Linking your favorite traveling artists across the globe
Kiva Members and Guests
Lightningstorm -- band leader, lead vocals, percussion, songwriter, manager
Diana Sunday -- vocals,
guitar, percussion, drums
David Landis -- Native
American flutes, whistles, drums, vocals
Diana McFadden --
cello, mandolin, guitar
Jim Brewster -- guitar,
bass, mandolin, banjo, drums, flute, whistles, vocals
Tim Sauerwein --
didgeridoo, percussion, vocals
Tigre Cruz -- drums,
Amikaeyla Gaston -- vocals,
drums, percussion, songwriter (not pictured)
Eve Jones -- drums,
percussion, silver flute (not pictured)
Jaqui MacMillan -- drums
Ariana is a lead singer, songwriter, and manager of KIVA. She grew up in a musical family which includes a band directing mother (Frances Fox) and a famous operatic aunt in Italy (Barbara Demaio). Ariana has taken her classical training in music into the creative realm of mythology and spiritual traditions from around the world. This is an article she wrote for Heartsong Review about her background and thoughts about being a musician -- Notes On My Magical Musical Path.
Ariana is a distributor of Himalayan Goji Juice for Anti-Aging and all sorts of healing benefits. Check out her page at http://www.ariana.freelife.com/.
David plays Native American flutes, pennywhistles, and percussion for KIVA. He has been playing hand drums for many years. He started playing Native American flutes in 1993 (self-taught) and joined KIVA in 1995. David has been musically inspired by such diverse artists as R. Carlos Nakai (master Native American flute player who often works with Peter Kater) and the Grateful Dead. David has appeared with such performers as the celtic-psychedelic band Green Crown, the folk band Folk Nouveau, and Owain Phyfe of the New World Renaissance Band.
Diana has been playing with KIVA since the very beginning. She was even with Alaina and Ariana in Pomegranate. A classically trained cellist, Diana is also self-taught in guitar, mandolin, cittern, and various other string instruments. Her playing has been shaped by an interest in progressive rock, blues, jazz, eastern and Indian music, as well as medieval and various traditional musics.
Jim Brewster has been playing with KIVA since 1997. After formal training on the trumpet, he started his ongoing exploration of the guitar, which over the last 20-plus years has brought him through many musical styles, from rock to folk to jazz. Along the way, he has picked up other instruments, including mandolin, banjo, fiddle, pennywhistle, recorder, electric bass, hand drums, and silver flute. Jim also performs with the semi-mystical Bardic Bardo Brothers (as "Jim Barleycorn Bardo") and was a member of the celtic-psychedelic band Green Crown. He has appeared with such artists as Brahm Stuart of Shaman, Imani Buchanan of Circle, Skin, and Bone, Sarah Stockwell Arthen, and Owain Phyfe of the New World Renaissance Band.
Tim plays didgeridoo, percussion, and sings with KIVA. He joined the band in 2001. Tim started singing in the chorus and playing the tuba in the band in high school. He added the didgeridoo in 1999. Tim has been greatly influenced by Graham Wiggins, didg player for the groups Dr. Didg and Outback, and by Ash Dargan, the Australian master didg player.
Tigre is a rhythmancer (a drum mage), a drum instructor and a drum circle facilitator. In his 35th year of drumming, studying, training, and/or instructing classical and modern percussion, he has acquired a wealth of experience in band, orchestra, marching band and competitive drum corps. He is immersed in traditional West African Djembe drumming and technique. He studies drumming and drum circle facilitation with Jaqui MacMillan. He has performed with and learned from Daveed Korup, Aesa Grayson, and Jim Donovan of Rusted Root. Tigre facilitates groups to shape intentions and drum circles for a variety of reasons: ritual, meditation, inspiration, trance, healing and enjoyment. Tigre has co-created formal and informal ceremonies, and taught classes for various organizations such as The Mid-Atlantic Men's Gathering and the Sacred Space Conference. He joined Kiva in 2005 and resides in Baltimore, MD.
Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston has been guest performing with KIVA for many years and she went to England with us. Ami's musical career began at age four, studying classical piano, flute and vocals for over 20 years. As a trained vocalist, her musical techniques include classical choral opera, a cappella madrigals, jazz, blues, rock, funk, and international styles from West Africa and South India. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and with the Lisner Symphony; Yasmeen from Sweet Honey in the Rock; the Gaston Jazz Quartet; Dahjay West African Pop Band; Imani A Cappella; Bottomland; Bloodroot A Cappella Duo; Fire & Earth Folk and American Folklore troupe; Caravan, South Indian Healing Music Ensemble; Mama Muti Healing Drums and Music; and Rhythm Alive Dance and Drum Assembly. Other performances include off-Broadway productions of Jesus Christ Superstar as Mary Magdalene, and Lady Sings the Blues as Billie Holliday.
Eve has recently moved to NYC to pursue her happiness and has become a satellite member of KIVA. Eve grew up in a musical family -- she started taking piano lessons when she was 7 years old and flute when she was 10 while also taking ballet and drama. When it became clear that she was a mesomorph and wouldn't have the classical ballet body she moved into the modern dance style. In her early 20's Eve started taking drum lessons with Glenn Weber in the Latin/Caribbean styles of percussion as well as every drum workshop she could get into which added African percussion styles to her repertoire. As you can hear on the albums with KIVA she has done very well with those lessons.