Its hard to describe the feeling that I get from making this new work. Its like I’ve been making it my whole life, but only now am realizing the true shape or form. This past month I’ve been building, whittling, and testing at the Paul Dresher Artist Residency (http://www.dresherensemble.org/arc.html). Its been a deep dive into how to craft instruments specifically for their ability to create macro-cymatic visuals – or water waves driven by sound at a macroscopic perspective. I am so grateful for the opportunity to utilize the resources at a space also so close to home. To have a full woodworking shop as well as a production environment to work on video/sound has allowed me to hone in on these explorations and unveil many new layers to what I imagine possible. I’ve built several instruments and tonight, is the premiere performance with my favorite one. This instrument is carved from a piece of cedar, and has a single string mounted on it. Above you see a still from my rehearsal last night. Other great performers investigating sound, water, and light will be joining me on the bill! Joshua Churchill & Matt Baldwin, and Moses Hacmon. Many thanks to Paul Dresher Ensemble, and to Soundwave who commissioned this performance! Details for the premiere are below. More Macro Cymatics to follow, I’m sure, as I anticipate this to become a new body of work. http://www.soundwavesf.com/6/aug22/
Location: SOMArts, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco
7:30pm doors, 8:00pm performance
$15 general admission
Aquaphonic at SOMarts
Multi-sensory performances of water-sonic phenomena by Marielle V. Jakobsons, Joshua Churchill, and Matt Baldwin with Moses Hacmon
Water and sound generate incredible phenomena. Artists reveal the mystifying aquatic properties through visible sound and vibration. Artist and composer Marielle V. Jakobsons presents ‘Macro Cymatic Studies,’ which encourages immersion in water reflections connected to droning soundscapes with water wave projections, slow melodic violin, and psychoacoustic synthesizers which plays with our sense of scale and explores unifying matter through sound. Joshua Churchill investigates moving subsonic properties water through the feeling of sound, vibrating our bodies and exposing the unique and ubiquitous nature of this natural element. Psychedelic guitarist Matt Baldwin collaborates with artist Moses Hacmon to reveal the mind-altering beauty of sound moving through air in an all-sensory experience of live music and vibration to literally move water.
John Davis’ series invites collaboration between Cinematic & New Music artists, as performance series and a limited edition book which I’m part of, as well as a limited edition double LP and DVD with selected participants. I’m very excited to be presenting a live score in surround sound to Mark Wilson’s animated film “Ghost Dance.” Also performing that evening: the home-brewed psychedelia of Andy Puls, Keith Evans (of 23five collective), and the organizer himself John Davis in collaboration with animator Lawrence Jordan.
Tickets are sliding scale and start at 7pm at Kala Arts in Berkeley.
Other evenings lineups include many great friends and artists!!
July 5, 7-9pm:
Mary Helena Clark with Andy Roche
Kerry Laitala with Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken
July 19, 7-9pm
Thad Povey & Mark Taylor
Steve Dye with Anthony Iamurri
Paul Clipson wth Tashi Wada
July 26, 7-9pm
Tooth with Collin McKelvey
Craig Baldwin with Maggi Payne
For more info see
Kala Arts Website: http://www.kala.org/artwork/gravity-spells-bay-area-new-music-and-expanded-cinema-art/
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/300188523488508/
Book & Edition: http://www.bimodalpress.com/
We’re kicking off the Woodsist Festival in Pioneertown, CA tomorrow. Pioneertown is near Joshua Tree, in Socal. Excited to return to the desert. Come early, our set starts at 2pm, fest is at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.
Fresh and Onlys
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
Super excited to hit the wide road with my pals in Date Palms! Kickoff show is tomorrow in San Francisco at the Cafe du Nord with Hiss Golden Messenger. So much to look forward to, including shows with Mountains, Plankton Wat, Ignatz, Man Forever and J Spaceman (of Spaceman 3) in London! Hope to see some familiar faces on the road!!
Paul Clipson (Super 8 films) & Marielle Jakobsons (music)
A number of short films on Super 8mm by Paul Clipson with soundtracks by a multitude of musician friends and sound artists including Young Moon (Trevor Montgomery), Che Chen, Painted Caves (Evan Caminiti), Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Alex Cobb and Barn Owl.
This will be followed by a live sound/film performance with me, featuring brand new work by both of us, including Paul’s new footage from his Headlands residency. I am excited to present some new sounds I recorded at the old Moog at Mills College CCM… this is the beginning of my next album’s material!!
Shorts to be shown:
ABSTEIGEND (2012) with music by Painted Caves
THE CRYSTAL TEXT (2012) with music by Young Moon
ORIGIN (2012) with music by Che Chen
LANDSCAPE DISSOLVES (2012) with music by Alex Cobb
SPEAKING CORPSE (2012) with music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
VOID REDUX (2013) with music by Barn Owl
DIFFICULT LOVES (2013) with music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Saturday, June 29th 8pm $6-10
Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Paul Clipson: http://www.withinmirrors.org/
Date Palms third album, and our first release with Thrill Jockey Records, is now available! If you’d like a copy, we have plenty and I’d be happy to hook you up with a CD or dusted pink vinyl! If you’d like to download, check out iTunes, Emusic, Thrill Jockey site, etc.
Our record release show is at the Night Light, Oakland, June 14th 9pm with Jackie O Motherfucker, Soft Shells, and Lady Freemountain.
Also, supporting our local record shop at Stranded, Oakland, Sunday June 16th at 6pm with an intimate in-store performance!
Hope to see you soon, and you enjoy the record as much as I do! The desert’s expanse awaits you.
So excited to be returning to the Northwest again so soon, thanks to the Debacle Festival / Debacle Records. Very stoked to be hearing what Nate Young and Golden Retriever are up to these days, as I haven’t heard either of them perform in a couple years and they always represent!
For Debacle, the organizer recommends the festival pass as it is much cheaper than individual tickets!
Sat., May 4th – Debacle Festival, Seattle w/Golden Retriever, Nate Young, and a solo set by me as well among others! http://www.debaclefest.com/
Northwest friends, its been waaaaay too long! So excited the kind folks at artist-run Hollow Earth Radio have invited me up to play at their MAGMA festival this weekend!! Hope to catch up with you there. I’m going to be performing a set of some new material and a bit from the Glass Canyon LP.
The festival is going on for a few weeks and some other good friends including Chuck Johnson & Danny Paul Grody are joining in on other nights, so do check out the full lineup HERE
Also, a nice nod from the Seattle Stranger’s blurb about the show
“a strong bill headed by Oakland violinst Marielle V. Jakobsons (of the sublime raga-drone savants Date Palms) and Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka techno minimalist the Sight Below and a deft creator of impressionist ambient music under his own name). Jakobsons’s Glass Canyon album on Students of Decay was one of 2012′s most enveloping and engrossing drone-based works.”
SHOW INFO BELOW!!
Saturday 3/23/13 7pm doors
2018 East Union St., Seattle, Washington 98122
Intimate space, good sound, amazing artists, and in support of Hollow Earth Radio (an amazing community/DIY radio station)
Rafael Anton Irisarri (Seattle . of The Sight Below & Orcas . Touch / Room40 / Ghostly International)
Marielle Jakobsons (Oakland . of Myrmyr . Important Records / Students of Decay)
Chrisman/Svenson Duo (Seattle . of Widesky & Karnak Temples/Dull Knife)
(Hollow Earth Radio)
…and more TBA
$10-20 Sliding Suggested Donation
What is Magma Festival?
Magma Festival is a month-long, all-ages festival that celebrates independent music, sound art, and community radio at multiple venues around the city. It happens annually during the month of March. It is presented by Hollow Earth Radio.
Who/what is Hollow Earth Radio?
Hollow Earth Radio is the Pacific Northwest’s freeform online radio station that presents a forum for underrepresented music, sounds and perspectives. We support the local music community in Seattle, King County, Washington state, and the larger Pacific Northwest by focusing on found sound, field recordings, forgotten music, local musicians, bedroom recordings, low-fi demos, dreams, storytelling, and things that feel real.
My first performance of 2013 is a collaboration with filmmaker John Davis. This is the first time we are working together, and I’m very excited because I have much respect for John’s work in the auditory as well as visual realms. He will be using multiple projectors to show his Super-8 and 16mm films which will have some synchronicity with the music via an analyser. This show is a benefit for ATA, an artist-run non-profit space that has long supported the scene as an innovative local venue that has been a long-standing propagator of experimental arts in the area… Please help support them! Below are the details, hope to see you there!
“Support ATA at this special benefit show featuring a roster of evocative intermedia artists working in sound/film performance. All proceeds from the show support Artists’ Television Access, the San Francisco-based, artist-run, non-profit organization that cultivates and promotes culturally-aware, underground media and experimental art.”
Artist’s Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
Saturday, February 9, 2013
$15 Gen | $25 Supporter | $50 Sponsor
Featuring three film-music ensembles:
Barn Owl and Paul Clipson
Marielle Jakobsons and John Davis
John Davis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Paul Clipson
San Francisco-based drone duo Barn Owl (guitarists Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti) follow in the footsteps of provocative avant-gardists Alice Coltrane and Keiji Haino, while building on the doom metal foundation planted by Black Sabbath. (more)
San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist (Tarentel, the Alps) and founder of Root Strata label, Jefre’s guitar beams directly down from Souvlaki Space Station and arrives gorgeously mangled via modular synthesizer. Romantically haloed chorus guitar floats widescreen across relentless static drum machines until the sky splits open in the final movement, spilling burning guitar fragments over everything. (more)
Paul Clipson works primarily in film, video and on paper, often collaborating on films, live performances and installations with sound artists and musicians, projecting largely improvised in-camera edited experimental films employing multiple exposures, dissolves and macro imagery that bring to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. (more)
John Davis is an Oakland-based artist working with moving images and sound, expanding their relationships through experimentation, chance, collaboration and improvisation. Current performance work investigates various sound and image delivery systems, their material bi-products, and the range of sensory possibilities that exists between them. (more)
photo by Shundo David Hayne
As part of the Soundwave Festival, I am very excited to be performing a special set utilizing the large meditation you see in Buddha Hall in the photo above. Before I perform there will be guided meditation. Following me is En (Maxwell Croy from Root Strata & James Devane) and Sean McCann, so it should be a sublime evening! Curated by Danny Paul Grody.
5:30 Doors open
6:00 & 6:30 Meditation in Buddha Hall led by Lien Shutt
6:15 & 6:45 Tours of the SF Zen Center led by Tova Green
7:00 Marielle V. Jakobsons Buddha Hall Performance
with Seated meditation led by David Zimmerman
7:40 Sean McCann Garden Courtyard Performance
with Kinhin instruction led by Gretchen Rau
8:25 En Dining Room Performance
with Well-being chant led by Shundo David Haye
Super excited to be sharing the celebrations of Evan’s new release & to hear KWJAZ live for the first time.
p.s. i’ll have CD’s of Glass Canyon available at the show!! LP’s will be coming later in June, be in touch if you’d like me to save you a copy.
Echo is memory, slowly fading. Slight gradations cull the annals lining time distorted mind’s eye. To hear this ring out is to experience the folding of past onto present. With agile hands, these artists crease, bend and transform perception, sifting ephemera through ever-shifting and evolving relationships.
On this date, we embark towards engulfment in celebration of the release of Evan Caminiti’s Night Dust on Immune Recordings, as well as Marielle Jakobsons’ Glass Canyon on Students of Decay. Traversing the indefinable divide is another local hero of the obscured: KWJAZ.
LIMINAL SPACE | 950 54th St. Oakland 94608
Saturday May 26th | 8:30 doors, 9pm start
Contribution: $7 – $10
Sorry I didn’t post pre-show here as I usually try to do…
But here is a little bit of bonus audio & video from the show if you missed it!
Performing a special solo set with the inspiring experimental film artist Paul Clipson live! Hosting is a brand spanking new gallery with two very interesting exhibitions on view, “Illegitimate Business” which is all objects that have all been obtained without any monetary transaction, and often illicitly, as well as a new book DAREN WILSON: AFTER MORANDI, on view courtesy of Glass House.
Paul Clipson & Marielle Jakobsons
Friday, February 3, 2012, 9PM
Will Brown Gallery
3041 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
See Paul’s captivating work HERE
Date Palms as a five-piece w/Michael Elrod on tanpura, Ben Bracken on bass, and Noah Phillips on guitar.
Also really looking forward to the other sets, two solo artists whose work I totally respect, along with locals the Meridians.
1629 8th st. (right by West Oakland Bart)
Date Palms first East Coast shows will be in Brooklyn Festivals both happening at Public Assembly!
10.16.11 Neon Marshmallow Festival
10.18.11 Mexican Summer Showcase/ CMJ
Neon Marshmallow Festival has put together a truly amazing lineup with Rhys Chatham, Alan Licht, Forma, and Mandelbrot & Skyy
all performing the same day as Date Palms, and Tim Hecker, Grouper, Phill Niblock, Kevin Drumm, Rene Hell also to be heard there!!!
Mexican Summer showcase @ CMJ features Light Asylum, Radio Peopl, Quilt
Also, next Wednesday Sept 28th at the Hemlock Tavern in SF, Mountains will be joined by Date Palms, and Higuma (of Barn Owl).
Saturday Sept 10, 8PM
Yoshi Wada and Tashi Wada, 0th, Area C, Max Mathews Tribute (with me & Diane Douglas)
Brava! Theater Center (2781 24th Street, SF)
I’m performing on violin a tribute to Max Mathews with Diane Douglas on computer, Theme and Variations on Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4 for Violin and Phaser Filters (2011). Max and I played together in a string quartet, and this was one of the many pieces they rehearsed together. Max and I also worked together over the last several years as he developed his Phaser Filters program, which is a live performance software based on tuned resonances capable of incredible transformation and beauty. This piece is a tribute to these two aspects of our work together.
Max Mathews’ Phaser Filters create tuned resonances within any sound played through them, the same way that a particular room will amplify certain frequencies based on its shape. Max would play these filters melodically to simulate a constantly shifting resonant space, transforming the original sound into something entirely new. He was especially fascinated by the subtlety of harmonic and emotional tones forged, for example, by changing his filter’s tuning to quarter tone, or complex chords like Risset’s Major-minor hybrid.
Diane Douglas also worked closely with Max, as he guided her to create her own version of his Phaser Filter Program in the Max/MSP environment. Input audio from a live instrument or from looped samples is passed through 5 banks of 4 of these filters which form 5 ‘chords’. This provides a new harmonic backbone for any sound they interact with. There is also a degree of randomness which can make them sound alive – as Diane can control the diatonic mode or the tempo for example, but other improvised aspects will make sure that they never sound the same twice.
Together, Diane and I will perform a piece based on some of Max’s favorite sounds- the violin and Beethoven- transformed by the sound world of Phaser Filters.
The festival lineup is killer this year, check it out: sfemf.org
Thursday, September 8th 8PM @ SFMOMA
Live and fixed sound and video works by Les Stuck & Sonsheree Giles, Sarah Howe, Tim Perkis/Tom Djll, Alba G. Corral/Kadet Kuhne, plus Milton Babbitt’s “Philomel” performed by Dina Emerson
Friday, September 9th 9PM @ Brava Theater Center
Christian Marclay featuring Shelley Hirsch, Jessica Rylan, Zachary James Watkins
Saturday, September 10th 8PM @ Brava Theater Center
Yoshi Wada + Tashi Wada, 0th, Area C, Max Mathews tribute
Sunday, September 11th 8PM @ Brava Theater Center
Kevin Drumm, JD Emmanuel, Gregg Kowalsky
Tickets & Passes: $16 General; $12 Student/Senior.
Full festival pass: $45
Purchases online at Brown Paper Tickets
or at the door (cash only)
Brava! Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
Phyllis Wattis Theater at SFMOMA, 151 3rd St, San Francisco
PLAYBACK > Battery Townsley
Battery Townsley, Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands (off Rodeo Beach)
Arrive by 5:30pm. 20 minute hike to performance site. Showtime: 6pm. Site can be windy and foggy even on a sunny day. We highly recommend warm clothes, blankets and proper foot attire.
Looking for audience members who can carpool. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a seat in your vehicle.
Introduced in 2010, Battery Townsley explored the extreme resonances inside and around this historic WWII harbor fortification overlooking the ocean in the hills of the Marin Headlands. August 7 features performances by electroacoustic duo Date Palms w/ Trevor Montgomery
(acoustic bass) & Michael Elrod (tanpura), vocal dance ensemble M.Mara Ann’s Sugar Pine Tesla, and composer/sound artist Edward Schocker (glass/sho) w/ Adam Fong (double bass), Suki O’Kane (bass drum), and Taka Oda (voice).
DATE PALMS W/ TREVOR MONTGOMERY & MICHAEL ELROD
Oakland-based duo Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons create a site-specific performance in the Battery’s gunwell with Trevor Montgomery (acoustic bass) and Michael Elrod (tanpura) and other instruments!
Fore more info see https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/182438
I’m very excited to be playing at this gorgeous venue for both Agnes’ Bay Area sendoff show & Date Palm’s Honey Devash Record Release!! Opening the night, and curator of the evening, is the amazing guitarist Danny Paul Grody. New works by painter Ross K. Jones and photo work by Varese Layzer will be on view, the same artwork that was banned from Ritual Coffee (read about this here). This event marks the first in what will become a regular series of music, art, and beyond presented by Rev. Bertie Pearson, creator of the fantastic too-brief Episcodisco series at Grace Cathedral.
One show in SF, one in Oakland!
Thursday 6/23 @ Hemlock Tavern [1131 Polk Street] with the guitar folk guru Bill Orcutt, mesmerizing lutist Jozef van Wissem, and desert-blown oudist Derek Monypeny.
Friday 6/24 @ Life Changing Ministries [1629 8th St. near the West Oakland BART] with Jozef van Wissem & Derek Monypeny & Vestals (new solo project of Lisa from Higuma)