Robbie Basho Tribute & Documentary Film Benefit

I’m very honored to be a part of this benefit concert for the (long-overdue) documentary film in the works about the life and music of Robbie Basho.  Basho’s work has left an indelible mark on myself, countless other musicians, and music lovers throughout the world.  This should be a nice moment to celebrate his legacy as well as raise some funds & awareness for the film.

Hope you can be a part of this exciting event!

Much love,


Berkeley Arts presents 
A Robbie Basho Tribute Concert and Documentary Film Benefit

When: May 8, 2013 8PM
Where: Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Ave. Berkeley, CA
Cost: $10-20 Suggested donation

Berkeley Arts presents a concert in tribute to the late guitarist and Berkeley resident Robbie Basho. The event is also a benefit to raise funds to complete the first ever documentary film about Basho – titled Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho – currently in the works by London-based filmmaker Liam Barker.

The lineup includes several Bay Area performers whose work has been inspired in some way by Robbie Basho’s music, including two guitarists who personally knew Basho: fingerstyle guitarist Rich Osborn and renown improvisor Henry Kaiser.

The concert will include short sets by:

Henry Kaiser
Rich Osborn
Bill Orcutt
Chuck Johnson
Danny Paul Grody
Aaron Sheppard
Andrew Weathers

We think this will be an historic event, and a fitting tribute to Basho’s legacy – in the same spirit as the John Fahey memorial concerts that took place at the Freight And Salvage in 2002.

About Robbie Basho
Robbie Basho (1940 – 1986) was a Berkeley-based composer, guitarist, and vocalist and one of the foremost proponents of steel string acoustic guitar as a solo concert instrument. Along with John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Basho was part of the triumvirate of pioneering guitarists on the Berkeley-based Takoma label in the 1960s. Basho went on to record for Windham Hill, and was an important influence on the label’s founder, guitarist William Ackerman. His innovative guitar compositions incorporated American folk, European, and Eastern influences, and he is credited for developing the improvisational “American raga” style.

About the Film
Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho is a journey into the heart of an artist’s lifelong struggle – designed to illuminate and satiate existing fans while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated. Self-funded entirely to date by director Liam Barker, Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho features interviews with Basho’s former students, contemporaries and few close friends; interspersed with abstract employment of archive footage and photography of the natural phenomena and localities that informed Basho’s work. Basho claimed to paint America with music; the film will attempt to transfigure Robbie Basho with sound and images.

Principal photography began on Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho in October 2012, with the filmmakers shooting (and intermittently battling superstorms) in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado and California. A Kickstarter campaign is set to launch in spring 2013 to enable the film’s continuing production and subsequent post-production costs.

Liam Barker – Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
Justinas Vabuolas – Director of Photography

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Imaginational Anthem 5

It’s a true honor to be a part of the 5th installment of the always beautiful and inspired Imaginational Anthem series on Tompkins Square. The talented guitarist Sam Moss, featured on volume 4 of the series, was asked to curate this one and was nice enough to invite me to contribute alongside some incredible contemporary guitarist’s including Steve Gunn, Jordan Fuller, Nick Schillace, Will Stratton, Bill Orcutt, Daniel Bachman, Eric Carbonara, Alexander Turnquist, Cam Deas and Yair Yona.. Due for release November 13th!  The volume will also be part of a 6-CD box set due out November 23 containing all 5 of the Imaginational Anthem disks along with a live disk from William Tyler.  Previous installments include an incredible cross-section of both contemporary guitarists and legendary pioneers such as greats John Fahey, Sandy Bull, Max Ochs, Khaki King, Glenn Jones, Peter Lang, Robbie Basho, Sharron Kraus, Michael Chapman, Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Jose Gonzales, Christina Carter, among so many other visionaries.  I am beyond humbled to have any association with such a lineage!

Hope your enjoying this Autumn season…

With Love,