A life-long vocalist, Lian’s music features an eclectic mix of her heartfelt singing, inspired arrangements of unusual cover tunes, unique songwriting and rhythm rich world-soul arrangements. She is currently recording her debut CD.
Lian has been blessed to work with many diverse and illustrious artists, including Esperanza Spalding, DJ Cheb i Sabbah, Neal and Al Evans of Soulive, Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls, David Fiuczynski of Screaming Headless Torsos, Guitarist Dave Manley and many others. She is the daughter of Maye Cavallaro, noted SF Bay Area jazz singer and esteemed vocal coach at California Jazz Conservatory, formerly known as the Jazzschool, in Berkely, CA. In March 2012, Lian was nominated for the song “In Style and Rhythm” for an Independent Music Award.
Lian was featured on the Hector Zazou & Harold Budd album “Glyph” (Crammed Disc Records), and her contribution, “And She Stepped Aside” was a popular favorite on “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on Los Angeles radio station KCRW. She also vocally guested and composed for the 2001 release KiF by David Fiuczynski & Rufus Cappadocia, and wrote and performed on the 1999 David Manley release Deep PM.
Lian is a renaissance woman and entrepreneur who has pursued many creative endeavors. Her current creative focus is on completing her first CD release. She is also the CEO of BASSBOSS, a high-performance loudspeaker company based in Austin, TX. She is former Chair of the Boards of Dub Academy and Anthropos Arts, two Austin, TX non-profits that provide free music instruction and mentorship to under-served middle and high school students. Lian has also had a career in graphic design and as well as a passion for travel photography.
Lian has been an award-winning actress, who’s starring debut in “Longshot”, a pioneering feature length video “mockumentary” which she co-wrote, was shown on PBS nationwide, selected as the outstanding Film of the Year at the London Film Festival, and won the Grand Prize, Montbéliard Festival, France and the Prize Publique, Montreal Video Festival. The Village Voice opined that “the most compelling aspect is the leading performer, Lian Amber… while the facts may be invented, the self that Amber exhibits for the camera is unmistakably her own.”
In addition to her many other endeavors, Lian has been a music and arts features journalist for Associated Press, an editorial contributor to numerous 1990s music magazines, and a hip-hop and soul columnist for San Francisco music publication NMP. She worked extensively as a live DJ in the Bay Area in the 90s, where she got her start with seminal world-music pioneer, the late DJ Cheb i Sabbah, spinning world music, funk and soul at many venues.