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Lauded as a powerhouse performer, Eliza Jaye has spent decades developing her craft, and often leaves her audience bewitched by its purity and depth.
Eliza Jaye trained as a classical violinist from age five, learning her instrument by listening, as opposed to reading sheet music. This allowed her imagination to flourish and helped her to develop an acute ear for all things musical.
As a teen, her love of pulling apart music and uncovering the technique behind it, inspired her to pick up the guitar and use it to write. The interplay of textures created by the guitar and her violin complimented her gift for singing and it wasn’t long before Eliza Jaye received a scholarship to study music in her home city of Sydney. After school, she started a degree in Opera but left early, having been drawn to the life of a traveller and artist.
Eliza has now spent many years touring throughout Europe and the UK, guesting with various artists and performing her own music. Living in her camper-van-cum-mobile-recording-studio during this time nurtured her love of the freedom and being on the road.
As an artist and musician I draw inspiration from my environment and, living on the road, means having access to a constantly changing environment. One day I could be in a forest the next day by the sea or in a foreign country.
The single “Deja Vu” from Eliza’s latest album, “Middle Child”, was written while in Perpignan, in the south of France. The ambiance of the place, the vastness of the sea, the smell of lemon sugar crepes and the carousel painted with mermaids were all distilled into the writing of the song.
Eliza has produced and recorded two albums of material inspired by ideas spanning her lifetime. One track on “The Seed” was written at her grandma’s house when Eliza was nine.
Material seems to distill in me over time and is often drawn from feelings of nostalgia.
A special treat for fans of Eliza Jaye
(A story from my blog.)
Here is Elizabeth in 1993 in a submission for a music scholarship. Her performance of The White Cliffs of Dover is both subtle and clear but strong.
Elizabeth’s professionalism and dedication to her art, from even before her age in this video, would lay down the path that she would walk as Eliza Jaye.
Life Is Art!
(A story from my blog.)
Dear friends, it has been a little time since I put thoughts to virtual pen & paper. There has been a lot of activity within this time which I will tell you about, but firstly a picture of right now. … Continue reading
Dear friends, it has been a little time since I put thoughts to virtual pen & paper. There has been a lot of activity within this time which I will tell you about, but firstly a picture of right now.
As I lie in bed exhaustion pervades my body and a feeling of great calm after the storm. I’ve just finished my first cycle of a new chemo. My doctor has told me that from a medical point of view there are no more treatment options and this will only extend my life by a matter of around twelve months.. I have taken this option as the tumors in my liver have been growing ever closer to essential veins and arteries and the chemo may keep them from growing or hopefully shrink them. Needs Must eh!? Regardless I feel like everything is going to turn out as it should. I am learning to let go, trust, and allow my story to unfold. I may die but I may not.. life is unpredictable and surprising. I have hope.
I find that as long as I am making positive steps towards health in a practical sense, that I can keep myself from becoming overwhelmed by my situation. I am eating a plant based diet, using key supplements and I have a schedule which includes lots of ‘grounding’. I regularly partake in incredible bush walks, putting my feet in the wet sand at the beach, making pizzas with my three year old niece, philosophical conversations with my dad and all the best entertainment Sydney has to offer with my partner and friends. I have bought an infrared sauna and trampoline & use resistance bands regularly to maintain strength and fitness. Soon I will be doing yoga again!
From a medical point of view, I have sent tumor samples to a lab in Germany. The lab is called NextGen and they are at the cutting edge of cell analysis. They work in tandem with a clinic in Vienna called Kleef clinic who I am in consultation with and this will hopefully allow me to receive a more targeted treatment. The Kleef Clinic also specialise in hyperthermia which I believe works along the same lines as infrared, heating up and cooling down the cells from their core.
I am also in consultation with MoST trials at The Garvan Institute here in Sydney who undertake clinical trials. They perform molecular screening of cells using a person’s tumor samples and offer targeted therapies that correspond to a persons gene mutations.
Either could present a lifeline to me or open up my knowledge to explore further areas of treatment. I wish I had access to these options a year ago before all of the surgery that did not go according to plan… speaking of which..
I had some more surgery last June. Around the time I found my abdomen becoming more and more swollen over the course of two months until finally I went to the emergency department at the hospital. The doctors ordered a CT scan and discovered a tumor on my left ovary the size of a large grapefruit. It was 13 cm in length and had ruptured. I was told that I was very lucky to have survived the rupture and could have bled to death. Emergency surgery was scheduled at which my surgeon removed both ovaries including the tumor and drained fifteen litres of fluid from my abdomen. I cant tell you how uncomfortable it was to go from my normal body shape, to looking like a nine month pregnant woman in the course of two months! The surgery went very well and I am grateful for having had access to it so quickly! Thank you to my surgical team and the Australian health care system! Apparently this type of tumor is rare and only occurs from the primary tumor in the bowel.
Ok, enough medical stuff! To be honest I am so sick of talking about cancer that I refuse to engage in any conversation about it. I have made a blanket rule amongst family and friends. ‘Don’t ask me because I wont answer you’. Life is waaaaaay too short to spend my time endlessly explaining.. bla bla
Music!! My sweet friend music
My website has received a pimp & I’m so pleased with its style and elegance! Many thanks to Jo’ Paul Mamuyac for all your work. Have a sneaky peak here:
I am spending my time making plans for my new, as yet unreleased album called ‘Middle Child’.
We have settled on the design for the cover and this week I am getting it mastered in Tasmania by Grammy Award Winning mastering engineer William Bowden.
Thank you to everybody that keeps sending me the good vibes and well wishes. I feel so blessed to have such a crew as you, from across the world all gunning for my return to health and supporting my strength, happiness and of course music. We will get there soon enough..
Until then, enjoy the party
All my love Eliza