Revelation Zen at SF Zen Center – A Night To Remember ) ) )

This past Saturday I had the honor and pleasure to experience a long-in-the-making event I helped curate as part of this years Soundwave ((5)) Humanities, an innovative art’s and music biennial. The show was graciously hosted at the Julia Morgan designed SF Zen Center, and co-sponsored by Bay Area tastemakers The Bold Italic. There were mind-blowing performances by Bay Area’s Marielle V. Jakobsons, EN, and Los Angelos based Sean McCann spread throughout the coarse of the evening in the Buddha Hall, the garden atrium, and the dining hall. We had delicious vegetarian treats donated by Zen Center-affiliates Greens Restaurant, Rainbow Grocery provided sweet treats, a walking tour of the center, a listening station, and led mediation in a variety of practices – sitting, walking, and chanting. The turnout was nuts – it SOLD OUT! Couldn’t have asked for a better event to be a part of. HUGE THANKS to Alan, Jorge and all the Soundwave volunteers, the incredible generosity from David, Shundo, Kate, Tova, and the extended Zen Center community, the musicians, and the audience of people who came with open ears and hearts. It was magic, a dream!

Much Love,


Soundwave (( 5 )) in effect !!!

Dear friends,

I’m very happy to say the biennial Soundwave music and art festival, now in it’s 5th year, is finally taking shape!  Each season investigates a new idea through sound and this year explores the sonic connections to the human condition.  With Humanities as the theme, Soundwave ((5)) has commissioned over 30 performances and works to investigate human experience, and examine the future of our human constructs, cultures and rituals through sound.  The summer-long multi-venue series will be spread out among some of San Francisco’s most exciting and unorthodox venues including Battery Townsley in the beautiful Marin Headlands, SF Zen Center, California Academy of Sciences, Legion of Honor, The Lab, and so many others.  For a full list of participating artists, curators, and event details, please head on over to the main site.

In the past I’ve had the pleasure of playing solo as well as with my band The Drift.  This year my involvement will be two-fold, as both performer and curator –  needless to say, I am really excited!

I’ll to be doing a solo performance under the skies of the Aurora Borealis in a mini-planetarium (never thought I’d say that!!!).  It will take place Thurs. July 5th for the opening night party Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences presented by Mediate & The Bold Italic.   Also performing are Oakland-based space troubadours Lumerians in the mezzanine, Matt Baldwin under the coral reefs amongst the fish, DJ’s Tristes Tropiques spinning throughout the evening, plus a host of other interactive multi-media works on display.

$10 Academy members
$12 non-members.
Purchase ticket’s HERE
Visit Facebook event HERE

I’m also incredibly honored to have been asked to curate one of three event’s based around the concept of revelation.   Revelation Zen will be held at and co-presented by SF Zen Center at the lovely Julia Morgan-designed SF Zen Center featuring performances by the SF duo En, Oakland-based artist Marielle V. Jakobsons, and Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Sean McCann.  In keeping with the spirit of revelation, there will be components of Zen practice woven into the nights performances including introductions to meditations and Zen practice.  It’s a very special treat to be collaborating in this way the Zen Center community, who have been so generous in offering their energy, time, and incredible space to explore ideas through sound.  Really hope you can join us Saturday August 25th!


$12 students & seniors
$15 general admission
$25 true value/supporter

All Ages!

Please visit the event page HERE for more detailed info and to purchase advance tickets.

Thanks for reading!


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!

Zen Center recap & pics …

Last weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of playing some songs at the very lovely San Francisco Zen Center with friends Barn Owl and Date Palms.  Artist David Wilson also did a beautiful temporary installation collaging colored gels onto large windows.  I can’t believe it took me 16 years living in SF before entering this sanctuary!  I was surprised to find out it was built in the 20’s by the amazing architect Julia Morgan who’s designed some of my favorite buildings around… Chapel of the Chimes, Hearst Castle, Berkley bell tower to name a few.  Before it became the Zen Center it was a home for single Jewish women. Amazing history.  The event was presented by the good folks from The Bold Italic and was co-curated by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma of Root Strata.  It was a really great coming together of worlds.  Everyone at the center was incredibly gracious and open to essentially a bunch of strangers taking over their space.  Good times.

The first two pics were taken by the always smiling Shundo from the center who wrote a nice little bit about the show on the Zen Center blog.  I took the second two, one is of Barn Owls set up and the second of David Wilson’s installation.