DIANE MARIE KLOBA is a Chicago native, lifelong area resident and recording artist who has released five albums of her work. She has been active in music since the 1990s when she led The Silent Workers, a guitar-powered modern rock quartet who were regulars on the club and festival scene. Since then, her solo work generally resides in the space between singer-songwriter and performance art, drawing from rock, folk and punk influences, but always distilling these sources to their essences: It has the intelligence of art music without its typical pretension and the uninhibited expression of punk without its usual aggression.
Kloba’s non-musical interests include astronomy, geology, meteorology, philosophy and visual arts; these subjects all illuminate her lyrical content, through the lenses of emotion, humor, metaphor and a hopeful worldview. Her frequent wordplay is reminiscent of hip-hop, but without its anger or bravado.
Diane Marie Kloba’s latest effort, It Is All an Illusion follows I Kid You Not (2003), Messages From the Ionosphere (2005), For You, Stranger (2008), and I Am an Unknown Artist (2011)