Renowned for her mastery across a manifold of instruments including piano, harp, synths, and vocals, the LA resident known as Low Leaf is truly a spectacle to watch. Effortlessly combining a rich Filipino heritage with alluring music, she has become a crown jewel of the underground with an acoustic meets electric sound that is equally nostalgic and futuristic. The rising talent will be releasing her upcoming album Palm Psalms in Spring 2016, just before taking on FF002.
What's an idea or technology that inspires you?
I'm incredibly inspired by sustainable buildings, landscape design, and technology that incorporates / exists in harmony with nature. I fantasize living in a sustainable tree-house, or one of those earth ship houses made of recycled materials that have solar heating / cooling, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production. In my heart I know I could just run away to the Philippines and live that way in the jungle or something, but I know I'm planted here in the 1st world to somehow help pry open the collective consciousness to these sorts of ideas so we can all make better choices in our time to shape a more thriving future.
How can time and space be communicated through the arts?
I came across a quote once that said something along the lines of, art is how we decorate space and music is how we decorate time. I found this interesting because I find the two interchangeable. When I listen to music, I begin to experience a space in which I can let my spirit navigate in. When I see visual arts, I usually begin to perceive a portal, or moment in time that has been captured, and has become eternalized. So in the way that time and space are one, visuals and music are one in the same, reflecting and complementing each other. Knowing this, I feel that artists have a great responsibility to redirect and guide the hearts of humanity to a state of greater perception and understanding of our place in this potent time, within this ever-expanding multi-verse.
Where are music and the arts headed?
The older I get, the more experience and wisdom I gain, along with more lightheartedness, and a childlike relationship to life itself. Similarly, I feel that music and art (at least for me) is moving towards more innovation, but with a re-rooting and deeper understanding of a very primal and ancient sound. I feel that that's the only way to grow... To utilize the technology of our time, but also digging our feet into the earth that has been here for thousands of years before we began to inhabit it. So hopefully, people will begin to develop discernment for what it is they are channeling when they create, so that they can source from the divine creator, void of self-serving intentions and vanity.
What is a quote you live by?
I've lived by "create or die" since 2007, and since then it's evolved into "Creator DIY". I felt this heavy responsibility and fire to create a new sound, to open up portals on earth. I still thrive off this momentum, but now with a more refined awareness and intention. Also, I love hands.. my hands, ancient grandmother's hands, my mother's hands, children's hands... Handmade pieces. Hand-sculpted frequencies. Homemade food. Anything made with love, anything that can be done ourselves, we ought to do it, because.. create or die. As we evolve ourselves, we evolve each other.