Calamus w/ Spiral Light of Venus

Calamus w/ Spiral Light of Venus

 Sharon, Massachusetts, USA
BandComedyAlternative

Calamus is an alternative rock band that performs solo or with their multimedia project: The Spiral Light of Venus. The band is a mix of alternative rock, ambient, psychedelic ragtime, improvisation. Their multimedia project involves music, video art, spoken word.

Biography

Margaret McGilvray: While in San Francisco, Margaret studied piano under Tom Constantin- early keyboard player for the Grateful Dead, ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and played in community Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra. The orchestra combined minimilist, metalic, orchestral sounds with experimental trance music at underground gatherings. Her greatest influence is her grandmother, who played ragtime piano. Other influences include keyboard players Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree) Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) and Keith Godcheaux (Grateful Dead) and multi-instrumentalist/recording artist P.J. Harvey.

Bruce Malley: Bruce grew up overseas, and began playing acoustic guitar at age 13. Playing mainly by ear and improvisation, and having played in various bands over the years, his ability increased a great amount. Using Gibson, Mesa boogie, several delay pedels and other effects, Bruce adds both rhythmic color and soaring leads to the Calamus sound.

Aaron Waltz: numerous bands in high school, later played in Manchester-Nashua New Hampshire area, an acoustic duet called Crockpot Donkey, cover band Strawboss, and now the original band Calamus. "Calamus seemed like a great outlet to be able to express my skills as a percussionist!"

Discography

San Pedro
Dark
Wait Too Long
Beggar's Plea
Autumn
Medea
The Fool
The Chariot
First Contact
and more!

Set List

Calamus w/ Spiral Light of Venus is a multimedia performance group, and uses music, spoken word, video art as its medium. We require a screen and projector for our videos, as well as the usual backline, etc.