Antero and Sylvi have been in artistic collaboration since 1989 when they first met in Seattle WA. In 1996, they relocated to Berkeley CA where they established Vertical Pool Productions for their solo and joint projects while collaborating with others. After nineteen prolific years of film and music production they relocated to Portland OR in 2015 and staged five experimental theatre productions while initiating their joint musical project, bird&wolf. In 2020, they returned to cinema with their feature art film, "The Vanishing Field" and a year later with "The Alchemy of Sulphur" (2021). Antero and Sylvi are currently in post-production for "Tracer", a Psi-Fi Suspense (Autumn 2022).
After extensive training in classical piano, Sylvi turned to painting and between 1978-91, her art was shown in galleries in the U.S. and Europe. In 1989, she began her journey into ambient/industrial electronic music and in 1995, she started singing. These elements led to the development of soundtracks for many dance, theatre and cinema projects including soundtracks for most of Antero's films and theatre works (since 1993). In 1996, she designed and published "The Vertical Oracle" (a neo-Tarot deck) and starred in "Lily in Limbo", a 27-minute poetry film she created with Antero. Her music CDs include "Too Near the Ghosts", "Dream of the Blue Moth", "Under a Shipwrecked Moon", "A Hundred Birds", "Vessel", "Flamingos" and "The Book of Jane". Sylvi's twenty years experience with the group ritual dynamics of ParaTheatrical ReSearch (1998 to 2018) informs her embodied voice methods as a singer. She has also acted in many of Antero's films, as well as recording and performing their original songs as bird&wolf.
Sylvi Intervewed on "The Embodied Voice"
Sylvi's Music at SOUNDCLOUD
Between 1975 and 2018, Antero wrote and directed numerous experimental theatre works. In 1977, he began developing a paratheatrical medium inspired by Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski combining methods of physical theatre, dance, voice, and standing meditation (documented in his books,"Towards an Archeology of the Soul" in 2003, "State of Emergence" in 2020 and in numerous videos). He is also the author of several other books including Angel Tech, The Eight-Circuit Brain, Experiential Astrology and The Akashic Record Player. In 1980, Antero wrote songs and performed in his neo-punk band, The Frozen Beauties. Between 1991-95, he was editor/publisher of Talking Raven Quarterly, a Seattle-based alt-literary journal. Between 1992 and 2002, he curated the Nomad VideoFilm Festival, a popular west coast touring showcase of experimental shors. Since 1993, Alli has written and directed fourteen feature art films that have have screened throughout the pacific coast arthouse circuit while garnering critical praise at the large movie review site, filmthreat.com.
Notes from the Underground by Antero Alli
Cinephile Confessions in the Time of Covid
A Spectrum of Esoterica
Antero interviewed on the many facets of his work
Towards an Insurrection of the Poetic Imagination
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