While living up the coast from San Diego in Encinitas for twenty years, Moeller reveled in the passion, energy, and comradery of what he calls ‘church’ – the vibrant local open mic scene. After moving to Joshua Tree, and going through “open mic withdrawal,” he began regularly attending Nigel Roman’s now-legendary Frontier Cafe Open Mic, where he showcased his original songs, jammed with a wealth of local musicians. He also befriended fellow songwriter Perry Hoberman, bonding over their shared tastes in music and other madness.
Perry Hoberman and his wife, Julia Heyward (also an artist and musician), moved to the high desert about four years ago, where they now live happily with their three cats. Hoberman is an accomplished media artist and songwriter. His early love of folk music led him to learn to play the banjo and a variety of other instruments. After spending many years in New York (Williamsburg, Brooklyn), Hoberman moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000s to teach interactive media and virtual reality at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He has worked in all kinds of analog and digital media (including stereoscopic 3D and virtual reality), exhibiting, and performing widely in the USA and Europe since the 1980s, with many solo and museum shows. He has been the recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, among other honors. Hoberman is also an illustrator, and his new book, Away with Words, written by his mom, Mary Ann Hoberman, and published by Little Brown and Company, comes out this month.