The Halfway Tree

by Karl Jannuska

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Jean Argenty J'aime cet album pour son atmosphère tranquille mais tellement sophistiquée ; sensible mais aussi ciselée. Et puis j'aime beaucoup l'imaginaire de Karl, qui est une personne très sympathique que j'ai rencontré dans un stage de jazz. Cet album je le rapproche de Cinq Hops de Jacques Thollot avec cette voix féminine un peu éthérée. J'aime aussi l'école de Canterbury et il y a aussi quelque chose de ce côté là qui me charme. Favorite track: Precious Things.
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THE HALFWAY TREE is Canadian drummer and composer Karl Jannuska’s fourth cd as a leader. The music features the beautiful tones of one of Canada’s most talented vocalists, Sienna Dahlen. All of the songs on this album were composed by Karl while both he and Sienna contributed to the lyrics. The music sits at the crossroads between several styles representing Karl’s eclectic tastes all the while remaining melodic and groovy.

This CD received a grant from the SACEM in France destined to help fund independently-produced recordings.

It also was awarded a CHOC rating in Jazzman / Jazz Magazine.


released March 27, 2012

Karl Jannuska – Drums & percussion, all compositions & lyrics on tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10
Sienna Dahlen – Voice, lyrics on tracks 2, 3, 8, 9, 11
Olivier Zanot – Alto saxophone
Nicolas Kummert – Tenor saxophone & vocals on “Precious Things”
Pierre Perchaud – Electric & acoustic guitar
Tony Paeleman – Piano & Fender Rhodes
Andrew Downing – 5 string cello

Recorded by Nicolas David at Studio Sextan, Malakoff, France – 16, 17, 18/05/2011
Mixed and mastered by David Travers Smith at Found Sound, Toronto, Canada
Graphic design by Yesim Tosuner
Produced by Karl Jannuska


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Karl is a canadian drummer and songwriter living in Paris, France.


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Track Name: Put an Apple in Your Life
Put an apple in your life...
Track Name: Coldest Day of the Year
Coldest Day of the Year (lyrics by Sienna Dahlen)

A winter wind is blowing
It chills me to the bone
The icicles are forming
A fortress 'round this home

My heart is numb
The coldest day of the year
Can't find the sun
It froze and disappeared

My body aches
The coldest day of the year
Our love, at stake
Do you fear what I fear?

Snowstorm in July
Buried us alive
We fought to survive
Searching for some light

Snowstorm in July
Took us by surprise
Left us blue and blind
Naked, paralyzed
Track Name: Alerces
Alerces (lyrics by Sienna Dahlen)

I have read of your history
You have seen it all
Three thousand years of memories
Permeate your walls
Your skin speaks of resistance
You’ve a weathered tone
We have grown through your presence
Planted seeds of hope

Facing inward inside of myself
Is this shadow my shelter?
Here your autumn replaces my spring
I long for the flowers
Your constellations speak foreign tongues
I am lost in translation
Alerces, Alerces, Alerces
Speak to me of patience

In your wind I hear memory
Many long goodbyes
In your sun I hear brilliance
Dancing on the tides
In your rain I hear chanting
Mourning those who’ve died
In your snow I hear silence
Falling out of time

Facing inward outside of myself
Is this shadow my shelter?
Here your autumn replaces my spring
I long for the flowers
Your constellations speak foreign tongues
I am lost in translation
Alerces, Alerces, Alerces
Sing to me of patience
Track Name: Precious Things
Precious Things (lyrics by Karl Jannuska)

Grey skies tarnish me with
Acid rain
War-torn tv screens
Life is vain

Crowded shopping malls
Make me scream
Whiskey, Lexomil
Help me dream, of

Precious Things
Money brings

Savage daily grind
Earn my keep
Bloodshot, bleary eyes are
What I reap

What is this ?
Help me see, through

Old man’s weary eyes
Look at me
Through the Sunday news
On his knee

Tender words, I
Seldom heard
Busy ears
Missed my tears

Wrinkled smile beams
Radiant warmth
Eyes cry innocence
Hope is born

Precious Things
That I bring, are
Words of gold
Fondly told
Track Name: Smokescreen
Smokescreen (lyrics by Karl Jannuska)

Calm facade is but a smokescreen
I see through it
Panic buttons line your being
Can’t control it

Nonchalence is but a smokescreen
It’s translucent
Raise your army fight your demons
Kill the nuisance
Track Name: Million Miles Away
Million Miles Away (lyrics by Karl Jannuska)

Your body's in the human race
While your mind's in outer space
Your vacant stare gives you away
You're a million miles away

Your thoughts have left the stratosphere
Parting smile so insincere
You do not hear a word I say
You're a million miles away

Your effervescent mind has gone
To a place where you belong
Where dreamers dream both night and day
It's a million miles away
Track Name: Firloupe
Firloupe (lyrics by Karl Jannuska)

Strings of goodness
Wonderful things
Endless firloupe
How my heart sings

Tasty strands are
Tangled web is

Brings smiles to a
Winter shindig
Goes down with wine
Or a soft drink

Gaining control
Takes some patience
Firloupe is a
Track Name: One Droning Pedal Tone
One Droning Pedal Tone (lyrics by Sienna Dahlen)

One droning pedal tone
Could change the course of your life
Sing you back the breath you need
Teach your weary eyes to see

Springtime innocence
Pure, eternal bliss
Growth though nothingness

Love that you may have missed

One droning pedal tone
Seeking a place to call home
Nestles in your consciousness
Cleans your soul of bitterness
Perfect harmony
Radiant frequency

One droning pedal tone
Track Name: Lilac by Night
Lilac by Night (lyrics by Sienna Dahlen)

Have you smelled the essence of
Lilac by night
She will leave you drunk with love
Lilac by night

Born out of a spring fever
Lilac by night
Bearing stamen and stigma
Lilac by night

Her leaves are heart-shaped
Lilac by night
Her blooms undulate
Lilac by night

Nocturnal empress
Lilac by night
Perennial goddess
Lilac by night
Track Name: Noble Energy
Noble Energy (lyrics by Karl Jannuska)

I have a noble energy
That picks me up and carries me
It’s better than a battery
It’s shelf-life lasts eternally

I feel its winding synergy
That gives us binding symmetry

It’s solar, wind and hydro too
And leaves no toxic residue
No global warming fossil fuels
With rest its energy renews

I feel its winding synergy
That gives us binding symmetry

Clean energy
Green energy
Track Name: Four-Leaf Clover
Four-leaf Clover (lyrics by Sienna Dahlen)

Last night I
Grazed the sky
Crossed the earth
Arms spread wide

Fields of green
Filled with dreams

Ocean's hue
Marine blue
Desert land
Sand dune tan

Fields of

Call my name
Light my way

Solar winds chime
Soaring through time
Like a firefly
Faster than light

Make a wish
St. Patrick
Four-leafed bliss
Life's a gift

Four-leafed clover

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