Berkeley Arts presents
A Robbie Basho Tribute Concert and Documentary Film Benefit
When: May 8, 2013 8PM
Where: Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Ave. Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Arts presents a concert in tribute to the late guitarist and Berkeley
resident Robbie Basho. The event is also a benefit to raise funds to complete
the first ever documentary film about Basho - titled Voice Of The Eagle: The
Enigma Of Robbie Basho - currently in the works by London-based filmmaker Liam
The lineup includes several Bay Area performers whose work has been inspired in
some way by Robbie Basho's music, including two guitarists who personally knew
Basho: fingerstyle guitarist Rich Osborn and renown improvisor Henry Kaiser.
Drag City recording artist Meg Baird, who appeared on the 2010 Basho tribute
compilation We Are All One In The Sun will also be performing.
The concert will include short sets by:
Danny Paul Grody
We think this will be an historic event, and a fitting tribute to Basho's legacy
- in the same spirit as the John Fahey memorial concerts that took place at the
Freight And Salvage in 2002.
About Robbie Basho
Robbie Basho (1940 - 1986) was a Berkeley-based composer, guitarist, and
vocalist and one of the foremost proponents of steel string acoustic guitar as a
solo concert instrument. Along with John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Basho was part of
the triumvirate of pioneering guitarists on the Berkeley-based Takoma label in
the 1960s. Basho went on to record for Windham Hill, and was an important
influence on the label's founder, guitarist William Ackerman. His innovative
guitar compositions incorporated American folk, European, and Eastern
influences, and he is credited for developing the improvisational "American
About the Film
Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho is a journey into the heart of an
artist's lifelong struggle - designed to illuminate and satiate existing fans
while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated. Self-funded
entirely to date by director Liam Barker, Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of
Robbie Basho features interviews with Basho's former students, contemporaries
and few close friends; interspersed with abstract employment of archive footage
and photography of the natural phenomena and localities that informed Basho's
work. Basho claimed to paint America with music; the film will attempt to
transfigure Robbie Basho with sound and images.
Principal photography began on Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho in
October 2012, with the filmmakers shooting (and intermittently battling
superstorms) in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado and California. A
Kickstarter campaign is set to launch in spring 2013 to enable the film's
continuing production and subsequent post-production costs.
Liam Barker - Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
Justinas Vabuolas - Director of Photography
Thanking Jeffrey Dooley for his Robbie's photo.