Stavo Craft has performed his own brand of concept-driven music at historic venues like Angel Orensanz Center, the Tenement Museum of New York, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Merce Cunningham Studio, and CBGB's Gallery. In addition to having his songs used as soundtrack music for performance events in Australia, Amsterdam, Colombia, & NYC, one song (‘Walking On Water’) was the soundtrack for choreographer Kun Yang Lin's piece "Ky-lin", which won an award from the Government of Taiwan for Creativity in Dance. Craft also branched out into professional theater as a co-writer, with celebrated novelist Sandra Hochman, of a stageshow called “Timmy The Great”, which was directed and choreographed by Tony-winner Savion Glover for the Tribeca Theater Festival. Now he is living in Santa Fe, NM, and is the gleeful Captain of DIY Art Rock project, Galactic Witchcraft. The Galactic Witchcraft album "Fabric Statements" was the runner-up for Best Pop Album of the Year at the 2018 New Mexico Music Awards, honoring recordings made in the state.
I am a writer of songs & illustrated stories, interpolation video artist, and fabric upcycle designer. These endeavors are undertaken as a primitive propagandist, to promote the very basic idea of living with an abundant sense of freedom and creative spirit ~ in part, as a route to producing Light on Earth from non-electrical sources.
While a simple naturalist might say to just embrace what you are, I'm a 'supernaturalist' in believing you can often create & become what you want by embracing what you aren't yet. And while I create primarily to fascinate my own mind, I also know that in doing so, I provide a platform that allows people greater access to their otherness, individuation, & a toolset to build their own stage on which to fully incarnate. The essential path to this developmental freedom is summed up by the following recipe: 1-part, the guiding principle of refined instinct, 1-part, forgetting, 2-parts, self-invention, 1-part, funista.. which is like a fashionista, but of revelry.
From this simple formula, I created a character, The Futurist from Inner Space, who embodies this self-invention principle, where Persona is presented cross-dimensionally as a Room (or space) without end, walking through the walls of the mind in an ever-expanding experience of Being, to where everything which seems separate from us is woven together, not “like” relationships between harmonies, but exactly so. And in unlocking this illusion of separation, the magical glories of The Potential Self are unleashed. It's the story of Becoming Your Own Highest Art Form. And, really, is that too much to ask from your life? To quote Harold & Maude: "Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E... L * I * V * E. LIVE!"
Most of my creative work these days is channeled into my 'Post New Age' NewWave Synthpop music project, Galactic Witchcraft on Future Room Records. So I invite you to check out both sites, which include music & videos dealing with these ideas of self-activation of identity & the building of potential + imagined futures. And of course, lots of cosmic candies for your psychic ingestion.
official demo for "Magic Omens"
Much of my focus is on "unofficial culture" (the stuff people create that is not part of the known & acknowledged media world, but which is the actual fuel in changing people's lives at a personal level) and this piece aired on our local pirate radio, detailing a personalized underground in the Alien Invasion of Williamsburg Brooklyn.
I'm also into being a sonic scientist tinkering in my studio, creating outlandish soundforms, and just doing more challenging things. On a related theme to Galactic WItchcraft perhaps, is this long-form sound:video piece called "GODSTORM: Art-Making as a Form of Ritual Witchcraft" from a collaboration with Brooklyn-based video artist Steven Boling, which developed out of a 20-minute instrumental 'environments' soundtrack I created up in the mountains of Maine. This segment linked above is a 7-minute excerpt from that, including the sections: "Elemental," "Invocation," and "Earthdance" ..which allows me to use some of my Whirling Dervish skills.
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