Slean was born in Pickering, Ontario, and recorded her first EP Universe (1997) at the age of nineteen. Night Bugs was her first major label album, co-produced by Slean and Hawksley Workman, and released by WEA in Canada and Atlantic Records in the United States. On 28 September 2004, Slean released her fourth album, Day One.
Here Slean's piano takes a less important spot for the first time in her career.
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She was the subject of a 2006 documentary about her music, art and activism called Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life.
It premiered on the Bravo TV channel in Canada and has also played at numerous film festivals.
• Sainte-Marie is also a visual artist who uses computers to create her works.
Luckily for Slean, also a visual artist, poet and sometime actress, the writing session for Sea found her ensconced by herself, through a friend who is an art dealer, in a "rickety old cabin," in Pouch Cove, Nfld., north of St.
John's, with a grand Yamaha piano in it, full of "June bugs and beetles. But there was this massive window and I would look out, as I was playing and literally, like 10 paces, would be cliffs, oceans, whales. And I was imagining this music and the pitching and the lolling of the sea and the changing sky, these are in the rhythms and the harmonies of that music." Content-wise, she says, Land was about "being in this particular space-time reality. and Sea is the part of you that is housed by that physical body. I hesitate to use the word (soul) because it's so loaded and it's so religiously tied but that's really what I'm getting at." Together she felt Land & Sea belonged together because she was "particularly interested in the way those two things inform each other.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter-pianist Sarah Slean admits releasing a double album at a time when most artists are scaling back their musical output -- as singles dominate over albums -- might seem foolhardy.
But when the idea for her new disc Land & Sea came to her, she had to act. ' But when I could tune that out it had this momentum ...