IN ROTATION: AURA BAKKER DESERT SEA: I write this post from the mountains and granite cliffs of Yosemite overlooking the Sierras. I love the city but when I’m able to get away to a place of such majesty and spiritual grace it feeds my soul.

The same feeling of renewal occurs when I listen to music that touches me, crafted by artists who are drawing from their well of experience, spirituality and life observations.

One such artist is Aura Bakker an eclectic songwriter with a nimble, jazz-tinged voice-one that floats and twists according to the needs of the song.

Raised in California and Holland, Aura’s music is formed from her insightful, curious nature and enhanced by her background in Indian classical music and jazz.

This year, marked the launch of her first full length album called ‘Desert Sea’, co-produced by Jonathan Greene and funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Ethereal at times, the well-crafted songs and compelling lyrics send you to another place. The full, but uncluttered production calls to mind the efficiency and beauty of the desert landscape and is so beautifully captured in the album photography.

This is the Desert Sea and like the otherworldly landscape I am writing from, it surrounds the heart and ears, reaching into the soul.

Tonight, Aura is performing selections from ‘Desert Sea’ live with a roster of talented local musicians at the famed Hotel Cafe in the heart of Hollywood. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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