About Kal Cahoone
Kal Cahoone was raised in Colorado and studied piano as a young child. Her mother had a passion for folk music .
After receiving a degree in Spanish she ended up in Valparaiso, Chile, living on a hill (Cerro Alegre) in total solitude with nothing but a typewriter and a beautiful view. It is here that she began writing songs at age 26.
Six months later she took a bus across the Andes, arriving in Buenos Aires. Within a few days she met composer Christian Basso and they began recording together and eventually married. Their song "The Movement" can be heard in the film "Dot the I" starring Gael Garcia Bernal.
Some years later she returned to Denver and immediately formed band Tarantella with John Rumley (Slim Cessna's Auto Club and Hush) where they also shared a meaningful co-writing situation. Since 2000, Kal has recorded with Lilium, and has appeared doing back-up vocals for locals Munly and Roger Green. Kal has been onstage to play keyboards for Woven Hand and has appeared with The Denver Gentlemen.
Cahoone’s music is airy and ghostlike. In composition her songs are unpretentious but always in possession of some frightening complication that bubbles just beneath the surface. You can feel this complication. Nearly see it. In content, Cahoone seems almost obsessed with the ultimate human emotions and virtues – obsessed because she is uncomfortably learned in their power and charm; and deceit. To understand how everything around love and lost and pain has corners it; and how they are all blindingly sharp going down – one doesn’t need much more than to listen to her songs. Lyrically, most of her cathedral work is conversational and so bleeding honest and universal that one can’t help from cringing in understanding while listening.