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Meet Marya Stark

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marya Stark.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have always been mused by magic. I have been chasing after the threads of song, paradox, romance, nostalgia, and attempting to spell out the shapes of the stars in my heart for as long as I can remember. This natural devotion to the muse has led me to study voice, composition, theater, and embodiment for most of my life.

I grew up in the desert and started composing songs when I was 14. I went from training at a performance arts-based middle-high school into music conservatory at Chapman University, which is where I discovered Music Therapy. Learning about sound, music and expressive arts as a healing modality lit something up in me. I discovered my artistic calling, which is to blend music, myth, and magic into an expression and Devotion to the Mystery. Since then I have been exploring the edges of my own heart, mind, and body through creativity, always curious what veils I could lift between me and the center of the universe.

I’ve been feverishly writing songs for decades, and recently I’ve been integrating storytelling and theatrical elements into my stage shows. I am preparing to release an album that feels very much like the ripening of songs and stories I’ve been trying to articulate my whole life. It’s very exciting.

Please tell us about your art.
I make art in many ways, through song, poetry, story, photography, and video. This multi-media approach to art for me is about making the invisible visible. It is about creating worlds, where the stories and dances of universes that come across my heart have a place to live outside of me. There are many aspects to creative process that I flow with at different times. Sometimes I’m attempting to integrate something very esoteric and mythic, other times it’s quite personal and intimate from my messy human experience.

There are songs that expose my deepest hurt, and usually, this music is very intimate and simple.
A melody, prose, a guitar.

Other times, I am motivated to understand archetypal voices that seem to have their own personalities. They feel more like songs of the nature guardians, or the great mythic heroes that live inside the collective memory. These muses enjoy more fanfare and are usually accompanied by visions and theatrical elements that desire a space to be summoned for them, so they can step out into the world of form and dance.

Regardless of the kind of muse that I’m working with, mostly what I hope people take away from these expressions is permission to feel the deep feels, to reflect on their own evolving human journey, and to make connections within their own mythos that supports walking through the realm with an uplifted heart, open to the miracle that life is.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think there are many roles of artists. There are artists who feed the collective narrative, reinforce it. Brand it. There are artists who mirror the entropy of what’s happening. There are artists who are protectors of the sacred, the traditional, the magical. And there are artists who weave worlds; who push the edges, who tie together information into new, emergent narratives. From what I understand, there have been artists who play these different roles throughout history, working with the content that is available and dreaming in new possibilities.

For me, when I experience a national or international event, I often ride the wave of collective/personal emotions tied with it. I think it’s pretty amazing how much information we have access to. The amount of content there is to respond to can be overwhelming. My previous album ‘Lineage’ was very much influenced by international movements of women healing and opening their voices, speaking their truth. I’ve written a lot of songs inspired and informed by history. For example, the Magdalene Laundries, the Witch Burnings, and other traumatic events that I believe to be lodged in our collective cellular memory. I think these epochs of time still have an impact.

I recently wrote a song about the abortion ban, attempting to hold and express the complexity of that situation, while also allowing my own feelings to come through in a powerful way. I think for me, often when larger events are taking place, impacting the emotional and psychological well being of the people, artists have an opportunity to bring healing, to be a voice for the voiceless, and to create spaces that allow big energies to move. I aspire to continue to be a lantern in the dark corners, while keeping the Fires of Love alive. I know that art brings people together in times of despair and crisis. Art helps to remind us that we are in this thing called life together.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Come check out my most recent music videos, and stay tuned for ways we can weave together through live performances, retreats, and online courses.

Unstoppable Joy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjdlo-DOo20

Lineage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp_I5rAj6W0

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Image Credit:
Sydni Indman, Julia Miho Nakamura, Tessa Shields, Valouria, Amir Weiss

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1 Comment

  1. Jim Blake

    October 9, 2019 at 05:11

    I have been a Facebook fan of Marya for ten years – She is the real deal – deep and true and soooo imaginative. Her muses work overtime.

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