The Invisible Bee is a musical project created by Charity Kahn and Daryn Roven, with some awesome musician friends supporting us along the way.
We are making this music as a response to the mess we find ourselves in as human beings in the 21st century. It speaks to the broken and the divine within all of us, and within our world, and opens a portal to feel, face and respond to all of it.
We are living in unprecedented times, faced with climate chaos, biological annihilation, deep political unrest, and many forms of violence against humans, animals, and our ecosystems.
Our wish is that this music touches on the grief inherent in these human experiences, wakes us up to the truth of our inter-being and kinship, and inspires us to act and serve from a place of love.
Have a look around the site to learn more. We hope to connect with you!
Charity Kahn: vocals, pianos/synths/organs, guitars, flute
Daryn Roven: guitars, synths, drum programming, percussion, cavaquinho, mandolin
Paul Lamb: bass
David Rokeach: drums, percussion
All songs by Charity Kahn except for Brokedown Palace and Bird Song by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, copyright Ice Nine Publishing Co Inc.
OTHER ALBUM CREDITS:
Produced and engineered by Daryn Roven at 25th Street Recording and The Raindrop (Oakland, CA)
Additional engineering by Gabriel Shepard at 25th Street Recording (Oakland) and Charity in The Hive (San Francisco)
Mastered by Ian Shepherd at Mastering Media
The "Bee Ascendent" and "Eastern Bluebord" paintings we used for our album covers, and for the background images on these pages, is by Lynnette Shelley. Check out her amazing artwork here.
WEB SITE, ALBUM & LOGO DESIGN:
by Charity and Daryn
Why The Invisible Bee?
The bee is an indicator species. Bees are dying all over the world in record numbers, due to climate change and pesticides. If bees don't survive, humans won't survive. It's that simple.
Bees are invisible in the face of our denial and delusion, which we cling to in order to continue on with life as is, business as usual. Bees are among the many species (200 of which go extinct every single day) that we refuse to see and acknowledge as integral parts of our ecosystems, our world, our home, our survival.
Bees are amazing creatures. They dance in order to communicate. They work in intense collaboration to provide for each other's needs. This all happens invisibly, quietly, under the radar. They transform ecosystems and provide food for the billions of creatures on the planet. Without thanks, and without attachment to outcome.
So, The Invisible Bee is a symbol both of what we are potentially losing if we stay blind, and what we stand to gain if we can wake up to the realities of our time, learn to work together for the greater good, and put in the effort it takes toward positive change, whether or not we have a guarantee that we can actually manifest it.
See the bee. Be the bee.
"Look how desire has changed in you,
how light and colorless it is,
with the world growing new marvels
because of your changing.
Your soul has become an invisible bee.
We don't see it working,
but there's the full honeycomb.
Your body's height, six feet or so,
but your soul rises through nine levels of sky.
A barrel corked with earth
and a raw wooden spile
keeps the oldest vineyard's wine inside.
When I see you,
it is not so much your physical form,
but the company of two riders,
your pure-fire devotion and your love
for the one who teaches you.
Then the sun and moon on foot behind those."
An Invisible Bee by Rumi