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Kali Z. Fasteau

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.

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A small sampling of Press Acclaim:

“I give this 5 stars. She’s got that microtonal thing happening. This is beautiful!” CASSANDRA WILSON, DOWNBEAT

“Part of New York's original free-jazz scene, Kali has a fierce dedication to music as pure, forceful, exploratory sound. She blends cultures and tones...it's world music as constant rapture.” Ben Ratliff, The NEW YORK TIMES

“Fasteau's powerful free improvisations extend the legacy of John Coltrane, with her own distinct exploratory voice and luxurious sound. With ecstatic, but disciplined fervor, clarity of thought and freely flowing imagination, she packs a wealth of expression into a single utterance.” Steve Holtje, JAZZIZ

“Fasteau leads the fifteen live recordings on Vivid with agility and grace, with precision and freedom, with driving force and haunting beauty

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INTUIT

Flying Note Records
2016

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Piano Rapture

Flying Note Records
2014

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An Alternate Universe

Flying Note Records
2011

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ANIMAL GRACE

Flying Note Records
2010

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Live at the Kerava...

Flying Note Records
2008

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People of the Ninth:...

Flying Note Records
2007

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