An Evening with Kali. Z. Fasteau

March 16th, 2013 8:00 PM
An Evening with Kali. Z. Fasteau
Kali. Z. Fasteau, Ron McBee & J.D. Parran

Neues Kabarett is proud to present multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, theorist and musicologist, Kali. Z. Fasteau in an evening of her new music, a world premiere.  She will perform on piano, voice, drum set, nai flutes and mizmar, and will be joined by multi-reedist J.D. Parran and percussionist Ron McBee..

From a deeply musical and 'free-thinking’ family in New York and Paris, Kali. Z. participated in the 1960s Black Liberation and Feminist movements through action, and especially through her music.  After studying various musics of the world in grad school, and already immersed in euro/classical, blues, soul, and 'free/avant-garde jazz', she applied Taoism to music composition. Her theory of the dynamic juxtaposition of yin and yang qualities of sound offers a universal template for spontaneous composition.

Percussionist Ron McBee has performed for over twenty years, touring in Europe, Indonesia, the Caribbean, Canada and the U.S.  He has played with John Hendricks, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Kali. Z., Hasan Hakmoun, the Spirit Ensemble, and Heritage O.P.  He acted and drummed in the Pulitzer Prize winning production of "Ruined" by Lynn Nottage, as well as produced music for other theater and dance troupes. Kali. Z. says, "Mr. McBee's exhilarating concept of multi-sonic space and his supple musical flexibility make him a wonderful collaborator for spontaneous composition."

J. D. Parran is a multi-woodwind player, composer and educator.  His instruments include all sizes of saxophones, clarinets, flutes and nagaswaram.  Parran is a virtuoso and has mastered many extended techniques appreciated in free jazz and new music.  While in university in St. Louis, he joined the Black Artists Group with Hamiet Bluiett and Oliver Lake.  Previously Music Department Chairman and Director of African American Music at Harlem School of the Arts, he currently teaches at City College of NY.  His distinguished recording associates include Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Hamiet Bluiett, Anthony Davis, Leroy Jenkins, Douglas Ewart, Derek Bailey, Ned Rothenberg and Robert Dick.

Pre-registration: $10
At Door: $15
*The first 25 attendees will receive a free CD from Kali Z.!