Two exciting SF shows next week!

Hi folks!

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!

Warmly,

DPG

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Stand with Bandcamp in supporting Trans rights!

I have been a long-time fan and user of the Bandcamp platform. They have  always advocated for progressive causes and finding ways of supporting the arts. This Friday, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their sales to the Transgender Law Center. Please join me and the myriad artists – queer, trans, and beyond – to raise awareness and fight against transphobia. I will be donating 100% of my cut from sales as well.

Love to ALL,

DPG

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Upcoming SF show w/ Elkhorn & Matt Baldwin!

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 ) ) )

Warmest,

DPG

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H O P E

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.

Much love,

DPG

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” – Rosa Parks

Year-ender list & Happy Solstice

Dear all,

I hope this finds you well! Below is my end-of-year list for Geographic North. Please visit the link above to read the full list of contritions from the likes of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, ARP, and Moon Diagrams, among others:

This year has been so many things … illuminating, heartbreaking, traumatizing, hopeful, empowering, inspiring, overwhelming … I’ve reached milestones on a personal level I never thought possible. I’ve witnessed and participated in the coming together of community in acts of solidarity, grief, and in protest. Close friend’s have had babies. Some found love. It has also been a year punctuated by absurdity, loss, and terror. Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, Aleppo, Trump, to name just a few. Through it all, however, music has remained a constant source of light. It has helped me filter through my deepest rage, sadness, and confusion. Going to shows, playing in Young Moon, and doing my solo thing has kept me grounded.

This represents only a partial list, in no particular order, of experiences and albums that did me right in 2016 …

Albums:
Ariel Kalma – An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings 1972-1979) (RVNG Intl., 2014)
Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – We Be All Africans (Strut, 2016)
Ian William Craig – Centres (FatCat, 2016)
Joshua Abrams – Magnetoception (Eremite, 2016)
Andy Stott – Too Many Voices (Modern Love, 2016)
Solange – A Seat at the Table (Columbia, 2016)
Gimmer Nicholson – Chrisotpher Idylls (Light in the Attic reissue, 2016)
Laraaji – everthing!
Frank Ocean – Blonde (Def Jam, 2016)
75 Dollar Bill – Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern, Rhythm / Rock (Think Wrist, 2016)
Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass (Guruguru Brain, 2016)
Alice Coltrane – everything!
Bing and Ruth – Tomorrow Was the Golden Age (RVNG Intl., 2014)
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas (4AD, 1990)
Imaginational Anthem – The Private Press (Tompkins Square, 2016)
Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music (Numero, 2016)
Harold Budd / Brian Eno / Daniel Lanois – The Pearl (Editions EG, 1984)
Experiences:
Getting a college degree.
Playing solo shows w/ Grouper, Chuck Johnson and the solstice event “Garden of Memories” at Chapel of Chimes.
Opening up for Beach House w/ Young Moon at the Fillmore
Endless cuddles with my cat Eli
The movie Moonlight 
Nurturing relationships
Attending BLM rally in SF
Attending Ghost Ship vigil at Lake Merritt in Oakland
Staying honest, vulnerable, and curious

It also happens to be Winter Solstice! Wishing you all the best as we clear the way for another year. Here’s to connectedness, peace, and creativity in all its forms!

Love and Light,

DPG

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