February 2017 session – 2/11/2017 – 7 PM EST
The Three Jewels
Pasakorn Nontananandh aka AKALIKO ia an Experimental Visual Artist, motion graphic designer and Visual Jockey (VJ) based in New York. He works both in digital media and handcraft techniques. He produces his own unique style of artwork, by adapting his profession commercial computer skills with the analogue experimental processes and seeks new possibilities and combined them together, which can be developed and transformed into many medias e.g. moving image, installation, photography and live visual performance. His early art co-exhibition, which he developed his hand drawing artwork into moving-image sequence and projected them on the sculpture of another artist, or, the previous experimental short film project he animated his drawing on the computer and project them on himself and recorded these processes onto the camera.
From a musical family, KALI. Z. FASTEAU played piano, cello, flute, and sang since early childhood in Paris and New York. Specializing in spontaneous composition, she performs on nai, kaval and shakuhachi flutes, voice, piano, drum set, viola, mizmar, soprano sax, sanza, and cello. She studied the music of Asia, Africa, 20th Century Europe and Jazz, and traveled for 14 years, living in India (2 years), Turkey (1 year), Nepal, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Italy, Holland (3 years), France (many years), Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Zimbabwe, Mali, Niger, Yugoslavia, Germany, Greece, Haiti and America, performing in music festivals, concerts, national radio, TV, and film soundtracks. Kali. Z recorded 20 albums as leader, 16 on FLYING NOTE Records.
Kali’s recording and performing associates include: Donald Rafael Garrett, Kidd Jordan, Archie Shepp, Beaver Harris, Rashied Ali, William Parker, Newman Baker, Warren Smith, Michael Wimberly, L. Mixashawn Rozie, Jeanne Lee, Marilyn Mazur, Joseph Jarman, Joe McPhee, Hamid Drake, Bobby Few, Noah Howard, Sabir Mateen, and many others. Kali’s ensembles played her original compositions at New York’s Town Hall, Lincoln Center & Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Museum Theatre in Chennai, India, Boston Center for the Arts, Vision Festival (NYC), Kerava Jazz Festival (Finland) , Uncool Festival (Switzerland), JVC Festival, Harare International Arts Festival (Zimbabwe), Pisa Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Livorno Jazz Festival, Kiahkeya Festival, and hundreds more worldwide.
Kali. Z. taught people of all ages around the world to make and play bamboo flutes, and has conducted seminars on world music and improvisation at Friends World College, Pacifica Graduate Institute, The New School (NY), New York Open Center, and Berklee College of Music. She formulated her theory of spontaneous composition, entitled “The Tao of Music” in 1974, published in five languages in music journals internationally.
KAVEH HAGHTALAB is an Iranian kamancheh player and drummer. He grew up listening to his parents playing Persian classical music. His mother taught him music when he was 9 and he started to play kamancheh when he was 11. He started to perform professionally at concerts and festivals in Iran with various music ensembles when he was 14.
He studied Iranian and Middle Eastern music with notable musicians in Iran such as Ostad Majid Kiani, and was chosen as an ensemble member of Center For Preservation And Research of Iranian Music.
Since moving to the U.S, he has toured and performed solo and as a part of different projects, as a drummer and kamancheh player. Some of his works include musical theaters and second broadway annual concert, Sydney Schiff Dance Company, Open Music Ensemble, Sosala, music and meditation series, DKR trio and Fellaheen band.
Kaveh holds a Bachelor of Science in hardware engineering and has graduated from the Collective School of music.
DAWOUD KRINGLE is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and band leader of the ensemble God’s Unruly Friends. In addition to being an accomplished guitarist and bassist, it is his work on the sitar and dilruba that have earned his reputation as “The Jimi Hendrix of the sitar,” His experiments with applying jazz technique and electronics to the traditional music and techniques are unprecedented, and seeks to extend the boundaries of the instruments.
He has performed in the US and Europe, appeared on many recordings, has composed for film, theater, and dance performances, and has enjoyed radio airplay in the US, Europe, Russia, and Indonesia. Some of the people he has worked with include Lauryn Hill, Nona Hendryx, Marie Alphonso (Zap Mama), DJ Celt Islam, Gypsy Groovez Orchestra, Junni Booth, and Daniel Carter.
Dawoud’s Music Meditation Sessions are one of his innovative ideas. After years of experience performing live music for yoga and martial arts classes, he developed a system of musical improvisation that augments and directs the energies in the class. His Music Meditation grew out of this; it is a guided meditation wherein suggested imagery is replaced by musical form.
Dawoud is an accomplished writer / novelist (he writes for several online publications, wrote a Sufi Science Fiction novel “A Quantum Hijra” and a collection of short stories “A Mansion with Many Rooms” and is at work on his second novel, a book on philosophy, and a textbook on music). He is also an accomplished artist whose works have been displayed at several exhibits.