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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Sketch for Winter VI: “Other States”

Dear friends,

I’m thrilled to share the release of “Sketch for Winter VI: Other States” officially out today on the excellent Geographic North imprint, available on cassette or digitally. This is my contribution to their wonderful sketch for winter series, marking not only the the end of the winter season, but also this years installment which also features the beautiful music of Mark Van Hoen (Seefeel). It was an honor to take part. I’m so excited to see this project come to light and to share with you all!

Please visit Adhoc‘s generous premiere of the album as well as a brief interview that Anti Gravity Bunny did with me.

Hope you enjoy the tunes and thanks for listening…

Warmly,

DPG

Past, present, future…

Dear friends,

2015 has been quite a year. Loved ones have departed, I re-entered academia, and of course listened to, saw, and took part in a lot of music…

Distilling a years-worth of music and life into a single list is an impossible task… That being said, here is my attempt at a best-of for the wonderful label Geographic North, who I’ll have the pleasure of releasing new music with in 2016! I really look forward to sharing the new sounds with you soon, but in the meantime please have a look at my and a few other artists year-in-review HERE

All the best to you in the NEW YEAR!

DPG

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