Ayla Nereo, Cornflower, Sounjaneer, Matt Grieger

July 21, 2017 - 9:00pm

“One of the most poignant voices currently floating about… Ayla Nereo is an otherworldly artist who shares the fruits of her soul.” ~ The Huffington Post

On Friday, July 21, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Ayla Nereo back to the WOW Hall with special guests Cornflower, Sounjaneer and Eugene’s own Matt Grieger.

Last here in October 2014 (with The Polish Ambassador), Ayla Nereo‘s voice hits straight to the heart. With an array of loop-pedals by her side, she builds layer upon layer of vocal melodies into fierce, sweeping harmonies and weaves syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba, piano and percussion into each live performance. Her lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery are water for the thirsty soul; words and sounds that crack open the heart, and embody the many folds of our own selves.


Raised on opera, 60s folk, and psychedelic rock, Ayla’s music touches both the timeless and modern; where prayerful circle songs, mantra, and roots music meet ancient beats and folktronica.  Crafting an immersive soundscape we can dive into, Ayla’s performances are each their own inspired journey -- an enchanting and poignant experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.

"Can you fall in love with a sound? Can love itself be expressed in sound? Because if so, this is surely that sound..." ~ Collapse Board


Ayla Nereo came from the hills of Sonoma County, a child grown on blackberries and books. The lines of vision and waves of hearing brushed her shoulder one day, and it started to come out as music.  Since then, Ayla has released two full-length albums and is currently finishing her third, as well as three new music videos. 

"The lucid instrument here is Ayla's voice... a mechanism dedicated to the running consciousness of her lyrics." ~ The Deli SF

Ayla also plays with brother Davyd in Beatbeat Whisper.




Based in Ashland, Cornflower is a vocalist, live-looper and one-man jam-band. His music is a fusion of organic a cappella soul-tronica.

Cornflower’s intention is to channel music that inspires, empowers and uplifts people into presence and connection with themselves and to each other, creating a community of inspired individuals living their purpose.  Cornflower’s ‘vocal instrumentation’ brings you into the moment, using ‘beatboxing’ to set your body in motion to his soaring melodies and atmospheric grooves that are looped right before your eyes. 

Cornflower has collaborated and appeared with many artists, musicians & luminaries including: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bobby McFerrin, Victor Wooten, Mike Love, Desert Dwellers, Jeff Pevar, The Everyone Orchestra, Zach Gill of ALO, Dubconscious, Signal Path, LYNX, Jamie Janover, Indubious, Alcyon Massive, Scott Huckabay and Sol Seed.

Cornflower has studied with ten-time Grammy Winner Bobby McFerrin and was a guest leader at the annual 12-hour Circlesinging event called “Singing for your Life 2005” with members of SoVoSo.  Culled from live performances, his debut album Journey Into Sound was released in 2009.

With influences ranging from Phish to Michael Jackson and Al Jarreau to Björk. Cornflower’s music is a mix of experimental soul, world-funk, jam and electronica with a delicate balance of structure and improvisation.

Cornflower’s new studio single, “Monks on Main Street” (produced by Bret Levick) is his most focused and potent material to date. Cornflower blends genres creating uplifting sonic landscapes with his all-vocal live-looping lasagne!




Lady Alex Forester, Aka Sounjaneer, calls her genre Temple Funk: an experimental nomad rock integrated with slam poetry and cosmic beats with influences in psychedelia and jazzy undertones.  Based in her hometown of Williams, Oregon, she records for Rabbit Hole Hungama, an underground collective open-source studio.

I’m just your everyday wizard flying through the cosmos like a bumblin’ bee spreadin’ pollen of purpose,” explains Lady Alex.  “Nourishing and empowering all my fellow beings with these medicinal melodies.  The music is in my hands and heart, the dance in my toes, with it I soar through the great beyond, unknown and unafraid.  We'll spark a match of divinity, a whole other dimension exists between the lines of perceptions and participation is key!  Jump in with me; did you know you were already free?”




Matt Grieger was raised in a town called Lake Jackson, Texas; he moved to Eugene, Oregon at 11, hoping to start a new life with new friends.  He settled into his first band within the first year of residence.  It was called One Eyed Doris, and it played its first concert a year after formation during one of Roosevelt Middle Schools' talent shows.  The two main founding members of the band were Grieger and Quinn Souther.  Eventually, One Eyed Doris slowly died out and became Terminal Velocity. 

Starting at South Eugene High School, Souther and Grieger continued pounding out original material under the title of Terminal Velocity, but felt underwhelmed as the gigs became few and the endless studio hours became an indefinite reality. 

During his early years in high school, Grieger met Aaron Wagner and Amos Lachman, who later went on to become a lyrical powerhouse in the Los Angeles rap scene.  Grieger knew Lachman from middle school.  Lachman's band, Rocket Surgery, played with Terminal Velocity at Roosevelt Middle School.  Eventually, Lachman invited his friend Bo Crum to play bass.  Although not all of their schedules corresponded enough to make a solid group, Grieger, Lachman and Crum went on to become the band known as Run Like the Dickens.

Run Like the Dickens was a huge local success and played venues such as Cozmic, Island Park, Sam Bonds Garage, WOW Hall, and of course, Lachman's backyard.  They even went on to record a small EP with River Donaghey as the studio host. During all this time, Grieger managed to continue recording music with Terminal Velocity while, Run Like the Dickens eventually ran its course by the time Grieger's senior year rolled around.

Terminal Velocity, returning from a short hiatus, decided it was time for another name change -- Union Orchard.  And so the final leg of Grieger's musical career seemed to begin.

Union Orchard went on to play a few small local venues such as the Boreal and the Wandering Goat. But it mainly focused on recording alongside new endeavors, like photo shoots, music videos, and even an appearance on a college radio show.  Finally, Union Orchard successfully recorded another EP's worth of songs. 

With almost three full albums and numerous side projects and performance experience under their belts, by the time 2015 rolled around, the recording slowed down, performances came to a halt, and adult life began to consume Grieger and Souther.

A year later, Grieger decided to embark on a significant journey to unfold his music career step by step. Starting with this biography, Grieger hopes to share his story and musical endeavors with you and the world. Who knows? Maybe someone will like it!

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Doors open at 8:30 pm and showtime is 9:00.



Door Time: 
July 21, 2017 - 8:30pm
$12 Advance, $15 Day of Show