Aubrey Hackman’s 5th annual Telluride Yoga Festival take place this week, Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, and includes a cast of illustrious presenters: Dr. Jayashree and M.A. Narasimhan, Duncan Wong, Annie Pace, Mark Whitwell, Beryl Bender Birch, Stacey Rosenberg, Nancy Stechert, Karl Straub, Allison English, the YogaSlackers, Amy Johnson, Jill Lawson, Rachel Nelson, Mike Matsumara, River Cummings, Erin Fleming, Tina Porter and Josh Vincent. Sean Johnson and his Wild Lotus Band lead the kirtan and joining them will be Kelsea Little.
Kelsea performs before the kirtan and at the closing ceremonies
What happens when you mix 40 strings, a meadowlark, a basket of garden vegetables, and a cup of warm tea with a shot of honey? Most likely you’d end up with a young imaginative girl from the mountains of California named Kelsea – and her faithful sidekick Neil.( By the way, Neil is a five foot-tall harp.)
Kelsea began taking harp lessons around the corner from her childhood home at just 8 years old. She moved through school excelling in literary and musical studies, and her interests eventually gravitated toward songwriting. After a successful three-year run with her first band, The Wrong Trousers of YouTube fame, she has recently emerged onto the indie folk scene as a solo artist and is making quite an impression already.
While often compared to Regina Spektor and Joanna Newsom, Kelsea has a style all her own. With honest, enticing lyrics and an ear for evocative melodies, her music is easy to relate to and yet excitingly brand new at the same time. Even more enchanting than her songs is Kelsea’s stage presence: she speaks so colloquially with each new audience that, after seeing her live, everyone is left with the strange feeling he has just made a new best friend.
In 2010, Kelsea released a self-recorded album, Art Vs. Craft, a whimsical collection of experimental recordings from her early years of songwriting. Her first professionally recorded full-length LP, Personal Myth, came out in October 2011. Personal Myth, with its much fuller sound, reflects Kelsea’s maturation as a musician and the unique way in which she views the world.
For a preview of what’s in store at the Yoga Festival, watch this You Tube of Kelsea Little at work.