Jo Gabriel
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2005: International debut of Island on Kalinkaland Records, and Amnesty contribution to Anti-war CD Compilation No Camouflage on Uvulittle Records.
2004: Signed to Kalinkaland 2004 released track #1 “I'm Ok” on Lightwaves compilation CD Kalinkaland internationally and "Island" on Lightwaves II CD 2006
2002-03: Joined with FaithStrange’s Mike Fazio to release TInderbox and the Unreachable Sky.
1995 debuted with Lying In The Evidence of Love.


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Jo grew up in a theatrical home surrounded by diverse musical influences. Started playing piano at 8. Her music is very dynamic, theatrical, ethereal, evocative, beautiful and otherworldly. She is often mistaken to be classically trained on piano, and although she had been fiercely encouraged to pursue a concert pianist background, she railed against the formal training and decided to move into a more intuitive self-styled direction. Originally playing the New York City music scene with full band, in recent years has pared down her configuration to performing and recording with long time drummer Linda Mackley. Their dynamic interplay is incredibly synchronistic.

While often compared to Kate Bush and Tori Amos, Jo's style is quite an original artist who stands alone, breaking through the similarities with her own inimitable qualities. Her music is dreamy, theatrical profoundly emotional and filled with evocative melodies. Her multi-octave range voice puts her in the category of an angelic female siren. Poetic and introspective lyrics mark Gabriel's powerful persona as an artist with her own unique vision.

In 2005 Jo was discovered and signed to international label Kalinkaland Records whose founder is the genius behind Chandeen, Harald Lowy. Kalinkaland is host to such incredible artists as Idaho, Unto Ashes and Elane. She recorded her current release "Island" at Coney Island Studios in Madison WI with Butch Vig's Smart Studio cronie Wendy Bugatti. The album features cello work by world renowned avant-garde cellist Matt Turner, who just recently toured with Natalie MacMasters. “Island”is being distributed in the US by Projekt Records. Following the 2005 release of Island, Jo's music is being embraced internationally and is quickly gathering a huge following nationally and abroad.

Her previous two albums Tinderbox and The Unreachable Sky, released through the independent label Faith Strange received much critical praise in the indie music scene. Originally recorded live to a television audience, Tinderbox showcases the incredible musical interplay between Gabriel's inimitable piano style and voice with Linda Mackley on drums. The Unreachable Sky is a surreal atmospheric canvas of piano-infused instrumentals dispersed among her ghostly vocal pieces, originally constructed on her "Traveling Mothlight Theatre" 4-track studio.

With both Tinderbox and the Unreachable Sky, Gabriel emerged not only as Singer/Songwriter but as a powerfully visionary producer as well. Her affiliation with composer, ambient guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer Mike Fazio , well know for the unique approach he brings to his ebow and electronically processed Pedal Steel guitars. Fazio has performed with and appeared on albums with such notable NYC bands as Black 47, Chill Faction and has toured with Copernicus. His two musical projects; orchestramaxfieldparrish, has been compared to VidnaObmana, David Sylvian, and Robert Fripp and his other, God's Of Electricity, a collaborative effort with master percussionist Thomas Hamlin, has been compared to the more esoteric sides of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Isao Tomita.

Gabriel and Fazio's musical collaboration have created two very beautifully unique master works, Tinderbox and The Unreachable Sky . Both albums have received critical acclaim from such sources as Wind and Wire where Bill Binkelman writes " the Unreachable Sky is an intriguing album, her voice is raw human emotion with a multi-octave range... Gabriel shares Tim Story's idiosyncratic approach to titling songs, a style intensely intimate and like Harold Budd... there are also avant garde elements and a bit of Projekt -type goth/shoegazer." She has been reviewed by such websites as Collected Sounds and a full featured interview on the wonderful website Musical Discoveries.

Currently Jo is recording her follow up album "Fools and Orphans" for Kalinkaland due out spring 2007.
This album will again feature Matt Turner on cello and will have a guest appearance by Hannah Fury.

Jo is also featured on Steve Balderson's film "Phone Sex"
and has contributed her track "Siren Lotus" on 17 Pygmies "13 Blackbirds" Cd due out Jan 2007.

For reviews and interviews see