The three albums that Bobby Brown shared between 1972 and 1982 are known quantities inside and out of private press collector circles. In part because the albums (particularly his first, The Enlightening Beam of Axonda) are not extraordinarily uncommon, in part because the music each contains covers an emotional and spiritual terrain that is quite simply alien or otherworldly.
RVNG is ecstatic to share a new communication from Bobby with The Enlightening Beam of Bobby Brown. Available in limited edition cassette and art book, the Beam features a recording of Bobby and RVNG’s Matt Werth’s exchange at last year’s multi-dimensional residency in Berkeley, California, The Possible, along with original compositions from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Austin Cesear performed and recorded on that same day.
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Bobby will perform in NYC for the first time ever tonight — Tuesday, October 6 — at Commend (172 Forsyth). Entry and green tea are free.
bobby brown plays his first ever show in nyc tomorrow night @commendnyc – early (7 pm) + free – 172 forsyth st.
The Enlightening Beam of Bobby
A conversation with Bobby Brown
With musical performances by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Austin Cesear
Saturday April 5th at 2 pm
Free to the public.
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way
As part of The Possible
RVNG Intl. founder Matt Werth presents a program with enigmatic six-octave vocalist, instrument builder, theorist, cosmos traveller and conduit Bobby Brown. Bobby has become a legend in certain circles by way of two albums made ten years apart, The Enlightening Beam of Axonda by Bobby Brown (1972) and Prayers of a One Man Band (1982).
After years of correspondence, Bobby will sit down with Matt in person in front of a small audience to record a conversation offering stories of his life and work. This recording session will include a live interpretation of Bobby’s music by Bay Area musicians Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Austin Cesear.