The Words & Music of Jo Gabriel
alternate website: Jo Gabriel's Ephemera
New Music from Jo Gabriel
Jo has 3 glorious new releases in store for you, exclusively from Ephemera:
Fools And Orphans
Songs that sit in the sun and uncoil with happy lazy cats and distant singing birds and oxygen and dancing light and a spell of delirium. Oh look, this is just too beautifully good to be here trying to write about it with mere words, I really don't want to have to, this is magical, this is special. If you want lazy signposts and shortcuts think Kate Bush or Tori Amos or Colt or things on 4AD or labels like Projekt, mere signposts to point you in a general direction though, that's all. - Sean - Organ Magazine
The Amber Sessions
The Amber Sessions was manifested quite stream of consciousness from Jo's feeling of isolation. Created on Jo's 4-Track analogue deck which she has dubbed The Traveling Mothlight Theatre, what emerged were very organic pieces who's confluence of musical events tell a dreamy story. For Jo, The Amber Sessions is her little ambient pagan serenade with a very neo classical tone...
The Last Drive In
Hearing something of a modern classical bent twisted into arresting, imaginative shapes is a fascinating experience. So this is no barren exercise, but a starkly ethereal one. - Mick Mercer
* Please note: these item is not available direct through Faith Strange.
available Exclusively from:
Jo Gabriel - Island
Kalinkaland Records - cd in jewel box
Island comes purring like a kitten, lulling you on, so that you long to take a glass of wine in a soft warm sofa. Romantic Wavepop, paired with piano - Farewells like only Tori Amos or This Mortal Coil are capable of, give Island the offering, the strength, to warm your soul.
* Please note: this item is not available direct through Faith Strange.
Please visit Jo's MySpace.com page to hearing streaming mp3's of Island, Hold My Breath, I'm Okay and Give It Back. Jo Gabriel's wonderful cd 'Island' is now available in the U.S. from Projekt
A new and very personal website has been set up by Jo Gabriel called Ephemera.
A recent review of The Unreachable Sky from Wind And Wire can be found here.
For Jo's latest interview where she talks about her past, present and future as well as reviews of Tinderbox, The Unreachable Sky & Lying In The Evidence Of Love, please visit Musical Discoveries.
From Collected Sounds, A Guide To Women In Music - Sept. 2003:
a review by Anna Maria Stjärnell -
Jo Gabriel has been recording for quite a while now, but has failed to get the attention she deserves. Her new record "Tinderbox" is a short album dominated by her voice and piano. The title track has very disturbing lyrics and Gabriel's haunted voice gets to the heart of them. "Island" is a lovely, sweeping song. Gabriel's work here reminds me of Kate Bush, which is a good thing obviously. "Give it Back" uses Jo Gabriel's most fluid piano-playing and she sings it wonderfully. Strands of Hildegard von Bingen's music is used in an artful way.
"Broken" sees Gabriel borrowing a bit more from Hildegard and adding her own melody and lyrics. "Little Birds" is another stunning track. It's a short but worthwhile record. I hope Jo Gabriel gets heard more this time round.
a review by Anna Maria Stjärnell -
Jo Gabriel's new album "The Unreachable Sky" is mostly piano instrumentals, but has some vocal tracks as well. There's enough tension to ensure the instrumental tracks are brilliant. Gabriel's a masterful pianist and her tunes are haunting. "Tinderbox Waltz" is soundtrack music waiting for a film. It conjures forth images of rain-swept beaches and impossible romances.
"Mother May I?" features a strong vocal and a great melody. Jo Gabriel's resemblance to Kate Bush is quite obvious here. The title track is short, but still strong. It's atmospheric and fluent.
"7 Little Secrets" is a soft ballad with Gabriel lending her most evocative vocal to some suggestive lyrics. This is a lovely album that s should give you a strong reason to investigate Gabriel's music.
Jo's debut "Lying in the Evidence of Love" was voted one of the Nebula's Modern Musician Monthly's top indie pick of the month for the July, 1996 issue. The album has been described as "emotionally evocative, powerful and lyrically ethereal, throughout, Gabriel shows her talent as a vocalist totally in control of her instrument as well as an accomplished pianist".
Currently, very hard to find in stores. You may also try Harmony Ridge Music. To be reissued on faith strange. Soundbites can be heard at MP3.com under Jo Gabriel.
|Jo Gabriel - Tinderbox - 2003 (fs3) Jo Gabriel's newest love song to days gone by. Originally recorded live to a television audience showcasing the incredible musical interplay between Jo Gabriel's masterful piano playing & voice with longtime musical collaborator Linda Mackley on drums. This performance has been reconstructed with haunting ethnic background vocals and married to a lush undertow of orchestral instruments. ...music like dreams that wound you. A dialogue of resolving and reckoning amidst a tapestry of piano and voice that surrender you. Manifesting emergence...|| |
|Jo Gabriel - The Unreachable Sky - 2003 (fs4) Originally issued with Faith Strange.|
A surreal, atmospheric menagerie of mostly piano based instrumentals. An intriguing celebration of performances impossible to compare to any other artist today. ...a musical prism of sounds unveiled within a sequence of events. Like catching a star and setting it free to refract and reflect in a house of deep thought...
|Jo's debut "Lying in the Evidence of Love" was voted one of the Nebula's Modern Musician Monthly's top indie pick of the month for the July, 1996 issue. The album has been described as "emotionally evocative, powerful and lyrically ethereal, throughout, Gabriel shows her talent as a vocalist totally in control of her instrument as well as an accomplished pianist".|| |