Biography

Variations on a Happy Ending

A Grammy-nominated, Bammy award winning singer-songwriter, pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Barbara has performed on more than 65 albums, including 3 songs for Carlos Santana’s 2007 release.  She is known as a vibrant, inventive performer and composer, bringing out the best in a musical group and audience.
Barbara has recorded for Windham Hill Records since 1982, with 11 recordings to her credit as well as contributions to 10 compilations that have sold in the millions. As a co-founder of the acoustic super group, "Montreux" she recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival a genre bending acoustic sound that has become synonymous with Northern California.
Her 2 CD's with singer-songwriter Teresa Trull have won critical acclaim and a large nationwide following. The Washington Post named her first solo outing “Top Ten of the Year”.
Barbara has performed with Bonnie Raitt, Terry Riley, the Kronos Quartet, Cris Williamson, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Hedges, Greg Brown, Ferron, Teresa Trull, Vicki Randle, Amy Ray, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Rosalee Sorrels, Terry Garthwaite and many others.
Raised in Indiana, at age 13 her family moved to Ghana, West Africa where she studied with master drummer Mustafa Tetty Addy. After musical studies at Mills College and a sojourn performing in Paris, she returned to West Africa with a Watson Fellowship to collect traditional music. Recording and touring internationally for over 20 years, she now resides in Berkeley , CA with her husband and 5 year old daughter. As of fall 2007, she has just completed a 40 city national tour and has a new solo release “Alive in Berkeley".


DISCOGRAPHY

VARIATIONS ON A HAPPY ENDING (Slowbaby 2214) Original Solo Piano 2000

PLAYTIME (Slowbaby2212) Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull 1998 original songs -
- GLAMA Award Winner
I SURRENDER (Slowbaby 2211) Original Songs and Instrumental selections 1996
- Performing Songwriter Award Winner

SIGNS OF LIFE (Windham Hill 1090) First solo album/ Original songs ensemble 1990
- Washington Post award Winner
MONTREUX: LET THEM SAY ( Windham Hill ) ensemble

MONTREUX: SIGN LANGUAGE ( Windham Hill) Contains Hit “TO BE” 1986
Grammy Award Nominee
LIVE AT MONTREUX Darol Anger/Barbara Higbie Quintet (Windham Hill) 1984-
classic group album- Bammy Award 1984
UNEXPECTED Teresa Trull/ Barbara Higbie (Olivia) original vocal duets 1983
Boston Globe Award Winner
TIDELINE Piano/violin duets with Darol Anger (Windham Hill 1021)
a genre defining album 1982
MONTREUX RETROSPECTIVE ( Windham Hill) Greatest Hits 1992
A WINDHAM HILL CHRISTMAS Nov 2002 Solo selection on compilation
SONG WITHOUT WORDS II Jan 2002 Solo selection on compilation
WINTER SOLSTICE II, III, IV and V,VII,VIII Solo selection on compilations
WINDHAM HILL PIANO SAMPLER II Solo selection on compilation
WINDHAM HILL THE FIRST 10 YEARS Band selection on compilation
WINDHAM HILL REDBOOK LULLABIES Duet selection on compilation
CELTIC LULLABIES II (Hearts of Space) Solo selection on compilation
Barbara Higbie also appears on albums by:
Ferron, Rosalee Sorrells, Nina Gerber, Jaron Lanier, Cris Williamson, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, Holly Near, Christina Olsen, BlueJean Tyranny, Katrina Krimsky, Phillip Aaberg, Robin Flower, Carol McComb, Karen Almquist, Jennifer Berezan, Margie Adam, Meg Christian and many others.