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Artist Q&A: Janis Siegel

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Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in the holy city Brooklyn NY, the home of both my parents. I had my own singing group by age 12 with two other girlfriends…and we actually recorded and made records on the Red Bird and Kapp labels. Our producer was a local Brooklyn boy named Richard Perry (yes -THAT Richard Perry). I went to college on a nursing scholarship and left after a year to pursue music with my group Lauren Canyon, again a female trio. I was in that group when I met Tim Hauser and my life changed. I have been a jazz fan since high school. I love doing vocal arrangements and singing harmony. I have three brothers and an amazing son. 
 
When did you first know you wanted to be a performer?
I consider myself a musician, not a performer and I first decided to focus on music when I was about 19 years old. 
 
You’ve performed with several different groups and by yourself over your career. Do you have a favorite project?
I have a few favorites…I loved being a member of Voicestra, Bobby McFerrin's touring acapella improvisational group. My current favorite special project is Requinte Trio, a Brazilian /jazz hybrid comprised of me, pianist John diMartino and percussionist/singer Nanny Assis. 
 
Many people will recognize you from your work with The Manhattan Transfer. How did you get involved with the group?
I am an original member of the group. Tim Hauser, Alan Paul, Laurel Massé and I started the group in 1972. We met each other here in New York City. 
 
What do you like to do when you are not performing?
I am a passionate cook, lover of NY museums, reader, tennis player and hiker. I also enjoy producing other projects.
 
What do you enjoy most about touring?
I love traveling around the world and opening myself up to different cultures and ways of being. There is a camaraderie on the road that is very enjoyable and family-like. I love meeting fans from all over and having a personal connection with them. 
 
What is the most difficult part about touring?
The physical travel itself can be grueling. We singers travel with our instruments inside our bodies, so anything that affects the body will affect the voice …we also have to perform without regard to jet lag and time differences.
 
Finish this sentence: I can’t travel without my….
My Community Comprehensive Immune Support, a good book, my iPod and a scented travel candle. 
 
I’m excited to visit Appleton because…
Two words…cheese curds 
 
What can people expect when they see your show Feb. 16 and 17?
You can expect an eclectic program, no clichés and masterful interactive playing from my band. 
 
 
Don’t miss Siegel’s performances in the Kimberly-Clark theater Feb. 16 and 17. Tickets are still available.
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