Jane Enkin has earned praise for her passion and flair, in intimate storytelling settings and song circles and on large stages and outdoor festivals. Jane writes original songs in a wide range of styles, including folk, blues, jazz, gospel and songs of Jewish spirituality. She loves to sing traditional British and Canadian ballads and the great jazz, folk and theatre standards.
Jane's first major performances in Winnipeg were for the Mameloshen Festival at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, with singer Richard Yaffe, and pianist/arrangers Ron Paley and Michele Gregoire.
Leading large ensembles for the Nachmanifest and Limmud festivals was a thrilling new experience for Jane, creating contexts for musicians to collaborate, improvise and arrange together new approaches to traditional melodies and her own compositions.
Eli Herscovitch, on saxophone, harmonica and other wind instruments, is an inspiring musical partner for Jane, performing blues, jazz, klezmer, singer-songwriter, and world music.
Jane shares her Jewish heritage in performances, services and celebrations. She leads audiences and song circles in nigunim,(wordless melodies), and in folk songs and her original spiritual songs. Jane delivers Yiddish theatre and folk songs both in their traditional state and as swinging jazz numbers.
For Yiddish concerts and Holocaust memorials, Jane presents moving, beautiful songs from the Ghetto theatres of Eastern Europe. These tangos, ironic comedy songs, and dream-like love songs are a fascinating treasure.
Jewish stories from many cultures form one part of Jane's storytelling repertoire, which includes folktales from around the world. She brings stories to adult audiences, family audiences and children.
Her CD, You Are the Ocean, showcases Jane's jazz and folk songwriting and traditional Yiddish and English ballads. Jane recorded her song, “Slaves in the 21st Century” to draw attention to contemporary human trafficking. She has recorded several other demos, most recently “Feed These Kids”.
Jane majored in theatre and musical theatre at York University. Her vocal training includes jazz vocals, private cantorial studies, and courses in traditional and contemporary liturgical music at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. While in New York, she attended classes and workshops with Adrienne Cooper and Zalman Mlotek, giants of the Yiddish music scene.
“Jane Enkin is a singer who can style any song.” – Ottawa Citizen