Eternal Rhythm Is His Muse: Bat-Or Kalo Brings Groove To Summer Breeze | Community
There hasn’t been much to recommend about being a performing musician in the past year or so. At the top of the list is the inability to earn a decent living.
That is changing now, and the musicians have started releasing jams again. From Arcadia to Haifa, Israeli guitarist and singer Bat-Or Kalo is among those who weathered the viral storm.
Accompanied by a full band, she will perform free of charge at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lions Park, 450 S. Flood Ave., as part of the Summer Breeze Concert Series.
In terms of the wild kingdom, Kalo described the joy of playing that never wavered.
âThere are some things that I love about what I do now,â she said. âWhen you are on stage, there is an eternal rhythm that starts and everyone follows. It’s like beautiful birds going over a cliff. Someone counts to four, everyone jumps and flies. That’s what I love about it.
Kalo puts her heart and soul into the music she makes. She graced the blues scene at Jazz in June here and lit up the Oklahoma Hall at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kalo has been described as a fiery guitar goddess, who thrills Maggie’s Music Box at Jenks and The Continental Club in Houston. Shortly after arriving in the United States several years ago, she cut her teeth at the legendary The Bitter End Club in New York City.
She has a passion for music and the ability to bring listeners to join her.
âYou have to be able to jump off a cliff with me,â Kalo said.
Contributors to this global mission are drummer David Bowen, keyboardist Greg Zink and bassist Rei Wang-Bowen.
âAs a group, we can become one thought together,â Kalo said. âThere is a symbiosis between us in musical creation. We don’t want to fight for anything, we want to create.
âUsually there’s a lot of ego, and I’ve rarely found this ability to collaborate equally in the same room. It takes time to find true collaboration. When that happens, it makes me happy.
Writing every day also makes Kalo happy. She just finished a song about New York which is a rock anthem dedicated to her love-hate relationship with the Big Apple.
âIt’s my experience of my time there,â she said. âI’m drawn to the simple energy of pop-rock, and that’s the kind of song it is. I was trying to get into the blues cube, so it’s totally pop rock.
âI wanted my New York anthem to be very specific. It took me two years to understand the chorus.
Part of Kalo’s success in the United States may be due to his fearlessness in disrupting musical standards. It is not from here but embraces the Americana, the blues, the rock and the many subgenres which are associated with them. Kalo adds a touch that makes them clean.
âIt’s hard to get accepted here if you’re not the Woody Guthrie style,â Kalo said. âNow more edgy things are coming from the corners. More and more people are doing whatever they want, which is wonderful. It’s cool here and more and more like this. Still very American.
âIn Israel, you turn on the radio, and there’s all kinds of music on one station. Here you have rock stations that literally only play rock and there are only powerful chords. “
Initially, the Oklahoma City Jewish Federation brought Kalo to Sooner State. Here on red earth, she proudly wears a Star of David around her neck, which puts her in a distinct minority. Kalo enjoys living and working in Oklahoma.
âI was fed up with big cities like Tel Aviv and New York,â she said. âI lived in both for a long time. They have a bit of the same behavior. Here in Oklahoma, there are reasons that hold me back.
âI still think about moving, but the people here are nice. I still feel like a visitor. I’m a city girl, but in Arcadia I see horses all the time and love it.
With one exception: Kalo does not look after the livestock herself.
âI have an evil black cat who brings me a present every morning,â she says. âSmile. Sometimes she tries to bring them to me live, but I think it’s disgusting.
Kalo predicts it will be a hot and sweaty show at Lions Park, but promises it won’t take his energy away.
âI’m excited to play Summer Breeze,â Kalo said. âIt’s been a while since I’ve been to Norman, and I’m playing with my favorite musicians right now. We will take you on a short trip to space and back.