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.