Thursday, July 16, 2009

Marking today

It would be Paul's and my 12th anniversary today.

I can remember hunting high and low for a 2 of Cups keychain to give him for an anniversary present. I never did find one, however long ago that was.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Blessing Moon concert this Thursday in SF

My Full Moon Concert Series which I'm curating for Outsound Presents and the Luggage Store Gallery moves on to the Blessing Moon concert this Thursday night.

At 8 pm we have Free Rein, focused on "earth music for space people". It's a new all-improv trio melding reeds/flutes, Danelectro 6 string bass, percussion, voice, cymbal, keyboard, and Theremin.

Brian Lucas from Free Rein says, "The surface area of the Moon is equal to that of Africa. The Moon is a spherical continent hanging in the sky. The Moon is the missing content of the Earth. Through the medium of gravity waves, the rocks of the Moon sing to the rocks of the Earth. Free Rein will spontaneously collaborate with the Moon in this endeavor, sculpting a sound that reflects back to Earth, playing tones that wax and wane through vibration, harmonic bodies phase shifting."

At 9 pm we'll have Valka, a battle of strings. Cellist Agnes Szelag & violinist Marielle Jakobsons say they'll unleash graphic scores and mood swings. With Noah Phillips on guitar, the trio's Blessing Moon rituals are inspired by ripe dreams and the balance between dark and light.

The Blessing Moon concert will happen at the Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market Street at 6th Street, San Francisco. Admission is $6.00 - $10.00 sliding scale, with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Now hear this!

I have known about Kitka for a long time. I am acquainted with Shira Cion, one of their members who's also their Executive Director, and I run into her frequently at non-profit gatherings. But up till recently I hadn't actually heard their music.

My new beau, Jeff, got to hear them this Summer Solstice at the Garden of Memory concert. I was playing in another ensemble at the same event so I wasn't able to go hear them. Jeff was blown away and bought me their new album Sanctuary as a present.

I have been listening to it regularly. It's vital, visceral, Goddessy choral music.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Eighteen months

Eighteen months, the technical name for a year and a half, doesn't seem like such a long time when written down.

But it is a lot longer than a year. The pace of change picks up. The past becomes smaller in the rear view mirror. The future gets closer, incomprehensible though it still is.

Persistence pays off in strange and awkward and wonderful ways. New experiences keep happening. Things that are wonderful are muted. Things no longer mean what they used to mean. Every momentous event grows a tail of "if only" or "what if".

Stumbling across shared online calendars like I did today is also awkward and throws things into stillness.