Kaia CD Release Party this Saturday!

February 5, 2012

Kaia will be hosting our CD release party on Saturday, February 11th, 8pm, at the Unitarian Universalist church at 2120 North Fee Lane.

We will be performing our trademark mix of world music from the raucous to the sublime in celebration of the release of our first studio recording, Freedom Land.

Tickets are $12 / $8 twelve and under, on sale at the door or at the BCT box office. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Special pricing on all Kaia CDs and merchandise (you can get our previous CDs for ridiculously cheap prices for one night only!). For more, see www.KaiaSing.com or www.facebook.com/KaiaSing.

I’m a little nervous about the show because the HT neglected to publish our press release today. We will be the featured artist for this week’s BEAD newsletter at least, but I still worry about reach.

Amy and I appeared on Carolyn VandeWeile’s Womenspace on WFHB last Thursday, where she played seven tracks off the album and kindly plugged the show like crazy. We’re just not sure how much exposure the show got. Apart from Amy’s dad, we haven’t gotten any feedback.

We will be featured on WFIU’s Artworks on Tuesday night. Amy and I had a 45-minute long fascinating conversation with Yaël Ksander which she has somehow cut down to seven minutes of interview and song. I’m looking forward to hearing what she’s come up with.

I’ve been lobbying TallSteve hard to get on the Afternoon Mix on WFHB on Thursday, but have only gotten radio silence so far. It would really help to get some prime time exposure and it would be fun to do a ticket giveaway. Plus I think he’d be a great interviewer.

Work has been slow lately, which has given me plenty of time to obsess over show details. I would be lost without Post-It notes. I have lists for everything.

Today we’re having over 4 hours of rehearsal, part of it in the UU space, so it will be grueling but rewarding. This is our last chance to spruce things up before the show. I’m a little concerned about how much time it will take us to set up and strike the night of the show and hope the Kaiasistahs will be game for getting all the work done.

See? I’m obsessing. And I thought of something a few paragraphs ago that I need to add to my to-do list and now I’ve forgotten it. Brilliant!

Mom and Dad and hopefully my two sisters and their kids are coming down for the show. I want to be able to go out afterwards and then meet on Sunday for brunch, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to stay. I’d really like it to be a big occasion. Those come so rarely for me and I really enjoy them.

In the meantime, I’m polishing up my pointy Goth boots and running Gazapkhuli and I Will every day to try to get ready! Woyaya!

Lotus nerves

September 11, 2009

Bwah. Bwah!! My chest feels like someone grabbed all of my major organs and twisted them around into a viciously tight spiral. Voof!

I’m thinking about Lotus almost constantly. Well, I sorta have to, in order to prep. But to this degree??

I’m most worried about my performance on Gazapkhuli, this phenomenally gorgeous piece from Georgia (the country, not the state). It only goes to an F# or so but I’m trying to do it very quietly. I just don’t have the chops for this stuff anymore! I practice it most days, trying to imagine just how nervous I’ll be when performing, in order to help prep myself for the inevitable shifts in my range that come when I’m nervous.

I put the piece near the top of the set both nights in order to get it over with quickly. We performed it at Emeriti House the other night (what a great time we had!!) and, wouldn’t you know it, my damn recorder’s batteries died. All I know is that I performed the song with my eyes closed most of the time. I have no idea if that helped. 🙂

Totally off-topic, I just finished watching season 4 of Monarch of the Glen, this BBC series from the “early oughts (aughts??),” as Gabe would say. The first season was daffily brilliant, with eccentric characters and goofy situations. Good, clean fun. Then it all went downhill as it progressively turned into a draaaaamaaaa.

Anyway, my point is that I now have Lexie’s voice in my head constantly, with her Glaswegian brogue. And no way to reproduce it. And this is totally irrelevant. Except that that’s the background music to my Lotus life.

Part of me wants to encourage this anxious obsession with all things Lotus so that I’ll make myself sick of it by the time everything rolls around. Then I can just approach it like any other gig. I’m not sure that’s the best strategy, however, since I don’t think wandering around with your chest twisted into a spiral is the best plan. I’ll just have to pull up my pantyhose and walk on through!