IssaPhoto - Jason George

Issa, (pronounced eeee-sah) is an independent artist and award winning Canadian singer-songwriter and poet. At the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2007 she proudly announces she is one year old. Well, one year old as Issa with over 20 years of singing, writing and recording behind her. Her work and collaborations have appeared on multiple CD’s, television and movie sound tracks, namely the famous k.d. lang duet ‘Calling all Angels’ in Wim Wenders’ film ‘Until the End of the World.’

Issa’s music varies from swelling sounds to splashes of spoken word. Love is a thread that runs through the song selection with healthy doses of story telling and music with the lyrics holding a sensitive understanding of the human condition. These are perfect ingredients for cabaret and warmly received by a welcoming audience. Issa is accompanied by piano, guitar, pre-recorded soundscapes and rhythmic backing tracks and on this occasion two backing singers Gyan (Gyan and Leunig ‘Billy the Rabbit’ also part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival program) and Susie Keynes (Fruit). Between songs there is a douse of Issa’s dry humour that has the audience laughing and a smattering of self-promotion. This entails an explanation of the un-staffed table in the foyer displaying her CD’s, which are available under her self-determined pricing policy where the purchaser is given the choice to decide on the price.

Some claim her sound to be in the vein of Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell but ultimately she has a warm, lyrical and varied sound that is Issa. She is a sensitive, generous and honest performer with an obvious devoted Adelaide following giving her a justified standing ovation following her encore, ‘Calling All Angels.’

(Formerly Jane Siberry)

Part of the 2007 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

The Space
15-16 June @ 7.15pm; 17 June @ 5:30pm
$40 Conc $36
1 hr 15 mins
BASS or 131 246

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