Jarboe (/ˈdʒɑːrboʊ/; also known as Jane Jarboe, and the Living Jarboe; born Jarboe La Salle Devereaux) is an American singer-songwriter and keyboardist who came to prominence as a member of the New York City-based band Swans in 1985. Having played the organ since childhood and had years of professional vocal training, she, with founder Michael Gira, were the two constant members of Swans until the group broke up in 1998. (Wikipedia)
I’ve seen 7 of these artists in concert and have worked with several of them. All daring. All unforgettable.
In no particular order :
His music is sonic ballet.
Groundbreaking dialogue between musicians incorporating free form jazz vernacular.
Masters of analog noise. In addition to experiencing them at Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco in a room with speakers embedded in the floor, I had the pleasure of touring in Swans with Pan Sonic in 1997 and enjoying their show every night.
Watching from the side of the stage while Masami Akita moved back and forth among the various effects units in Tokyo, I was transfixed at the sheer grace and elegance. Meeting him and having my work with Vampillia mixed by him remains a highlight.
Butterfly Dreams is another essential on the vocalist list and the use of delays in jazz vocals in 1973 was progressive.
Attila has a command of a powerful and developed vocal range, His operatic vocal exercises are evident when you see Void Ov Voices live.
Her sensual style embodies Beat Poetry and free form jazz.
Marianne Faithfull who uses her emergence from a ravaged lifestyle / injury that completely changed her voice to one of caustic strength.
A captivating live show I was fortunate to see was one by Captain Beefheart at a strip mall in a small former movie theatre.
Not only is this music freely multi genre, Don van Vliet informed experimental vocalists with his ravaged style.
The album FLY is firmly on the list of “must hear” recorded experimental vocals.