Born out of an exploration of combining and colliding cultures and ideas, Mas Aya is the solo project of Toronto-based percussionist Brandon Miguel Valdivia (Not the Wind, Not the Flag, Pachamama). A combination of the Spanish term “Más Allá,” meaning the Beyond, and Masaya, the town in Nicaragua where his grandmother was born, Mas Aya takes its inspiration from the daily battle scene of present day society where the few profit from the suffering of the many, where water, air and land are viewed as commodities to be profited from, and where ancient traditions and teachings are threatened and endangered. Mas Aya is a lively and powerful percussion, flute and voice stage show, inviting communities to cast off the shroud of commodity-based living to empower themselves and each other through music, meditation, dance and celebration. Mas Aya has two releases: Pockets, released in 2012 on Manufature Errata/Tomaturj and Kairos, released in 2013 on Healing Power Records. A new LP is scheduled for release later in 2014.