These are synopses of both one-person shows and group performances I have produced. I like working with themes and fandoms where either traditional faerie-lore or experimental compositions would be ideal.
Kaade introduces you to the music of Otherworld creatures of several different areas of the globe. Different versions focus on different cultural groups, and creature types.
Music and stories of the creatures that come out in the dark: Trolls, Trows, Pookas, Banshees, Huldres, and the Faerie helpers who work until dawn. Kaade offers a version of this show at under 30 minutes, a serial version consisting of several tunes & tales from each being in the course of an event, interspersed with others' performance & percussive accompaniment, and "Wedding Bells for Trolls," a short program of marital music from these night-dwellers.
Music made and played by blind bards of Ireland, including harpers Rory "Dall" O'Cathain, and Turlough O'Carolan, and piper Michael O'Sullivan, and the stories of mysticism that surround them and their music. Performed on Irish flute and whistle, or as an ensemble production in which Kaade uses these stories to introduce and showcase several musicians playing the works of Carolan and Cathain.
A chance to participate with traditional dance music from Faerie-lore: jigs, reels, hornpipes, slipjigs and waltzes, and to hear stories of the Sidhe kings and queens related in music. Dancers in character demonstrate different stepdancing, ceilidh, highland, or sean nos style dances, and teach the audience one as well. Session musicians can join in many commonly known tunes. A possible variation including Faerie (Rusalka and Vila) dances from Eastern Europe could also be produced with folk-dancers.
Based on a folktale from China, this tale of wonder, compassion, and finding one's way, all takes place within an inn along the Silk Road. A literal feast for the senses, the audience and performers are all part of the Inn, and the next part of the tale might come from the person bringing your food, or from one of the numerous musicians, dancers and other performers seated at the same tables as the audience. Combining music and tales from East and South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe of the Middle Ages, this production is a great chance to showcase a group of performers and their individual talents, and even stories and talents that audience members wish to share. Inn of the Dancing Cranes requires a few months to produce, and must be in a location with a commercial grade kitchen.
In this presentation, we explore Otherworld folklore concerning musical instruments- those that arise from faerie origins, those that have special effects on faeries and Other beings, and the instruments that fae around the world prefer to hear and play.