Aural Elixir

Aural Elixir

Singer-pianist-composer, Jesse Maclaine, has created a unique, soulful jazz-rock-folk-pop sound with Aural Elixir. Often compared to Tori Amos & Joni Mitchell, Jesse Maclaine performs both solo & ensemble as Aural Elixir. Classically trained & steeped in jazz traditions, Aural Elixir delivers an exciting new sound inspired by New Orleans, music history, & the diversity of modern life.

​Liat’s voice has a haunting quality that is somehow comforting, and a musical style that has been described as “folk-edge.” Liat’s unforgettable songs range in attitude. She works with a variety of musicians in a spirit of mutual collaboration in which her style melds with others’.

Liat received some formal music training as a child in voice, piano, and guitar. She then wrote her first song at age fourteen, shortly after her father taught her some chords on the guitar. During high school she formed a band, which played all over Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City. It was at this time she developed her songwriting process. “It depends on the situation, but I usually improvise where music and lyrics are concurrent. I start with a chord progression, turn the recorder on, and start singing words.”

While studying speech pathology at Temple University, she took vocal therapy, where she was introduced to many different vocal techniques, including different ways of massaging the vocal chords and new breathing techniques to help support the diaphragm. By helping her understand the anatomy of the voice box, this science background gave her the knowledge to use her voice in the healthiest way.

Over the past 3 years, Liat’s musical vocation has become twofold: she performs her own compositions in concerts and in therapeutic contexts. She is a music specialist at a preschool, singing with children under the age of 5 years old. "There is no judgement with this beautifully pure audience. They are down for anything!" Children love to dance, clap and stomp to Liat's original songs, which also accompany books. By playing live music during yoga classes, Liat provides a calming centering milieu for the yogis as well as for herself. Many consider Liat to be a sound healer, restoring spirits from infants to elderly.

Liat has performed in venues across the globe from Colorado to New York to Israel. Her performances also include many festivals such as ARISE, Evergreen Music Festival, Uke Festival presented by Swallow Hill Music, and Sister Winds in Colorado; Beardfest, Cape May Music Festival, and NJ Folk Festival in New Jersey. She was featured on NBC-10 Morning News for Best Artist of South Jersey.

Liat aims to reconnect the mind, body, and spirit through music. Be it live, via download, on CD, or radio and television, you won’t want to miss this emerging artist.

As Colorado's music scene has exploded over the past few years, one of its mainstays has been Wendy Woo. Her energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Georgia.

Anticipating the rise of the independent artist, Woo formed her own corporation, Woo Music. Through that she runs her own record label (eight albums), publishing company, booking agency, and management company.

Woo was born in New York and moved to Boulder as a toddler when her parents Jane, an artist, and Bataan, a poet, became founding faculty members of Naropa University. The Faigao home was a gathering spot for such literary icons as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Merry Prankster Ken Kesey, and 1960s chronicler Norman Mailer.

Among Woo's many accolades:

• Five-Time Winner Best Singer/Songwriter (Denver's Westword) (Now in Westword's Hall of Fame).
• One of Denver's Top Five Bands, Channel 7 A-List (2009).
• Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Competition Top Four (2004).
• Independent Artist of the Year (2003) (Hapi Skratch Entertainment).
• Best Boulder Musician (The Boulder Weekly).
• Best Singer/Songwriter (The Boulder Daily Camera).
• Best Local Artist (Colorado Daily).
• Winner of the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search (sharing the stage with Sarah McLachlan and The Indigo Girls).
• Named to music critics' "Best Colorado CDs of the Year" lists: Ecolalia (The Denver Post and Westword) and Gonna Wear Red (DenverLocalMusicScene).

In addition:

• Woo's song, "Walking the Skyline," was used by HDNet as its promo song for the 2008 season.
• She and her band performed a two-hour concert broadcast nationally on Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network.
• She sings the theme song for Good Day Colorado, the weekday morning show on Denver's Fox affiliate.
• She has been part of national sports retailer Title Nine's Emerging Women Artist series.
• Her music has been featured in:
o Uncommon Goals, a Discovery Channel documentary about the gold medal-winning U.S. women's soccer team.
o Mountain of Dreams, a documentary about Mt. Everest.
o The Food Network's FoodNation with Bobby Flay.

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