Garden of Memory

The Garden of Memory is held every June 21st from 5pm to 9pm to celebrate the solstice at The Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California. Note that tickets are ALWAYS available at the door throughout the event. Advance ticket sales online end on June 20th.

2020 Call for Proposals

New Music Bay Area is now accepting proposals for this year’s Garden of Memory. If you are interested in performing this year, please fill out this form. Submissions will be accepted through March 28, 2020.

There are usually openings for 10-15 new performers/ensembles each year. We are looking for music which pushes boundaries – electroacoustic, new classical, unusual jazz, new approaches to World Music, or anything unique. The music also must be respectful to the space itself, which is a Columbarium, and cannot be so loud that it intrudes on the spaces of the other performers.

Laura Inserra 1
photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2011 Laura Inserra


Pamela Z at Garden of Memory at Chapel of Chimes


Trance Duo at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes

Amy X Neuburg at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2017. Photo by Tom Holub, All Rights Reserved.


John Benson and the milk drum at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes Photo credit, Holly Healy, June 21, 2015 All Rights Reserved

John Benson and the milk drum at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes Photo credit, Holly Healy, June 21, 2015 All Rights Reserved


Henry Kaiser at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2014. Photo by Stuart Steinhardt

Henry Kaiser at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2014. Photo by Stuart Steinhardt

Randy Porter 1
Randy Porter June 21, 2011. Photo by Michael Zelner

Zachary James Watkins at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes June 21, 2018. Photo by John Sanborn.
Edward Schocker at Garden of Memory, Chapel of the Chimes 2014 - photo (c) by MarcoSanchez.net.

Edward Schocker at Garden of Memory, Chapel of the Chimes 2014 – photo (c) by MarcoSanchez.net.


The Living Earth Show at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes

Luciano Chessa
Photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2012 Luciano Chessa

Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong
Photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2012 Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong

Miya Masaoka and Larry Ochs
Photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2012 Miya Masaoka and Larry Ochs

Chapel of the Chimes 2008
Larnie Fox’s Timeharp, June 21, 2008. Photo by Cherri Lakey