Martha Matsuda discovered "Ghost In My Hair" by accident, as many important things are. Combing through her long hair with her fingers one day, she let loose strands tumble to the ground outside her teacher’s house. An exclamation sailed through the air: “Don’t leave any ghosts at my house!” Martha scrambled to gather all the wisps she could find. Thus, “Ghost In My Hair” was born.
| The Artists |
Martha Matsuda (Butoh Dancer)
Ms. Matsuda was born and raised in Seattle, Washington next to the waters of Puget Sound. Her mother’s parents immigrated from Wakayama, Japan in the early 1900’s and built a home on Vashon Island, where they planted, grew, and loved their 40-acre strawberry farm. The Matsuda family was interned during WWII. They were immensely relieved when allowed to return to their beloved farm at the end of the war, an experience Martha’s mother would later write a book about. Ms. Matsuda’s father, a Methodist minister, was of German decent. He met Mary in Seattle after the war, where they fell in love and married.
Martha moved to the San Francisco Bay Area In 1993 to pursue a masters degree in Arts & Consciousness at JFK University. While studying there she encountered Butoh (1994), was profoundly moved, and has been deeply involved in the community ever since. From 1994-1995, Ms. Matsuda studied and performed under the tutelage of Diego Pinon in a small town in Michoacán, Mexico, and engaged in street performances, parades, festivals and ever evolving spontaneous experiments closer to home. In 2004 she began serious study with second generation Butoh Masters Koichi and Hiroko Tamano. Hiroko continues to mentor Martha, encouraging her to explore vast new directions. Ms. Matsuda has frequently worked with Harupin-Ha, Metropolitan Butoh, SF Butoh Lab and at Bare Bones Butoh over the past decade. In 2007, she appeared in the “Kazuo Ohno: 100 Years Old Birthday Celebration" event in New York City. That same year, Ms. Matsuda and Mr. Mark Deutsch created a multimedia performance with video projections, musicians, and Butoh dancers for “Union: Celebrations of Spirit, Art and Community” at Grace Cathedral. Martha continues to develop and perform her Butoh style with Mark and his invention, the Bazantar. Together they combine unique styles of improvisational dance and music, merging new and old and different worlds to reveal their magic and wonder. “Ghost In My Hair” combines strands of history and culture from two continents, meeting within her, and coming out to greet the new.
Mark Deutsch (Composer, Musician, Inventor)
A professional musician since the age of twelve, Mark began his career as a multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitar, banjo, saxophone and trombone) when he joined his father and uncle’s “dance band” in the 1970’s. He is a visionary artist with a background in nonlinear mathematics, sacred systems, and cosmology, and as a classically trained bassist and sitar player, has gained extensive experience in orchestral and world music ensembles, jazz combos, and solo sitar performance. While studying North Indian classical music with the legendary sitar and surbahar master Ustad Imrat Khan, Mark began delving deeper into the universal fundamentals of music and its underlying frequency structures. This in turn led him to his quest to develop an instrument that could more audibly reproduce his findings. This work culminated in 1999 with Mark being awarded a US patent for his groundbreaking new instrument the Bazantar, a six-string acoustic bass fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. The result is a remarkable instrument that weaves a mesmerizing soundscape of resonance, and evokes all the power of Western classical music with the depth and nuance of Eastern traditions. Mark teaches “Music, Mathematics and Mysticism” at the Yoga Society of San Francisco.
Martha Matsuda discovered "Ghost In My Hair" by accident, as many important things are. Combing through her long hair with her fingers one day, she let loose strands tumble to the ground outside her teacher’s house. An exclamation sailed through the air: “Don’t leave any ghosts...