Kalichi

Kalichi

 Dundalk, Leinster, IRL
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

'Time for the Turning', the debut album from Kalichi is a cycle of songs weaving stories of love, heartbreak, mysticism, the Twin Towers falling and the search for the Beloved. Kalichi is joined by Gerry O’Connor on fiddle and Kieran Quigley from the punk band Rumble on percussion.

Biography

Kalichi was born in Yonkers, New York in 1950. He was deeply influenced by the spirit and politics of the 1960’s. In 1978 he took a one way ticket to Ireland and has been a resident there ever since.

“I left America, having spent the previous eight years as an anti-war activist. As a young man of seventeen in 1967, I remember marching in my first peace rally in New York City. Those events and times changed the direction of my life.”

While living in Ireland, Kalichi has worked in performance contexts, education, prison, health, and religious institutions. He directed and performed in six original dance plays with Liberation Dance Workshop, which he formed in Dublin in 1979. He has also been teaching Tai Chi for 30 years and is the author of Dance, Words & Soul.

Kalichi’s integrated approach to working with dance, music and writing has received numerous awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. He is currently completing a book on the philosophy and practice of Liberation Dance Workshop.

“When I first came to Ireland, I arrived with a guitar, a backpack full of books and a few songs which I had written and performed back in New Haven, Connecticut where I had lived. Over these many years I continued to play the guitar and write songs. But it took another 25 years before I gave myself to this deep desire to perform my songs and music in public again.”

“My ‘coming out’ again as a songwriter and musician was in March 2003. I was doing support for the songwriter Mick Hanley at The Spirit Store in Dundalk, Co. Louth. It was the first night of the infamous ‘shock and awe’ bombing of Baghdad. It seemed a fitting night to start singing again.”

“My first recorded song, In This Tower, was written in response to what happened in New York City on September 11th 2001. The song was also a response to the build-up of the war in Iraq and to the millions who marched for peace - reminding us that our actions, our voices can make a difference.”

Kalichi’s debut album, ‘Time for the Turning’, was recently been released on Blue Horse Records. He will be touring in the autumn of 2007.

Lyrics

In This Tower

Written By: Kalichi


Some people felt that
the Twin Towers burning,
would be a time for the turning.

Heads and hearts, enraged, engaged.
This could be a time for learning.

It’s not me, it’s not you.
It is we who are burning.
In this tower,
we’re dying from isolation.

Meanwhile a child’s eyes are glowing.
In this moment,
delight is not denied.
As laughter,
everywhere is exploding.

Highjacked planes,
targeting financial zones.
Revenge appears,
as prayers are heard in foreign tones.

Crusading across centuries,
history on the roam.
In this tower,
we’re dying from isolation.

Meanwhile a child’s eyes are glowing.
In this moment,
delight is not denied.
As laughter,
everywhere is exploding.

As the ashes of the dead,
mingle in the rubble.
Spirits rise, together one,
under city moonlight.
Saying.

It’s not me. It’s not you.
It is we who are turning.
In this tower,
we’re dying from isolation.

Meanwhile a child’s eyes are glowing.
In this moment,
delight is not denied.
As laughter,
everywhere, is exploding.

©Kalichi 2006
www.kalichi.com

Maya

Written By: Kalichi


She is walking, amongst us,
can’t you see Her?
Golden vibrations,
running up and down my spine.

Like a wine,
this nectar of unknowing.
Shivering and dizzy,
am I losing my mind?

Maya –
Your grace opens me,
to feel your love and fire.

Your body,
unveils illusion.
Filaments of images,
I swim inside your mind.

Can you see us?
We, your sons and daughters.
Inside this holy dream, you’re weaving between us.

Maya –
Your grace opens me,
to feel your love and fire.

Your dance,
is humming through my body.
Rivers are running free,
I’m melting inside.

Downward I sink,
hearing your melody.
Thawing out this frozen heart,
so sweet to be alive.

Your call,
is for me to surrender.
Remembering the gifts of love,
so easily forgotten.

This stone, this bird,
the old man on the street.
Redeem yourself.
Hear the world. This is Her desire!

Maya . . . Maya . . .

©Kalichi 2006
www.kalichi.com

The Mourning After

Written By: Kalichi


You think –
and you talk, so much.

Washed here,
upon this shore.
On this beach, but wanting more.

Feel like, a walking disaster.
I’m in need of a little laughter.
Coming down,
the mourning after.

Leave home,
walk down the road.
Into a cafe, called Vertigo.

People come inside, two by two.
Watching them,
I drink my coffee slow.

Feel like, a walking disaster.
I’m in need of a little laughter.
Coming down,
the mourning after.

Sunny weather, brings me down.
Still I’m, missing you.

Another coffee, still,
in Vertigo.
To my lips, I drink it slow.

Feel like, a walking disaster.
I’m in need of a little laughter.
Coming down,
the mourning after.

Outside,
walk down the road.
From this cafe, where will I go?

You think –
and talk, so much.

You think,
too much . . .

©Kalichi 2006
www.kalichi.com

Discography

Time for the Turning. Debut album on Blue Horse Records, 2006.