Sudden death of vivid US composer, 73

Sudden death of vivid US composer, 73


norman lebrecht

November 30, 2020

We’ve been notified of the death of Kali Fasteau, a much recorded composer who appeared on more than 20 albums.

She played at least a dozen instruments and sang in a high soprano voice.

Cause of death has not been disclosed.

From Esp-Disk:

We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Kali Fasteau. She and then-husband Donald Rafael Garrett, as Sea Ensemble, released a profound album on ESP-Disk’ in 1974 and made two more great albums for Italian label Red Records in the same era. As a leader, she formed the label Flying Note to release her music, first on cassette tapes and then CDs, and was prolific. A superb saxophonist, pianist, and singer, she also played flutes, viola, cello, drums, and instruments from around the world.


  • John Borstlap says:

    Sympathetic, easternizing music, improvising a world far removed from the classical music world, and from Darmstadt, like a return to nature after forgetting history. There are instances that such amnesia is truly healing.