Greetings astral travelers! I have a couple exciting summer shows coming up in San Francisco that I hope you can attend:
Sunday, June 24th @ Cafe Du Nord w/ Immersion (Colin Newman of Wire And Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact)
Thursday, August 23rd @ McEvoy Foundation for the Arts w/ Christopher Willits as part of the “For the Sake of Summer” series put on by Noise Pop/Canyon Cinema in conjunction with Ragnar Kjartansson’s “Scenes From Western Culture”. FREE! (reserve advance tickets here, as space is limited)
In other (more personal) news, I’m officially a father of a beautiful healthy daughter. She is an incredible force of nature and by far one of my greatest teachers thus far! Life is sweet ❤️
It’s an incredible honor to announce I’ll be playing The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose coming up April 13-15. The festival takes place in Takoma Park, MD (hometown of John Fahey) and brings together rare appearances of luminaries such as Peter Lang, Harry Taussig, and Peter Walker alongside younger players expanding on the rich lineage of American primitive guitar. In addition to live music, there will also be panel discussions, previously unseen live footage of artists like the late great Jack Rose, and the D.C. premier of documentary Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho. To learn more about the festival and it’s inspiration, check out this excellent feature.
I hope you can make it to this very special event!
6:30 PM Rob Noyes @ Rhizome
7:20 PM Matt Sowell @ Rhizome
7:30 PM Will Csorba @ Takoma Beverage Company
8:20 PM Max Ochs @ Takoma Beverage Company
8:30 PM (Pass Holders Only) Lloyd Thayer @ Allyworld
9:20 PM (Pass Holders Only) Charlie Schmidt @ Allyworld
9:30 PM Joseph Allred @ Busboys and Poets
10:20 PM David Shapiro @ Busboys and Poets
10:30 PM Alexander Turnquist @ Republic
11:20 PM Chuck Johnson @ Republic
Events in the Community Center are for pass holders only:
11:30 AM Nick Schillace
12:30 PM Panel Discussion
3:00 PM Rare John Fahey, Jack Rose Footage
5:30 PM Sarah Louise
6:20 PM Willie Lane
7:10 PM Peter Walker
8:30 PM Glenn Jones
9:20 PM George Stavis
10:10 PM Marisa Anderson
The following Saturday performances are public: 1:00 PM Danny Paul Grody @ Carroll Café
1:50 PM Dylan Golden Aycock @ Carroll Café
3:40 PM Don Bikoff @ Takoma Park Gazebo
4:30 PM Mark Fosson @ Takoma Park Gazebo
In the Community Center:
10:30 AM Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho
12:00 PM Discussion with the Director, Liam Barker.
2:00 PM Itasca (Kayla Cohen)
2:50 PM Daniel Bachman
3:40 PM Nathan Bowles
4:30 PM Is@s@
6:00 PM Rich Osborn
6:50 PM Harry Taussig
7:40 PM Peter Lang
Rather than going down the rabbit-hole of committing to concrete and often unrealistic resolutions for the new year, I’d like to begin 2018 by setting some intentions that offer a little more wiggle room. Speaking for myself, this means exploring the process and becoming less attached to outcomes or specific “goals”.
Here are a few that come to mind…
Look for ways to collaborate more. This can be through creative pursuits, volunteer work, and dialogue within and across communities.
Wellness… cooking more, exercise, meditation, and reducing stress.
Nurture friendships and look for opportunities to meet new people.
Spend time in nature.
Make more music and stay open to the many possibilities.
Wishing you all peace, good health, and creativity in the New Year!
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…
I’m playing a couple shows next week in SF I hope you can make it to:
Friday, October 13th I’ll be playing a solo set opening up for my buds Balmorhea (touring in support of their lovely new album, Clear Languge) at the Swedish American Hall. The following night, Saturday, Oct 14th, I’ll be collaborating with filmmaker Bill Basquin for Night Rounds, an exploratory evening of live film + music at the LAB. Both shows will be quite different…. be great to see you!
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?