Debut Album from Joshua Polaris.
Genre: Cosmic Folk.
A mix of gentle acoustic music, basso male vocals, and dreamy, spacious harmony over gentle percussion. This album seeks to build a bridge between grounded, earthy folk music and experimental vocal harmonies to create a feeling of expansiveness.
Teach Me How feels like a clear and cool night-sky over still, dark waters.
Produced by Joshua Polaris and Scott Smith at Scooter’s Place. Guest Musician’s John and Paul Hoffman. Artwork by Sara Reed.
Teach Me How (Official Music Video), is the title track of Joshua Polaris’ debut album, and is a short visual piece filmed in a beloved Colorado forest with the help of Paul Hoffman of Elder Grown. It’s a gentle acoustic song that grows into a mix of harmonies over rising percussion telling the story about returning things back to where they’ve come from — and this inevitably includes our bodies. A song of gratitude meets a short film where Joshua Polaris returns gold and stone back to the earth and ends acknowledging that the body too is borrowed from the earth.
It’s a Mystery. That’s the way we are.
Joshua Polaris is the result of his insatiable desire to explore the meaning and nuance of life through every medium possible. It is his attempt to become the location where Music, Storytelling, Dance, Cinema and even Business all happen at once in a collective and unified experience of expression and receptivity. Humbly and playfully, this infinite exploration gaining different perspectives on life leads him towards understanding what it means to be Whole through becoming the Holistic Artist.
A sincere interest to explore much of life’s opportunities combined with his conscious denial to leave any experience alone has created the artistic experiment called Joshua Polaris. The place where the Universe is all happening at once. The place where the Jack and Jane of all trades become a Master of “One”: Themselves.
By choosing not to separate the avenues of experience that life presents us, but instead combine them in one project, Joshua Polaris is attempting to create a place where we can share and receive simultaneously thru all avenues of expression, Joshua Polaris. This is a place where art, music, business, family, and evolution can all happen at once.
This proverbially location houses his developing inward sense of purpose through reflection, yoga, meditation and grounded spirituality, as well as his developing outward sense of purpose through being a performer, activist, and business man. As a result, Joshua finds himself to be both the main character and the witness, the speaker and the listener, the hero and villain.
What follows all of this is something like a play or a song or a dance where life is happening just because it can in as many beautiful ways as it can manage. Using the body and the voice, the ear and the eye, and personal experience as tools for transformation and enjoyment.
The end goal for Joshua Polaris is to co-create a journey with his community where the infinite variety of arts are used as tool for a deepening our sense of connection and healing, and as a game or play where we can overcome our doubts and differences and avoid unnecessary suffering.
Joshua has been a professional musician for 12 years, and enjoys all types of music and rhyme, including: folk, chant, rock, funk, hip hop, and spoken word. He plays a variety of instruments, including: Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano/Keyboard, Drums, and Cello.
He has worked as a sound and recording engineer and owns his own music studio, where his debut album Teach Me How was recorded. He is also a cinematographer, professional photographer, graphic design artist, and author of fiction and origin story.
He enjoys many dance forms and drumming arts, and has trained in martial arts like Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Qigong.
Joshua Polaris is formally trained in voice under his teacher, the brilliant Linda Brice of the Transformational Voice Institute in Portland, OR.; is a registered yoga instructor in Prana Vinyasa; and is also Partner at one of the most cutting edge conscious businesses on earth, Sarvaa Organics.
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Every month Joshua Polaris makes a donation to plant trees and support workdays in areas affected by extreme poverty and deforestation. He is working with the Eden Reforestation project.
Find out more at: Edenproject.org