Take Five With Kali. Z. Fasteau

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Meet Kali. Z. Fasteau: Kali. Z. Fasteau is from a musical family, playing piano, cello, flute, and voice since early childhood in Paris and New York. Her piano teacher, for eight years, was Olga Heifetz.

She started improvising at age 14. She received post-grad degrees studying the music of Asia, Africa, 20th Century Europe and jazz. Then she traveled for more than 14 years, living in 18 countries: India (1981-83), Turkey (1976-77), Nepal, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Italy, Holland, France, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Niger, Mali, Yugoslavia, Germany, Greece, and America, performing in many music festivals and concerts, national radio and TV, film soundtracks, and university programs.

Kali's recording and performing associates include: Donald Rafael Garrett, Kidd Jordan
Kidd Jordan
Kidd Jordan
b.1935
saxophone
, Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
b.1937
saxophone
, Beaver Harris
Beaver Harris
b.1936
, Rashied Ali
Rashied Ali
Rashied Ali
1935 - 2009
drums
, William Parker
William Parker
William Parker
b.1952
bass, acoustic
, Oliver Lake
Oliver Lake
Oliver Lake
b.1942
saxophone
, Sirone
Sirone
Sirone
1940 - 2009
bass, acoustic
, Joseph Jarman
Joseph Jarman
Joseph Jarman
b.1937
saxophone
, Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee
b.1939
reeds
, Hamid Drake
Hamid Drake
Hamid Drake
b.1955
percussion
, Bobby Few
Bobby Few
Bobby Few
b.1935
piano
, Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali
b.1936
drums
, Noah Howard
Noah Howard
Noah Howard
1943 - 2010
sax, alto
, Sabir Mateen
Sabir Mateen
Sabir Mateen
b.1951
multi-instrumentalist
, Roy Campbell
Roy Campbell
Roy Campbell
1952 - 2014
trumpet
and many others.

Kali. led her ensemble playing her original compositions at New York's Town Hall, Lincoln Center and Guggenheim Museum, as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Museum Theatre in Madras, India, Boston Center for the Arts, Vision Festival, Kerava Jazz Festival, JVC Festival, Harare International Arts Festival (Zimbabwe), Pisa Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Livorno Jazz Festival, and hundreds of others worldwide.

Instrument(s):

Soprano sax, nai and kaval flutes, voice, viola, drum set, piano, mizmar, keyboards, cello, sanza.

Teachers and/or influences? Donald Rafael Garrett (recorded four albums with John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
(Om, Kulu Se Mama, Live in Seattle and Selflessness) was my main mentor, musical partner and first husband.

Other musicians who inspired me: John and Alice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane
1937 - 2007
piano
, Yusef Lateef
Yusef Lateef
Yusef Lateef
1920 - 2013
reeds
, Betty Carter
Betty Carter
Betty Carter
1930 - 1998
vocalist
, Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba
1932 - 2008
vocalist
, Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson
b.1937
vocalist
, Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
1928 - 1964
reeds
, Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
, Archie Shepp, Bobby Timmons
Bobby Timmons
Bobby Timmons
1935 - 1974
piano
, Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
, Erroll Garner
Erroll Garner
Erroll Garner
1921 - 1977
piano
, Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

vocalist
, Nina Simone
Nina Simone
Nina Simone
1933 - 2003
piano
, all the soul artists, so so many greats—too many to list.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... The revelation came to me while gazing over the Pacific Ocean and realizing that creating beautiful sounds is the greatest joy and privilege of my life.

Your sound and approach to music: "Music lives in a multidimensional sphere, encompassing all possible sounds... high and low, soft and loud, slow and fast, rough and smooth, legato and staccato. The essence of creating music is combining these yin and yang parameters of sound so as to enhance their distinctive qualities moving through time. This joining of opposites expresses the joyful unity of life." (c) Kali. Z. Fasteau

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

Selected Discography: Kali. Z. Fasteau: Animal Grace;

Kali. Z. Fasteau/Kidd Jordan: Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival: Finland;

Kali. Z. Fasteau/Kidd Jordan: People of the Ninth: New Orleans & the Hurricane 2005;

Kali. Z. Fasteau: Making Waves;

Kali. Z. Fasteau: Oneness;

Kali. Z Fasteau: Vivid;

Kali. Z. Fasteau/Rafael Garrett: Memoirs of a Dream;

Kali. Z. Fasteau: Comraderie;

Kali. Z. Fasteau: Sensual Hearing

Kali. Z. Fasteau: Prophecy: The Whale & the Elephant Trade Notes on the State of the World;

Kali. Z. Fasteau: Worlds Beyond Words.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? An original and unique meld of the powerful spontaneous energy of seminal free jazz with sonorities of African, Indian and Middle Eastern music. Embodying grace and energy flowing freely in live comprovisation.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of Kali. Z. Fasteau

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