Giovanni Ciarlo is an artist, craftsperson, educator an folklorist with extensive Latin American musical experience. He has lived and worked in Venezuela, Mexico, and the U.S. performing and teaching about
global cultures and communities. Giovanni is a Connecticut Master Teaching Artist and is listed with the
Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Giovanni plays the guitar and a wide assortment of percussion
instruments he makes (berimbau, kalimba, log drums, turtle shell, congas, whistles...) or has collected
(charango, guiro, bells...) in Latin America, where he was raised. He is also the lead singer and arranger
for the band. He shares a home with Kathleen in the ecovillage they co-founded
to form part of the Global Ecovillage Network(GEN)
with other international artists.
Kathleen Sartor studied history and Latin American studies at the University of Minnesota. She first learned
music on the accordeon and now plays bombo, rainsticks, kalimba, drums and assorted musical surprises. She has
spent the past 15 years traveling and studying the myths, music and theatre arts of the Americas. She is also a gifted actress and storyteller with a deep understanding of Latin American oral traditions picked up during an early trip to Colombia and long residences in Mexico where she shares a home with Giovanni in the ecovillagethey co-founded to form part of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) with other international artists.
Dennis Waring is a Ph.D. ethnomusicologist, music consultant and instrument maker. He is well known in the U.S. and Canada as a multi-instrumentalist performer and author of the book, "Making Wood Folk Instruments". When he is not performing with Sirius Coyote he is in schools and universities training teachers in cross-cultureal music understanding and leading seminars on music from the world over. He is also constantly working on new publications to share his abundant knowledge of world music.