Sydney-born, LA-based singer/songwriter and recording artist Ben Lee will be celebrating the release of his new album by performing at the Byron Bay Community Centre April 5 and 6.
Ayahuasca is a South American vine used in indigenous spiritual practice for thousands of years. The subtitle of Ben’s album, “Welcome to the Work,” refers to discovering what’s inside, and the active transformation of turning our darkness into light. That ongoing process of discovery is called “the work.” Co-created by Lee and Jessica Chapnik Kahn, an Argentinean-Australian actress and musician, Jessica also features as the female vocals on the record under the guise of Appleonia and will be joining Ben on his Australian tour.
“I wanted to make music as a gift to the medicine,” Lee underscores,“ in love and gratitude. It’s more devotional music than anything else, but not easy listening. It’s demanding, experimental music, just as ‘the work’ itself is demanding.”
Ben felt that donating 100% of the album’s artist royalties to charity was a way of keeping the album’s release in alignment with the healing nature of the medicine itself. An organisation that Ben feels a deep affinity with around the issue of consciousness-based research is the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a nonprofit research and educational organisation where Lee is donating half of his royalty income from “Ayahuasca”. The other half will go towards the Amazon conservation team.