Guest Post: Candace Smith and Cappella Artemisia launch Kickstarter campaign

Posted by on Nov 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Longtime Art Monastery friend, supporter, collaborator, and visiting artist, Candace Smith, is launching a Kickstarter campaign for her music ensemble, Cappella Artemisia. This is not an Art Monastery Project campaign, but we whole-heartedly support her, her group, and their mission. Below, the word from Candace: Cappella Artemisia launches a Kickstarter campaign! In the 16th and […]


Posted by on Nov 20, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

“Sunn 0))) playing in a church! A Big Church!”: “Sunn 0))) playing in a church! A Big Church!”:

Music of Italian Convents of the 17th Century

Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Speaking of artnuns, here’s a project that needs funding. I’ve written about Capella Artemisia before. Speaking of artnuns, here’s a project that needs funding. I’ve written about Capella Artemisia before.

Taoist artnuns

Posted by on Nov 7, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Abbess Yin opted for another model. Trained in Taoist music, she set up a Taoist music troupe that toured the Yangtze River delta in a rickety old bus, stopping at communities that hired them to perform religious rituals. When I first met her in 1998, she used the money to rebuild one prayer hall on […]

Announcing: 2011 Artmonk Retreat, Joshua Tree, CA

Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Otherhood | 2 Comments

What Artmonk Retreat. 10 days, 9 nights. Part silent meditation retreat, Part transformational art ritual. Vipassana, Gregorian chant, musical improvisation, ritual theater, group exercises, and more, in an incredible setting. When The second-ever Artmonk retreat will begin (after a concert in the Integratron by a handful of artmonks) in the late afternoon on Saturday January […]

Finding grace

Posted by on Aug 21, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Guest-blogger Phoebe Jevtovic writes for In Otherhood about the process of choosing mealtime graces for the Art Monastery. Phoebe is a soprano specializing in 17th century Italian music. She regularly performs with a variety of groups, including La Monica, Cançonier, Gamelan X and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She is an artmonk. I was probably […]

Baroque nun’s music

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments
Baroque nun’s music

Last night I watched my fiancé Phoebe sing with Cappella Artemisia in St. Elizabeth Cathedral in Wrocław, Poland. Cappella Artemisia performs music by/for 16th-17th century Italian nuns. Cappella Artemisia is an ensemble of voices and instruments which attempts to provide some answers to an intriguing mystery. Throughout the late 16th and 17th centuries, the chronicles […]

Getting the questions right

Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Examples of the secular world learning from the world’s ancient contemplative and spiritual traditions abound.  Neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, cognitive scientists and cosmologists are learning from inner technologies of meditation and contemplative practice. But what of the outer, visible, measurable technologies of those traditions? How are we learning from those technologies that fit into what is […]