Yesterday at Garden Of Memory

Garden Of Memory Concert
Chapel Of The Chimes – Oakland, CA

a performance piece by Pauline Oliveros –

Warm your hands by rubbing them together vigorously. Bring your right hand to your own heart and your left hand to the back of a virtual partner. Feel the hand of a virtual partner on your own back. Savor the protection of your heart and your partner’s hearts. Sing AH on each breath with the intention of healing your own heart and your partner and beyond to all the people of Haiti and all who need this healing.

When you are finished gather the energy between the palms of your hands. Know that this healing travels far. Bring the energy to your motor center (lower abdomen) and store it there. Listen for the virtual chant and sensation of virtual hands on your back.

All Together Now

I’m so glad I went to see Moe!kestra last night at The Uptown in Oakland. Moe! Staiano is a percussionist/composer. Last night he conducted a performance of his Piece No 9, When Terrie Had Six (a composition dedicated to the Ex). There were about 30 musicians on (and off) the stage playing his graphical score while paying attention to his cues via a baton, index cards, and a small hand held stop sign. Moments of repeated pattern were countered by spontaneous solos and silences. Once in a while he would step down from his conducting post(a wobbly folding chair) and run into a section of the band cueing individual members to come forward in the sound mix. Listening to a recording of this is almost missing the point – there is no substitute for experiencing this kind of music live.

Moe!kestra - there wasn't enough room on stage for all of them. There were 7 electric guitarists.

Moe! Staiano (yes, the exclamation mark is part of his name).

Index cards used to cue the orchestra to play certain parts of the score.

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 5

I asked Kevin Thomson, a guitarist in the band Enablers, to improvise a piece of music based on one of Brett Amory’s paintings.

Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info about Brett, go to brettamory.com

For more info about Kevin and Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 4


Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

In this episode he talk about the characters in his paintings.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info go to brettamory.com

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 3


Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

In this episode he discusses sense of place.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info go to brettamory.com

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 2


Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

In this episode, Brett talks about what he did to move forward in his career.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info go to brettamory.com

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 1


Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

In the initial phase of his series, structures and people were layed out on a field of white. In this episode he talks about using a black backdrop that not only suggests nighttime but can evoke feelings of isolation and sympathy.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info go to brettamory.com