Orchestra Santa Monica

We Gather

"We Gather" Project Partners
Derrick Skye interviews Robbie Jones during Robbie's Santa Monica Black History Tour

Listen to a brief audio excerpt from We Gather (movement 3 entitled Bay Street Beach).  In this excerpt, you hear the trailing words of Robbie Jones as she recollects her childhood memories of visiting this historic beach. To watch the full ~25-minute three-part documentary, please see the Vimeo video below. In the video, Bay Street Beach (starting at 14:22) features Robbie’s words which are integrated into the We Gather soundtrack.

*ONLINE RELEASE May 22, 2022* – We Gather: Black Life in Santa Monica told through Music, Visuals, and Narrative is an exciting film collaboration between Orchestra Santa Monica (OSM) and our talented partners. Set to original music composed by Derrick Skye and performed by OSM musicians, historic to present-day scenes tell moving and compelling stories about Santa Monica’s Black community. To learn more, please read “We Gather” film notes.  To view, play the embedded film on OSM’s website or visit “WE GATHER” on Vimeo.

We Gather is free for all to view online and may also be presented at museums, classrooms, libraries, etc. Please contact OSM to arrange film embedding on your website and in-person screenings. Below are some example placements:

  • Featured ~6 weeks on KUSC’s Culture Blog Play On, California
  • Online presentation by Santa Monica History Museum
  • Screenings at the California African American Museum (Exposition Park) and Calvary Baptist Church of Santa Monica