Seattle-based musician/composer Jami Sieber is a pioneer of her instrument:
the electric cello. Jami not only enlarges the vocabulary of the cello by employing
signal processing and various performance techniques, she then transforms the
sounds into music that is evocative an memorable. Her style of performance has
been recognized throughout the Northwest. In 1988 she received the Northwest
Area Music Association (NAMA) Award for Best Rock Instrumentalist, no easy feat
for a cellist.
Jami began studying classical music at an early age and perfomred in numerous
orchestras and ensembles. Her classical roots gave her both the foundation for
her relationship with the instrument and also deepened her passion for music
and the arts.
Jami has composed music for film (Bond, Alice Ray director 1991); theatre (Angels
in America, Intiman Theatre 1994, Frankenstein, Intiman Theatre 1989, T.S. Crossing,
Allegro Series 1989,); and dance (Llory Wilson's Tallulah Dance Co., On the
Boards 1994, Jeff Bickford, Allegro Series 1990). She has gained recognition
for her work with one of the northwest's most acclaimed urban/rock bands, Rumors
of the Big Wave. Jami has appeared as guest artist on numerous recordings, and
has toured as back-up cellist/vocalist with Warner Bros. Recording artist, Ferron
and Shanackie artist Karen Pernick.
In her first independently produced solo recording lush mechanique, she explores
the breadth of her instrument creating sounds never associated with the cello
before. Victory Music says, " . . . these musical paintings hang, framed
in her own passion and dreams. If you've ever taken a journey of the soul, be
it to another place or your own backyard, this music will play back every scene."
Jami released her second recording Second Sight in October of 1998.
As stated in the liner notes " . . . even when you don't think it's a
cello it probably is", she explores the breadth of her instrument. Her
compositions blend beauty, integrity, and eclectic musical elements to creat
an innovative work. From the rhythmic playfulness in "Dancing at the Temple
Gate" to the pathos of "Your Leaving" the cello reaches into
your heart. She is joined by northwest artists Will Dowd (percussion), Lous
Peralta (percussion), and Kim Scanlon (vocals).
In 1997, Sieber's recording lush mechanique was among Ladyslipper's top ten
best-selling recordings by female artists with the likes of Indigo Girls, k.d.
lang, and Ani DiFranco.
Second Sight is a powerful and engaging follow-up to Sieber's first internatinally
recognized recording, lush mechanique, which was featured nationally in HEAR
Music stores, and Barnes & Noble.
"This rich sonic journey weaves the warmth and beauty of Jami's unsurpassable
electric and acoustic cellos with drums, trumpet, sax, piano, accordion, vocals
and nylon-stringed guitar . . . A delicious variety in arrangements too, ranging
from the full richness of bass, drums and vocals plus cello, to the poignant
simplicity of solo cello. One of the most talented musicians we know has gifted
us with another expression of her art." - Ladyslipper
"Jami Sieber's electronic cello . . . rattled, buzzed and sang, offering
protean timbres and rhythms that helped to lure viewers/listeners . . . and
leave them with a haunting, indelible impression." - Michael Upchurch,
"Jami Sieber plays music on electric and acoustic cello with a passion
that translates into soul-baring poetry." - Richard Klecka, Conscious
" . . . these musical paining hang, framed in her own passion and dreams.
If you've ever taken a journey of the soul, be it to another place or your own
backyard, this music will play back every scene." - Nici De, Victory
"Jami Sieber's cello is the sound of my souring heart . . ." -
"Lush Mechanique is a marvelous, vivid album . . . a testament to Sieber's
compositional skills . . . and amazing flexibility and prowess on the electric
cello." - Dirty Linen
Additional information can be found at jamisieber.com