DYNAMIC CHAMBER FOLK-POP DUO, CITIZEN JANE, PUSHES BOUNDARIES FOR STRING INSTRUMENTS IN POPULAR MUSIC.
CITIZEN JANE is a Canadian folk-pop duo that crafts lush, layered songs that explore hopeful themes about our society’s potential to evolve in the current political climate (though the occasional love song is inevitable).
Percussive and lyrical bowed strings marry with rhythmically driven guitar and powerful, interwoven vocal harmonies to create a soundscape that is two parts daydream; one part grunge.
The duo’s upcoming album, High Tide (being released in 3 parts), infuses their organic folk sound with subtle electronic flavours, colouring traditional influences with a more contemporary pop aesthetic.
Their debut album, In the Storm, was released in the fall of 2017, to exciting reviews:
"exquisitely performed... an accomplished chamber folk-pop album of grace and elegance"
- Folk Radio UK
“diverse and multifaceted”
- Curve Magazine
“In the Storm illustrates an effortless take on folk-style music. Their honest poetry and musicianship… makes for brilliant artistry."
- Permanent Rain Press
Reenie and Lea met while studying classical music on the west coast, and have since gotten married, and made a home in Toronto’s vibrant music scene, while continually touring across Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
Reenie grew up in Toronto, after her family escaped the civil war in Sarajevo. She ventured west to study percussion and composition at UVic, where she wrote contemporary classical works that were read by ensembles like the Victoria Symphony. While studying, she continued to play guitar and lead pop bands, touring locally and playing festivals. Reenie has released 3 solo albums.
Lea is an acclaimed violist and fiddler, who grew up in Victoria, BC, where she studied viola and music education at UVic. Classical musician by day and fiddler by night, Lea discovered new ways of melding the two styles into one. Her passion for these genres took her across Canada & the U.S. with the Folk Arts Quartet. She has recorded with Juno-nominated artists Oliver Schroer and Teresa Doyle.
The duo is passionate about human rights and climate issues, and makes a point of getting involved at the grassroots level, organizing “songs and sustainability” workshops and participating in local protests. They are also music educators who are dedicated to building community, and frequently offer workshops at schools, camps, and festivals.
Lea (left) and Reenie (right)
Photo by Ryan Macdonald
"I loved your show and was truly blown away with your musical magic. It was wonderful, fresh and intricately coloured by beautiful vocals, harmonies and rhythms. Your groove with its plethora of inspired percussive effects, nuanced harmonics and melodic counter point created an intoxicating experience for the senses."
- Tom V., (House Concert in Victoria BC)