This event would not have been complete without the team of visionary angels who have come together to bring you this experience.
Composer: Rosemary "Dezi" DeSiervi
Dezi is a nontraditional musician, composer who creates music from a deep place of spirit and sound. Trained in classical piano from age seven at Carnegie Hall, and participating in piano competitions until age nineteen, it wasn't until she gave up her training that she was able to sit at the keyboard and create her own music improvisationally. Compositions emerged complete. Some of Dezi's first pieces were played on local radio station KKUP, and her numerous collaborations with Calder Lowe included a 12-piece project: The Ants That Led Her To The Jewels, performed at the Phoenix Jazz Club. She also contributed a soundtrack for a Georgia B. Travis Center video and has performed at the New Age Renaissance Fair, Whole Life Expo and for Earth Day. In October of 2009, the San Jose Dance Company featured her piece Heart Full of Grace as part of a world premiere. Dezi is also an award winning writer, holistic health educator and practitioner and is committed to creating healing. Her belief is that heaven is not elsewhere, and that our purpose is to create it for each other - here and now.
Butoh Dance: Judith Kajiwara
Judith is a 3rd Generation Japanese American woman, artist, choreographer, dance teacher and performer who now focuses primarily on teaching and performing Butoh, a powerful Japanese avant garde dance form. Since childhood, dance has been an essential part of her life-long spiritual journey. She became enthralled with Butoh in the late 70s when she attended a performance in San Francisco by Koichi and Hiroko Tamano. However, it wasn't until years later, that Judith was able to devote herself to the dance form. In 1995, she premiered her first full-length Butoh solo, The Ballad of Machiko, at the NohSpace in San Francisco. She is also certified in hypnotherapy and spiritual energy healing using reiki and crystals. She is committed to bringing awareness to the interconnectedness between the expressive and healing arts.
Taiko Drums: PJ Hirabayashi
A Bay Area native, PJ is among the most prominent women taiko players in the United States and one of the pioneers of the North American Taiko movement. A founding member of San Jose Taiko (the third taiko group to form in the U.S.) for 38 years, she is SJT's Artistic Director Emeritus. Her present work is TaikoPeace, an extension of Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion. She is a certified Peace Ambassador and recent recipient of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley Fellowship for Music. PJ and husband, Roy, were presented with the lifetime honor of the National Endowment for the Arts 2011 National Heritage Fellowship Award for Traditional and Folk Arts.
Poet: Parthenia M. Hicks
Poet and fiction writer, Parthenia M. Hicks, is the Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA, the recipient of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Prize, for The Gulfs of War (being read for the Requiem) the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship for the Short Story, the Villa Montalvo Poetry prize, and several Pushcart nominations for poetry and short story. She is the Poetry Editor of the Enlightenment Journal and has a Masters of Divinity in Kriya Yoga. Her most recent work is featured in The Call: An Anthology of Women’s Writing, Remembering: An Anthology of Willow Glen Bookshop Poets, and Sweet Obsession/The Art of Lynn Powers.
Crystal Bowls, Soprano: Amrita Cottrell
Amrita is the Founding Director of The Healing Music Organization and the Co-Director of The Crystal Sound Institute. Her work in sound and healing music came from her own amazing recovery from breast cancer in 1999, when she was able to eradicate two tumors in as little as six weeks with the sound of her own voice. Amrita has a degree in the Health Arts and Sciences. In addition to being an inspiring teacher, Amrita is an accomplished musician and singer. Her music artfully blends her playing of crystal singing bowls with her high, clear singing. She has shared her healing story and her work with the crystal bowls at the United Nations, as well as the NY Times, Southwest Airlines Inflight Magazine and CBS News.