Monday, November 14, 2011

Taking A Stand for Peace at LA Vs WAR

Check out the global [PEACE PROJECT] which was started a few years back by photogapher/dj Azul. I got in on this engaging and powerful photography based movement the very last night of the event. It was a real honor to stand up for peace with long time aquaintance Azul, especially doing it in the space of our weekly open mic, The Vortex. Power to the Photoz of the People!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Gypsy Acappella at Open Mic hosted by Mike the Poet Sonksen!

Wed. August 17th, 2011

Performing an acappellic version of "Gypsy"

Host Mike the Poet Sonksen

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Nurturing my MC skills weekly at Soulophonic: An Open Mic Experience in Downtown LA

Host with the

Group Improv. A tradition at the start of the night.

Hosting/Mc-ing an open mic is no joke. There are times when I don't feel like being on - and I have to be on even when the audience numbers are low - and keep the momentum going when there is a larger group of folks. It's been a great opportunity to try out new Music or Spoken Word material each week, as well as work the crowd and keep them entertained. My favorite thing by far though is leading folks in what's become a tradition each week: a Group Improv Poetry game/exercise wherein the audience picks the topic and we just go for it. I feel really fortunate to get to take part in this growing experience each week! Check out our Soulophonic Blog.

Performing with Beat Boxer Joshua Silverstein.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Performing "Be Here" feat. Beat Boxer Joshua Silverstein: The Last Book Store June 23rd 2011, Downtown LA

Performing new work "Be Here" at the Last Books Store with Joshua Silverstein on the "Beat" Box. Transmissions is a weekly showcase of indie local talent in LA brought to you by Peter Woods of the Quality Collective.

Joshua Silverstein, Human Drum Machine.

Joshua Silverstein, Peter Woods (Transmission/Last Bookstore) & Performer Dez Hope

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spring Time at The Mezz...

Performing new works at the MEZZanine, Alexandria Hotel - Downtown LA 2011

Photos: Kraig Blue

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Equinox meets the first song I've written in nearly 3 years...

Since a self imposed musical break from the summer of 2008 until December of last year, at long last I have been inspired again and am filled with excitement to write and play music again! "Be Here" marks the beginning of a new sound, a new thought behind lyrics and perfectly coincides with a very different    me. It is a love song, a song of hope, a song of transformation and change. It speaks to the self, both the Higher and Lower. It speaks to possible lovers, both new or from former lives. Its speaks to the possibilities that life has to offer when we are able to finally let go...Have a listen: [click here]

Monday, January 17, 2011

Step UP Women's Network LA: Spoken Word Poetry Class in Lincoln Heights

As a Senior Instructor for the Step Up Women's Network here in LA, I have the honor and great joy to work with amazing teens each week teaching both Spoken Word Poetry and Film/Video workshops. At the LA Leadership Academy in Lincoln Heights (aka LALA) the 10th and 11th graders involved this semester were all amazing and natural poets! Some of them, as often is the case, discovered their inner poets for the first time throughout our 2 month's together once a week on Wednesday's after school, while the rest of them already had played with words and its so inspiring to watch them all grow and come out of their shells and express themselves through poetry! They asked me throughout the semester to perform something for them with my guitar and I promised them to do so on the last day of class.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sound Report @ The Mezz : Kicking off the new year right!

Live at the Mezz with Joshua Silverstein & Joshis Scheffrin.
 Jan. 2011, Alexandria Hotel in Downtown LA

Feeling fine.

Beat Box.


Photos: Kraig Blue