Happy New Year! Happy Days getting longer! I will be back on the road in late January, touring Southern and Northern California with two gifted improvisers: multi-instrumentalist Daniel Berkman & world renowned fretless bassist Steve Lawson, who will be here from the UK for a few very special shows. We’ll be toting an eclectic mini-orchestra of fretless bass, cello, voice, ukelele, keys, percussion, African kora, and gadgets, and playing mainly improv.
Most shows are private house concerts. Please RSVP to join us:
Friday January 24 - Encino, CA
Saturday January 25 @ 2pm – Joshua Tree, CA**
Saturday January 25 @ 6pm – La Quinta, CA
Sunday January 26 = Long Beach, CA
Wednesday January 29 - Santa Cruz, CA
Friday January 31 - San Jose, CA
Saturday February 1 = San Francisco, CA
Sunday February 2 – Petaluma, CA
Monday February 3 – Oakland, CA
Tuesday February 4 – Ukiah, CA
FingerPainting: Complete is 10 albums, 10 hours of recordings from all the shows. This week (January 5-11) it’s available for only £10 - a tiny price for a mountain of mindbending music…
House concerts are a wonderfully intimate way to experience live music, refreshments and inspiring conversation in a cozy environment with friends old and new. I hope you can join us (or send a friend along to join us!) at one of these very special events!
Can’t join us? Follow our tour right here or on Facebook for updates on which shows we’ll be live streaming!
Header photo by Don Albonico
About the Music and Musicians
Improvisers Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman met via singer-songwriter Artemis in 2012, and have to date played 10 shows together, resulting in a 10-hour set of albums called FingerPainting: Complete. At eight of these shows, Artemis’ vocals added yet another emotional dimension to this most cinematic and storytelling of musical pairings. Their music has been played on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, BBC Radio 6Music’s Tom Robinson Show, and on Radio Free Joshua Tree. Exploring vast territory as solo artists, the musical inquisitiveness and broadmindedness of each of these artists informs their synergy as a trio.
STEVE LAWSON (UK) Expanding far beyond the traditional bassist’s palette by utilizing a multiple overlaying technique known as looping – Lawson becomes his own backup band. Deeply inspired by guitarist greats like Bill Frissel and Robert Fripp, Lawson uses a digital looper to create layers of overdubs in real-time, adding guitar-like lines on the effect-modified upper strings of his six-stringed instrument, as well as using other effects to create lush chordal pads.
“Steve’s complex array of sound and rare, intimate touch are rapidly turning him into one of the most influential bassists in the world” – Bass Guitar Magazine
DANIEL BERKMAN is a San Francisco based composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora (a 21-stringed harp/lute from West Africa), using electronic devices and loop boxes to transform his kora in real time in live performance. Daniel also plays guitar, handsonic percussion, and piano and is a featured electronic artist on RTFM Records under the moniker “Colfax”. Daniel has also composed many eclectic scores for choreographers and dance companies in San Francisco, notably Robert Dekkers of Post:Ballet, Sarah Shelton Mann, ODC, Company Chaddick, Lizz Roman and Dancers, Kunst-Stoff and others.
ARTEMIS is a New York native, Joshua Tree-based artist whose songwriting is a relentlessly genre-defiant exploration of science and sensuality, etymology and emotion, the natural and supernatural. In live performance, she layers looped vocals to build skeletons of textured harmony and quirky rhythm, adding naked timbres of piano, guitar, flute, and ukulele, alongside various electronic devices. Floating above and weaving together this simple yet sophisticated palette, the singer’s superpower is subtlety, from intricate inflections in a near-whisper, to the use of dissonance as counterweight in belted-out Bulgarian-style choirs.
Artemis “presides over an aural slow-burn like one of Wim Wenders’ angels – warm, wise, detached, waiting for you….”