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KALI. Z. FASTEAU - Composer and Multi-Instrumentist: Piano, Drum Set, Nai & Shakuhachi Flutes, Voice, Synthesizer, Cello, Sanza, Viola, Mizmars, Aquasonic & more.

From a musical family, Kali Z. played piano, cello, flute, voice since early childhood in Paris and New York. She received degrees studying the music of Asia, Africa, 20th Century Europe and Jazz, and then traveled for fourteen years, living in sixteen countries: India (1981-83), Turkey (1976-77), Nepal, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Italy, Holland, France, Denmark, Finland, Mali, Niger, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Germany, Greece, Haiti and America, performing in many music festivals and concerts, national radio and TV, film soundtracks, and university programs. To date, Kali has recorded 22 albums as a leader, 18 on the Flying Note label.

Kali’s recording and performing associates include: Donald Rafael Garrett, Kidd Jordan, Archie Shepp, William Parker, Beaver Harris, Rashied Ali, Joe McPhee, Hamid Drake, Andrew Cyrille, Bobby Few, Newman Baker, Warren Smith, Sirone, Sabir Mateen, Noah Howard, Oscar Brown III, and a great many others.

Kali Z. has led ensembles playing her original compositions at New York’s Town Hall, Lincoln Center and Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in Paris, The Museum Theatre in Chennai, India, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Uncool Festival in Switzerland, Kerava Jazz Festival in Finland, Pisa Jazz Festival, Livorno Jazz Festival, JVC Festival in NYC, Vision Festival in NYC, Guelph Festival in Canada, Boston Center for the Arts and thousands of other noted festivals and venues 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'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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Album INTUIT by Kali. Z. Fasteau


Flying Note Records

Album Piano Rapture by Kali. Z. Fasteau

Piano Rapture

Flying Note Records


An Alternate Universe

Flying Note Records

Album ANIMAL GRACE by Kali. Z. Fasteau


Flying Note Records

Album Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival by Kali. Z. Fasteau

Live at the Kerava...

Flying Note Records

Album People of the Ninth: New Orleans and the Hurricane 2005 by Kali. Z. Fasteau

People of the Ninth:...

Flying Note Records




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