The source of my performance activations is rooted in lifetimes and generations before I came into existence.
A peek into my maternal side takes me to the Visayas (Philippines) where my family rode the off-kilter wheels of a traveling the Zarzuela* (zar-ZWELL-luh) rolling into rural barangays** (bah-WRONG-guys) of the early 1900's, selling salt and sugarcane in between gigs.
*The zarzuela, originally from 1600's Basque traditions, was innovative in giving a dramatic function to musical numbers, through solo and ensemble dance, acting and operetta with orchestral accompaniment.
**a small village, district or territory
Witnessing my paternal side in my early years has primed me for the work of being a tight and seasoned ensemble performer, embossing the archetype of a performer who can turn it on.
And as my unique configuration as Solitaire