We are Live Music Lantern. We provide self care in the form of live music to educators and social service providers as a way to strengthen the health of everyone in our community.
We are passionate about providing access to the experience of live music because the supporters of our community are overextended and stressed to the point of compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. We are dedicated to shining a light in their lives with live music!
Elijah Barntsen, Co-Founder/Chair
The spirit of live music has always been with me. My Father, Miguel Maceira, is a musician and he played everything from the congas to the saxophone for numerous bands in Sonoma County for nearly 4 decades. Live music has been the driving force in my life as I've been to hundreds of concerts in my 36 years. I appreciate the opportunities I've had to experience a vast array of artists in their element including: Michael Franti, Seal, Prince, John Legend, U2, Greenday, Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, Chucho Valdés, Yo-Yo Ma, the Marleys and many more. I believe that concerts are not only rejuvenating, but can be life changing as well! Personally, music has been my main source of self care and has helped me heal from trauma. Bringing joy by sharing live music with those who need it most is my heart's mission.
Kaya Barntsen, Co-Founder/Board Member
I grew up in Cotati, California, in a low-income household, rich with music and encouragement. I graduated with a degree in Development Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and I currently direct pricing at a ticket investments firm. My professional history prior to the ticket industry, lies in affordable housing compliance, USAID project administration, and after school program instruction.
My connection with music is with dancing. At a very young age, dance kept me focused, and ultimately led me to be disciplined in school and in my career. It is my way to cope, to heal, and to refocus. Through my father's artistic inspiration, my mother's passion to dance, and my brother's passion for concerts, I have come to know the many facets of music's power and believe we can all benefit from it. I attribute much of my success to the positive guidance from my teachers and to the social programs I had available to me as a young girl. For these reasons, I truly believe in Live Music Lantern's mission to help teachers and social service providers.
Ian Davis, Co-Founder/Board Member
I am an artist, a thinker, and try more than anything to be a helper. I have spent 15+ years working in the music industry, and in that time I have been able to develop, expose, create, and brand some amazing artists. From working with artists like Hieroglyphics, Little Brother, 9th Wonder, K'Naan, and J*Davey, I have had tremendous experience and education on what it takes to succeed in such a difficult field.
I take great pride and value my Richmond, CA community. I am the Vice President of my Neighborhood council where our main goal is the constant betterment of our community. I take great satisfaction in being an active Board Member and am excited to build Live Music Lantern into something special.
Jeanne-Marie, Board Member
Pilates Instructor. Entrepreneur. Dance lover.
As a child on the family farm, I rode horses, forded streams, and climbed trees during the long, sunny Texas days. Our small home was filled with my father’s playing of the violin, my mother’s beautiful singing and “The Sunday Symphony”—which Mother turned up loud enough for the horse and cow to enjoy. College turned me into a teacher and dancer of modern, jazz, and improv. In the 1960s and 70s, I taught school and raised my family. In the 1980s and 90s, I helped build conscious community and encourage spiritual practice across the continent. Today, I teach yoga and Pilates to friends, family and enthusiastic students at SRJC. The simple and deep pleasures of my life include sharing healthy food, counseling with insightful friends, and building consensus with caring communities. Live Music Lantern is a great way to integrate spontaneity, dance, and music with the desire for happiness, health, and wellness.
Peter Molloy, Board Member
For as long as I can remember, music has been central to my life. It surrounds me everyday and is part of the structure that gives life meaning.
My mother worked in the home and gave up a promising vocation as an opera singer in order to have the family life she wanted. She filled our home with song, singing as she worked and expressing her joy--and other emotions I am sure as well--through song. I believe that in my formative years at a fundamental level I came to equate music with happiness. I continue to pursue joy through music by, among other means, enjoying live performances with friends and family. Which is why I believe involving myself with Live Music Lantern makes perfect sense for me.
Professionally, I am a Senior Construction Estimator working in the renewable energy field , currently with the world's largest developer of renewable energy. I live in Penngrove in a house my wife Laura and I built, with our two college-age daughters, Hannah & Emma, and where we have the occasional house party with local & not so local musicians. We enjoy our two over-sized Alaskan Huskies (i.e., mutts), hiking, gardening, and trying to keep up with our daughters.
I can often be found, listening to the beat, in my hopyard or brewhouse.
Please help us in our effort to provide self care in the form of LIVE MUSIC to educators and social service providers by DONATING below!
*Donations are Tax Deductible (Tax ID # 46-5395983) as Live Music Lantern is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.