Caitlin Alexander, Sebblue Cloud (Sebastien Marconato) and Sky Redwalk have entirely different backgrounds but have found common ground as a musical trio. Together for a little more than a year but without an official name, the musicians share Native American, South American and Irish tunes in a somewhat spontaneous and improvisational style.
Their upcoming concert “Walk in Beauty” takes place at San Miguel Chapel on December 22.
“We have a synergetic approach to our music,” explains Alexander, who has been performing as a singer since childhood. “Although we rehearse together, there’s a lot of improvisation during a concert. Songs won’t sound exactly the same from one performance to another. Since most songs are presented in a ‘prayer form,’ we feel as if we are taking our audience members on a journey with us.”
Alexander draws from her Irish heritage when selecting some of the music in a performance and often sings ceremonial songs of the Lakota and Cherokee. Cloud, who grew up in France and plays a variety of wooden flutes from around the globe, the N’goni (African harp from Burkina Faso) and keyboards, has a keen interest in the music of many different cultures. The owner of the Santa Fe shop Native Sounds, Redhawk plays Native American flutes and drums and is steeped in Native American music.
It was through Redhawk, who had been friends with Cloud for a number of years, and Redhawk’s wife Janice Bigornia, who was working at the same downtown Santa Fe store as Alexander, that Cloud and Alexander met in 2013. Redhawk and Bigornia officiated at Alexander and Cloud’s wedding several years ago.
“My husband and I feel very connected to Sky and Janice,” says Alexander. “The connection is reflected in our music.”
“Walk in Beauty” is one concert in a series of performances offered at San Miguel Chapel, which is the oldest church within the continental U.S.