Pando is an eighteen minute spoken word piece by Katovski. As a lover of nature and especially trees he embarked on a journey that not only took him back in time, but also forward to his future. It was as if the tree that he calls his brother was calling to him. Katovski answered the call through spiritual, physical and metaphysical streams of consciousness and wrote a poetic tale of the journey.
Katovski has performed Pando at the Gonzo Fest in Louisville, Kentucky as well as the Fringe Fest in Nashville, Tennessee. When performing Pando, you will most likely find him with his face painted as a tree of life as he becomes Pando for the audience.
listen the the wind blow the aspen quake the aspen shake weathering the test of time and environment bearing witness to to the birth of humanity my name is Pando historian of Umai I have grown to one hundred seven acres in size with over forty seven thousand children in the eighty thousand plus years since out mother first gave me life
for those who seek and find me there is a world of knowledge to gain through open heart and mind step humbly into my grove asking what you will in service of Umai I am Pando
“Pando (Latin for “I spread”), also known as The Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of a single male quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) determined to be a single living organism by identical genetic markers and assumed to have one massive underground root system. The plant is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000,000 kg (6,600 short tons), making it the heaviest known organism. The root system of Pando, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is among the oldest known living organisms.“