We Dream Dawn’s Sage Cook was another founding member of Elephant Revival, who left the band in 2015. Law will join her former bandmember on stage with his new band as part of the Underground Sound series show at Beaver Creek.
By Kim Fuller Published in the Vail Daily
You may know her name from the indie folk music group Elephant Revival, but renowned violinist Bridget Law is now exploring new rhythm for herself in the industry and in her life. After 11 years of touring with Elephant Revival, Law says she has decided to create a more home-based lifestyle for herself.
‘WE FELL IN LOVE PLAYING MUSIC’
Law and Tierro Lee, founding member of Kan’Nal and producer of Arise Music Festival (known in the industry simply as Tierro), were recently married and have started performing together. They will be playing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Friday, Nov. 3, along with folk alternative band We Dream Dawn.
“I am looking forward to being more regenerative with my artistic energy and my community and with my home life,” she said of the transition out of touring with Elephant Revival. “I want to focus more on things that are happening in Colorado, and venues that are awesome in Colorado, and also art that’s happening here.”
The combination of talent and passion exchanged between Law and Tierro creates a dynamic and worldly sound, supported by a rhythm section of Charles Parker on bass (recently back from sitting in on tour with Thievery Corporation) and drums by Jonny Jyemo (the founder of Jyemo Club). The captivating music takes listeners on a transcendent journey that flows between daring improvisation and carefully crafted arrangements.
“We fell in love playing music, so it’s really natural to be sharing that with people,” Law said. “My husband is an incredible composer, and we kind of dance between the violin and the guitar, and then we put these dance beats behind them. So it’s really fun music, really danceable music and it’s really transcendent and meditative.”
ELEPHANT REVIVAL NOSTALGIA
We Dream Dawn’s Sage Cook was another founding member of Elephant Revival. He left the band in 2015 and started the new band, a creation he says was “born from a subsistence farming adventure.”
“Land stewardship has led me to deeper forms of self stewardship which looks like acknowledgment, protection, love and trust of our true selves, not the culturally programmed self,” Cook said, who runs a sustainable farm in Kansas with partner and We Dream Dawn bass player Aera Fox. “I believe the lack of such self-stewardship is systemic of most of the problems humanity is currently facing. This is the message I hope to bring through the music.”
Law says she enjoys playing music with Cook whenever the opportunity presents itself, and she’ll be on stage with We Dream Dawn at the Vilar Friday night.
“Sage and I supported each other a lot in the early days of Elephant Revival, so a lot of these songs that We Dream Dawn plays I was around for the inception of, so it’s quite joyful for me to be a part of expressing them now,” Law said.
Cook said sharing the stage with Law is nostalgic of the early Elephant Revival days, and “just pure fun.”
“We’ve been playing music together now for 11 years and I believe that this connection augments the heart of the music,” he added. “We are also really excited to have Vail Valley local Mark Levy on drums and to share the bill with Tierro Lee, Charlie Parker and Jonny Jyemo. This show is going to feel a bit like a super fun family reunion.”
‘WHAT A MUSIC VENUE REALLY SHOULD BE’
The Vilar Center is no doubt a special venue, and Law said it’s one of her favorite places to play.
“I feel like the Vilar is this incredible example of what a music venue really should be — a listening venue that people can also dance in, and the whole space is so welcoming. It’s a large room but it’s a really intimate space; you can exchange and experience the music with the audience, and I find that to be a really special thing that they’ve cultivated there, and I think it’s a great example for many venues anywhere.”