Katie's Orphans
"Preparing for Katie’s memorial ceremony in the desert, I found a folder of lyrics she’d left with me when we were partners in Terra Incognita, in San Francisco in the 1980s...My mission is to turn them into the songs they deserve."

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Craft of Art
Talking About the Desert
On Monday night, May 27 2024, Los Angeles public radio station KPFK aired an interview with Max. Hear him share his experiences in the desert:

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KPFK Interview
Gifts of Music
"Most music lovers owe their families or friends a debt of gratitude for the gift of music – not just for introductions to songs or artists, but for the mind-expanding opening of doors onto new genres, and sometimes even unfamiliar cultures...."

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Gifts of Music
Elders & Mentors: James Sayre
By thinking beyond the cliches of liberalism and patriotism, by opposing war and imperialism and speaking truth to power, James reinforced the lessons Max had gotten from earlier mentors. Unlike many of his well-educated friends, James never stopped thinking critically and questioning authority, and to the end, he resisted the capitalist consumer lifestyle and addiction to technology that they all ultimately accepted.

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James Sayre
Something Different: Spontaneous Music!
Before and after their studio is destroyed by an earthquake, Max's San Francisco band exorcises their demons with exotic grooves and the eerie cries of Mike Elias's lap steel guitar.

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At picnics and parties in the East Bay, Max and friends explore new musical worlds with African drums, Appalachian banjo, saxophone, flute, and vocal improv.

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Thunder Canyon

Monday, July 1st, 2024

Return to the Crest

Monday, June 24th, 2024

Canyon of the Bulls

Friday, June 21st, 2024

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