Deep in the recesses of Mother Earth amongst constant dripping,
between massive pillars, a shrine and many flickering flames, three women and a
man are in a powerful prayer to the ancestors and the Cave Mother. Their voices
rise and fall, becoming deep and resonant, strong and penetrating, bouncing off
underground walls and lake and finally swallowed by the deep darkness.
Celestial voices weave strands of love, rumbling sounds rise from the bones of
the Mother, spirit voices come to life. We have become a vessel for the
ancients to come through. The Cave Mother teaches and feeds us. She can hold
all of us; nothing is ever too big for her. She gives us permission to fill her
completely. We are met in our strength. We listen and give each other space.
The process is fluid; it is a journey of discovery that surprises us again and
We, Valerianna Claff, Katja Esser, Ana Moffett and Barnett
Weiss, are the members of Bonesong. We come together in the Widow Jane Mine in
New York State to sing sacred improvisational songs throughout the night. Our
songs are spirit guided. We listen to what arises and respond. We search, get
lost and find each other. We weave in and out. Sometimes songs seem familiar
from some other time. It is a shamanic process and at times we shapeshift. The
words are not real or maybe they are some sort of universal language.
What you find here is not a finished studio production. This is
an assemblage of one evening in the mine where nature played its own role.
splashing water progressed into a cricket symphony, then climaxed in pouring
rain and an endless rolling thunder. It became part of our process. We emerged
renewed. May this work touch you as i t has touched
Katja Esser and Valerianna Claff 2004