What are your musical backgrounds?
TB: Lila’Angelique was born Caitlin Harkin in New York City. Her mother sang on Broadway, and her father runs a professional recording studio. She began studying classical violin and voice from the age of 7. She studied voice intensively under Elizabeth Carter, a former “Queen of the Night” at the Met. Well known for her unusually high register, LA landed a paid soprano position in her church choir when she was 17. She was featured in many solos, including the top soprano in Allegri Miserere. Briefly attending University of Kentucky to study opera, she performed the lead in several shows, including Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Ariel in The Tempest.
S.K. Thoth was born into a musical and medical family. His mother was tympanist for the New York City Opera, and his father was a doctor. He started playing the piano at 7 and the violin at 8.
His violin teachers were Mara Dvonch, Harry Glickman, and David Schneider. At 17, S.K. graduated La Guardia High School of Music and Art and moved to San Francisco with his mother who became principal tympanist for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. There, S.K. went to San Francisco State University where he majored in music. After years of intellectual explorations, he ended up with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. In 1987, he began busking under the name S.K. Thoth. In 1991, he formed a band called THOTH with Michael Chiaravelotti. The band—with various musicians Scott Kungha Drengsen, Boris Goldman, and Rhan Wilson—recorded three CD’s. After the band dissolved in 1998, Thoth began performing solo. He created an original epic opera, “THE HERMA: The Life and Land of Nular-in” based on a mythical land called the Festad which he has been writing about since a child. In 1999, he moved to NYC where he continued writing and performing the opera at the Bethesda Terrace Arcade, a place he dubbed the Angel Tunnel. He claims that “THE HERMA” is the first new opera of the millennium having been created and recorded from 1999-2002. In 2001, director Sarah Kernochan made a documentary short about his life called “THOTH” which won the 2002 Academy Award.
Where does your music come from?
TB: The music is original. Our music comes from our hearts, minds, and bodies—part improvisation, part formal. The music expresses our intent to be loving light beings in the world.