I believe that songs live and breathe on our breath, pulsing to the rhythm of our heart beat. If not carried and sung they are lost, forgotten. It is my prayer and intention to gather songs from around the world and share the story of human care, love and connection to the Earth and One another.
Gifted with a broad, soaring vocal range and crystalline tone Peia’s song pierces the heart with bell like clarity. She sings with depth and beauty, moving audiences to tears and inviting listeners to reconnect with one’s own purpose and the heart of the Earth. Accompanying herself with Charango, Harmonium, and Guitar and surrounded by a rich ensemble that weaves lush vocal harmonies, an eclectic array of percussion and virtuoso classical guitar. Peia’s music creates an organic soundscape for vibrational healing.
As a sacred song preserver Peia has gathered songs from indigenous traditions all across the globe, as well as the stories and teachings with which they are woven. She has traveled extensively and studied from the rich lineages of Medieval Chant, Bulgarian and Celtic Folk Music, Medicine songs from the Native peoples of North and South America and Indian Classical Raga. Peia’s original song writing draws upon a deep well love and respect for Mother Earth and the Spirit of all Life.
Born in the back hills of Connecticut, Peia spent most of her childhood playing in the forests, hiding out in tree tops and learning from the sounds and patterns in the nature around her. In 2002 she moved to Boston where she attended New England Conservatory of Music on scholarship to receive extensive training in Western Classical Voice and Opera, vocal pedagogy, composition, and improvisation. In 2007 she made the long trip west to Portland Oregon where she began a deeper study of Indian Classical singing and joined Trillium Voices – An Estonian vocal ensemble. In 2009 Peia made her recording debut with Grammy Nominee Ronn McFarlane for the Album Ayre Heart and the following year released Semi Somnus – a beautiful and eclectic collaboration with guitarist Chris Mosley. In 2012 she released her first solo album The Dance of Devotion – a stunning collection of poetic and devotional love songs. Her latest recording Four Great Winds – a journey through traditional and neo-sacred song – was self released in May 2013 and has been signed to Sounds True for global release in the fall of 2015.
Peia currently splits her time between Portland and the lush, wild hills of Southern OR where she teaches Voice Cultivation and the Yoga of Sound. Fusing her knowledge of Vocal Pedagogy – (The Science of the Voice) with the ancient meditative practice of Nada Yoga, she imparts upon her students the tools to harness the natural beauty and resonance of the voice.