Duke at Hard Rock by JB croppedOctober 10 — I’m performing this Friday, October 14 at The Musical Offering in Berkeley.

I’m in the San Francisco Bay Area for the annual gathering of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. We will visit the redwoods and host a debate on Proposition 61, California’s contentious referendum to curb prescription drug price abuse.

Notaries Public and I are beginning new recording projects. It’s my hope to have tracks for you by December.

Join Foday Mansaray and the stone mining kids of the Borbor Pain Charity School of Hope as we put Ebola behind and work to provide education for all.

A ring around the Atlantic
CD cover of A Ring Around the Atlantic

By turns a world music album, field recording, and power pop showcase, A Ring Around the Atlantic is thoughtfully written and orchestrated and features the standout production value of The Magpie Cage’s J. Robbins. Maybarduk’s voice, breathy and soft, reminds me of Hey Marseilles’ Matt Bishop and Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis. His songwriting is thought-provoking without being pedantic, helped by the album’s relentlessly catchy hooks and strong backing musicians.

No Hay Pueblo Vencido
CD cover of No Hay Pueblo Vencido

We released No Hay Pueblo Vencido (No Defeated People) on March 19, 2009.
Vencido features kinetic electronic compositions, political rock and acoustic nueva canción, with the musical talents of producer J. Robbins, drummer Darren Zentek, vocalists Shawna Potter and Linsay Rousseau Burnett, pan flautist Marco Ovando and trumpeter Ronald Rollins.
In part, Vencido is a tale of the Americas; of people standing up for their dignity despite oppression. It’s also a personal story. Vencido tracks a dual narrative of social justice and personal evolution, and explores the relationship between them. In the words of Edward Abbey, Action is the antidote to despair.

CD cover of Passengers

Passengers, my first LP, is an introspective and primarily acoustic narrative recorded with J. Goody at Mega sonic in West Oakland, CA.
I made Passengers in 2006 under a routine of moderate solitude near the bay and trains. I recorded soundscapes from around northern California, linking songs together to hint at a unified story. Listeners can draw their own meanings from it, but I think the related themes of impermanence, travel and isolation, as both personal narrative and rising social illness, come through. I’m pleased to say it’s earned the affection of many careful listeners.

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Fighting Price Abuse

Public Citizen’s Facebook Live segment on EpiPen price abuse: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153759204141651&id=9785626650

Phillips Collection Aug. 4

I am playing a show this coming Thursday Aug. 4th at the Phillips Collection, Washington’s world-famous art museum next door in Dupont Circle. On the first Thursday of every month, the museum opens its doors for performance, tours of new … Continue reading

On Service and Justice

The Office of Community Engagement at The College of William & Mary invited me to speak at the Active Citizens Conference this year, which gathered about two hundred students and faculty from a number of states. I spoke about the … Continue reading