Don Bauder 7:49 p.m., May 22
Oscar Winning World Music Duo Tribal Baroque: Saturday Residency @ ArtLab
Tribal Baroque is calling San Diego home for the winter, and they'll be performing the next two Saturdays (through January) at ArtLab Studios in Normal Heights. The duo, former SDSU astronomy student S.K. Thoth and singer/violinist Lila'Angelique, will showcase their virtuosity on the violin and opera singing, along with beautifully choreographed tribal dancing.
Lila describes their music as "A combination of opposites: raw, howling singing, feet stomping rhythm, faces painted, breasts flopping, wild original costumes, ecstatic spiritual dancing combined with highly developed musical phrases, perfect pitch, Bulgarian-style operatic soprano and countertenor vocals, and classically influenced violin."
The duo won an Academy Award in 2002, for Documentary on a Short Subject, with a short film called Thoth, about Thoth's life as a performer in New York city and the life commitment that he has made to his craft.
S.K. Thoth attended San Francisco State University as a music major, where he met Richard Wiseman, a professor of comparative literature and an adept at Jungian psychoanalysis, who later became his adviser and mentor.
Three years later, he transferred to San Diego State University as an astronomy major. After becoming disinterested in astronomy, physics and mathematics, he turned his interest and attention to opera, drama, and literature. He studied Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelugen and took classes in languages, philosophy, and play writing, which led to him continuing to write about his mythological world Festad.
As S.K. Thoth, he has daily been "prayforming" his "solopera" THE HERMA:The Life and Land of Nular-in, at the Bethesda Terrace Arcade in New York City’s Central Park for more than ten years. In addition, he has prayformed the solopera in Sweden, Canada, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and in the Bay Area, where he developed his work, for the AfroSolo ‘99 Theater Festival. He has appeared on The View, America’s Got Talent, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In June 2009, he released a book of short stories entitled Ruby and the Tree house. In September 2009, Thoth released his eleventh CD with soprano and violinist, Lila’Angelique. He continues his study of theosophy, the eating and preparation of raw food, the assembling of the Encyclopedia of the Festad, and the writing of his novel about The Herma.
Lila’Angelique began Suzuki violin lessons in elementary school, when she saw a fellow student with a violin, but she quickly grew tired of the regimented group lessons and turned to studying classical at the Blair School of Music and Irish fiddle with private teachers.
Before her 18th birthday, she sang the duet “Ach, ich liebte” from Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio with Will Griffin on Nashville’s classical radio station, WPLN 90.3 . As a freshman at the University of Kentucky at Lexington, she played Ariel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, composing original music for her character. She also played the title role in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. After a year in the university, she dropped out and moved to New York City to study at Circle in the Square Theatre School.
On October 11, 2008, she wandered into Central Park and stumbled upon Thoth in the Angel Tunnel. She became his only student. On March 2009, she joined him in prayformance and stopped going to theater school. In the fall, she and Thoth released a CD of their music recorded live. Presently, she and he perform their miniature tribal baroque operas throughout the world.
This month, though, they'll spend every Saturday at ArtLab Studios, on 3536 Adams Avenue.