We had the good fortune of connecting with Annalisa G. Dunker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annalisa, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Music always helps us to cope, understand, elaborate, let go. But a couple of years ago I decided I wanted my music to DO something more. I wanted it to be a magnetic tool, inspiring people towards the better choice when it comes to our relationship with Nature and animals. The impact I wanted to create was not only giving a central position to environmentalist issues within culture itself, but also inviting people to the mysterious, incredible, breath-taking natural world, in order to rediscover the planet and its creatures, rediscover the awe for this unique phenomenon of life and biodiversity that happened on Earth at this point in time. This music project has become my business, and everything I do around it wants to bring the environmental message to as many people as possible, and to create social impact through sound, visuals, lyrics and events. Many have reached out showing their support, and saying how even just a verse sometimes has an impact on their lives, their daily choices, the way they relate to animals or their surroundings. Earth’s treasures are threatened like never before, mostly because of human activity, consumption and exploitation. But if we learnt to look at Nature and animals with awe, respect and reverence, we would probably behave differently and learn to thrive with it, instead of only using it for our profit. I want my music to inspire people to do the better thing, for animals and landscapes, for us and for our relationship with the Earth. The emotional power of music can go far and deep, and right now, considering how urgent environmentalist and animalist matters are, I wouldn’t be able to write about anything else. Earth is our home. It’s what we all have in common. I don’t want to be among the ones who knew and didn’t do anything about it. I want to act, I want to do my best to defend what’s left of territories and species, I want to speak up for them. And I thought that, among other things, music would be one of my ways to do so. Music, poetry, drama, film and all arts can have an huge impact on the way we think, we relate to others, we perceive things around us. Through music, and the arts, we can create an alliance, among humans, to defend the Earth and all animals, including us. My music is a voice for Nature, and for all the ones who want to stand up for it. Will you be my ally?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a singer, bellydancer and producer. I started singing when I was very little and never stopped since then. Only a couple of years ago I decided tp dedicate all my music to nature, animals and our relationship with the Earth. I started producing my own music and this gave me the opportunity to have a clear, personal, and true voice in my lyrics and soundscapes. It’s not easy to move in the music industry, and there are certainly many challenges, every day, but my will to promote an environmentalist and animalist message is stronger than the challenges, and it keeps me going even when things get tough. So far, this project has been completely self-funded and independent, which is an enourmous enterprise when you have limited funds and no team. But you learn so many things on the way, you become so much more effective, and the people who believe in you and your message, are always willing to help and support.
I’ve learned to be authentic, not to be afraid to show my side, my voice, my vision. I have learned that, with health, energy and supporting friends, anyting is possible. Nature and animals need our voice, I want to be one of those voices, as loud as it can be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My absolute favorite place in Los Angeles is Griffith Observatory, I would take you there on a week day right before sunset. The view is wonderful and the city lights at sunsets are magical. It reminds me of how lucky I am to be able to be in this amazing, creative, vibrant, green, gigantic city.
I would also take you to Little Pine or Nic’s on Beverly (among my favorite vegan restaurants in LA) for lunch or dinner. We could go shopping in Melrose and drive around Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
The ocean is also a must: Malibu at Point Dume would be my choice.
And I would take you to Pasadena, where I live, because it’s wonderful: we would probably go for a hike, drive around to see the wonderful homes of the area, and I would probably take you to Huntington library and gardens.
And why not ending the trip with a night in a speakeasy/old fashioned bar like No Vacancy or Formosa Café? Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutouts go to:
– Earth League International (https://earthleagueinternational.org/): the first intelligence agency for the Earth – they protect wildlife, oceans, and forests through intelligence-gathering, research and undercover operations, and cooperation with key governmental agencies. True Earth defenders!
– Our Planet. Theirs too. (https://ourplanettheirstoo.org/): a great animalist non-profit, organizing the National Animal Rights Day and other events all over the world, promoting veganism and a vision of peace and harmony between human and non-human animals.
– Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue (https://www.liberiachimpanzeerescue.org/): the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary and conservation center in Liberia rescuing chimpanzees who are victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades. Help them in this incredible mission!
– Dominion (documentary: https://www.dominionmovement.com/watch): an eye-opening, strong, free documentary on factory farming and animal exploitation, exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom.
Pics by Tim Rosales, Anders Dunker. Screen Grabs by Alex Bordoni.