Scenes From Life by Barbara Higbie on Apple Music

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About Barbara Higbie

A talented, restless multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and singer, Barbara Higbie worked fluidly between genres as disparate as new age, folk, bluegrass, and tasteful pop/rock. Higbie first became interested in music in her early teens, after her family moved from Indiana to Ghana, West Africa. There she studied with master drummer Mustapha Tettey Addy, and immersed herself in the highlife scene that was popular in the region. After traveling throughout Africa, Higbie relocated back to the U.S., where she received her degree from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She next traveled to the Sorbonne, where she met noted violinist Darol Anger, and began her first serious forays into music and collaboration. By the early '80s, Higbie was living in San Francisco, where she took part in the new acoustic scene alongside Anger, Mike Marshall, and Rob Wasserman. She and Anger cut Tideline for Windham Hill in 1982; the following year, Higbie joined women's music great Teresa Trull on the acclaimed Unexpected. Established as a pianist, guitarist, fiddler, and songwriter, Higbie in 1983 was tapped by Anger and Marshall for Montreaux, the supergroup outgrowth of the popular Montreaux Jazz Festival. Higbie played piano with the group for the remainder of the decade, appearing on all three of its Windham Hill releases and touring extensively. In 1990, she made her solo debut with Signs of Life, which also marked her emergence as a lead vocalist. I Surrender followed six years later, and she toured in support of it with Liz Story and Margie Adam as Three of Hearts. She and Trull reunited for 1998's Playtime, which was also followed by a lengthy tour. 2001 saw the release of Variations on a Happy Ending, a collection of solo piano works. Higbie issued the Europe-only Interpretations of Carole King that same year, and made plans to rejoin Trull for another recording. ~ Johnny Loftus

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