Jane Siberry: Impractical, romantic, rash, lofty and foolish
Jane Siberry is a contradictory musician.
She performs underground but yet is a popular mainstream singer.
This off-beat songstress is coming to Duncan and if the past is any indication, audiences are in for a different experience. The music is about what she feels and what inspires her, and that can be just about anything.
“You don’t get inspired, you stay inspired. I get inspired from things around me that create joy and I try to capture it somehow. I find it stimulating and my own way of not repeating myself like it’s always a new game or something.” Siberry said.
Siberry’s offbeat music can’t be labelled as a certain sound or genre. After a 35-year career as a professional musician, staying fresh isn’t a problem.
“My style is global-oriented, quixotic-oriented. It’s visionary, impractical, romantic, rash, lofty, and foolish,” she said. “If I felt I was getting repetitive or not enjoying it I’d stop...I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t having fun.”
Siberry stays away from big clubs and larger performances. She prefers to play in salon and smaller venues. She says she is tired of jaded music industry professionals who are no longer in it for the love of music.
“I don’t like dealing with music industry people that’s why I don’t do clubs very often now. Anything (a club owner) does for the musician it is for the good of the audience,” she said.
“If they have things to make the musicians, who have been travelling everyday, to make them look good, that kind of thing , it’s good energy. Everything they don’t do, takes away from the audience. I know you loved music once, but you don’t anymore but music is still special so you should get out it.”
Siberry’s intimate and personal focus can make her harder to find for mainstream audiences. But those who watch her shows get more than just a performance.
“More and more I feel like when I perform I’m in a cosmic school room, where I send energy out to the audience and they send it back with refinements. I feel like I’m being trained by the audience,” she said.
“It is connecting with the audience and it informs me about the music. Because I’m doing small salon, most of the time it’s already a group of people who are tuned to my type of music so we are able to go out on a limb more quickly. Mysterious things happen.”
Siberry’s music tries to connect emotionally with the listener and create an experience that audiences just can’t get with many mainstream artists.
“I think it is like falling in love, you fall in love with yourself and that what I try to do. I think in my music people see a reflection of themselves that makes them love themselves better.
“Part of a musician’s job can be saying things in a way that gives people a hook to hang their hat on. They hear it how they would say it if they were speaking from their place of power or in a positive way.”
Siberry encourages everyone to contact her and follow her North American tour through her facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/janesiberry, and website.
What: Jane Siberry
Where: Duncan Garage Showroom
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 7
Tickets: $40 in advance and $45 at the door.