|Jeff ||Lou ||Marty ||Jill ||Augie ||Jack |
San Diego native Jill Peachey Siegfried spent her young adult life behind the scenes at The Old Globe Theater, first tagging along with her mother, Jan Burgoyne, and later as a dresser, carpenter, and accountant. In addition to soaking up the worldwide talent that paraded through the theater, Jill had already been absorbing plenty as part of a talented musical family. Singing and playing were a prevalent part of her formidable years, family gatherings often ending with jams that lasted well into the early mornings. Jill was often expected to sing lead on top of the Peachey Family’s multi-part harmonies. Her emerging lead vocal abilities would later find a fitting home: her family's home studio.
The skills that she developed immersed in a rich performing lifestyle translated well to her own studio. As a mother of four, the musical sensibility she grew up with is being passed on to her boys, and their abilities are quickly blossoming. Their progress is not much of a surprise. It only takes one listen to hear Jill's unique vocal talent soaring masterfully atop the groundwork she and Jeff have laid; her family musical tradition coming full circle.
Roar of the Buffalo Horn
Minneapolis native, multi-instrumentalist Jeff Siegfried absorbed a rich music scene growing up in the Twin Cities. By the age of nine, Jeff began his formal music training under saxophonist Mark Henderson. By age eleven he had begun writing, arranging, and recording original songs, singing lead for the first time with his band at a sixth grade school talent show. During high school, Jeff's emerging songwriting skills would point him in the direction of music and English study at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. During his five year stay, Jeff studied formally with classical saxophonist Angela Wyatt, herself a former student of, most notably, Jean Marie Londeix. In addition to formal study, Jeff had begun informally studying larger Jazz band arrangement by memorizing and mimicking Minneapolis composer Greg Lewis' Gospel/Jazz charts as well as being mentored by local Jazz and Blues gurus Gene Adams, Cornbread Harris, and Marv Dahlgren.
Having learned much by 1997, Jeff and college friend Dylan Nau began an ambitious writing project in Puafua. Though short-lived, Puafua's output and scope of songwriting and live performance has been unparalled in the Twin Cities; the eclectic, eight-piece group often breaking into spontaniously composed, complete songs as if at will. After 2001, pet projects included Spry, Gold Standard, and a short stint arranging horns for and performing with Devon Evans of the Wailers.
By 2005, marrying Jill Peachey and soon after finding himself the father of four boys, a folk and family style began to emerge in albums created by the family. Since their foray into recording and performing in 2005, collaborations have included those whom The Siegfrieds consider family: Jeff's childhood friends Ted Adamson and Dave Olson, Jill's mom and dad Jan Burgoyne and Doug Peachey, good friend and beat poet Stephen Morse, Jeff's brother and film maker David Siegfried, Lakota elder White Buffalo Calf Woman and Dakota elder Holiness David Running Eagle.
Since he was very little, Lou has had great vocal skills: his tone and sense of pitch have always been very true. In school he is lauded by his music teacher as the best singer in all five primary grades and has been given instrumental opportunities in performances, including a solo performance on glockenspiel recently. At home Lou fills out the Siegfrieds’ vocal harmonies as well taking on as an ever-increasing lead role. Like his momma, Lou is often a one-take-wonder in the studio, learning and laying down harmony and lead parts very quickly and accurately. In addition, he has begun informally dabbling in trombone and has been contributing horn parts on recent recordings.
Jack has been recording with his dad since age two. Given a lot of freedom in the studio, he co-wrote a few minimalist pieces as a young child, including The "Strings" suite, "HOUT&5," and an experimental rock song "Internet Lover," all of which appear on the 2003 album Piscean Experiments. Like his dad, Jack is a natural harmonizer and adds to the Siegfried harmonies as well as singing lead from time to time. Recently, Jack has been playing violin on the family recordings.
Augie is already exhibiting above average songwriting ability and seems to have a genuine interest in his guitar; vigilantly learning the names of each part and the correct way to hold and play it. He becomes very serious when discussing, performing, and even writing music. To date, Augie has penned and recorded "I Gotta Bad Tree" and "Rock & Roll," (both available to stream and download at The Siegfrieds' ReverbNation page), as well as laying down demos tracks for multiple other song ideas -- a few sneak peeks available under the title "Demos With Dad" on our recent release, Navarre.
Marty is a born performer, connecting with individuals and groups of all ages wherever he goes. He has an uncanny ability to put a smile on anyone's face. In addition, he has exhibited the ability to learn and duplicate melodies with a single listen and with unusual accuracy. Lately he has been working on reproducing melodies he likes to sing on his keyboard, matching single notes to his voice.