Why I Started

When I was six or seven, I remember hopping off my swingset and running across the backyard to the kitchen. It was hot out and I wanted to get into the cool kitchen and to the fruit salad my mother had promised me. 

I jumped off the swing, ran across the grass and then all of the sudden, everything stopped.

I remember feeling like I was floating above the ground surrounded by a cloud of golden light. Like I didn’t have a body. Or a name. Or an age. I was just floating above the grass, in a bubble of peace, flooded with an exquisite feeling of safety and connection.

I’ve played back that moment a million times. The warm glow of being held by source energy, the 100% feeling of belonging, the exquisite beams of love shooting out of everything.

I’m pretty sure that I chose music and dance (or they chose me) because of this experience. Sometimes when I’m making things, I get a flash of the deep peace that permeated that moment. It all feels connected. 

 

I make original music, movement and video. I am inspired by a wide range of sounds and experiences that include American roots music, West African music, Gregorian chant, English folk ballads, hand made musical instruments, and nursery rhymes.

My dance is rooted in African and Native American ceremonial movement and is also influenced by capoeira and the contact improv and ecstatic dance I’ve seen friends do in San Francisco. 

I combine my music with dance in homemade videos shot outdoors in the fields, parks and forests of Northern California. My partner, Shashtin Svendsen, is my director of photography and shoots all the video.

 I share snippets of my work here and full versions on my YouTube channel. If you’d like to receive a notice (email or Facebook message) when I upload something new, leave your name and email in one of the forms here and I’ll let you know! Having people watch and enjoy my work helps me continue to make.

About Chantmagick

Good Vibes Music Club

Why I Started

When I was six or seven, I remember hopping off my swingset and running across the backyard to the kitchen. It was hot out and I wanted to get into the cool kitchen and to the fruit salad my mother had promised me. 

I jumped off the swing, ran across the grass and then all of the sudden, everything stopped.

I remember feeling like I was floating above the ground surrounded by a cloud of golden light. Like I didn’t have a body. Or a name. Or an age. I was just floating above the grass, in a bubble of peace, flooded with a feeling of safety and connection.

I’ve played back that moment a million times. The warm glow of being held by source energy, the 100% feeling of belonging, the exquisite beams of love shooting out of everything.

I’m pretty sure that I chose music and dance (or they chose me) because of this experience. Sometimes when I’m making things, I get a flash of the deep peace that permeated that moment. It all feels connected.

I make original music, movement and video. I am inspired by a wide range of sounds and experiences that include American roots music, West African music, Gregorian chant, English folk ballads, hand made musical instruments, and nursery rhymes.

My dance is rooted in African and Native American ceremonial movement and is also influenced by capoeira and the contact improv and ecstatic dance I’ve seen friends do in San Francisco. I combine my music with dance to make homemade videos shot outdoors in the fields, parks and forests of Northern California. My partner, Shashtin Svendsen, is my director of photography and shoots most the video.

I share snippets of my work here and full versions on my YouTube channel. If you’d like to receive a notice (email or Facebook message) when I upload something new, leave your name and email in one of the forms here and I’ll let you know! Having people watch and enjoy my work helps me continue to make. 

About Chantmagick

I made this short video about a year ago because I wanted to share some of the influences and motivations behind my work. 

Earth:Connect Documentary Video Series

I’m developing a new documentary series called Earth:Connect. Each piece will include video footage, interviews, music and dancing.

I wanted a way to expand on my existing work to include ideas from other people related to the welfare of our planet.

Each video will revolve around a single question put to participants living in different environments. I welcome your ideas and am excited to collaborate. Stay tuned!

Alice in Wonderland Web Series

This year, I am re-telling the Alice in Wonderland story through a music and dance web series that unfolds in the woods of Northern California. 

Lewis Carroll’s classic tale is a perfect vehicle for exploring themes of alternate realities, connection with nature, and becoming grounded through movement and dance.

I hope you enjoy this journey.

Earth:Connect Documentary Video Series

I’m developing a new documentary series called Earth:Connect. Each piece will include video footage, interviews, music and dancing.

Each video will revolve around a single question put to participants living in different environments.

Alice in Wonderland

This year, I am re-telling the Alice in Wonderland story through a music and dance web series that unfolds in the woods of Northern California. Here is a playlist of all the episodes so far.

Arts Podcast

In this podcast episode, I interview Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, an Oakland, CA-based artist and illustrator. We were in conversation for an hour and discussed a wide range of topics. It was just lovely and I’m so excited to bring the conversation to you! Dawline’s website is here dawlinejaneart and her Instagram page is here.

Listen on any of the platforms listed below or your favorite (you’ll probably find the show!)

❊ Apple iTunes, http://bit.ly/ChantJST
❊ Google Play, http://bit.ly/ChantJST4
❊ Spotify, http://bit.ly/ChantJST5
❊ Stitcher, http://bit.ly/ChantJST2
❊ iHeart Radio, http://bit.ly/ChantJST6

Videos

Here is a playlist of four short promotional videos I made for my Fall 2018 album “A Dance for Trees.”

Folk Tunes, Mostly Made Up” is a playlist of 10 original songs that span the range from traditional folk song to indie alt folk. Enjoy!

 “Watch, Listen, Unwind, Breathe Deep” is a playlist with 15 of my  original music videos.

Stream on Spotify

A Dance for Trees is a collection of seven songs recorded between August and October 2018. These songs capture my awe and gratitude for the magic and beauty of nature. 
Winter is Coming is a change of season tune that pays tribute to shifts in nature and the passage of time. It is the first song off the seven song ep Chantmagick.
To Be Alive is the first track on the ep Six More, a collection of six songs I recorded in the Fall of 2017. I was moving away from vocal chants and towards songs with lyrics.

Arts Podcast

In this podcast episode, I interview Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, an Oakland, CA-based artist and illustrator. We were in conversation for an hour and discussed a wide range of topics. It was just lovely and I’m so excited to bring the conversation to you! Dawline’s website is here dawlinejaneart and her Instagram page is here.

Listen on any of the platforms listed below or your favorite (you’ll probably find the show!)

❊ Apple iTunes, http://bit.ly/ChantJST
❊ Google Play, http://bit.ly/ChantJST4
❊ Spotify, http://bit.ly/ChantJST5
❊ Stitcher, http://bit.ly/ChantJST2
❊ iHeart Radio, http://bit.ly/ChantJST6

Stream on Spotify

A Dance for Trees is a collection of seven songs recorded between August and October 2018. These songs capture my awe and gratitude for the magic and beauty of nature. 

Earthy Good Vibes Music

If you’d like to receive a notice when I share something new, leave your name & email below. 

Store

I’m excited to partner with Bandcamp to sell A Dance with Trees as a digital download and a CD. Bandcamp offers an ad-free space that is respectful to artists and great for music lovers who want to support independent artists. You can easily listen, follow, share, buy and send music as gifts. Thank you Bandcamp!

Store

I’m excited to partner with Bandcamp to sell A Dance with Trees as a digital download and a physical CD. Bandcamp is a great way to find and support independent musicians.

Groovy Earth Music

If you’d like to receive a notice when I share something new, leave your name & email below. 

Credits

Special thanks to Shashtin Svendsen, my Director of Photography who takes all of the video footage you see me in! Shashtin is a visual artist and professional graphic designer. See her work at shashtin.com.

Social Links

Credits

Special thanks to Shashtin Svendsen, my Director of Photography who takes all of the video footage you see me in! Shashtin is a visual artist and professional graphic designer. See her work at shashtin.com.

Social Links

© Marilyn McNeal 2019. All rights reserved.