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Cello Heaven w/ Barbara Higbie, Jami Sieber & Joan Jeanrenaud
April 26, 2012
with special guests Katrina Krimsky and Michaelle Goerlitz
Thursday, April 26
Joan Jeanrenaud, cellist of Kronos Quartet for over 20 years and Jami Sieber, Seattle's electric cello innovator join Yoshi's Artist in Residence, Grammy nominated pianist/composer/multi-instrumentalist, Barbara Higbie. Each an acclaimed composer and improvisor, the three have grown their own styles from classically trained roots in the soil of West Coast musical freedom. Tonight is the world premier of a unique ensemble that creates lush, driving and emotionally expansive music.
A Grammy-nominated, Bammy award winning composer, pianist singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Barbara has performed on more than 65 albums, including Carlos Santana’s 2007 release.
She has 11 recordings to her credit as well as contributions to 10 compilations that have sold in the millions.
As a cofounder, with Darol Anger, of the acoustic super group, "Montreux", she recorded “ Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival” for Windham Hill Records in 1984, a landmark genre defining album. She continued to tour world-wide with Montreux, until leaving to pursue a solo career.
Her 2 CD's with singer-songwriter Teresa Trull on Olivia/Second Wave and Slowbaby Records have won critical acclaim and a large nationwide following.
As a solo artist, Barbara’s first solo CD “Signs of Life” was named a Washington Post “Top Ten of the Year”. Three other solo releases, “I Surrender”, “Variations on a Happy Ending” and ‘Alive in Berkeley” followed to critical acclaim.
Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative. Her style of performance has been recognized internationally. An innovative musician, Jami’s music moves beyond the surface, seeking and re-seeking her truth by creating musical bridges and connections, committed to doing what moves her and inspiring listeners with her honesty, musical prowess, and humanity. Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice, and the healing arts is at the heart of her music, reflecting a deep dedication to the arts as a medium of exploration and awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings.
Click here to read a recent article in the New York Times on Joan Jeanrenaud.
Cellist and Composer JOAN JEANRENAUD has been involved in music for over 40 years. Growing up in Memphis Tennessee she was exposed to the sounds of the blues, Elvis, soul and classical music. She learned to play her instrument from cellists Peter Spurbeck, Fritz Magg and Pierre Fournier, studied jazz with David Baker, Joe Henderson and Hal Stein, worked with Kronos Quartet as cellist for 20 years and now for the past 12 years has been involved with solo and collaborative projects in composition, improvisation, electronics, and multi-disciplinary performance. She has completed more than 50 compositions for cello and small ensembles many of these multi-media works. Recent projects include her installation work ‘ARIA’ with collaborator Alessandro Moruzzi premiered at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the composition and performance of ‘ODD’ with choreographer Shinichi Iova-Koga and the AXIS dance company. Her CD, ‘Strange Toys’, released on the Talking House label in 2008 was nominated for a Grammy and her most recent release, ‘Pop-Pop’, appears on her new record label Deconet Records. Go to www.deconetrecords.com and www.jjcello.org for more information.