217 East Houston Street
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6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013
Name: Stuart Davis Birth date: January 11, 1971 Birthplace: Des Moines, IA Height: 6'3" Weight: 175 Heritage: Danish Lineage: Soto-Zen Teacher: Marcia Davis Practices: 1 hour meditation (Zazen) daily, exercise 4x week, play hockey, constructing the language of IS, dreaming Turn-Ons: Awakened-Awareness, catholic school girl outfits, full lips, dark eyes, fearless curiosity, languages, wonder, conviction, integrity, mystery Turn-Offs: adulation, dogma, reductionistic-flatland postmodern left-brainiacs, greed, fear in all forms which inhibit humanity and its capacity to Love, guns My Fantasy: When I start to fantasize, I stop/drop it as soon as I see it happening. Isn't the compelling illusion-delusion that we're born, age, and die already a sufficient puppet-show drama? My Philosophy: Love has no opposite Years of Daily Zen Meditation: 8 Siblings: 2 Languages Invented: 1 Published Books: 2 With eleven full-length albums to his credit, Stuart Davis has carved out a unique wavelength in the musical spectrum. Taking the topics of God, sex, and life and death, and crafting them into inimitable pop songs with lyrical flair and unforgettable hooks, Stuart continues to be one of the great, undiscovered singer/songwriters around. In addition to his musical brilliance, Stuart is becoming something of a cultural force. With the support of devoted fans, in 1999 Stuart started his own record company, Dharma Pop Records (first called Post Apocalyptic Records), through which he has released four albums to date ("Bright Apocalypse", "Stuart Davis 2001", "The Late Stuart Davis", and the recent "Bell"). The same fan base has formed its own divinely mad community. These "Punk Monks" help promote Stuart's shows, run Stuart Davis websites, and generally spread the word of what has come to be known as Post Apocalyptic Punk Folk, or what we might simply call Integral Pop. The multifarious Davis is also a published author, having contributed to the book Radical Spirit (New World Library). And he's a fictional character too, appearing in Ken Wilber's novel Boomeritis (Shambhala). His series of video road journals are a regular part of the Integral Naked website (www.integralnaked.com), a multimedia doorway to the world of integral awareness. Armed with one camera, two guitars, and multiple personalities, Stuart introduces us to the bizarre and beautiful world of life as a nomadic mystic. If that weren't enough, Stuart is forming his own actual language, called "IS." (For a taste of IS, listen to Stu's album "Bell".) In the moments when Stuart is not criss-crossing the country on tour, he lives in Boulder, CO, with his wife, Marci, and their daughter, Ara Belle, freshly manifest from the bardo realm. Dharma Pop Records (formerly Post-Apocalyptic Records) was formed in 1999 when Stuart tried to sell his own body parts to fund his 7th album, "Bright Apocalypse". Fans settled for shares in his records instead, and a label was born. Dharma Pop now has a staff of 20 volunteers who participate in everything from management to web-hosting to graphic design, 400 "Punk Monks" (street teams) who help promote concerts by postering, contacting local media and record stores, selling merchandise at shows, etc. and 40 investors whose cash infusions make each new project possible. The Bodhisattva's Vow (to awaken for the sake of all beings) is the heart of Stuart's life and record label. Succinctly put, Dharma Pop's purpose is to create music that amplifies awareness. The formal elements of these songs (melodies, hooks, rhythms) are a Trojan Horse for sneaking mysticism into mainstream culture.