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…
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.”
Hope this finds you doing well! As promised, I will be sharing occasional musical offerings while we hunker down and wait out the COVOID-10 pandemic. It’s late March here in SF and we are experiencing our usual spring rain which became the backdrop of why I chose this particular piece. Rain is always welcomed but especially so now as I/we fight the need wander outdoors.
Wishing you all my best and thank you for listening!
I’m honored and excited to be sharing an evening of music with solo guitarists Ross Hammond and Richard Osborn, Friday January 12th. The show will be held in an incredible cathedral in Oakland that is sure to be an amazing space for sound.
Can’t think of a better way to welcome 2018! Hope you can join us…
Many of you may not know that I am in the process of getting a masters in counseling psychology with a focus on how sound/music can be incorporated into healing modalities that address distress, trauma, and work towards attaining greater wellbeing.
Personally speaking, I find music (in both practice and as a listener) to be a cathartic and restorative experience. It offers a non-verbal path towards self-reflection and deeper understandings that words often fail to articulate. I am always on the lookout for insight around this topic and came across this article on Pitchfork of all places. Maybe you’ll find something to connect with here…?
I’m also interested in learning your stories of how you connect through music and sound as a tool for healing practice. Are there things that work/don’t work for you?
Greetings! Happy to be sharing a night of exploratory guitar-centered music at Hemlock Tavern with the duo Elkhorn (on tour in support of their excellent new album ‘The Black River’ on Debacle Records) and fellow guitar explorer Matt Baldwin. Should be a great line-up! I suggest you tune in ) ) )
I wrote this sketch the day after going to the San Francisco’s women’s march, one of many that took place alongside the Women’s March on Washington January 21, 2017. Thousands upon thousands of people spanning every generation, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class came together to march in solidarity for equality, unity, and love. It was the largest demonstration simultaneously exercised around the globe on a single day in history. The experience inspired a deep sense of hope that I had not felt for a long while. This music is an attempt at capturing that feeling as it lingered.
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” – Rosa Parks
Really looking forward to sharing a quiet evening of music with both Itasca and Sophia Knapp who are traveling up from Los Angeles for a string of shows along the west coast. It should be a lovely and intimate night of acoustic music in one of my favorite SF venues. Hope you can join us!