Dreamtime comes alive..
colors, shapes & images dancing,
moving time continuum of visuals and sound.
moments of performance art rituals,
SPIRAL was formed in Austin,
Texas in 1996 with Aliah Selah (Clar Rheinstein) on vocals, sax, keys
& Paz Rheinstein on vocals, guitar, bass, & flute - as it's
core writers. The couple trademarked SPIRAL after playing professionally as TOUCH (in Boston) & SOULER SYSTEM (San Diego & Austin) that
played in festivals, clubs, and parties around San Diego and then Austin.
In each place they lived they did lots of benefits & Earth Day Celebrations
and in Austin they were also well known for their Video Art & Activism TV show Trippin'
In Austin sponsored by Pace
Concerts. The weekly show continued featuring
many local & national artists, musicians, poets and activists and
using their video art pads with their music between and as visuals behind
acts when they played or gave interviews. They added SXSW Specials: SOTV & GIRLGROOVE - all these shows documented
their evolution from SOULER SYSTEM to SPRIAL They went back to San Diego as SPIRAL as Aliah played lots of gigs with Paz doing her solo songs - and then up to
the Bay Area where they live now. Many things are starting to come together... in the magical town of Santa Cruz where they recorded the 12/12/12 CD Release - Spiral on... WE HERE NOW with amazing bassist Dan Robbins. Aliah is now going Modal Jazz with her solo music because this CD helped her see that's what she loves... and
After playing in Boston on the streets of Harvards Square, in Cafes, and on WERS to promote the Cabridge Earth Day Festival - they decided to move back to Sunny San Diego and played EarthFair in Balboa Park as TOUCH
soon after their arrival. They played EARTHFAIR the next year as SOULER SYSTEM - with a full band and 2 dancer and were featured in Vision Magazine. They played San Diego Fair (Del Mar Fair) and The Whole Being
Weekend (where they played again as SPIRAL.) They also had a
regular night at the Betterworld Galleria where they had a solar electric
car parked in front on the nights they played there. There they had regular nights
at the Exotic Bamboo & MIracle Cafe in the San Diego area. Then they moved to Austin, Texas for the music scene & ending up making TV, offering exposure to all their musician, poets, and artist friends & always offered a voice to good causes and had a flashback of the old Kung Fu somewhere in the mix.
SPIRAL playin' Austin's 1st Internet Cafe: The Incubator
A unique bluesy style that's best heard in a Spiral on.. jam.. taking us on a journey.
FROM SPIRAL TO SPIRAL ON....
More than a band... it's a call to action!
Now more than ever the world needs us all to be focusing even more
on positive change & how together we can all - Spiral on... to peace.
Spiral on... 3 Sacred Jam CD'S with Video Art
A BAND WHO MAKES A TV SHOW?
Aliah recalls what got her & Paz started doing TV...
"We saw that everyone was so talented in Austin yet pretty much
starved for & living on only bread crumbs of exposure. We had just
made a music video of our band SOULER SYSTEM before we left San Diego
and loved doing it. When we found out about the amazing ACTV station...
we learned all the equipment and started baking loaves of "Exposure"
Bread on our shows and handing it out to all the amazing visionary musicians,
Poets, & Artists of all kinds - and combined it with all those in
Austin who are Earth & Peace activists and positive. We had watched
& recorded every one of the old Kung Fu series... before it came
out on CD. We studied the many amazing directors who made their mark
in this awe inspiring series. Watching the old Kung Fu series brought
together making TV & studying the Tao for us both. We now see it
was training for parenthood... how the monk raised such a gentle strength
of a man - fit well in the Trippin' In Austin format where there was
always a Monk flashback moment somewhere in the mix that people told
us they would look for. A lot of people were fans of "Grasshopper"
as much as we are. Our new show CREATIVE EVOLUTION will also have those
flashbacks that we so much love. Doing TV gave us a way to honor people
and things we appreciated and give talented people exposure - but more
than that... to encourage them to learn technology and have creative
control of their music & all aspect of their lives - this was always
how we saw success and what continues to give us great joy now."
Steamboat, where Stevie Ray Vaughan had played himself - became part
of their scene. Paz & Aliah played there with their band SOULER
SYSTEM and had a regular night at the White Rabbit down 6th Street.
Mother Earth Productions asked Paz & Aliah to do blessings at the
yearly concert as they grew into becoming SPIRAL. After 10 years of
making TV they had a collection of shows: Wake Up & Smell The Incense!,
Multi-Media Cafe, Trippin In Austin, and P.E.A.C.E. (that became a Non-Profit
that received several video grants to do instructional wellness videos)
and they made many SXSW specials each year: SOTV, Girl Groove, that
showcased many great bands around town for the big SXSW weekend. Mainly,
they focused on the Steamboat, Black Cat, and White Rabbit scene and
then The Mercury, also Cafe Mundi, 503 Cafe, & Ruta Maya Cafe, Flipnotics
Cafe - EARTHDAY & other Festivals... making a small ripple in the
Austin music scenery that they feel honored to have been a part.
Public Access Station where Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) & Richard
Linkletter (Dazed & Confused) got started with their film careers.
Paz & Aliah were on the air only a month with Trippin In Austin - when Aliah interviewed Sandra
Burnhard - then Dave Mathews did an interview where he played a song
not on any of his records with Patrice Pike - another local singer songwriter.
Trippin' In Austin was sponsored by Pace Concerts (and for the crew
Amy's Ice Cream & Conan's Pizza) and they were able to go back stage. Red Dawn who Aliah had met while working in the movie Michael - was backstage at select concerts because Aliah Feng Shuied Dressing Rooms & offered Transparenting Tarot Readings & gave FOODCOOL Kits for good health while touring. They followed events and offered
a capella blessings at concerts as well as doing sets with full bands
and later Aiiah's solo music that Paz plays with her as well. They find
the vibe for the gig and serve the event with the backdrop it needs
to serve what is happening at the event... singer songwriter acoustic
tunes.. to ambient backgrounds - to slamin' dance groove with visuals.
SPIRAL has now become SPIRAL ON.... and they will always surprise you while giving the good vibes they are
known for. And pulling in some fine musicians who also know Dreamtime
Flow with music as a ceremonial celebration of life. They
are sending their love to everyone there and Boston. In time, they will
be able to offer Austin & Boston musician friends - places to come
play on the west coast with them... slowly as the SPIRAL ON.... energy starts
building up again in their new hometown of Santa Cruz.
12/12/12 WE HERE NOW CELEBRATION
happening at the Santa Cruz Chi Center
211511B East Cliffs Drive - Santa Cruz
Some past SPIRAL accomplishments:
Access Magazine wrote in a recent
interview with Aliah Selah,
"Their new cuts (SPIRAL's) are
distinctly Austinian funk rock.
The infectious single "Soul Sculptor"
breaks out in the first 10 seconds with
a retro-ish B-3 organ augmented by
joie de chant (song of joy)."