About Silence

Created by artistic directors Christopher Rountree (wild Up) and Anna Bulbrook (Girlschool) in partnership with Descanso Gardens, SILENCE presents music and performance unconstrained by genre at specific sites within Descanso’s “living collection” of horticulture.

The first annual SILENCE takes place over three Saturdays in September: 7, 21 and 28, with visual design by Kerstin Hovland.

Why the word SILENCE?

SILENCE is an ideal, a fantasy. Silence is, in practice, a making of space. SILENCE is one way that we gather together around the ritual observation of created sound. SILENCE is an opportunity to see what sound does when we choose to listen, and how that act changes us, or brings us closer together. SILENCE is open to all possibilities.

About Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens is a place of year-round natural beauty, with internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as a museum of living collections, Descanso Gardens welcomes 500,000 visitors annually. The principal collections include California native plants and oak woodlands; one of the largest concentrations of camellia plants in the Western Hemisphere; a rose garden with specimens of modern and old roses; and significant presentations of lilacs, maple trees and cherry trees. The Gardens are operated by the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in a public-private partnership with Los Angeles County.