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Jane Siberry

Jane Siberry: Her Life and Works

From her beginnings in the early 1980s as a guitar and piano-based folk artist in the coffeehouses and clubs of Toronto through her many musical incarnations, Jane Siberry has established herself as a uniquely gifted singer and composer. Siberry began her professional musical career while waiting tables and earning a science degree at the University of Guelph, Ontario. In 1981, she released her self-titled debut album JANE SIBERRY independently, having financed it with her waitressing tips and bartered studio time.

In 1984, she signed with a small Canadian label that later joined forces with A&M/Windham Hill in releasing NO BORDERS HERE, yielding the hit song MIMI ON THE BEACH. Her 1985 album THE SPECKLESS SKY brought Siberry her first music awards, as it reached Gold status in Canada and garnered two People’s Choice Awards for Album of the Year and Producer of the Year. In addition, the lead track from the album, ONE MORE COLOUR was later used by director Atom Egoyan in his film THE SWEET HEREAFTER.

Signed to Warner/Reprise in 1987, Siberry released the hauntingly beautiful and enigmatic THE WALKING. A subsequent tour of Europe, Japan and Australia led to the accolades "heart stopping" and "spellbinding" from the press across both ponds. In 1989, BOUND BY THE BEAUTY brought a wry sense of humor and an acoustic simplicity to Siberry’s growing body of work. Recorded in the middle of an apple orchard, the album attracted attention from producer and ambient music pioneer Brian Eno, who offered to produce some tracks for her next album, 1993’s WHEN I WAS A BOY. This recording became Siberry’s biggest commercial success, and included such hits as SAIL ACROSS THE WATER, TEMPLE, and CALLING ALL ANGELS – a duet with k.d. lang which first appeared in Wim Wenders’ film UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD and was later re-recorded for the soundtrack PAY IT FORWARD.

The jazz-inspired MARIA followed in 1995, exploring new musical territory including the epic 22 minute OH MY MY. Following this, Siberry left Warner/Reprise and boldly launched her own independent label SHEEBA Records in 1996. Having envisioned her label as a vehicle to pursue additional projects beyond her recorded work, Siberry’s goal for SHEEBA is to distribute "all things Siberry." The label has put out seven new recordings, including the 1996 album TEENAGER, comprised of early songs written by Siberry in her teens. Sheeba also released THE NEW YORK TRILOGY collection which was the outcome of her extraordinary series of three theme concerts at New York City’s Bottom Line nightclub in the autumn of 1996. The TRILOGY consists of the two single-disc titles TREE: MUSIC FOR FILMS AND FORESTS, and LIPS: MUSIC FOR SAYING IT, as well as the two-disc CHILD: MUSIC FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, released in October 1997. Other SHEEBA releases include 1997’s A DAY IN THE LIFE which is an adventurous, 29-minute sound collage of a day in New York City made up of voice-mail messages, cab rides, moments from yoga class, and excerpts of studio adventures with fellow artists Joe Jackson, Darol Anger, k.d. lang, and Patty Larkin. 2000 saw the release of HUSH, a collection of traditional American and Celtic spirituals that have the ambiance of lullabies.

Along with her music releases, Siberry has published three books through SHEEBA: SWAN in 1998, ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE by invitation of NARAS in 1999, and NEW YEARS BABY in 2000. The label has relied primarily on a highly active web site (www.janesiberry.com), that sells an extensive catalogue of Siberry recordings, books, videos, and clothing, as well as serving as a resource for information on new releases and tour dates. The site has taken on a life of its own, and has evolved into a forum for discovery and input among those who follow Siberry’s career. By way of the web, Siberry seeks advice from the public on a variety of topics, which have ranged from suggestions on new web site designs to tips on growing roses.

In accordance with the inventive nature of Siberry’s music and SHEEBA Records, in 1998 she devised a series of three-part, weekend-long Siberry Salons, which consisted of two performances, a workshop, and dinner at intimate, non-typical venues such as art galleries and loft apartments. Through these and her other pursuits, Siberry has taken full control of her career, both creatively and commercially.

In the future for Siberry is the 2001 release of her newest recording CITY that is comprised of collaborations with artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Nigel Kennedy, Sotoma Takafumi, Ghostland, Hector Zazou, and Barney the purple dinosaur. A tour of North America in Autumn 2001 will follow with plans in the works that may see Siberry in Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom.


Hush (2000)
  1. Jacob's Ladder Traditional 4:08
  2. All Through The Night Traditional 4:33
  3. Pontchartrain Traditional 6:47
  4. Streets Of Laredo Siberry/Traditonal 3:01
  5. As I Roved Out Siberry/Traditional 4:38
  6. O Shenandoah/Sail Away Siberry/Traditional 5:38
  7. False False Fly Traditional13.9
  8. The Water Is Wide Traditional 6:28
  9. Ol' Man River Hammerstein 4:49
  10. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Traditional 4:46
Date: September 15, 2000
Label: SOUNDS TRUE
Genre: FOLK
Category: Rock/Pop

Performers
Sandy Baron : Violin
Jane Siberry : Accordion, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
Jennifer Weeks : Oboe

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Teenager (1996)
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  1. Introduction
  2. The Squirrel Crossed The Road
  3. Let's Not Talk Now
  4. Song To My Father (Original And New Recording)
  5. Broken Birds
  6. Puppet City
  7. Oh My Sister
  8. The Long Pirouette
  9. Bessie
  10. We Should Be There By Morning
  11. Viking Heart
  12. When Spring Comes
  13. Angel Voyeur
  14. Trumpeter Swan
Date: October 15, 1996
Length: 62:14 minutes
Label: KOCH RECORDS
Genre: ROCK
Category: Rock/Pop

Performers
Rebecca Campbell : Vocals
Peter Kiesewalter : Accordion
Jane Siberry : Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals

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Maria (1995)
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  1. Maria Siberry 4:25
  2. See The Child Siberry 6:24
  3. Honey Bee Siberry 4:17
  4. Caravan Siberry 7:30
  5. Lovin' Cup Siberry 3:39
  6. Begat Begat Siberry 6:33
  7. Goodbye Sweet Pumpkinhead Siberry 4:35
  8. Would You Go? Ray/Siberry 7:20
  9. Mary Had... Siberry 1:58
  10. Oh My My Siberry 20:15
Date: August 29, 1995
Length: 66:56 minutes
Label: WEA/WARNER BROTHERS
Genre: ROCK
Category: Rock/Pop

Performers
Brian Blade : Drums
Ritesh Das : Tabla
George Koller : Sitar
Ian McLaughlin : Percussion
Tim Ray : Piano
Jane Siberry : Guitar, Vocals
Christopher Thomas : Bass
David Travers : Trumpet
David Travers-Smith : Trumpet

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Collection (1994)
  1. I Muse Aloud
  2. Mimi On The Beach
  3. The Waitress
  4. You Don't Need
  5. One More Colour
  6. Map Of The World ( Pt. 2 )
  7. The Taxi Ride
  8. Seven Steps To The Wall
  9. The Walking (And Constant)
  10. Red High Heels
  11. Ingrid And The Footman
  12. The Life Is The Red Wagon
  13. Miss Punta Blanca
  14. Bound By The Beauty
Genre: Pop
Origin: CAN

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When I Was A Boy
(1993)
This album may be the greatest musical work that we at harmony ridge music have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Without a doubt it would make our top 10 all time list, a masterpiece, a pure artwork, a gift from the supreme.

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  1. Temple Siberry 4:45
  2. Calling All Angels Siberry 5:17
  3. Love Is Everything Siberry 5:50
  4. Sail Across The Water Siberry 5:22
  5. All The Candles In The World Siberry 3:49
  6. Sweet Incarnadine Kizilcay/M/S 6:46
  7. The Gospel According To Darkness Siberry 4:51
  8. An Angel Stepped Down (And Slowly Looked Around) Siberry 5:50
  9. The Vigil (The Sea) Siberry 9:23
  10. Bells Siberry 1:19
  11. At The Beginning Of Time/(One Minute Space) Siberry 7:20
  12. Love Is Everything (Harmony Version) Siberry 5:51
Date: August 3, 1993
Length: 66:23 minutes
Label: WEA/WARNER BROTHERS
Genre: ROCK
Category: Rock/Pop

Performers

Robert Ahwry : Bass
Teddy Borowiecki : Piano
Anne Bourne : Cello
Michael Brook : Guitar
Rebecca Campbell : Vocals
Holly Cole : Vocals
Bryant Didier : Bass
Paul Douglas : Vocals
Brian Eno : Oboe, Synthesizer
Rebecca Jenkins : Vocals
Erdal Kizilgay : Piano
k.d. lang : Vocals
Glenn Milchem : Drums
Ben Mink : Viola
Ken Myhr : Guitar, Vocals
James Pinker : Drums
David Ramsden : Vocals
Jane Siberry : Guitar, Keyboards, Organ (Hammond), Piano, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
John Switzer : Bass
James West : Guitar, Organ
Michael Phillip Wojewoda : Vocals

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Bound By The Beauty (1989)
  1. Bound By The Beauty Siberry 4:41
  2. Something About Trains Siberry 3:44
  3. Hockey Siberry 3:58
  4. Everything Reminds Me Of My Dog Siberry 4:17
  5. The Valley Siberry 6:04
  6. The Life Is The Red Wagon Siberry 4:12
  7. Half Angel Half Eagle Siberry 3:55
  8. La Jalouse Siberry 3:59
  9. Miss Punta Blanca Siberry 1:38
  10. Are We Dancing Now?(Map III) Siberry 6:11
Date: August 1989
Length: 42:39 minutes
Label: WEA/WARNER BROTHERS
Genre: ROCK
Category: Rock/Pop

Performers

Teddy Borowiecki : Accordion, Piano
Anne Bourne : Vocals
Cherie Camp : Vocals
Wendell Ferguson : Pedal Steel Guitar
Rebecca Jenkins : Vocals
Kevin Killen : Vocals
Ken Myhr : Claves, Dulcimer, Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (Electric), Harmonica, Mandolin, Slide Guitar, Vocals
Dave Pilch : Bass (Upright)
David Ramsden : Vocals
Jane Siberry : Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Piano, Vocals
Gina Stepaniuk : Vocals
John Switzer : Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Percussion, Shaker, Tambourine, Vocals
Teddy "El Burro" Wiecki : Accordion, Bells, Piano
Stich Wynston : Drums, Finger Snare

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The Walking (1987)
  1. The White Tent The Raft Siberry 9:12
  2. Red High Heels Siberry 7:19
  3. Goodbye Siberry 4:17
  4. Ingrid And The Footman Siberry 7:06
  5. Lena Is A White Table Siberry 6:41
  6. The Walking Siberry 6:16
  7. The Lobby Siberry 6:19
  8. The Bird In The Gravel Siberry 10:34
Genre: Pop
Origin: CAN
DUKE

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The Speckless Sky (1985)
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  1. One More Colour
  2. Seven Steps To The Wall
  3. The Very Large Hat
  4. Vladimir Vladimir
  5. Mein Bitte
  6. The Empty City
  7. Map Of The World (Part II)
  8. The Taxi Ride
Musicians:

Jane Siberry: keyboards, Fairlight arr. in "Vladimir Vladimir" and "Mein Bitte" and bass-synth in "Empty City"
John Switzer: bass, tambourine
Ken Myhr: guitar, guitar synth
Al Cross : drums, kaleida-drum
Anne Bourne: keyboards, speaking in Vladimir
Rob Yale: keyboards
other spoken: Trace Sitter, Christiane Fischer, Shirley & George Stewart
Teddy Borowiecki: accordion
George Stewart: singing at end of Vladimir on Vladimir "you always hurt the one you love"
dada-ists: Anne Bourne, Christiane Fischer, George Stewart, Shirley Stewart, Trace Sitter
Sarah McElcheran: trumpet in "Map II"

produced by Jane Siberry and John Switzer
co-produced and engineered by John Naslen
recorded at Manta Sound, Toronto, spring 1985
assistant engineers: Mark Baldi, Rick Starks, Scott Campbell, Mike Duncan
mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, N.Y.

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No Borders Here (1984)
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  1. The waitress
  2. I muse aloud
  3. Dancing class
  4. Extra executives
  5. You don't need
  6. Symmetry (the way things have to be)
  7. Follow me
  8. Mimi on the beach
  9. Map of the world (part I)
Musicians:
Jane Siberry: vocals, guitar, misc. keyboards
John Switzer: bass, (percussion)
Ken Myhr: guitar, (apple drum percussion)
Al Cross: drums, (linn overdubs)
Doug Wilde: keyboards
Jon Goldsmith: keyboards
Jeff Wolpert: piano string ambience
Rob Yale: Fairlight programming

co-produced by Jane Siberry/John Switzer and Jon Goldsmith/Kerry Crawford
music and lyrics by Jane Siberry
(except Extra Executives: lyrics by Jane Siberry, music by Jane Siberry/John Switzer) arrangements by Jane Siberry and the band

mixed in Toronto, February 1984.
mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, New York.

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Jane Siberry (1981)
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  1. Marco polo
  2. This girl i know
  3. The sky is so blue
  4. The mystery at ogwen's farm
  5. The magic beads
  6. Writers are a funny breed
  7. The strange well
  8. Above the treeline
  9. In the blue light
Credits:
Produced by Jane Siberry, David Bradstreet & Carl Keesee

Musicians:
Jane Siberry: vocals, backing vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer
Carl Keesee: bass, clarinet
John Switzer: bass
David Bradstreet: electric 12-string guitar and kick drum
David Houghton: drums
Trevor Ferrier: Congas
Bruce Folwer: synthesizer
Shadow vocals: Goldie Sherman, Sarah Farquahar, Jane
Party vocals (The Sky Is So Blue): Brenda Scott, David Bradstreet, John Switzer, Jane Siberry

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Summer In The Yukon
  1. Life is the red wagon
  2. Miss Punta Blanca
  3. Calling all angels
  4. Above the treeline
  5. In the blue light
  6. Seven steps to the wall
  7. Mimi on the beach
  8. Walking
  9. Very large hat
  10. Lobby
  11. Red high heels
  12. Map of the world
  13. Taxi ride
Genre: Pop
Origin: ENG
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