CREAMERY DISTRICT – More than 30 years after her first musical release, Toronto native Jane Siberry is renowned as one of contemporary music’s most creative and innovative artists - with 11 major recordings, her own independent label and the acclaim of fans and peers alike.
Siberry’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success by k.d lang. She has collaborated with Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Joe Jackson, the Indigo Girls and more. Her work has often been compared to that of Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and Laurie Anderson.
Wim Wenders included her “Calling All Angels” in the film Until the End of the World, and the song has since been used in Pay It Forward, Six Feet Under, Deadwood and more. Her song “It Can’t Rain All the Time” was featured in the 1994 cult classic film The Crow.
Siberry studied piano from the age of 4, predominantly teaching herself and developing her own concepts of notation and structure. She studied music at the University of Guelph, later switching to the Sciences and earning a degree when she found freshman music courses to be stifling.
An early album went gold, establishing her as a Canadian pop star, and Siberry began to receive awards and international attention. Her unique musical vision caught the ear of Eno in 1993, and he produced tracks on her album When I Was A Boy.
In 1996, Siberry formed her own label, the internet-based Sheeba Records, and has released numerous albums including a live trilogy at the Bottom Line in New York; Hush, a collection of American and Celtic folk songs and spirituals, and City, collaborations with Peter Gabriel, Hector Zazou, Joe Jackson, Nigel Kennedy and others.
Her disinclination to follow fads, trends and fashions has been Siberry’s signature from the earliest days of her musical career. Her unending desire to find and describe the essence of human experience has led her through numerous musical inventions in a multitude of forms, earning her the passionate loyalty of music-lovers world-wide.
Siberry released her newest effort, Ulysses’s Purse, on Feb. 26 and is on tour in support of the recording. She will be at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251 Ninth St., on Sunday, March 6. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m.
Tickets $20/$18 for students and Playhouse members and are available at Wildberries Marketplace, at arcataplayhouse.org or by calling (707) 822-1575.