment bending, with
bleeding heart stream of consciousness poems.
annamaymusic.com & annamay.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/annamayfolk & youtube.com/annamayfolk
stardustmemory.annamay on instagram.
Appearance on Gramma's Attic Music Revue:
Appearance on Shoreline Music Monthly:
Anna has been musically enhancing lives in connecticut and elsewhere since 2011, with a teaching style that honors creative flexibility & personal musical freedom, as well as the importance of technique & cultural awareness.
we improvise, we learn from others, and we do a little bit of everything that has potential to bring us satisfaction, as in our lives.
as part of my lessons, i seek to create a fluid, positive, wholly affirming & non judgmental space in which students feel allowed to expand and explore, and where they can feel willing to transcend their previously thought Limits.
contact email@example.com if you are interested in music lessons, or if you are interested in music for wedding services.
at the age of twenty five, anna may is an established songwriter, multi instrumentalist, teacher, and traveler based in connecticut.
She has studied piano since the age of six, and is currently the resident organist at grassy hill congregational church in lyme, connecticut. anna carries with her an eclectic and original musical style that has been fed by many experiential sources, and by her education background as an unschooler and autodidact.
Feeling dissatisfied with the monotony of her traditional schooling experience, at age fifteen, anna began to cultivate a life of intentional unschooling, intentional creativity, & radically independent study after skipping two grades in middle school, & leaving traditional high school early in favor of travel and studies with independent mentors.
Anna's desire to choose unschooling was driven by a deep sentiment of having felt under stimulated & without challenge or focus in the context of public schooling, coming to discovery that autodidacticism requires a great deal of discipline, self motivation, and invention.
Anna was lucky to find similarly minded people on the course of her educational journey.
During school years, Anna's life was filled with competitive travel basketball & softball, where she pitched her teams to many victories. Competitive sports were offset by softer forms such as poetry, creative writing, studies in percussion, piano lessons, and by creative dance classes & performances with favorite mentors, and with Creative Dance Continuum.
This all contributed to the development of a deep love for free expression & a desire to maintain a global consciousness about all that Anna would undertake.
In addition to leading dance and sports workshops, Anna led creative writing workshops and facilitated discussion groups.
After a writing & social justice immersion program in Durango, Colorado in 2011, independent west coast travels with family in 2012 & 2013, a southern United States music tour, and a Spanish and tango immersion in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2014 with Unschool Adventures, Anna decided to take a break from music performance & writing, and joined the circus in 2015, where she immersed herself in trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, hoop dance, and West african dance. We spread the medicine of circus in Connecticut, New york, and to Standing Rock Reservation in Cannonball, North Dakota for the purpose of enlivening the spirits of water protectors at the protest camp. While with the circus, Anna was given space to enhance her communication and teaching skills through the arts of movement and performance.
In 2013, Anna worked as a mentor at east tenneessee unschooled camp in johnson city, tennessee, with a group of extremely gifted teenagers, and learned so much about herself from them. at camp, she facilitated dance workshops that explored acrobatic and creative movement, expressive choreography, and various forms of dance, including modern dance and flow arts. Developing and cultivating the innate creative instinct often proves to be the best way to approach problem solving with equanimity and invention.
Anna ultimately returned to music as her focus. Music is her meditation for navigating heartache, and for navigating life .. it is my primary coping mechanism. It is wistful, transient, sweet, open, melancholic, & feels like the most honest form.
Her music has been enriched by the many inspiring individuals who have crossed her path, & by her travels in and out of the country, during which she was taught the importance of confronting what is difficult, and taught that the arts of dance, music, festival, freedom, and living in deep connection & relationship to others has the capacity to heal our traumas. Anna feels grateful to have been brought up in a loving environment, surrounded by musicians and by teachers, and expresses gratitude to her parents and to her grandmother for giving her a life replete with abundance and inspiration.
In addition to releasing a short album of songs in 2015, Anna self published her first novel of observational human sketches in 2011 at the age of eighteen, and is currently perfecting a children’s book, as well as a new album of songs made from fresh experiences.
Anna conveys jazz standards, and original music with an emphasis on spiritual expansion and fissures in human relationships, always seeking to offer musical meditations on universal peace, and the cultivation of authentic & permanent states of joy. Anna's music is streaked with tones of jazz, implanted in her after a brief life in new orleans as a musician and youth development mentor for elementary school students. Influenced by travels to south america, europe, and extensive travels within the united states, anna has cultivated a sound that is uniquely her own .. a sound that is always expanding.
Music teaches us about who we are .. and that it is only ever about giving, loving, and sharing.
Anna considers herself lucky to have found a loving audience that is supportive of her musical growth.
She has performed music at venues across the country, including at mid city music lounge in los angeles, california, broadway comedy club in new york, new york, bar redux in new orleans, louisiana, crying wolf in nashville, the 2019 wildflower arts & music festival, the boston arts festival, the Glastonbury harvest festival, etc. She has also opened for award winning singer & songwriter, jann klose.
A lifelong dancer, writer, teacher, experiencer and communicator who seeks, primarily, to weave wisdom into music, Anna is grateful for the many special mentors who have offered their gifts to her, who have shared their inspiring and empowering energies, and who have imparted to her the supreme importance of artistic freedom. Along the way, Anna has enhanced her dance studies with Argentine tango, salsa, swing, and with other ballroom styles.
Anna keeps busy with modeling work at lyme academy of fine arts in lyme, connecticut, piano teaching, offering freelance counseling & support to at risk youth, and to victims of domestic violence & abuse.
Anna is passionate about lending her voice to eating disorder recovery causes whenever she can, & also enjoys acting as a writing tutor. she facilitates therapeutic dance workshops when she can and is most passionate about the powerfully medicinal qualities of ecstatic dance; a stimulating practice of full self expression that anna has immersed herself in, from new orleans to portland, oregon. Anna seeks to perform with an intent of spreading joy and awareness. she is perpetually deepening her studies of yoga, meditation, religion, & spirituality.
Anna is in the process of publishing her children's book, the adventures of delbert spitnificus; a story about an ordinary man who wants to become extraordinary.
We are only here, for right now, in these bodies .. that is all that we know, right now.
May we love ourselves, and love the lives that we create. may we fuel ourselves and others perfectly; dance often, & guard our goodness with the whole hearted and precious energy that we each posses. may we continue to expand into new spiritual dimensions, in absolute unity, while we are here. We are perfect as we are.
May we remain impassioned & fully engaged in all that we do.
May we do what feeds us, and cultivate something that feels divine in our lives.
May we meditate, and sunbathe, and share freely in our many freedoms :)
Rebirth is inevitable.
Music might be the best vehicle to drive the rebirthing process ..
Tour de promethean and premature sunburn -
fresh songs & fresh vibes after a year of simultaneous giving and suffering.
a collective movement regarding what it is to remain in states of beauty, authenticity and originality as we endure processes which could cause us to reshape entirely ..
how do we remain rebelliously creative, innovative and free as we navigate life’s surprises?
how can we hold onto our innate creativity in the midst of oppression?
may we seek to confront and relinquish suffering, and move towards wholehearted freedom and bliss .. ever deepening.
may we never remain in states of pain or rejection that cause power & inspiration to dissipate.
we are beautiful.
may we always remain thoughtfully open to possibility.
East Lyme native performs at Tapped Apple after stint in the Big Easy
Anna May (Contributed)
Published April 25. 2018 1:32PM
By Rick Koster Day staff writer
Any musician who spends any time in New Orleans will either a) stay there happily forever or b) leave enriched by the experience.
This applies to East Lyme native Anna May. After several "fantastic" months in the Crescent City, Anna May has returned to Connecticut and appears tonight at the Tapped Apple Winery in Westerly. As a songwriter and performer of vast ambition and curiosity, Anna May has explored a variety of styles from ukulele trios and confessional Americana to storytelling, scarf dancing, and Kirtan and sacred music.
"I don't think that I really knew what music was before I lived in New Orleans," she says. "I had a loose idea. There was a moment there while playing when I realized, 'Oh, that is what i am supposed to be doing.' ... Music is a feeling that I've finally learned how to respect. I realized it's the one thing that i would not be able to tame — and that that was the entire point of it."
Expect Anna May to present all sides of her musical personae — twisting the past and exploring the future. It should be a fun night.
East Lyme folk artist Anna May is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and author. Her upcoming EP “Premature Sunburn” is an eclectic collection of highly original, insightful and soothing songs. Her music is mythical, relaxing and at times haunting. I can hear these particular tunes in a movie soundtrack as they are perfect for sceneries calling for quiet reflection, poetry, and comfort. The EP was recorded by Steve Rizzo at Stable Sounds in Portsmouth, RI and features superb production sound, bare boned with just guitar and vocals, with an emphasis on melody rather than chord structure.
Anna’s angelic vocals are reminiscent of Suzanne Vega, Dido and Florence Welch and she has an innate ability to make the listener believe what she is singing. Her courage and simultaneous vulnerability somehow soothe you.
Insightful lyrics and spiritual melodies abound on the tunes “Poet,” “We Lose,” “September” and “Acadia” while “J’Attendrai,” French for “I Will Wait,” is perhaps a metaphor for her musical success to come. My favorite track is “Where is Your Love?” where she’s added a tremolo effect on the guitar giving it a southwestern feel. As witnessed by her gig schedule (see upcoming dates below) Anna’s music is highly in demand at live performance venues. -
Sue Menhart, Soundwaves Magazine.
I highly recommend checking out this new, local talent.
September 1, Holmberg Orchards, Gales Ferry, CT
September 2, Tapped Apple Winery, Westerly, RI
September 5, Bee and Thistle Inn, Old Lyme, CT
September 8, Parmalee Artisan Market, Killingworth, CT
September 15, Higher Grounds Coffee Gallery, East Haddam, CT
September 20, Port City Blue, Portland, ME
September 25, Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, VT
September 30, Washington Street Coffee House, New London, CT
"it is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. rather our concern must be to live while we're alive
- to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are"
.. elisabeth kubler - ross.