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Circle of Sparks

by Eda Maxym

With elegant and evocative songwriting and vocals, these songs resonate deeply with a unique blend of genres. The listener is invited on a truly numinous ride...
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Ghost Eye
5:15 album only
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2. Helicopter
4:48 album only
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3. One Summer
6:52 album only
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4. Here
4:41 album only
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5. So Many Lights
6:32 album only
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6. Mind and the Fire
4:16 album only
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7. Trouble
5:19 album only
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8. Everything
4:22 album only
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9. The River
6:35 album only

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Eda Maxym
Songwriter, Vocalist
Profile

So I started life out in New York and after a particularly hot summer spent in front of my fan listening
to lovers’ spats outside my window living above what used to be the St. Marks Bar and Grill, I traded
the intensity of Manhattan for the expansiveness of the New Mexican desert as I drove my college
degree West and landed a job as a waitress. New Mexico blew me wide open and the little apartment
I was renting had a sleeping alcove surrounded by windows where I fell asleep every night watching
the most remarkable night sky.

“There are so many lights in this world, they can block out the moon and the stories
of stars...and so many roads in this world, so many planes and buses and cars...oh,
rich knowledge of the land, oh, rich knowledge of the land....”

A few years later, nothing like a major heartbreak to set the wheels going, this time as far West as I
could go in my little car, to San Francisco…it was the rainiest fall in years, with houses sliding down
hills…I hunkered down in my hidden away funky old flat with my new neighbor, the very eccentric
poet Robert Anthony. I started what would turn out to be a most interesting adventure in San
Francisco with friends and artists of all kinds, camping with redwoods and collecting stones on nude
beaches, getting the gardening bug big time, working as a carpenter and set painter, playing in a band
and writing music and performing in a dark comedy cabaret group, Hyena Cabaret.

Threading through all my experiences was my passion, almost obsession, for music from around the
world, and I spent all my spare money and time hanging out in my local and not so local record
stores. I discovered Oum Kalthoum, Fado music, and of course, lots and lots of African Music…old
Americana, classic Operas, Cuban, you name it, I was listening to it all and making mix tapes for my
friends all night long. I did a few shows as a guest radio programmer, did some other gigs here and
there all around the Bay Area.

I traveled to West Africa where I danced on New Year’s Eve with thousands of people in a stadium in
Dakar to the music of Youssou N’Dour, one of the highest musical experiences of my life. Then I
drove with my two other traveling companions across the Malian desert in a broken down Peugeot
where there was no road listening to cassette tapes given by dear new Malian friends, going into
trance at a drumming Ceremony in the middle of I don’t even know where…In Bamako I won a
beauty or dance contest, I can’t remember, and was given a tube of African face cream as the prize,
which I still keep intact. I think it was at the old train station turned concert venue in Bamako,
dancing with someone who will forever remain nameless…I traveled to Russia, Europe, South
America and the quietest place on Earth, so profoundly silent and beautiful, Antarctica.

In the nineties in San Francisco I recorded and toured with the bands Beasts of Paradise and Trance
Mission, had my daughter Stella Karuna a few months after a favorite gig experience in Bisbee
Arizona, then toured around Europe when she was a few months old and continued traveling on and
off in Europe in a little caravan with my family, playing festivals, smuggling a Mongolian nanny with
us into Austria, visiting the remarkable Damanhur, where Stephen played a concert with a tree that
was wired for sound (yes, that’s right…long story!) on the way from Switzerland to a gig in the South
of France…so many traveler’s tales…like so many travelers I know well or have met briefly along
the way…Sometimes I love nothing more than to be on the road and sometimes I just want to be
picking tomatoes from my garden. It’s always a challenge to try to strike that balance between the
two.

I’ve collaborated with many musicians, made over a dozen recordings with various bands and
projects, and have played so many different kinds of venues, from vast open air Festivals with many
thousands of people, to gigs where more people were in my band than people who showed up to hear
us play. I have learned so much from all of those experiences, whether they have been exhilarating or
deeply disappointing. And I’ll never forget that crazy guy in Warsaw, the mad Lithuanian who went
to find us food in the wee hours after a show….

For the last ten years I have been doing Ceremony with two very remarkable traditional Medicine
people from the Huichol tribe, or Wirrarika, as they preferred to be called. The work I have done with
them has been very deep and without the healing that I have experienced in those gatherings I would
be a very different person than I am now, and not as likely to have been able to follow my path in the
way that I am able to do at this time. I will always be very grateful to them for allowing me to
experience real unconditional love, a rare reality in the culture I grew up in.
Now I find myself working with a new band, a gathering of musicians I call the Imagination Club.
I’ve just released my second recording with that band, Circle of Sparks. My life seems to be about
trying to find a balance between all the things that pull me in so many directions. Family, gardening,
schedules and commitments, school happenings, walking the dog, retreat time, meetings with the
Muse, and on and on…throughout it all I remain committed to learning and discovering more about
my own design and where it will take me. So far it has been a very intriguing journey, sometimes
extremely challenging and sometimes truly magnificent, and I look forward to going many more
places as yet to be discovered….

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