The multi-disciplinary artist and musician known as Jarboe first came to public attention as a member of the US avant-rock ensemble Swans during the period from 1985 until 1997. It was a time that saw the release of acknowledged classics in the bandʼs canon such as “Children of God” (1987), “White Light from the Mouth of Infinity” (1991) and “Soundtracks for the Blind” (1996) and the significant impact she had on the evolution of their sound is clearly audible to even the most casual of listeners.
Her close relationship with the bandʼs founder Michael Gira resulted in the project Skin and the 1987 album “Blood, Women, Roses”. Then 1991 saw the release of “13 Masks” the first album to appear under her own name. While “Sacrificial Cake” (A “Swans Related Project” from 1995) developed the use of “tribal”/ritual elements and use of multiple voices, it was the 1998 album “Anhedoniac” (initially self-released in an edition of 1500) that truly served to announce the emergence of a unique, uncompromising artistic force. More than just a catharsis for the Swans years, this is an album that to this day confronts the listener with a degree of full frontal, all-encompassing, emotional honesty that few of her peers have come close to replicating. Jarboe quickly exploited the opportunities afforded by the internet and via her website thelivingjarboe.com established herself as an independent and prolific artist self-releasing much of her subsequent output in the form of often limited editions wherein she exercised full control over matters of artwork and presentation.
A deep interest in spiritual/belief systems such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Occult practice inspired much of her work in the first decade of the 21st century and beyond as exemplified by the “Magick” trilogy (2006/7), “Mahakali” (2008), “Skullgirl”/”Alchemic” (2009) and later “Dreams” (2013). Meanwhile, a facility for collaboration has been demonstrated by: “Beautiful People Ltd” (w. Lary Seven (1992)), “Neurosis & Jarboe” (2003), “J2” (w. Justin Broadrick (2008)) and “Jarboe & Helen Money” (2015) to list just a few examples. “The Men Album” (2005) was a double CD where every track was a collaboration and featured noted artists such as Blixa Bargeld, David Torn, J. G. Thirlwell amongst others.
Additionally Jarboe has re-visited/re-worked her Swans era material on “Indemnity” (2011) and “Indemnity 2” (2012) and composed the soundtrack to a videogame “The Path” (2010).
Further releases are planned for 2017 and will include a tour with the “Italian Occult Psycedelia” band: Father Murphy.