About Danny Paul Grody

Danny Paul Grody is a founding member of both San Francisco based bands Tarentel & The Drift. He is a self taught guitarist, and the melodies at the core of Danny’s songwriting bring to mind his love of West African kora, Takoma style fingerpicking and all things minimal, repetitive & hypnotic.

Growth and Transition sound walk in San Francisco

Greetings! For those of you living in the Bay Area – I’m very honored to take part in this collaborative sound walk with artists Rumi Koshino and Fereshteh Toosi as part of Soundwave Festival featuring music from my Longform Editions contribution, “Sunrise, Looking East.” Please come check it out if you are able!

Project description:

Growth is a sound art experience that begins at the 1969 Ruth Asawa mosaic of the same name at 580 Capp St. It’s a series of guided meditations situated in the urban landscape of the Mission. Participants are invited to slow down, listen, reflect on the past, and contemplate our collective responsibility to future generations.

Proceed to each stop from west to east. This experience will take approximately 50-60 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes, use headphones, and please stay alert to traffic and other hazards while you walk.

Produced by Rumi Koshino and Fereshteh Toosi as part of the Oil Ancestors project, with music by Danny Paul Grody.

Art by Rumi Koshino

THREE LOBED RECORDINGS 21st ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL!

Very psyched to announce I’ll be heading east this coming April for Three Lobed Recording’s 21st anniversary festival in collaboration with WXDU 88.7 FM, Duke Coffeehouse, Duke Arts, and Duke Performances! This marks my first solo performance in nearly two years, which is wild and yet not surprising given our pandemic reality. I’m honored to be a part of the Three Lobed family of artists and excited to celebrate three nights of exploratory music amongst an incredible lineup!

A note about the fest from Three Lobed honcho and all-around solid dude, Cory Rayborn:

Once upon a time we were going to throw a three day festival with our friends at duke performances and WXDU to celebrate the kickoff of TLR’s 20th anniversary. it would have been in october 2020 and, well, a few things came together to make that unworkable. the world is starting to look a little more open and workable and we’re trying again, this time in the form of the three lobed 21st anniversary festival from april 14-16 2022 in durham NC. look for a memorable three day weekend containing sets from (in no particular order) the gunn-truscinski duo, body/dilloway/head, sunburned hand of the man, pelt, steve gunn (solo), meg baird & mary lattimore, daniel bachman, marisa anderson & william tyler, 500mg, lee ranaldo with films by leah singer, wet tuna, danny paul grody, the orcutt/corsano duo and some more performances that we aren’t in a position to list quite yet. additional information (day by day breakdown) and tickets are available at the link in the bio. join us, won’t you?

Furniture Music II

Announcing the release of Furniture Music II this Friday, Nov. 5th via Bandcaamp! The music is meant to be a companion to the OG of the same name and extends my interest in unadorned 6 and 12-string acoustic finger style guitar. I hope these tunes can offer you some respite as they have for me during the uncertain times of the pandemic and beyond.

As always, thank you for taking the time to listen!

With love,

DPG

New Music! Maples, Ash, and Oaks: Cedars Instrumentals, by Field Works

Hello folks,

Hope you are well. It’s been a minute. Hard to tell if this little website has much reach these days with so much being shifted to social media platforms but I’m still trying to update music goings-on as they come…

I’m thrilled to share the release Maples, Ash, and Oaks: Cedars Instrumentals, by Field Works. “Based on the original Field Works album Cedars, this new suite of instrumental music brings the listener even deeper into the forest. For this special limited-edition release, Stuart Hyatt deconstructed each track from Cedars and rebuilt them one layer at a time. He removed the narrators’ voices and invited Julien Marchal to introduce piano as the new protagonist. The 15 new tracks are named from each line of the new poem, Deciduous, by Cecily Parks. The musical frameworks are based on the Field Works album Cedars, created by Marisa Anderson, Fadi Tabbal, and Stuart Hyatt – and performed by Julien Marchal, Youmna Saba, Dena El Saffar, Danny Paul Grody, Bob Hoffnar, Stuart Hyatt, Tomás Lozano, Nathan Bowles, Alex Roldan, Fadi Tabbal, and Marisa Anderson. The forest soundscape was recorded by Harrison Ridley in the Welsh countryside.”

I’m really proud to have contributed music to this extended work and its original companion, Cedars. Please have a listen and maybe even grab a physical LP (how novel, I know!) for yourself:

As always, thank you for listening and supporting!

Love and light,

DPG

Introducing Field Sessions!

Very excited to introduce the first batch Field Sessions in collaboration with friend and cinematographer, Ian Albert! The intention of this ongoing series is to capture live recordings in natural settings and unusual spaces throughout the San Francisco / Bay Area. These first pieces were filmed at the majestic Mile Rock Beach at Lands End in SF. It’s been a lot of fun to dive in and take full advantage of the beauty that surrounds this place I’m lucky to call home. I hope you enjoy what you see and hear. New pieces will be added to my Youtube channel playlist, so please keep an eye out for more to come…

As always, thank you for listening!

DPG

SUPERMOON 8

Greetings folks,

I’m excited to be a part of the latest installment of SUPERMOON 8, a live event curated by LA-based artist Liz Walsh and co-presented by Last Projects Gallery. The live event takes place tonight, May 1st at 9p PST and can be viewed via YouTube or Twitch. Please look out for me around the 9:30 mark of the program, which is stacked with an amazing cast of artists (see image for full lineup).

Don’t fret if you miss tonights event… it will be archived via the linked YouTube channel. The piece I contributed will also live on my personal YouTube channel as part of an ongoing collaborative project with cinematographer and friend Ian Albert.

Wishing all good health and thank you for listening!

DPG

Spectral Transmissions: Ghosts of Futures Past

Happy to be included in another installment of Spectral Transmissions (presented and directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher) happening this Friday, March 5th for the opening of the Portland International Film Fest. For this special festival edition, a host of filmmakers, writers, and artists explore how the past and the future haunt us today. My piece (“Harbor Island”) can be found on the virtual exhibit section of the program.

Program contributors include:
Cliff Hengst, Donal Mosher and Mike Palmieri, Courtney Stephens, Nels Bangerter with Jack Bangerter and Nicole Billeschou, Lynne Tillman, Mark Elijah Rosenberg with Steven Christopher Quinn and Elliot PDS-70b Skaff, Steven Sheil and Jeanie Finlay, Kirsten Johnson with Dick Johnson, Matt McCormick, D-L Alvarez, Holland Andrews, Jason Hanasik, Johanna Jackson, Selections from the Public Domain Review, Chanti Darling, Danny Paul Grody, Nancy Andrews and Jennifer Reeder.

The program will screen for the festival duration, March 5-14. Tickets can be purchased here. Passholders will able to view through the festival watch portal watch.cinemaunbound.org.

Its an incredible lineup so please mark your calendars!

With love,

DPG

Field Works / Cedars

Hello, I hope this finds you well and most importantly keeping safe and healthy.

I’m very happy to announce my involvement in Cedars, the next Field Works album from Stuart Hyatt, a dual-language (Arabic and English) release featuring a wonderful mix of musicians, poets, and artists. The album is narrated by Youmna Saba and H.C. McEntire. Instrumentalists include Marisa AndersonFadi TabbalDena El SaffarDanny Paul GrodyBob HoffnarTomás LozanoNathan BowlesAlex RoldanYoumna Saba, and Stuart Hyatt

The album is accompanied by a comic book illustrated by María Medem, printed by longtime Field Works collaborators PRINTtEXT, with poems by Youmna Saba and Todd Fleming Davis

Please visit here to preorder. Listen the the two singles La’āli’ and The sharp smell of cedar below ahead of it’s March 5th release!

As always, thank you for being curious about what I’m up to!

Warmly,

DPG

Spectral Transmissions / New Music

Very happy to have contributed new music to Spectral Transmissions, a haunted-holiday themed program bringing together an incredible group of writers and artists of all stripes to bring a little spook to your festive season. The series is presented by The Portland Art Museum and North West Film Center. There are two components: an audio broadcast and a multimedia page, where you can find my piece, “Ohr Ein Sof / Infinite Light”. I hope you enjoy it!

Wishing all a peaceful, safe, and joyful holiday.

Much Love and Light,

DPG

“Learn to Loose” short film…

Greetings and happy Halloween to those of you reading this today!

I am thrilled to share the meditative short film “Learn to Loose” by artists Billy Joe Miller and Kahren Hipscher. (Billy is responsible for the artwork to “Fountain” and “Between Two Words“)

Here is a nice description of the film by Dianne Cluck, who’s song of the same name served as an inspiration:

“Artists Billy Joe Miller and Kahren Hipscher created this visual accompaniment to an early version of Diane Cluck’s song “Learn to Lose.” The artists also worked with the instrumentals “Dawn” and “On Leaving” by your truly to make short related meditations. At times abstract or light-based, the video reflects on themes of loss, relationship to uncertainty, isolation, and deep transformation – particularly relevant themes in this current pandemic and climate crisis. In making the video, the artists drew from their personal experiences with chronic illness and grief, and art as transformative practice. Using elements in nature, their own bodies, and glass and mirrors to focus and redirect light, the video is a collaborative meditation in conversation with the music. Filming was done at or close to the artists’ homes with objects and creatures in their everyday environment.”

Please remember to VOTE (them out!).

Sending love and light,

-DPG