from his website (http://www.philomuse.com/jsk/jskbio.html):
J S Kingfisher -- Jeff -- is a composer, instrumentalist, and innovator living in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. His first album, Floating Upstream, was released in 1993, followed by Vesica Piscis in 1998. In 2002 he founded Philomuse with partner Hugh Lawson, and produced and released Out of the Blue for composer and pianist John Steiner.
In 2004, Jeff began work on a system of divination based on music called the Muzoracle. In 2008, the Muzoracle -- and it's companion product, the Musician's Dice -- were launched. Jeff's projects for 2009 include a second production for John Steiner, Into the Green, and an integrated CD and book based on Muzoracle castings called Upon Awakening. 2009 will also see the the release of three more of Jeff's patented musical dice creations: Muzundrum, The Game of Musicians; the Solfége Dice; and the Rhythm Dice.
The Stone Age. J S Kingfisher -- Jeff Siegel at the time -- entered the world at 7:18 pm on July 23rd, 1958 in Sacramento, California (Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon, Capricorn rising.) Musically, he was influenced early on by the big band and country swing records of his parents, and by the records passed on to him by his older cousins: "Meet the Beatles" and "Rubber Soul," the Stones' "Aftermath," Cream's "Disraeli Gears," lots of Janis and Motown, and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." His high school years found him heavy into Bowie and glam with the shoes to prove it; in the meantime he discovered fusion, Joni, and THC. Jeff started playing piano and writing songs himself at age 12, and studied organ and classical theory throughout his teens.
Jeff's first professional gig was as a pianist for the notorious Lee Garland Show, a raucous and bawdy review featuring Garland's female impersonations, comedy, and dancers. Throughout his early twenties he played in numerous rock bands, and in 1981 moved to LA. There he attended the Dick Grove School of Music for two years, studying piano, composition, and arranging.This led to a half-dozen years of active session work, often from his own recording studio, Electric Cat. Meanwhile he continued working on his own stuff, and in 1989 moved up to Northern Cal and began writing the material that would later become "Floating Upstream."
Jeff worked throughout the nineties on several multimedia projects, composing for the theatrical productions "Both Hands," "Kelly's Dream in the Rain," and finally "Unity Gain," a well received Bay Area production based on "floating upstream" that included several musicians and movement artists floating behind a sixty-foot wide projection surface. Continuing in the multimedia vein, "Vesica Piscis" was accompanied by the interactive Vesica Piscis Labyrinth on the web (currently archived on this site.)
A great deal of Jeff's current schedule involves getting his work out into the world, via performances, workshops, and lectures. He occasionally gigs as a composer, producer, and instrumentalist for others, and does private Muzoracle castings and tutoring. When he's not working, he's usually, well ... working, on new compositions and on his new book, The Harmonic Engine, which details the esoterica underlying the Muzoracle system. He writes regularly on his blog, Philomusings, which covers all things Muzoracle and musical in the Philomuse world. Jeff's entire current music catalog can be experienced, downloaded, or licensed at jskingfisher.net.