The initial quest in recording this album was to create a polished demo that would be used to document new material along with some favored standards while featuring a great Montreal rhythm section. With a very limited budget, I hoped to record 5 or 6 songs over a two-afternoon period. Instead, we were able to put 11 separate tracks down (one piece was eliminated).
The title of this CD, "Off the Floor ... Into the Garden" comes from two different sources. 'The Garden' is one of the original pieces on the album and the phrase, "off the floor", which is often used in a musical context, constitutes the 1-2-3-GO! feeling on this record. With the exception of "Run", no overdubs or edits were applied to the instrumental or vocal tracks on the album. Lastly, the metaphor of a garden also conjures the image of exploring a land of unknown where many things can grow and blossom into sometimes, unpredictable shapes and forms. The nature of our recording session that weekend embodied this sentiment. We hope you enjoy the adventure as much as we did.
Sage Reynolds-Acoustic Bass
John Sadowy-Wurlitzer, Rhodes and Piano
Sienna Dahlen is a freelance vocalist, musician and composer living in Toronto, Canada. She has been singing and playing jazz and other styles of creative music for over ten years and has had the pleasure of performing for audiences in Mexico, France, Belgium and the US, in addition to Canada. Sienna has shared the stage and collaborated with the Paris-based pianist, Franck Amsallem, as well as New York musicians, Marcus Strickland, Donny McCaslin, Brad Jones, Tim Ries, Gene Lake and Deron Johnson. Sienna has studied privately with David Binney as well as Dave Douglas. In addition to four self-released, self-produced albums, Sienna has appeared as a guest vocalist on several recording projects by some of Canada's most prolific artists, including Joel Miller, Mike Rud, Karl Jannuska and Christine Duncan. In 2007, the Norwegian/Canadian-produced animated film, "The Danish Poet", whose soundtrack features the Sienna's voice, garnered an Academy Award. Sienna's own music has been licensed for the Global television series "Regenesis" on two occasions and her compositions can be heard regularly on Canada's national radio station. In the spring of 2009, Sienna will be making her third trip abroad to perform for audiences in France, Belgium, Denmark, and Switzerland. In addition, she will be recording an album of collaborative music with Denmark's Mads Baerentzen in Gothenberg, Sweden with a European release scheduled for the fall of 2009.