Performers of ‘Spirit in the House’

So there’s this great show coming up called ‘Spirit in the House.’ It’s become an annual tradition of bringing forth meaningful entertainment that looks to both tackle relevant ethical questions and celebrate the vast diversity of spiritual tradition through all sorts of different mediums: theatre, storytelling, poetry, dance, music, etc. Later on I’ll be bringing you information about it from the horse’s mouth, guest-curator Dean Seal, but for now I thought I’d introduce you to a couple of this show’s performers. Therefore, in an unprecedented show of tireless hard work and unrelenting professionalism, I have…um, Copy-Pasted information on them from the Patrick’s Cabaret website. Um, yeah.

Kay Kirscht gathered a crew of deep believers for the edgy “QUEST” last spring at Spirit in the House. She has been storytelling since 1993. She also cartoons, does sidewalk chalk art, beadwork, photography, shows her stuff at coffeehouses – and keeps a great blog:

I checked out her blog, and it is cool–lots of great artwork and interesting stories. I am so checking out that call-in cartoon show Philo that she works on.

The Axial Age Ensemble represents an exciting new direction in contemporary music and multi-media performance. The convergence of cello, persian santoor and percussion in this dynamic setting manifests a fascinating multi-cultural, musical landscape. Incorporating elements of jazz, classical, trance and world music, these versatile musicians have chartered fertile new ground and fashioned an innovative and compelling musical vocabulary. The listener will find Axial Age a sonic experience that is both exotic and curiously familiar. East blending with West…

This Twin Cities based trio was conceived of in 2006 by composer and instrumentalist Michael Terati as a live performing ensemble– exploring both original film music and contemporary chamber works. The trio is anchored by the dynamic voices of Josh Aerie on cello and Jonathan Hess on percussion, both Minnesota residents and accomplished instrumentalists in their own right.

There is a sense of adventure that is immediately evident in this ensemble
in that much of the work is derived and developed from improvisation. Each of the members of the ensemble brings his own musical spirit, experience and ideas, that contribute a vital personal voice to the trio and to the compositions themselves. The music itself is challenging, aggressive yet soulful, drawing from a deep well of inspiration and a wealth of seminal material from notable composers.

In live performance Axial Age expands upon the musical envelop by incorporating striking visual elements, projections and film. In its premiere work “Music for the end of time” the ensemble is provided visual accompaniment by the stunning film imagery of filmmaker Jila Nikpay.

This is very new music that is intended to bring the audience to places they have never been. This trio challenges the basic notion of what music is truly about and what is its purpose…to the musician and audience alike.