Pleased to be part of this show celebrating the late great John Fahey on his 75th! There’s a nice line-up of folks including Sean Smith (curator of the event), Chuck Johnson, Rich Osborn, Andrew Weathers, Henry Kaiser among others. Hope you can make it out if you live in the area! Check out the flyer for all the details…
It’s been a little over two weeks now since returning from an incredible stay at the Harrison House Music & Art’s residency program down in Joshua Tree. Definitely still reeling from the experience, wondering if it was a dream or in-fact real. Turns out it was both. We had nine dedicated day’s of creativity and relaxation in one of the most extraordinarily beautiful places on earth. Big sky and lot’s of space for the mind to wander. A piece of my heart is still there for sure. Huge thanks to Eva Soltes for being such an amazingly gracious host, and to the John S. Knudsen Trust for sponsoring our stay. We are deeply grateful to have had the opportunity.
While there, I did a bunch of recording which will find it’s way onto an LP coming out this Spring on Students of Decay… more on that soon! For now, I’ll leave you with some pictures to illustrate the beauty that is this place.. Enjoy!
Hello and Happy New Year!
Just wanted to take a moment and reflect on some highlights from 2013 as well as mention a few exciting adventures to look forward to in the New Year…
This past year saw the release on my third album Between Two Worlds on Three Lobed Recordings. Cory Rayborn, who runs the label, is one of the most passionate dudes out there! It was such a pleasure to work with him on this!
Played some great shows. One highlight involved performing on a moving bus along the Pacific Coast Highway as the sun set. It was pretty epic. Thanks to the folks at Soundwave Fest for hosting that! Did some touring along the West coast with Chuck Johnson who released his gorgeous album Crows In The Basilica LP on Three Lobed around the same time as mine. We shared some great nights with the likes of Marisa Anderson, Eyvind Kang & Jessiika Kenney, Golden Retriever, Date Palms, and Daniel Bachman. Other highlights included a show with Grouper, playing a benefit for a documentary in the works about the great Robbie Basho w/ Bill Orcutt, Chuck Johnson, Andrew Weathers, Henry Kaiser, among others, and sharing a night of film & music with my buds Paul Clipson, Evan Caminity, and Trevor Montgomery. Good times we’re had all around!
Got to travel out to Albuquerque, NM and collaborate with artist and dear friend Billy Joe Miller on his Wake exhibit. Billy has done all the covers to my solo releases so it was a dream to be able to physically perform among his work in real time. He took me to some of the beautiful surrounding areas … The Ojito wilderness left a particularily deep impression on me. 2014 will see more collaboration in this series… again in Albuquerque this February on a farm.. details forthcoming!
Another exciting collaboration I got to participate in was with Bay Area artist David Wilson. Wilson was chosen for the biennial SECA award given out by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to Bay Area artists. I composed music in collaboration with friends Andy Cabic (Vetiver) and Tony Cross for a site-specific piece in park Presidio. We performed live and it was recorded and left on a cassette as an ‘artifact’ for folks to engage with alongside David’s amazing painting. It was an incredible experience! Here are some pics of the event.
The new year starts off with some exciting news. My better half and I have been invited to do a nine day residency at the Harrison House out in beautiful Joshua Tree! The residency is based in the late composer Lou Harrison’s desert retreat in his honor. It sits on some of the most beautiful land in the world. We are so thrilled about this adventure! Leaving first thing tomorrow!
The first show of the new year will be in conjunction with artist James Sterling Pitt’s exhibit “Hello Green Cosmos” at Gallery Paula Anglim in SF, Sat. Jan. 18th at 4p. Can’t think of a better way to get things started!
Lastly, there are a couple exciting releases on the horizon for 2014. Both of which will be released on the excellent Students of Decay label who put out my second LP, In Search of Light. The first of which will be an LP collecting some of my earliest acoustic recordings dating as far back as 2004, and the second will be a collaboration with guitarist James Blackshaw. Really looking forward to seeing these take shape and sharing it with you! Both have no set release date yet, so please keep an eye out as the year unfolds.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read and listen …
Wishing you a fulfilling, healthy, and happy New Year!
Some pics from 2013:
I’m very happy to be sharing an intimate evening of music and film with great friends Paul Clipson, Evan Caminity, and Trevor Montgomery! Please join us Friday Dec. 13th at ATA Hope you can be there!
Doors 8p / $8-10
Here’s sweet short video by Stijn Schiffeleers documenting the Arrivals installation I participated in a while back. The music was made in collaboration with Tony Cross & Andy Cabic for artist David Wilson’s installation in San Francisco’s beautiful Park Presidio. David was one of a few artist’s selected for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s annual SECA award. The video is an excerpt taken from a continuous 30 min. performance which was recorded live and subsequently left as an artifact on cassette along with David’s towering 16 ft ink drawing depicting Frog Woman Rock. It was a really nice moment to be a part of and a real treat to see Stijn’s portrait of it… he used multiple still images to produce the video, hence the time-lapse quality of it. Hope you enjoy, music and all!
I’m thrilled to be sharing a couple show’s in the Bay with excellent Portland-based guitarist Marisa Anderson as she passes though on her mammoth US tour. We will be playing in Oakland (w/ Chuck Johnson!!) and in SF respectively, so no excuses for those afraid to cross to the other side! She will also be playing an intimate in-store at Stranded records in Oakland Nov. 13th – a great option for the early-birds. Really hope you can make it out, and please be sure check out her additional tour dates…
I’ve been meaning to share this video from the Robbie Basho Tribute concert in Berkeley May 8, 2013. Berkeley Arts presented a concert in tribute to the late guitarist and Berkeley resident Robbie Basho. It was a great night of music and an honor to share it with the likes of Chuck Johnson Music, Bill Orcutt,Andrew Weathers, Henry Kaiser, among others. The event was also a benefit to raise funds to complete the first ever documentary film about Basho - Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho - currently in the works by London-based filmmaker Liam Barker. Can’t wait to see it when it’s done! Thanks to Omid Zoufonoun for documenting the concert! Hope you enjoy.