Katz as Midnight Rose: vocals, guitar, harp,
alchemy - "Welcome to The Pagan Lounge" beckons
our darling host Midnight Rose. The year is 1996: she has
the vision of a jazzy, loungey, dark, and strangely beautiful
ensemble where everybody comes together to create that which
they could not do alone: alchemy through music. Midnight's
life has been filled with art and music since her earliest
days; she was raised on a steady diet of Broadway and cabaret,
had a brief fling with New Wave, and studied art and film
at the Art Institute of Chicago. She brings her passion
for alchemical transformation to her work as a somatic &
expressive arts psychotherapist, working with individuals,
couples, teens and children, and presenting workshops for
serious play. www.embodiedbeing.net
Sklar as Jasmin Garden - violin, vocals - specializes
in Balkan and Middle-Eastern styles as well as having roots
in western classical and improvised musics. Jasmin has been
playing the violin since the age of four, and studied for
many years with assistant to Jascha Heifetz and Sherry Kloss.
She has toured and performed extensively throughout the
US, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East playing with such
groups as The Tokyo Youth Philharmonic, The Quarta Dolce
Quartet, Gypsy Caravan, Land Of The Blind, and Sherefe.
Lila has also participated in a nationwide tour playing
Turkish Sufi music with vocalist Latif Bolat. You can see
her in several local Bay Area bands including The
Toids, Za'atar, and 3Spell.
Katz as Abraham Birmingham: contrabass,
vocals, percussion - Abe lays down the soulful, earthy foundation
for the Coven. His love for jazz and all things swingin
have led the Coven to such tunes as "Obliquely Yours"
and the Mingus-influenced "Skydivin." He also
performs with Louis, Esperanza, and Bone in the feral-jazz
ensemble known as Dr.
Abacus. He is the founder and Executive Producer of
Media, a production company specializing in eclectic
and elegant event production, promotion, and design, including
The Edwardian Ball and Rosin Coven booking and management.
By day he is a Production Manager for Goldenvoice
/ AEG Live San Francisco, managing concerts and events
at The Warfield
Theatre and The
Kaliski as Louis Capricorn: drums,
vocals, xylophone, fire
- Look out y'all...here comes Louis! He's the tall, handsome
one who sits in the back and makes the rest of us sound
good. He's a versatile and sensitive
kit drummer without peer. Louis is also quite a ubiquitous
performer and producer, also found freaking in the eclectic
space ensemble known as The
Church of You. He has several productions to his
credit, including his own debut release "Ubiquitous"
and the more recent "SF
2000: A Time Capsule."
Vandervennet as Gingerbread Candy Monahan:
- Gingerbread Candy, the woman responsible for the Coven's
fiery Jalousie, moody Empty Jar, and sinister Dybbuk's Dirge,
is no stranger to string ensembles. She is a professional,
classically trained player who performs with the Oakland
East Bay Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and Marin
Symphony as well as Principal Cello in Vallejo Symphony.
Rosin Coven allows her to leap
out of the classical world and trade her formalwear
for whips, leathers, and lashes.
You'll never know where her boa might land. Let us just
say, look out for the lady behind the ladies, because this
Gingerbread is hot!
Bulkowski as James St. James: cello,vocals,
air trumpet - Mr. St. James has played in a number of classical
ensembles and a medieval surf band known as Kaladin. He
has been know to grace the stage with both his beautiful
new acoustic cello as well as with Barney, the purple electric
five-string cello that makes his fellow computer comrades
violet with envy. His eclectic, whimsical playing is unique;
listen closely and hear his train whistles, children's songs,
cat calls, and syncopated basslines. Not too hard to imagine
him as a zany alchemist in a former life.
Carless as 'bonedaddy! - Bass
Trombone, vocals - Don't let his subtlety fool you.
As Rosin Coven's one-man brass section, this man of many
names (including a name so secret we can't even print it!)
brings a professional background, both instrumental and
vocal, in classical, jazz, rock & roll, and now, pagan
lounge. 'bone's message for the next few years...IMPEACH
BUSH. 'bone can be found tootin his own horn in the
cartoon jazz ensemble Dr.
O'Keefe as Patrick de la Esperanza - vibraphone,
marimba, vocals - With a strong background and degree
in music performance, Esperanza brings new textures, dynamics,
and elegance to our ever growing ensemble. Whether he is
floating soft warbly vibraphone chords over a sultry lounge
tune, or scaling the upper registers of his marimba like
a cartoon car chase gone awry, his sound is continually
opening new doors for the sound of Rosin Coven. He also
performs with the feral jazz ensemble Dr.
Duncan as Frisky Gillette and Edgar as Edgar
- puppets, costume design, theatrical ambience, salesgirl,
staff photographer - Gitty (aka Puppets
and Pie) brings a new dimension to Rosin Coven's performances
with her wild family of puppets and myriad stash of cardboard
accoutrements. When she is not playing with Rosin Coven,
she teaches puppetry and storytelling workshops for children
and adults out of her art studio in Berkeley. She also performs
with Dr. Abacus and the Fou Fou Ha! Dancing Girls.
is the chief assistant merchandise sales representative.
He likes bottom-shelf whiskey and will offer you his opinion
on just about any subject, regardless of whether or not
you ask for it.
LOUNGE ALUMNI & SPECIAL GUESTS
Miss Elyea Zeker, also known in the mundane world as Carri
Abrahms. For over five years her musical, theatrical, and
creative contributions were fundamental to the development
of Rosin Coven's sound and style. We miss her and wish her
the best of luck in her future endeavors!
Reeser as Hoorst Fjords - Visual Alchemy
- For the first four years of our existence as a Coven,
you may have noticed we were surrounded by flowers, bones,
lights, bats, trees, glowing heads, candles, and an ever revolving
collage of strange, beautiful objects. Thirteen cheers for
Ken, the original Visual Alchemist! His creative cauldron,
known as Kendelabra Productions, churned for countless behind-the-scenes
hours to help create the atmosphere known as The Pagan Lounge.
Look for collaborations with him again in the future!
Walls as Mandrea: violin,
vocals - Mandrea brings her classical stylings, gypsy fiddling,
and eclectic dynamism to the Coven. Although currently on
indefinite paradise-leave in Maui, look for this essential
long-time member of our Coven to rejoin us whenever she
blows back into the mainland.