Chapel of the Chimes
Serenading the Living and the Dead
Every June, coinciding with the summer solstice, New Music Bay Area and Lifemark Group Arts present Garden of Memory, a walk-through concert featuring all sorts of experimental, improvised, avant-garde jazz, and modern classical "new" music. Musicians play simultaneously in the Columbarium, the original wing designed by famed California architect Julia Morgan. It's one of Oakland's great musical events of any year. Among 2012's performers was Randy Porter, pictured playing a wind instrument he contrived from tubing and bull kelp, in the Chapel of Resignation. The "bookshelves" contain the remains of long-deceased "listeners."
By Derk Richardson, AFAR Staff
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