Jana Herzen

Jana Herzen

 New York City, New York, USA
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JANA HERZEN - Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jana Herzen performs an original and richly poetic brew of Folk, Jazz, Funk, Euro-pop, Reggae, Blues and Modern Rock. She performs solo or with various ensembles of world-class musicians.

Biography

Jana Herzen’s life and musical adventures include writing songs in Bali, jamming with aboriginal tribesmen around campfires in Outback Australia, recording in Africa and Paris with Afro-Pop stars, recording with members of the Carlos Santana band, and even, one time, performing at a state gala for Nelson Mandela in Paris. The songs of her CD, “Soup’s On Fire”(Motema 2003) travel through exotic far-reaching musical territories, while never straying far from the heart. The richly layered soundscapes of the album were tracked in San Francisco and Paris with an unusual cast of musicians led by Afro-Parisian producer-composer-performer, Shaka Ra, who is known best for his work with Papa Wemba and his song, “Yaleo” on Santana’s hit cd “Supernatural.”

Jana draws musical inspiration from her American roots and from her encounters with the music of many cultures from around the world. A self-described ‘groove’ musician, Jana plays acoustic and electric guitars, bass, kalimba, “dub” didjeridu and assorted percussion instruments. She has performed at clubs and events around the U.S.as well as abroad in England, France, Italy, Japan, Zaire, Bali, Australia and Ecuador.

In 2003, Jana founded the Motema label which has been much in the press for it's award-winning Jazz artists. Motema promotes Jazz, World and other creative music by musicians with a knack for 'changing the molecules in the room' when they play. The current roster includes Geri Allen, Rufus Reid, Lynne Arriale, Marc Cary, KJ Denhert, Charnett Moffett, Babatunde Lea and many others.

For more information, please visit http://motema.com

(Longer bio available upon request from booking@motema.com)

Lyrics

Y'A QUE LES ANGES – “Only the Angels” (Acoustic Trio - World Feel)

Written By: Words and Music by Shakä Râ Mutela

Y’a que les anges qui dansent,
qui vont , qui viennent, qui bougent,
qui font l’amour jusqu'au petit matin;
et qui te disent que les anges sont ceux qui laissent les autres faire,
ce qu’ils ont envie de faire…

Only the angels dance
and come and go and laugh while
making love to the break of the dawn
and you can tell if an angel's true,
he’ll let the others do
whatever they desire to.

Esili eh oh, elongi ta muana moke,
ekomi ngo ngambo mama, ngambo papa.
Vunda kaboya we, vunda ka boye wa longi wa mamu nuimana tshishiki bua, kamanyia kuya nebe, wannyi mamwe. Yehowa,Yehowa,...

Y’a que les anges qui dansent, qui vont, qui viennent,
qui bougent, qui font l’amour jusqu'au petit matin;
et qui te disent que la terra incognita tourne, tourne …
each one has his chance, chacun à son hazard.
That's how it is, for you for me, for homeless men without shoes for ceux qui trainent sur les trottoirs de Sarcelles, de Barbès, de la Fontaine des Innocents? Mademoiselle Prot, au Vaux-en-Velin et partout dans le Metro!

Only the angels dance and come and go and laugh
while making love to the break of the dawn.
And they will tell you la terra incognita turns and turns,
each one has his chance, chacun à son hazard.

Jana: arrangement/vocal/guitars/bass
Fred Simpson: djembe

SECRETS ARE SAFE WITH ME (Jazzy blues - Acoustic)

Written By: Words and Music by Jana Herzen

I hope the sun comes out in the morning
to dry up all these rainy tears.
It’s cold outside and I’ve been mourning
all the love I’ve wasted all these years.

It’s a lonely night, not even the stars are shining,
and the moon has taken a hike.
I’ve been wrestling a crocodile in the Nile of my mind,
and it just ain’t the smiling kind.

So roll me over, and knock me down,
I’m a desperate wolf at the edge of town.
Lock up your chickens and hide your keys,
but your secrets are safe with me.

I left my home, I left my dog, I left my sympathies.
I hitched up my shoulders
and I headed for the moon
but my past keeps following me.

So I run and I run, like my future’s a gun,
trying to keep those bullets from me.
I’ve been saving my soul ‘till the weather gets cold,
but that’s no way to live, cause there’s no way to give.

So roll me over and knock me down,
I’m a desperate wolf at the edge of town.
Lock up your chickens and hide your keys,
but your secrets are safe with me.

SOUP’S ON FIRE (RUNAWAY TRAIN) (Full Band – High Energy)

Written By: Words and Music by Jana Herzen

Cradle’s in the kitchen and the soup's on fire, there’s no one in the building and my heart’s for hire. I dive for the covers but the bed’s not there, a fire’s burning, it’s in my hair. It’s old thoughts running through my brain. Twisted tracks on a
runaway train. Old thoughts running through my brain…
running, running, running...

Pipes are smoking in the river and the train won’t go. A pig’s in the belfry, I wear no clothes. I cry for my mother with a tear of lead. It cracks the pavement. It’s all because of old thoughts running through my brain, twisted tracks on a runaway train. Old thoughts running through my brain…running,
running, running, running...

Run... run... runaway train

Cradle?s in the kitchen and the soup's on fire, there?s no one in the building and my heart?s for hire. I race through the city but I can?t find my way. A blind man?s tripping on his old toupèe. I stumble for change in the mescaline rain, trapped by the headlights of the hurricane train. With one lost shoe, I can?t pay my way, conductor?s coming to carry me away. I grab for the railing but my hands won?t hold. They?re gnarled and bent and I?m eighty years old. I lie by the window and I can?t get dressed. I can?t find the station. I can?t get rest. It?s old thoughts running through my brain. Twisted tracks on a runaway train. Old thoughts running through my brain.
Running, running, running, running...
Run... run... runaway train.

Cradle’s in the kitchen....soup’s on fire....old thoughts running through my brain, twisted tracks on a runaway train.

FREE TO COME & GO (Acoustic Solo Demo)

Written By: Words & Music by Jana Herzen

Free to come an go, I want our love to stay
I know that I can count on it that way
Love this free and wild just can't be kept in chains
if we tie it up it’ll die or fade away

Free to come and go. like waves upon the shore
that pull away, but come back wanting more
Free to come and go, like clouds across the sky
to merge and reemerge forever changing as we fly.

Free to come and go, it's not everybody’s game
some believe that love will go away if it’s not chained
but that just can’t be me, I’d rather make my way alone
than fool myself with mirrors in a house that’s not a home.

Free to come and go. like waves upon the shore
that pull away, but come back wanting more
Free to come and go, like clouds across the sky
to merge and reemerge forever changing as we fly.

Free to come an go, I want our love to stay
I know that I can count on it that way
One day I might say no or you might run away
if the wind demand's that price we'll have to pay

Maybe I'm a child, afraid to compromise
or maybe I'm a figment of the love you keep inside
But when I hold you close, our destiny is clear
this love will keep on burning till it disappears

Free to come and go. like waves upon the shore
that pull away, but come back wanting more
Free to come and go, like clouds across the sky
to merge and reemerge forever changing as we fly.

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH (Full Band - Brazilian Feel)

Written By: Words and music by Jana Herzen

Have a little faith darling, in this life that you are
living… in the colors of the skies above. I know you’re
feeling dark and grey; well that darkness that you’re feeling is the flip side of sweet love. Your troubles are consisting of the ways you keep resisting, let the river take you
swimming… and have a little faith, darling, just a little faith. Zala na elikia O n’deko.

You have a little thought darling, like you’re traveling on a highway and suddenly you’re not trusting the signs. When you’re looking in the rear view mirror, trying to keep the past from fleeing, you’re plummeting into the future blind. It’s those dreams you’ve been resisting, that could change the way you’re living, if you’d only learn to give in… and have a little faith. Zala na elikia O n’deko.

It’s those simple roads you travel that deftly unravel the
complicated knots in your life. And every time you wonder
if you’re really going under a little faith could show you
the light. So have a little faith.

Everyday you run darling, but you don’t know where you’re going. Got to get things done but to what end? Take a little chance darling, and tango to your heartbeat... the rhythm of your life will start to blend. It’s those dreams we’ve been resisting that could change the way we’re living, if we’d only learn to give in… and have a little faith.

Je fais le rêve chérie, d?un monde sans desarroi, ou l?amour est roi. Un monde libre enfin, ou personne n?a faim. Amore. Corragio. Zala na elikia bolingo n?gai n?deko, bolingo n?gai n?deko.

ROUND THE WORLD (featuring the Babatunde Lea Quartet & Raul Midon)

Written By: Words & Music by Jana Herzen

Slow down, don't rush,
when you're with this woman, there's enough.
So slow down, there's time.
We're goin' to ride each moment to the end of the line.

‘Cause there's love, spinning ‘round this world, and you've found one kind of girl,
not afraid of what it takes, who is gonna stay awake with you.
There is love spinning ‘round this globe, believe me when I say it's so.
Can you see it in my heart? It's like a candle in the dark for you.

So,relax. Be free.
Throw your troubles in the salty sea.
Give in darlin’, honey don't fight
we got to trust the pull of the cool-moon-light.

There is love spinning -round-this earth
and I'm gonna show you just what it's worth
You can see it in my eyes, there’s a kingdom in the sky for you.
Love spinning round this globe, believe me when I say it’s so.
I can feel it in my heart, it’s like a circling of sparks, it's true

Love spinning round this world.
Love spinning round this globe.
Love spinning round this world.

Credits:
This track appears on SOUL POOLS by BABATUNDE LEA. (Motema, 2003)

Slippery When Wet

Written By: Jana Herzen

SLIPPERY WHEN WET
Words & Music by Janet Herzenberg © 2008

1. Watch out she's slippery when wet, and there's danger round those curves
If you want to be with that girl, you better have a little nerve
cause when the sign says to stop behind the line
she'll need a man that's gonna know how to read between the signs

2. You're driving with a heavy load, you better keep it in low gear
cause though the road looks straight, things might not be what they appear
I know you're looking for a real good time
but you may find that you will lose your mind
because she's slippery when wet.

3. You've got to yeild to the right,when you're driving through the night
and if the light turns red, stop and think what you just said
and if the flashing yellow light comes on
take it slow but don't you wait too long
because she's slippery when wet

4. You better watch for falling rocks, you better look out for frost
cause when that girl gets high, she really knows how to talk
she'll charm your pedal to the floor until
you're burning rubbur round a treacherous hill
because she's slippery

5.
I know you can't turn off, because her shoulder's too soft
you know you're coming to a dead end,
but you keep driving round the bend
She's gonna take your heart and leave you cold
And you'll be watching the sunrise over heart break road

Because she's slippery...
That girl is slippery...
It's a one way road
you better turn back joe.

With an Open Heart

Written By: Jana Herzen

She loves that man
You know she loves that man.
But she's afraid to listen to her open heart.
It's the middle of the nigh, can't sleep
She's turning on the light, can't sleep
Kept awake by the trembling of her open heart.

She don't know that ...

CH:Love feels sometimes just like pain
that's the law of stormy weather
and when you learn to trust the rain
you can brave the fiercest weather with an open heart

He loves that girl,
you know he loves that girl
but he's afraid to listen to his tremblin heart
He's got his pride
Oh yeah he's got his pride
he's not the type of person who will be denied

he don't know that...

CH:
Love feels sometimes just like pain
that's the law of stormy weather
and when you learn to trust the rain
you can brave the fiercest weather with an open heart

Every soul, with a heart that's closed
will suffer from the thorns and never smell the rose
they'll be so filled inside
with tears uncried
drowning in a river of love denied.

they don't know that...

CH:
Love feels sometimes just like pain
that's the law of stormy weather
and when you learn to trust the rain
you can brave the fiercest weather with an open heart

Discography

1. SOUP's ON FIRE - Debut album. (Motéma, 2003)
2. 'ROUND THE WORLD, original song featuring the Babatunde Lea Quartet w/Raul Midon. Appears on Track #4 of the BABATUNDE LEA cd, SOUL POOLS. (Motéma, 2003)
New Duo Record with Bassist Charnett Moffet coming in 2010
New Jana Herzen CD now being recorded...

Set List

Sets range from 45minutes to 90 minutes. (Can play longer gigs as well. ) Set list includes songs from SOUP'S ON FIRE plus new originals from Jana's upcoming album and unique arrangements of folk, jazz, rock, blues and world beat gems.