“Sieber has found a way to draw on both the horrors of war and the beauty of life in her music…her work has a strength underpinning its meditative qualities, a calm centre that speaks to this artist’s sure footing in her craft.”
– Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight
“Hidden Sky is magical musical medicine in the flavour of cello.”
– Banyen Books, Van. BC
“Hidden Sky” is an evocative and prayerful invocation of a numinous world where the differences that seem to segregate species, cultures and creeds are returned to unity. Born of her profound meeting with the elephants in Thailand and the musical language that joined them, this ground-breaking CD opens a rare window onto an inner landscape that sings with reverence, joy and beauty. This is music that will open the heart, defy the mind and, at times, set the body dancing. From haunting elegy to rhythmic celebration, this visionary exploration is an interspecies communion that that touches the soul in way that is unique, yet deeply remembered.
In 2001, Jami Sieber was invited to Thailand to meet and play music with the Thai Elephant Orchestra. There she met Phong, the young elephant who played a xylophone (renat) and kissed her on the cheek with his trunk, and Prathida, the drummer, whose trunk followed the movement of the bow as Jami played. With them and the rest of the Elephant Orchestra, she experienced a mystical collaboration that awakened her to the inherent connection underlying all that appears separate. For in the midst of the sheer joy that permeates life with the elephants, one must live with the constant grief of their captivity and possible extinction. “Hidden Sky” is a devotional portrait that embodies both.
The gifted musicians and artists who worked on this project are Benjy Wertheimer, don benedictson, Nancy Wilson, Rick Lazar, Rhiannon, Eyvind Kang, Hans Teuber, Rick Heizman, Ya Elah, and of course, the Thai Elephant Orchestra.. The song “Mandlovu Mind,” features the sublime poetry of Deena Metzger. Also, film maker/artist Galen Garwood who originally invited Jami to Thailand for a filmscore job, created a 7-minute film track that is on the CD and can be viewed on the computer. It is a remarkable and deepening addition to the music of “Hidden Sky.”
“Hidden Sky” nominated for: Best Instrumental Album-Acoustic by Zone Music Reporter, 2009
“Hidden Sky” voted in Top 10 CDS on Echoes Radio, 2004
“Hidden Sky” voted in Top 200 CDS of all time on Echoes Radio, 2009