Saturday, August 25, 2018

JKDC presenta el video de su cancion Alchemical Renaissance

**English below

Friday, November 14, 2014

JKDC tribute to Herman Melville's, Moby Dick book published on 14 November of 1851

Herman Melville's story of the greatest whale was published 162 years ago today in 1851 and now has a song "Your Moby Dick" from upcoming 15/04/2014  JKDC's album.

Originally published on Nov 14, 2013

Sunday, June 1, 2014

UNITE 16 Days Activism and Comments about Meaning of Masquerade Song

Article by Jane M. KellumProgram Director, Partners for Learning/Education, CARE International in Haiti Lead singer/songwriter of JKDC

Last Monday, November 25 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of what is now called the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that will continue until December 10 which also marks International Human Rights Day.

Violence against women as a gender-based manifestation is a social issue that has touched me from an early age: It was a normal day; my sister and I were playing outside with the neighbor girls. We ran home for some reason or other and found our front door locked. We knocked hard, called out “hey Dad”, and waited. When he came to the door, his face and eyes were red, swollen, and damp. We asked him what happened, but he simply told us he was sad (an obvious statement to us but confusing at the same time). We later learned that one of his cousins had been beaten severely by her husband and shoved into their bedroom closet where she died alone. We never talked about that day or the reasons why it happened. However, it deeply touched in me the desire to understand and inspired me to dedicate myself to working on social issues, including the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence (GBV). For those who may not know, I currently lead a double life as lead singer/song-writer with JKDC and as a development worker in Haiti with an international non-governmental organization which seeks to achieve gender equality through all its initiatives—CARE (

As part of the 16 Days of Activism, I would like to share one of our songs that explores the social construction of what is “feminine” and “masculine”.

Masquerade | Album: Alchemical Renaissance | Artist: JKDC |
Lyrics: Jane M. Kellum | Music: Jane M. Kellum & Andrés H. Pityla Casalaspro

Hey boy, are you playing the game?
That’s a masquerade
That you don’t even know you’ve been invited to…

Hey girl, are you playing it too?
No revolution
Just a magician’s cheap illusion.

Masques and gowns and feigning  smiles
Of this fraudulent ball.
What’s the meaning of this
Fantastic façade?
Lying, cheating, deceiving, blaming, and evading
Looking for a way to disguise this unfortunate ruse…

What chance to unveil mimicry?
To shed the cloak of duplicity?
To unveil our latent identity?

Hey you, are you dressed and groomed?
For the masquerade?
That you don’t even know you been waltzing through?

Masquerade takes us through a symbolic journey into this creation of “being a woman/girl” and “being a man/boy” which keeps us in a very real world based on fabrication and produces vast inequalities in rights and opportunities. The inequality generally favors men and acts as an underlying cause of violence against women (in its gender-based manifestation), putting us within an unequal power dynamic with women being more vulnerable socially, economically, politically, etc. vis-à-vis men.

Gender equality is a human right and GBV is a violation of those rights. We are all capable of being both part of the problem but also the change. Let’s be the solution and live the solution. A few ideas on how…

· Listen, reflect, share, and purchase “Masquerade” and support the work of CARE at the same time. During the 16 Days of Activism, 50% of the song proceeds go directly to CARE to support its work achieving gender equality;

· Share this blog post via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. with your friends and family;

· Explore more about “Gender Equality”; “Gender Equity”;  “Gender-Based Violence”.
        A starting point:

· Reflect on what it means to be a woman and man in society/culture. Are there biases that favor one or the other? In what ways? Do I reinforce or challenge gendered stereotypes? How? How can I do anything to better promote new social constructions that recognize equality between men and women; male and female?;
· Research local resources on GBV and be prepared to offer this information to those who may need it;
· Be vocal and speak out against GBV and gender inequality;
· Wear the campaign’s designated color, orange, for the remaining ten days of the 16 Days of Activism and tell people why you are wearing the color.

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Originally published on Nov 25, 2013

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Five Years of JKDC

The five year anniversary of JKDC:

In Jane's words...
Skeptical.  That would be the word to describe my reaction when Andrés proposed the idea of signing on for a competition to play our first three originals on May 25, 2009 at the Cavern in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t that I doubted
us as composers and performers but more about what it would mean for us as a couple and then also potentially a musical duo. It seemed like a lot of commitment at the time. You see Andrés and I had only been dating for about six months, and I was finishing my Master's as a Rotary Peace Fellow (the reason for being in Argentina in the first place) and was also going to be leaving in less than one month to Senegal for work. My doubts were high. However, I begrudgingly agreed (sort of an MO for me...resist first and then love completely later). May 25 came, and simply put it was a pivotal moment for me as I hadn't actually considered before that time that my childhood dream of being a "singer" (as in the kind that is professional and does it for a living) could and would actually become a reality. It was also the night that "Jane Kellum and Don Casalaspro" which later became the much simpler, JKDC, took on its own life. Obviously, love and music prevailed as I promptly returned to Argentina after finishing my assignment in Sub-Sahara Africa. The journey since then has been rich with happiness, frustration--being ultra-independent can pose some challenges--and many successes. In these five years, we've edited two albums independently, contributed to two compilation albums, and played live on internationally broadcasted television and radio shows all while I have pursued my other passion as a humanitarian and development worker which has landed JKDC in Haiti since 2011. Open hearts, flexible minds, and patience is how we've approached the JKDC project. We look forward to sharing another, even bigger five years of JKDC with you.

And Andrés'...
These five years that today JKDC is celebrating have been a road of lived experiences. They have also been a tool that has helped me learn by observing myself and those around me.
Five years filled with the challenge of sharing our music with the world, walking together, learning that it is the best that I have to give of myself, and discovering what I did not know that I had to give.
Five years on this path where I've met so many people, realizing that music is the true universal language.
Five years understanding how to realize the dream of making a contribution in the world of music, and how to reach the hearts of others.
Five years of learning from mistakes, and learning to be wrong and to make a change quicker in order to experiment and get the expected results, but paradoxically I also learned that it is not necessary to change anything because wanting to change something is the equivalent of denying it, and denying something voids the possibility to understand it.
In short, five years of walking together with this project during which there has been a constant learning about myself through all obstacles and limitations, which I understand are nothing more than inventions of my mind.

Thank you all for these 5 years.

From us both...
We have a little gift on our anniversary to you. While we love giving you our own originals, there are some of our favorite covers we can't resist sharing as well. This is a new cover of a Radiohead song: Karma Police. It's a live recording and video. Our goal was to capture how JKDC started...just Jane and Andrés, a mic and an acoustic guitar. We hope you like our version as much as we liked producing it. Let us know what you think and share freely. Here's to five years and more to come...