|A variety of jazz moods, from lyrical melodies to propulsive rock beats and Balkan folk meters, sometimes all within one song.
"We live in an age where form is often overlooked due to cultural relativism and the recognition of a transient reality...in art, Form exists, Ideals exist, but they are of our own creation. Seek not to justify or repeat the past, but understand its context, its structures, its systems; use such knowledge to tear down, build and rebuild, shape and create. Formless substance has always existed, and it always shall. It is man who molds the thing. Juxtapose, reexamine, texturize, contextualize, entropize...by understanding the essence of forms, we can grow to understand essence itself. With such insight, art can truly be birthed."
Kakalla is dedicated to the fusion of jazz improvisation with Balkan folk music, chamber music, rock, the avant-garde, electronic and other influences. The group has performed concerts, clubs, and festivals throughout the eastern US, and their third CD, The Seeds of Analog Rebellion, was released in Nov 2004. Kakalla is on the Massachusetts Cultural Council's New England Touring Roster, has received grants from the Worcester Cultural Commission and other Massachusetts cultural councils, and is on the soundtrack for Magdalena's Brain (2004). Musically, the group performs all original material, with a view to combining intricate composition with the freedom of individual and collective improvisation.