“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

2013 & Looking Forward…

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!

~DPG

Some pics from 2013:

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New LP’s arrived!

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Bought a 12 string and so began my love affair…

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Ojito Wilderness

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Performing at Davis Wilson’s “Arrivals” w/ Tony Cross

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Bus show along the Pacific Coast Highway

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New ride!

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Bye bye DOMA!

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Our little Eli..

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Last sunset of 2013

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Between Two Worlds release date & pre-order!!!

Dear all,

I’m very happy to announce my third album Between Two Worlds will be released this August the 20th (2013) on the venerable Three Lobed Recordings!  It will be available on LP in a limited edition of 650 copies, each including a download code.  It will also be available to stream and download via the Three Lobed Bandcamp page.  In the meantime, you can pre-order and preview a track from the album HERE.

It is a true honor to be working with Three Lobed.  I cannot wait to share this new music with you!

Much Love,

DPG

Here is the gorgeous cover created by my dear friend and collaborator Billy Joe Miller.  The photo was taken in the Ojito wilderness region in New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque.  Billy and I visited this spot last fall and it really had a deep effect on me.  I drew a lot of inspiration from this place when working on the album.  I strongly recommend you try and visit sometime.

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W A K E

I’m very excited to head out to Albuquerque New Mexico this Friday for my dear friend Billy Joe Miller’s show of new works entitled WAKE.  In addition to creating many lovely new flat works for the show, he has also carefully curated a CD compilation featuring several previously unreleased tracks of mine as well exclusive music from members of A Hawk and a Hacksaw & Deerhoof, Coconut, Twig Palace, Jordan O Jordan, and others.  All music was written with the  spirit of the Fall season in mind.  The event will be split in two:  an opening at 5G North Gallery from 6-9p followed by live music next door at Kosmos starting at 9p.  Billy has graced both of my album’s Fountain In Search of Light with his beautiful artwork.  It’s a real honor to be there and to be a part of this moment in time.  If you happen to live in and around the Albuquerque area or know folks who do, please come on out and help spread the good word!

Autumnally yours ) ) )

DPG

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Nice recap of the Far Far Near show at Adobe Books!!!

One of my favorite SF web/print publications The Bold Italic wrote a nice article recapping the recent opening I played at for Far Far Near over at Adobe Books curated by artist James Sterling Pitt.  It was a beautiful coming together of art, music, and community.  The show will be up for a solid month so if you didn’t make it to the opening, please do yourself a favor and go check out the artwork!  One of the three artists is my dear friend Billy Joe Miller who came all the way out from Albuquerque to show.  Billy is responsible for both the covers to my albums Fountain & more recently In Search of Light.  He’s amazing!  Thanks very much to Marion from The Bold Italic for the kind words and pics….

Head on over HERE to read the full article!

FAR FAR NEAR

Hello folks!

I’ll be playing some music for an exciting group show coming up in SF at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery curated by James Sterling Pitt.  One of my dear friends Billy Joe Miller will be coming all the way from Albuquerque New Mexico to show work!  Billy’s done the cover art to both of my solo albums Fountain (Root Strata 2010) and In Search Of Light (Students Of Decay 2011) so it’s really special to be able to play music in the same room with his artwork.  Please have a look at the press release below for details and share it with your peeps ) ) )

Really hope you can make it out!

Love,
DPG
Christopher West, Sea Light

My desire to see the light, my desire to be pure
Underground I visualize sighing ocean dream
Returnal – You’ve never left, you’ve been here the whole time
Returnal, Oneohtrix Point Never

FAR FAR NEAR
new work by:  Lauren Douglas, Billy Joe Miller, and Christopher West

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery
January 14 – February 12, 2012
Opening reception: Saturday, January 14, 7-10pm

Curated by James Sterling Pitt
 
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery is pleased to present FAR FAR NEAR, a group exhibition featuring the work of Lauren Douglas, Billy Joe Miller, and Christopher West. The exhibition concept centers on memory, its dissolution and recollection, viewed through an autobiographical lens. Curator James Sterling Pitt initiated conversations with the three artists around such diverse images and events as a disintegrating beach house, a mother whale stranded in the Klamath River, and a World Series baseball game inturrupted by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The resulting mixed-media exhibition expands on such universal ideas as nostalgia, family ties, and attempts to fix a fleeting moment in time.  

The opening reception will feature special musical sets by three Bay Area bands:  Upside Drown, fieldguide, and Danny Paul Grody. Please visit the Backroom Gallery blog for more info and updates on events to accompany the exhibition.

Image: Billy Joe Miller, Sea Light, 2010