We finished this project so long ago! back in March. 2020. Aka 40 years ago.
I meant to post about it earlier, but, obviously, didn't.
Anyway -- this was a very fun project conceived by Liam from Oh Rose / Deja Blue, and contributed to by a whole slew of PNW / West coast friends. It is REALLY wonderful --!
Due to Pink Floyd apparently having heavy copyright on all their music, you can download it for free or make a donation at the bandcamp link here:
march 18 -- in olympia we've been on partial lockdown for a few days. i was sick last week so i've been self-isolating for longer... the aerial studio i teach at here is okay for the moment which feels like the biggest blessing i could possibly ask for regarding my own personal life -- i'll be okay for at least 3-6 months or so and then... we'll see i guess. so many people are worse off, and... well. there aren't words.
anyway here is a photo of me playing synth from earlier in the month -- and then photos from zoe's photo opening at schwartz's at the beginning of the month -- feels like a really fuckn long time ago.
-------- from november's brotherhood takes flight, our monthly aerial show at the brotherhood taven. photos by the amazing and generous jo arlow; we are so lucky to have her. poster by the one and only david strother. thank you for being such a wonderful audience, as always, olympia.
some shows coming up starting tomorrow!
August 1, at MOTEL 7 with the fantastic Briana Marela and Deja Blue (duo style), special show of olympia or former-olympia electronic/pop ONLY
August 5 at le Voyeur with Earthgasm and an out of town act and one special guest
August 16 at a poetry reading at Olga's house, playing a special weird synth-only set
email me for addresses if u don't know, or ask a friend!
also I made the letterpressed flyer below!
flyer for le voyeur show by the wonderful david strother (more work here )
Wheee! The first couple of shows have been so fun!! Especially excited to share a video that Freddy Dobbler and Jackson Barnes made using analog video effects (live) from last weekend at Chez Puget in Olympia.
A few changes in details to shows in March/April --
Mar 22 Seattle @ Magic Lanes (w/ mudstrutz, polly zonk)
Mar 23 Olympia @ house show (w/ polly zonk, sunrayeel)
Mar 27 Portland, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (w/ kulululu, polly zonk, social stomach)
Mar 30 Oakland, house show (w/ briana marela, polly zonk)
e-mail me for house show locations <3 <3 <3 email@example.com
March 3 SUMMERDOWN, Olympia (w/ Gen Pop, Lavender Flu)
Things happen so quickly!
It's November 2018 and a few exciting things to share --
Dec 3, 2018: The Brotherhood Takes Flight: I'm performing this December (Dec 3, Wednesday, 8PM) at the Brotherhood Takes Flight in Olympia, WA -- it is the ten year anniversary of the Brotherhood Takes Flight!
January 2018 teaching at Sparrow Studios: secondly, I'm going to be teaching a lot more at Sparrow Studios starting in January -- Sara Sparrow, owner and founder and instrumental circus artist here in Olympia, is moving down to California. signup for classes will happen mid-December (e-mail sparrowclasses [at] gmail for more information). Teaching this last year has been really, really incredible, and I feel really grateful to get to teach more often here in Olympia!
last but not least -- mostly I've just been concentrating on music... excited to share more songs and performances soon! <3 <3
Once upon a time I met photographer Jim Newberry (based in LA) at a dinner party in Chicago hosted by our friend Angelique Grandone... years later, we finally had the chance to meet up in Olympia, WA and do a shoot! Jim came to Olympia some weeks ago to take photos of 1) me taking photos of butterflies with my janky phone (see here) and doing circus. The photos and article are up on Rewire.org here: How a butterfly-loving biologist learned to fly ...
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Rewire caught up with Garcia about the intersection of her two art forms and the life path that took her airborne.
Rewire: Out of all the insects out there, why are you drawn to butterflies?
Giselle Garcia: I started taking photos of butterflies as a technician in the lab I eventually joined as a graduate student—because they are beautiful, and I had access and exposure to many points of the life cycle that one only sees with daily contact.
Later on, as my scientific studies developed, I started studying the genetics and timing of butterfly wing development, and was taking a lot of scanning electron microscope photos of the wing at various developmental points—and noticed, as many others have, how abstract and wonderful the wing is when you zoom in.
The wing color is made up of scales, and each one is just one color, so only when you zoom in do you get to see the kind of pointillist nature of the wing.
Rewire: How did you get into aerial silks?
GG: I’ve always loved moving. I think I do aerial as opposed to other forms of movement because it is quite constrained, in some ways—there are only so many ways you can get from A to B in an individual trick, so you must find the ways to make a movement your own. Physically, it is all-encompassing, which was a good complement to the nature of a Ph.D. program, which was what I was doing when I started really focusing on circus.
I also really love that you have to maintain training to do circus—you can’t leave it, or you become weak. So it requires regularity and consistency and structure. The community is also amazing. I was very lucky to be in Chicago and a part of the (Aloft Loft) community, and then to get to come back to Olympia to my original circus community. Full of amazing, amazing artists.
Rewire: How did you wind up with the assortment of interests and skills and jobs you have today?
GG: Oh, I don’t know. I wandered to and fro, and here I am! A big recent decision was coming back to Olympia from Chicago. It has taken a minute to get settled back in, but the community is so supportive and full of such wonderful people, and it is possible to make a very full life with fewer hours of work—a bubble at least partially isolated from what people think you should be doing. Or, it can be that way, for some. I’m very grateful to be back here.
Additional reporting by web editor Katie Moritz.
By Jim NewberryJim is an internationally published, award-winning photographer based in Los Angeles. His interest in photography began as a young child, when his father—James Newberry, who founded the photography department at Columbia College Chicago—gave him a camera and taught him how to use it. He later graduated from Columbia, and soon after began shooting assignments for magazines and record labels.
Jim continues to shoot for editorial and commercial clients, as well as shooting fine art photography, especially street pictures.