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Aug
23
think13 @ Rockit Room

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, California, USA

Aug
06
think13 @ Kimo's

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, California, USA

Aug
02
think13 @ Fat City

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, California, USA

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My friends are circus freaks. Literally. And one of my favorite circus freaks is Marina Kardjieva (pictured), a Bulgarian beauty who is as talented at aerial work (silks, straps, aerial hoop, trapeze) as she is sweet. Lucky for me, I’ve gotten to see a lot of her lately, as she’s been in town rehearsing with musician/performer/community activist extraoardinaires think13 for balance, a multi-media performance opening this Friday at Fort Mason Center.

I stopped by the think13 rehearsal last night to watch the incomparably beautiful Hollis try on her costume, and the scrumptious and hilarious Brennan Figari practice his aerial tissu, and to hear think13 co-founder Dee Kennedy’s strong, haunting voice layered over her partner Christoph’s rockin’ tribal music. And, of course, to watch Marina do what she does absolutely best.

I didn’t see the whole run-through, so I can’t really report on what it will be like. But I do know there will be modern dance, fire dancing, plenty of aerial work, spoken word delivered by a cute boy in a kilt, live drumming, video projections, and lots of think13’s rich, ethereal (think Amy Lee) music.

I also was duly impressed with the performers I did see, and with the story the performance purports to tell. If all goes as I expect, balance will be a gorgeous spectacle that continues to blur the boundaries between the music scene and the performance art scene (which, by the way, sooo needs to be blurred).

If nothing else, it'll be another reflection of the circus that is this city. Long live the freaks. - Molly Freedenburg


My friends are circus freaks. Literally. And one of my favorite circus freaks is Marina Kardjieva (pictured), a Bulgarian beauty who is as talented at aerial work (silks, straps, aerial hoop, trapeze) as she is sweet. Lucky for me, I’ve gotten to see a lot of her lately, as she’s been in town rehearsing with musician/performer/community activist extraoardinaires think13 for balance, a multi-media performance opening this Friday at Fort Mason Center.

I stopped by the think13 rehearsal last night to watch the incomparably beautiful Hollis try on her costume, and the scrumptious and hilarious Brennan Figari practice his aerial tissu, and to hear think13 co-founder Dee Kennedy’s strong, haunting voice layered over her partner Christoph’s rockin’ tribal music. And, of course, to watch Marina do what she does absolutely best.

I didn’t see the whole run-through, so I can’t really report on what it will be like. But I do know there will be modern dance, fire dancing, plenty of aerial work, spoken word delivered by a cute boy in a kilt, live drumming, video projections, and lots of think13’s rich, ethereal (think Amy Lee) music.

I also was duly impressed with the performers I did see, and with the story the performance purports to tell. If all goes as I expect, balance will be a gorgeous spectacle that continues to blur the boundaries between the music scene and the performance art scene (which, by the way, sooo needs to be blurred).

If nothing else, it'll be another reflection of the circus that is this city. Long live the freaks. - Molly Freedenburg


Discography

Episode One EP on iTunes, cdbaby.com and around 30 digital download sites. Episode Two will be released this summer.

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“Where’s Bob?” Christoph asks.
“I don’t know. I thought you had him”. Dee says.
“Me? You put him away last time!”
“No, you did!”
Christoph blinks at Dee.
“Well, now what?” Christoph asks.
Dee shrugs.
“I guess we play without him.” Christoph sighs.
Dee looks at Christoph.
“Yes, we do.” She says simply.

Originally formed in November 2004 as a duo, Christoph and Dee Kennedy met on the set of a local stage play. Cast as the opposing leads, they discovered a common joy in songwriting and music. They began writing and recording songs in Christoph’s home studio and after a year, began playing local bars and art shows.

With Bob the iPod providing backup on drums, bass, vocals and guitar, they would mix their live performances on top. Look at the stage and you would see two people; close your eyes and you would hear a full band. Their unique definition of progressively styled rock is accented by dramatic arrangements with string quartets and the eclectic twang of a double sitar. Christoph often times would switch between 3 different guitars and a double sitar while Dee would sing different layers of the vocal melody as they performed on stage.

In September 2006 they began recording their first EP called “Episode One”. Intent on breaking out of the 12 song album structure (you know, the 4 good ones with the 8 fillers) that has been popular for many years, they began writing episodes: 5 songs that are tightly themed in lyrics, musical style or perhaps a more subtle manner. Their producers, Arne Frager and Mari Tamburo, complemented their unique vision and suggested they record at the world-famous Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA. “You know, it’s been a long time since my friends would ask me what I’m working on, and I haven’t been able to explain it to them” Arne once said. They enlisted the help of Prairie Prince as their session drummer. Prince is well-known locally and world-wide as the drummer of The Tubes and The New Cars. Almost immediately finishing Episode One, they recorded Episode Two, also at the Plant Studios. Episode One was released in May of 2007 and Episode Two is scheduled to be released in summer 2008.

Both albums will be released on the pair’s privately owned label think13 Publishing, LLC. The label is operated and funded completely by it’s founders Christoph and Dee. They are also considering expanding the label to help other local San Francisco artists follow their dream.

To accompany their dramatic style of music, think13 began productions of their show called “Balance” in 2006. With a script written by Dee and scored by Christoph, the show combines story and visuals, punctuated with amazing aerial performances and eye-catching fire choreography.

Bob the iPod eventually began to question his role in the band and would often complain that “Christoph always makes me play the same thing”. Once much appreciated for his sense of timing and reliability, Bob soon decided to quit the band and take a back pocket, literally, to think13. Dee and Christoph enlisted the help of long-time show hand percussionist Forrest Timonere to play drums. Dee’s younger brother Joe Kennedy joined as rhythm guitarist, having often been involved with performances of “Balance”. Anthony Severo joined as bassist in January 2008, a graduate of Berkeley School of Music. He is proof that every now and again craigslist actually does work. In March 2008, they played their first gig as a fully live and electric band and blew the doors off the Rockit Room in San Francisco.

In addition to gigs, the group also performs at the semi-monthly Mission Arts and Performance Project. MAPP takes groups of people on walking tours of the Mission District in San Francisco to examine the many murals that are painted on the buildings. think13 and other local musicians play at 24th Street and Balmy alley to accompany the many fire dancers that spin and spit fire for the passing crowds. Think13 also has performed for Project Homeless Connect, a program sponsored by the city of San Francisco to “connect” the homeless with medical, food and personal services they need.

And finally, for their work with the community and the tireless networking by Dee, think13 was given a proclamation by San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, declaring that October 27th, 2007 was officially think13 Day.