November 27, 2015

Performance Thursday, December 10 
at the PLACE for Sustainable Living 
at 64th and San Pablo across from Actual Cafe
doors at 7pm ~ show at 7:30
opening with Jen Myzel
Miriam Raziel is playing in support of her latest CD 
"Light Warrior,"
Miriam is quite a light warrior herself, with an attitude brimming with positivity and intentions filled with love, 
I'm proud to be sharing the stage 
with this inspiring and encouraging singer.
 Did I mention Miriam has known me for over 10 years 
and has been a great source support in my many musical endeavors, so I'm delighted to play our first ever show together.
I hope you can join us!

RSVP at our facebook event HERE
Thank you!! It helps!! Thanks for your support!

November 20, 2015

Feeding the Heart Fire Dec 10

That's right! 
Music is a light moving slow enough to ride,
At none other than the PLACE for Sustainable Living,
where inspiring activities take place every week and new models of community blossom.
December 10, 7:30pm

Global warming's balmy December is upon us.
It may not be very cold, but the darkness is apparent.
In the midst of the violence and great loss lately I feel a deeper need to follow the season's heed 
to journey inward and ask some profound questions, 
When do our fellow human brothers and sisters need us the most? And how can I serve a greater good than my own comfort? 
How can we be of service to this earth when it has offered to us our every breath.

Share your space, be in community, share your voice, your food, your resources.
Respect and protect the roots we all have grown from, 
We depend on our world's great diversity. 
It has always been through observing nature we learn great truths about ourselves. 
Everything we know today we have gathered this way and yet if we destroy our planet what more will there be to learn? On what ground will we have to stand? 

Thank you for listening and thank you for your support.
Enjoy the holidays and take opportunities to give and support this beautiful diverse world 
of people and natural spaces who deserve acknowledgement.

Find more info about the upcoming show here:

August 14, 2015

Latest News!!
September... I've been invited to do an Inspiration Series Event at Mountain Yoga near the Oakland Hills. Come for a hike and then for a show:

inspiration series
fire & water
ART remodeling CHAOS
Benefit for Heather Normandale
featuring Heather Normandale, Paul Martin and other surprise guests.
Friday, September 25 - 7 to 8:30 PM, Potluck to follow.

Singer songwriter and beloved Vak Choir Manager Heather Normandale has experienced not one, but TWO fires this year — and turned those experiences into this art. 

Get tickets HERE!! $20 in advance and $30 at the door
Proceeds go to the Heather Normandale Fire and Water Fund

Heather Normandale - accomplished singer songwriter, bandleader, music educator and beloved Vak Choir Manager - has experienced not one but TWO fires this year (yikes!), displacing her from her home and taking a toll on her music instruments and her independent music business work. Never one to miss an opportunity for inspiration, Heather seizes these unfortunate events with an alchemical, Siva-like enthusiasm to creatively revisit her relationship to the art of expression through music. 
The result: this special evening of original music, "Fire and Water: the Art of Remodeling Chaos," featuring songs and stories about making peace with loss, love and self discovery. 
Heather's melodic and rootsy "mermaid folk" features emotive vocals and rolling fingerpicking rhythms on banjo, guitar and mandolin with a rich and satisfying groove. Her original music is imprinted with the landscapes of nature and cultures of India, Africa and South America, laced with lyrics of rare sensitivity. Heather will be joined by Vak Choir member Paul Martin on double bass and other surprise guests. 
Potluck to follow the performance !

May 12, 2015


We are just about to go into the studio to record some new stuff!!

So you might not see us around playing as much this summer, so be sure to come on out to Saturday's show to hear some new songs, surprise special guests and a great line up of music with talented Mindy Dillard and the lovely Amanda West .

We have another Awaken Cafe woman power night coming at you right after mother's day, BRING YOUR MOTHERS!!!! Please, and thank you to all the strong women out there making life happen ;0) The world is indebted to you in ALL the ways you care - not just making babies but in sustaining life, friendships, community, plant and animal life.

April 24, 2015

Revelations and Revolutions: May is HAPPENING!

The big news of the moment is what is in store for the month of May! I've got shows of various shapes and sizes in a few different places.
May 1
In the first days of May, I'll be doing a short duo performance with Kate Fritz at an art show for Audra Bauchera.  Then that weekend on May 2-3, you might also catch me performing in the Sacramento Rolling Bicycle Music Festival! I'll post a map with more info and times as we get closer to the event.

Audra's Art                                                                                                                  Vancouver Bicycle Music Fest Throwback

May 16 

At one of my favorite Oakland Music establishments, Awaken Cafe, I'll be supporting the CD release party of Mindy Dillard. Ill be doing a special Throw-Down-My-Heart inspired Banjo and Balafon set with Craig Miller, quite possibly with a familiar special guest who graced our presence with her sitar at our last Awaken show. Lets make it a tradition. 

Also on May 16!
On the theme of Bicycle Music Fests - Last year at Maker Faire - Rock the Bike recorded a live CD of the weekend's bike-powered music. Well, its all happening again this year at the Maker Faire: I'll be performing on the Bike Stage at 4pm on Saturday with Craig Miller and Kari Field. throw-back of an artsy video montage I made from clips of Bicycle Music Festivals here in San Francisco and all over Europe that were filmed in 2010-11 with the song As One. 

More to come!!
Stay tuned for the next update where I'll be posting the details of my performance at Lightning in Bottle and a Santa Cruz show at the Crepe Place with Kasia Moon!

March 12, 2015

We have a great show in store for you March 27 - here's a little banjo "herstory"

I have a link here to an article by Pete Seeger called "In Praise of Banjo Picking Women" ... I appreciated his accounts of banjo history and commentary that there was a shortage of visual and textual evidence of the history of women with banjos - but in fact there were quite a number of women pickers despite their lack of representation! Above on the left see "Cousin Emmy" from the 1940s and below Lily May Ledford. 

All of this inspired me to put together a show of lady banjo pickers at Awaken Cafe.

Join us for a night of lady-fronted bands featuring both traditionals and original avant-garde banjo music!!

March 6, 2015

Trembling Water featured in an Oakland Water Benefit

I know the word FREE may look misleading for a fundraiser but the restaurant Abura Ya has generously chosen to donate a large percentage of the income from food sales this night to the water benefit. 
Join us and order some dinner to help Oakland's supply of clean water.

In addition to the night's music, the organizers of this event are putting together a CD of music dedicated to water and my song Trembling Water will be featured on this upcoming CD. 

February 22, 2015

Songs on Nature at Studio Grand

Feb. 22. 2015

Studio Grand will be hosting a night of music with Diana Gameros and I

I have a limited number of "Live at Maker Faire - Pedal Powered Music CDs" available for those who walk or bike. My band and a number of talented bay area artists were featured on this CD, which was made at last years Maker Faire in San Mateo and sponsored by Rock the Bike. Listen Here 

Check out who else is going by RSVPing to our FACEBOOK Event