David Parlato

Wiesen, Burgenland, Schollingstrabe

The Lovely Days Festival: Saturday, July 12, 2014…

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Max, our guitar player, napping in our dressing room before we perform.

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Bunk, our woodwind player, napping in our dressing room before we perform.

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The dressing rooms are old recycled train cars.

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The line up of performances at the festival:

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Shots of the fans taken from the side of the stage…

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Backstage shots of striking colors…

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Always of interest to me: the signage…

Klam, Upper Austria, Sperken

These fotos were taken on Friday, July 11th, 2014, at the Clam Rock Festival. Enjoy the manner in which the day changes: people and a big rainstorm. The bands played on…

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Johnny “Vatos” setting up the drums. He played two festivals with us for Chris Garcia.

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The fans are arriving…

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Lots of food and beer and dancing…

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Just some of the faces at the festival…

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Some of the structures around the festival grounds…

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Check out the little yellow rubber duck!

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Some of the flower and plant life at the festival…

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Some of the food at the festival…

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Some late afternoon shots taken taken from the side of the stage… Hard to imagine the huge rainstorm that would arrive later that evening. Even though the storm turned the fields into very wet mud, people stayed and the shows went on as planned.

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A very cool “headless” electric bass!

Schwertberg, Upper Austria

Here we are at our hotel, Tinschert, after a long day of flying: LAX to Frankfurt to Vienna, then a two hour drive from the airport to our hotel. I took a walk about the hotel, taking fotos. Please enjoy…

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Petaluma – California

I walked outside The Mystic Theater, after load in and before sound check, and got these fotos in the sunlight of the early evening… Taken June 27, 2014…

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And here are some shots I took inside the theater…

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South Pasadena – Olga – Garfield Avenue

Just before the GMOI Cal Mini Tour (late June, 2014), at our usual rehearsal location in South Pasadena, Bob Duffey, our manager, took fotos of us for our upcoming performances with symphonies. I couldn’t resist taking fotos of him taking fotos… The youngster is Bob’s grandson. He would let us know which fotos were BAD!!!

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Los Angeles – Mount Olympus – KPFK

In late June, 2014, The Grandmothers of Invention performed a California mini tour. We played Catalina’s in LA, The Mystic Theater in Petaluma and Yoshi’s in SF. As promo for the Catalina performance, we did a radio interview on July 19th at the legendary KPFK studios. It was FUN!

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Glendale – California

Here are some fotos of Union Station, downtown Los Angeles… Early May, 2014.

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Ventura – California

Here is the morning sun on my living room wall, casting shadows of my curtain… Shot late April, 2014.

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Queensland – Australia

These fotos were taken in the middle of April, 2014. Just getting them up today, July 7, 2014, as I prepare to clear my ipad storage for our Germany tour: July 9th thru July 21st.
These first three fotos were taken from my hotel room on the Gold Coast while performing for three days at The Bluesfest in Byron Bay.

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These next four fotos are down at the beach. I swam everyday! Water was warm and clear. Surfers didn’t wear wetsuits. You can see Chris Garcia here on his cell phone getting more gigs for the various groups he plays in. So beautiful…

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These next nine fotos were taken in the late afternoon at the beach…

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These two are for Max Kutner, our guitar wizard!

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Two sweet rides…

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This foto is of a tree along the street near the beach at dusk. There are many of these trees up and down the street. At this time in the evening they are loaded up with birds and the birds are VERY vocal: an amazing concert of bird song!

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These six fotos were taken backstage at the festival. This was the same stage we performed on three times in three days. We shared it with The Magic Band, among others. Notice the youngster with his big ear protectors.

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Looking forward to spending more time “down under!”

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

Fotos taken April 15, 2014…

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20140515-183339.jpgTaken from inside the building…

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20140515-183801.jpgAnd now, enjoy the ART!!!

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20140515-190141.jpgBathroom art…

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20140515-190625.jpgA warped car or a car at warp speed???

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20140515-191156.jpgThese three fotos are of a commissioned installation of colored strips hanging from the ceiling of the ground floor hallway: a dazzling effect!

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20140515-191532.jpgI keep coming back to this foto. Something wonderful about the grey stone being so large and still on its black pedestal in the background with in the foreground the petit grey-haired woman blurs by on her mobile “black pedestal.” I think “Grey Matter” is a good title. What do you think?

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20140515-192556.jpgLooking outside a museum window onto a cafe patio.

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20140515-192844.jpgA work by Donald Judd.

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20140515-193656.jpgWOW: Could help thinking about my mom who is in dementia…

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20140515-195608.jpgBats hanging in a tree…

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20140515-202337.jpgTwo fotos of the tile work just inside the enterance to the gallery.

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20140515-202515.jpgA half dome above the tile work and near a skylight.

20140515-202819.jpgI now present to you this series of fotos of a multi-media installation that greatly moved me. As I turned a corner into a modest sized room, I was immediately stopped by a wall of video monitors, each representing a “head shot” view of a single person. The individual monitors would start with only a few showing the faces. Then more, building up the visual montage. The overwhelmingly touching part was that each of the faces, at their own tempo, their own inflection, were repeating over and over the statement, “I Forgive You.” As I watched, feeling transported to a sacred place, I began to notice that some of the faces had tears running down them. I was particular interested in one woman who seemed to become so vulnerable as repeated the phrase that the tears just flowed like a river. The highlight of my trip to Australia. As you study these fotos, imagine hearing a collage of voices repeating, over and over again, “I Forgive You.”

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20140515-205116.jpgI walked from the Gallery, past the Botanical Gardens and out onto the point of a finger of land and took these two fotos of The Sydney Opera House.

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