What I'm up to in the first half of 2016 by David Bernabo

This may be more of a list to keep myself organized, but I do hope that you, the reader, will check out a few of these events, products, and showings.


Causal Loop, my two-person show with Blaine Siegel opened at SPACE gallery on 2/12. It is easily the happiest I have been with an art show. The staff at SPACE have been wonderful and my two year-long worries about how to fill the space were easily relieved. I love the pieces that Blaine has created for this, and many people have commented on the fluidity and dialogue created by our juxtaposed pieces. This show runs through March 27.

Also, my film, Food Systems, Chapter 1: A Night Out, which documents local restaurant history and culture, is screening (20 times!) at Historic Howell Theater in Michigan.


March is action-packed. In 2014, I start composing the score for Mark C. Thompson's movement theater piece, Kimono. Now, the finished piece will have a string of performances at Off the Wall. Mar 18-19, 24-26 @ 8:00 pm,   Mar 20 @ 3:00 pm

March 11 - Lightlab 13 at SPACE Taylor Knight and I founded the Lightlab Performance Series two years ago. Now, Anna Thompson has joined our curating team. As part of the Causal Loop exhibit, we programmed the 13th Lightlab event. This event will include the 14th? performance of MODULES (Taylor, Anna, Jil Stifel, and myself), Roberta Guido, and a few other performers.

March 16 - Artist Talk at SPACE Curator Adam Welch directs an artist talk with Blaine Siegel and yours truly. Come see if I have anything to say about my work. Spoiler: I do.

March 17 Rangda at The Andy Warhol Museum I have the privilege of opening for the powerhouse rock/jazz/other trio, Rangda. Rangda is Sir Richard Bishop from Sun City Girls, Ben Chasny from Six Organs of Admittance, and Chris Corsano, most famously known for working with Bjork, but also known for a wealth of amazing solo and collaborative records. My set will contain solo guitar pieces along with some new work for guitar and pitched cowbells. 

Also, The Glassblock, the new web magazine that I founded with EAT THAT, READ THIS's Adam Shuck may launch near the end of March. Stay tuned.


April should be wonderful! I head to Middlebury to work with choreographer Maree ReMalia, choreographer/dancer Jil Stifel, the aforementioned Blaine Siegel, and videographer David Cherry for a week of experiments and collaborative dance making. I also get to screen a short edit of my upcoming documentary, Food Systems, Chapter 3: The Ecosystem.

Speaking of Food Systems, I will premiere the finished version of Food Systems, Chapter 3: The Ecosystem at the Food Innovation Symposium in late April. Additional screenings will follow in May.


and then . . .

at some point, I will release a new solo record called The Inn. For this record, I play all of the instruments myself. The album started with a few drum sessions and then I wrote all of the songs to the drums improvisations. The four-piece Host Skull band may start playing some of these tunes, but I used a bunch of weird tunings on the guitar and didn't write down any of the songs, so we'll see. But along with the two Host Skull records and the first Vale and Year record, this is easily one of my favorite records that I have made. I feel like there are advances with the harmonic scope of the record. Also, it is the first time that I have successfully written and sung four-part harmonies. Stay tuned for a listening party this Spring along with a few music videos.

All the best,