Cave Concert

“You will enter a resonant chamber of suspended time & space, becoming the sound itself.”

The Cave Concerts are a series of concerts performed at Hawk Hill Tunnel. The tunnel is located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), part of the Marin Headlands, on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate, with breath-taking views of San Francisco and the pacific ocean.

 

The Tunnel was designed during World War II as the future home of guns. The earthworks that crown the unfinished fortifications now serve as the site of wildlife observation and annual bird counts. The Tunnel itself offers incredible resonance and is sealed off on one end by the event crew and transformed into a Cave. This event is made possible with permits through GGNRA.

The “Cave Crew” is a network of volunteers who have been fundamental in the success of the Cave Concert series. Cave Crew members help manage and support all of the activities on-site at the events. Heartfelt thanks go out to all cave crew members, past and future. Please contact volunteer@samavesha.org if you have a calling to participate in a future cave concert in this way.

Visit a brief History of the Cave Concerts.

Cave Community Vision


From the first contact at the gate, we provide the opportunity for each member of our participating community to enter a state of remembering, activating a deep memory of who we are as individuals, and as part of the fabric of creation. Through our presence and attitude we invite all of you to ride a wave of visual and sonic beauty facilitated by the view, the Cave Crew, the musicians, the artists, the cave, the community itself and the transformed spirit of the place. Together we ride this wave of integral spirit, reawakening again to our true nature. This wave envelopes us for the evening, continuing to caress us as we return back down the mountain, renewed for experiencing our given potential in the world.

Past Cave Concerts:

  • Into The Sound – May 18, 2013

  • The Eternal Presence – May 5, 2012

  • Kitka and Laura Inserra – June 25, 2011

  • HANG Rhapsody – October 17, 2009

  • Jai Uttal (Kirtan) – May 16, 2009

  • Karashay – September 20, 2008

  • Vibrational Masters – October 13, 2007

  • The Tesla Group ( Earth Day) – April 21, 2007

  • Tesla Duo (New Moon) – November 18, 2006

  • Transformance – June 4, 2005

  • Chirgilchin (throat singing ensemble from Tuva with Stephen Kent) – Saturday October 22, 2005

HISTORY

Octave Alliance (which became the Green Music Network in 2006 and transited into Samavesha in 2010 ) held its first San Francisco Bay Area cave concert in 2002 in the Hawk Hill Tunnel, part of the seacoast fortifications of the Golden Gate Recreation Area (GGNRA).

The Hawk Hill Tunnel, part of a former military fortification in the Marin Headlands, overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and the outer bay. Alan Tower, GMN Director, was producing a CD recording of an ensemble of four didjeridus in the tunnel. The recording, which took advantage of the tunnel’s cathedral-like acoustics, was intended to produce a transformational deep listening experience, for meditation, massage, yoga and other purposes.

As word spread about the project, many people asked to sit in on the session, anticipating an other-worldly experience. As a result, the didjeridu ensemble (consisting of Alan plus Barry Hall, Rafael Bejarano from Mexico, and Jusse Nayeli from South Africa) decided to stage a concert the week before the recording session, on-site in the tunnel to share first-hand with a small audience the experience of its deep acoustic resonance.
News of the concert was quickly spread via email and word of mouth. A tarp was erected at the tunnel’s seaward portal to hold back the west wind, and candles were collected to provide light for the tunnel’s black interior. On the night of the concert, over 100 souls showed up in the moonlight at the tunnel’s mouth, for what turned out to be a magical experience. An infrared video was filmed of this event and has been used in grant applications since then. The following week, the CD titled “The Eternal Presence” was captured in an all-night session in the same location.

 

Following the success of the inaugural “cave concert,” a mission arose in Alan Tower’s mind: to explore other seacoast fortifications, transforming them from former places of war to transcendent temples of sound and word. A concert series was launched under the name “Music and Nature in Concert.” It was clear from the beginning that the board wanted to involve speakers that would help cast the events in the proper ecological context. So the next concert was planned for Battery Wallace, an outdoor bunker overlooking the ocean where a large gun turret was formerly housed. This concert featured the duo of Mark Deutsch and Alan Tower, and included spoken word artist Drew Dellinger. It was another success, but also a learning experience in that the weather is not predictable enough for concerts held outdoors in unenclosed spaces. So the concert series was moved back to the tunnel, focusing on didjeridu and other acoustic world instruments.

 

Stephen Kent became involved with Alan Tower in the next few concerts and in 2005 brought a group of Tuvan musicians (Chirgilchen) into the cave with him for an epic performance.When performing with Stephen they are collectively known as “Karashay.” Randy Hayes from Rain Forest Action Network was the speaker. 2006 brought the Tesla Group into the cave (Mark Deutsch, Alan Tower, Stephen Kent and Drew Dellinger) for a remarkable sonic journey of the spirit. The cave was filled with 300 people and the journey was captured and edited on DVD by Sean Karlin, with sound mastered by Greg Hagel at Evo Sound. The DVD recording of this remarkable event is available on demand (at@centerofresonance.com).

The Future
After nearly a decade producing a fantastic variety of concerts, the Green Music Network has come to a transit. The director, Alan Tower has moved on to related pursuits while other members of GMN have joined forces with our non-profit performing arts organization Samavesha, directed by Laura Inserra. The board of GMN has passed on the legacy to this energized and talented group of artists committed to creating multidisciplinary performing art events as a means of bringing together local and international musicians and artists of all disciplines. Much of the work of the GMN is now being continued by Samavesha, with the mission to bring more art, beauty and joy in your life.

Future Cave Concerts will be organized by Samavesha and will bring a broader community of artists and musicians into the journey. We are also currently raising funds to enable us to bring this evolving art form to other venues around the Bay Area, including Alcatraz Island. Please consider to help us by supporting the Cave Concerts!

The “Cave Crew” is a network of volunteers who have been fundamental in the success of the Cave Concert series. Cave Crew members help manage and support all of the activities on-site at the events. Heartfelt thanks go out to all cave crew members, past and future. Please contact volunteer@samavesha.org if you have a calling to participate in a future cave concert in this way.

Most recent Cave Concert Experience:

Into the Sound

A journey into South East Asia’s sounds, inside a tunnel that is transformed,

for one night only, into an enchanted Cave.

Saturday, May 18 2013 9:30pm 2013


Laura Inserra – Hang and Khen

Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Balinese music and dance ensemble
Alyssa DeCaro – Body of Sound 

Gamelan X members: Dan Bales, Lydia Martin, Keenan Pepper, and Daniel Yasmin

featuring

Ni Ketut Arini (GSJ Dance Director), 

I Made Subandi (GSJ Guest Music Director), 

Francesca Genco & Jewlia Eisenberg.

Artistic Director: Laura Inserra

Hawk Hill Tunnel – Marin Headlands, Sausalito
Hawk Hill Tunnel is located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)

Advance tickets only. No tickets will be sold at the event.

Past Cave Concerts have always sold out, so please buy the tickets in advance and don’t miss this exciting opportunity.

www.caveconcert.org

Laura Inserra

Artistic Director and Musician

Laura Inserra is a vibrant and talented composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong background in improvisation and minimalist music. A native of Sicily, her work in Italy is well-known, including integral participation in the composition of numerous movie scores and the artistic direction of innovative live productions. An internationally acclaimed Hang player, Laura has collaborated with various artists globally. The Hang has been dubbed as “the new instrument of this Millennium”. Her performances display ancient and modern instruments and are infused with a unique blend of musical inspiration and melodic harmonies which deeply resonate with audiences worldwide. Inserra performed internationally in prestigious festivals and theaters in Italy and the US that include: The Colosseum (Rome), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), Teatro Olimpico (Rome), The Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland), CounterPULSE (SF), NOHSpace (SF) San Francisco City Hall, Grace Cathedral (SF) and YBCA (SF) among others. Audiences worldwide are not only mesmerized by this woman but also captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality, and the passion that she brings on the stage.

Gamelan X

Gamelan Ensamble

Drawing its inspiration from the clove and incense scented air of Bali, Indonesia, Gamelan X, “The Bay Area’s own Funkadelic of ethnomusicology” (SF Guardian), explores the sonic landscape of contemporary beleganjur gamelan to offer a wildly unique expression of both East and West. From the resonating sound of the gongs to the explosive drum beats and interlocking cymbals, Gamelan X remixes the ritual of a Balinese procession with a decidedly west coast twist. The ebb and flow of the energy of a performance will transport you on a journey that will take you from dancing ecstatically, through moments of reflection and wonder.

Alyssa DeCaro

Performer

Alyssa DeCaro is an international teacher, performer, percussionist, vocalist, and tap dancer. She has been immersed in music and dance her entire life, and has studied with master teachers such as Babatunde Olatunji, Anna Halprin, Keith Terry, Pak Nyoman Charita, I Dewa Putu Berata, and Gede Oka Artha. She has been a performer and choreographer in Gamelan X for 7 years. In 2006, she founded BODY OF SOUND, and she teaches workshops and retreats internationally based on the notion that Rhythm, Voice and Movement are the most natural and powerful ways to communicate. In sharing this work, Alyssa is constantly amazed at the capacity of creative energy that is within each of us.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Musicians and Dancers

Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s music and dance range from traditional Balinese repertoire to cutting-edge compositions. The sixty plus company of musicians and dancers of GSJ play on several sets of Balinese instruments, consisting of various combinations of bronze-keyed metallophones, bamboo marimbas, gongs, drums, and flutes. Gamelan Sekar Jaya is the only foreign group to ever receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali’s highest award for artistic achievement. The company is renowned for its exploration of traditional and modern forms through long-term residencies with Bali’s finest musicians and dancers. Formed in 1979, the orchestra has performed in various settings and venues from the bustling village squares in Bali to the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Ni Ketut Arini

GSJ Guest Dance Director

Ni Ketut Arini recent recipient of the prestigious “Predikat Maestro” award, is one of Bali’s most well-known and well-loved performing artists, and an expert on classical Balinese female style dance. She has played a central role in the evolution of twentieth century Balinese dance. For many years, she was a senior faculty member at the National High School for the Performing Arts, and now runs a dance school in Denpasar with hundreds of young dance students. She appears frequently on Balinese television in demonstrations and explanations of various dance styles. As a performer, her riveting interpretations kebyar works such as Taruna Jaya and Margapati won her top prizes and widespread recognition. She is also a preeminent performer in classical styles, including legong and arja. She has created many works based on Balinese mythology and folklore, such as the award-winning Legong Subraba Duta. Beyond these achievements, Ibu Arini is an artist whose unquestioned mastery of dance & passionate love of her art has made her a guiding light to thousands of dancers and other artists throughout Bali. 

I Made Subandi

GSJ Guest Music Director

I Made Subandi is one of Bali’s most internationally recognized modern composers. Known for his love of experimentation, he is in high demand internationally for his innovative compositions. He is a graduate of Bali’s National Institute of the Arts (STSI Denpasar) & has taught for many years at the Indonesian Academy of Performing Arts (SMKI) in Bali. He has joined GSJ a number of times as a performer & Guest Director, & has composed beautiful works for the group. Aside from frequent performances throughout Bali, he has accompanied renowned shadow-master I Wayan Wija on tours to Australia and Japan. In 1997, he performed in the Ramayana dance drama in secular and religious festivals in India, bringing an expression of Bali’s unique version of Hindu culture back to India. 

Paddy Sandino

theater director and actor

Composer, Percussionist and Ethnomusicologist, Paddy Sandino has been engaged in intercultural performing arts for over two decades. His compositions have been performed in three countries, at venues such as The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the world famous Bali Arts Festival in Indonesia. His study of Balinese percussion and composition techniques has brought him to Indonesia numerous times, most notably for one year on a US Fulbright Fellowship in 2009 to study musicianship and regional variations of traditional Balinese music. While on the Fulbright, he also studied gamelan tuning and construction at the Drupa gamelan foundry of Buleleng. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has become a core member of the Balinese music community, performing and composing with Gamelan Sekar Jaya & Gamelan X.

Lydia Martín

artistic director and choreographer

Lydia Martín has over 20 years of musical experience. She received a BFA in Multi-focus Percussion from California Institute of the Arts and a MA in Music Composition from Mills College. Her recent endeavors include studying the music and dance of Indonesia along with building American Gamelan instruments that continue the legacy of Lou Harrison. Lydia is a member of several bay area ensembles such as Gamelan X, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Gamelan Gadung Kastori, and Falkortet. She has also performed with Kid Beyond, Steven Schick, Pauline Oliveros, Christian Woolf, Thomas Buckner, John Bergamo, William Winant, David Johnson, Randy Gloss, Pak Nyoman Wenten, Alfred Ladzekpo, Ulrich Krieger, Vinny Golia, Joe La Barbara, Payton MacDonald, Pete Jarvin, and Michiko.

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Directions to Hawk Hill Tunnel, Marin Headlands, immediately north of the Golden Gate:

From 101 going north: Cross over the Golden Gate Bridge, and take the second exit, Alexander Ave. Stay in the left lane and you will come quickly to a stop sign. Turn left, cross under the highway and follow the road back towards the bridge. Just before the San Francisco on ramp, turn right and uphill onto Conzelman Rd.

From 101 going south: Take the last exit before the bridge, labeled Alexander Ave, right after the tunnel. Turn left onto the frontage road and then immediately right and uphill onto Conzelman Road.

Once on Conzelman Road: Start the long scenic climb up the hill. Stay left at the roundabout where McCullough Rd. comes in from the right. At the roundabout you will be greeted as sunset approaches by a Cave Concert Parking Crew Member. The concert is held near the top of Hawk Hill.

Note that the gate here will close just before show time at 9:30 PM. If locked, there is parking at the McCullough Rd. junction. It is about half of a mile walk uphill to the tunnel. Bring a flash light with you. Please quietly enter the tunnel. A Map is available for download showing the many roads, trails, beaches, campsites, hostel, lighthouse, and other historical elements of your National Park for you to explore at:

http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/upload/map-mahe-2d.pdf

Come early to enjoy the wonderful view of the Golden Gate!

Parking is limited, please use SpaceShare to share or find a ride to the concert. It’s green, free and fun!

Important Particulars!

  • Come early, enjoy the scenery and the beauty of this area, pack a picnic, and get closer parking. Don’t miss the marvelous sunset!

  • We strongly suggest carpooling to this event. The parking spots are limited! We are proud to partner with SpaceShare, a rideshare service, to make carpooling easy and fun! Click here to see how it works or what you can do to help others traveling to the Cave Concert. It’s green, free and fun!

  • Please email info@samavesha.org if you have special needs.

  • Tickets do not include a chair. Bring your own low beach chair, backjack, meditation bench, or blanket and pillows. Full height chairs will be set to rear. We provide regular chairs only for the VGP tickets area.

  • Our Cave Crew will assist you in getting the best seat available.

  • Dress warmly in layers, you will be waiting outside. It could be cold, foggy and windy.

  • Bring a flashlight. There are no streetlights, and you will be walking to and from your car.

  • Concert held rain or shine. However, being a tunnel, there is shelter from rain.

  • Ages 10 and older only.

  • Advance tickets only. No tickets will be sold at the event.

  • Please no smoking, alcohol, incense, glass containers, or pets.

 

Cave Community Vision:
From the first contact at the gate, we provide the opportunity for each member of our participating community to enter a state of remembering, activating a deep memory of who we are as individuals, and as part of the fabric of creation. Through our presence and attitude we invite all of you to ride a wave of visual and sonic beauty facilitated by the view, the Cave Crew, the musicians, the artists, the cave, the community itself and the transformed spirit of the place. Together we ride this wave of integral spirit, reawakening again to our true nature. This wave envelopes us for the evening, continuing to caress us as we return back down the mountain, renewed for experiencing our given potential in the world.

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