Ahbez Pen-Pal Publishes New Article/Memoir

Roy Behrens—a retired professor of Graphic Design at the University of Northern Iowa and published author on the topic of Dazzle Ships (among other things)—has recently published an article about his pen-pal relationship with Eden Ahbez in the early 1960s in the most recent issue of the Iowa Source magazine. (Read it here.) For those…

NEWS: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Website Features Original Eden Ahbez Content

Academy Award nominated director Nicolas Winding Refn has a website—byNWR.com—and it currently hosts a feature article about Eden Ahbez written by yours truly (Brian Chidester), as well a preview of “As the Wind,” the documentary film I am currently co-directing about Ahbez with John Winer. The link to the article is here: https://www.bynwr.com/articles/visions-of-glory There is…

NEWS: Ahbez Documentary Receives Foundation Grant

It is with great pride that myself and Full Moon Films, the production company behind the Eden Ahbez documentary “As the Wind,” announce that we have been awarded the 2020 Kenneth Karmiole Research Fellowship grant. Besides being a great honor, we are excited to use the funds from this grant to do additional research on…

UPDATE: Ahbez Documentary Film

It’s nearing the end! I wanted to make a few clarifications, however, so as to avoid confusion. Firstly, a lot of people have asked me in the last year or so, ‘Where can I view “As the Wind: The Enchanted Life of Eden Ahbez”?’ Or ‘Can we screen your film at our venue?’ At this…

NEWS: Dharmaland Is Coming

Los Angeles, CA—On July 9, 2019, recording sessions commenced on Dharmaland, the suite of songs composed by Eden Ahbez between 1961 and ’63, but never recorded or released during his lifetime. Swedish quintet Ixtahuele has now arranged and performed the lost project for the first time ever, and they were joined by a host of guests,…

More Ahbez Influence in Contemporary Music

It’s been a few years since I last wrote an update on the many influences of Eden Ahbez in contemporary pop culture and since that time a number of new projects and mentions of the composer have emerged. The first of these is a full-blown ode by former Wall of Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgeway (as…

NEWS: Behind the Scenes Video of Ahbez Documentary on YouTube and Vimeo

Follow the progress of the Eden Ahbez documentary, As the Wind, with this behind the scenes series. Part one of three is linked here: Vimeo link: