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Kai Altair

February 2, 2015


Backed by deep beats, percussion, and resonant frequencies, Kai Altair’s voice weaves rich melodies through electronics and live instrumentation. With music called ‘hypnotic’ by SoundCloud, and hailed by CBS News as a ‘modern day mermaid,’ Kai is influenced by transformational culture, myth, and dreams when creating music and multimedia stage shows.



She is currently recording a full length album with producers Dave Sharma and Dhruva Ganesan of acclaimed subsonic & live percussion group Sub Swara. The songs are full of dense bass exploration, vocal dreamscapes, and sounds rooted in traditions of blues, rock, and ancient global migrations. ‘Dreamwalker’ explores doorways to other worlds, lucid dreaming, time travel, metamorphosis, and sacred bliss.



Kai performs with a rotating cast of musicians and performance artists at venues and warehouse parties across New York City and Brooklyn. Her passion for storytelling continues to lead her towards collaboration with rising stars from the dance, fire, circus, film and festival worlds known for conjuring other realities with their creations. She stars in shows produced by The House of Yes & Flambeaux Fire, and is the creatrix of Mermaid Lagoon: an ocean conservation variety show that sends thousands of dollars annually to local and world water organizations. A student of ancient musical, movement, and healing traditions, Kai Altair’s intention is to inspire connection to the multiverse, and help create an elevated state on the dance floor.



During the cold and barren months of winter I like to let myself go deep.

I read poetry, and listen to music that touches my deepest parts, feeling emotion wash over me and inspire my own words and sounds from within. I indulge in long moments spent gazing at the bones of the trees, and think about the natural cycles of life. I watch the sharp beauty that pierces the winter skies on windswept days and nights, listening for the powerful life force that runs through the earth even in slumber. I remember that I too will grow and old and wither as I stand in my sleeping garden, and feel the frozen ground beneath my feet.

This is the time to savor life, and know that death is a loving gateway that promises to return us one day to the source. I give thanks for the growing days of spring that nature promises to return to us, and honor the ancient memories of the ancestors stored in stone and mountain.

I won’t rush Grandmother Winter and the sleeping child she carries with her. I’ll let her wind her old worn out hands around my own, and whisper ancient tales from the depths of time gone by. I have to love her.

She is an old woman who remembers. She reminds us that the light is returning. Grandmother carrying a candle of hope. She is surrendered to the flow, and no longer wishes to be young again. She sees herself in all that lives around her, holds the seeds of spring close, and quietly celebrates the rebirth of the sun. She settles in to weave her stories, and sing melodies from the deep place between her breasts.

Does she see the next world when she dreams? The blossoms of the coming year?

Grandmother…sing to me, I am listening.


Excerpt from “Song from Within: A Musician’s Perspective On Listening Deeply” originally published in Elephant Journal.


You can keep up-to-date with new releases, videos and more of Kai Altair’s music and writing through her website, facebook, soundcloud, and twitter.





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