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|Birth name||Anna Virginia Taylor|
|Also known as||Anna Virginia Taylor Delory|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards|
|Keyboards, guitar, accordion|
Anna Domino (born Anna Virginia Taylor) is a Tokyo-born indie rock artist who has released several albums under that moniker, notably for Les Disques du Crepuscule and Factory Records. Notable performers Domino has collaborated with include The The, Blaine L. Reininger and Virginia Astley. She is also one half of the duo Snakefarm. Additionally, she sang lead vocals on the song "Here In My Heart" by The 6ths on their album Wasps' Nests.
Her stage name is a play on the term Anno Domini.
Domino was born in an American military hospital in Tokyo, Japan in 1955. Her father was a private in the U.S. army translating for Voice of America, stationed in Yokohama. Her father, James J. Taylor, held numerous jobs before becoming a videographer in Washington, D.C.; her mother, Mimi Cazort, was curator emerita for the National Gallery of Canada. Her brother, Alan Taylor, is a successful film and television director.
Being part of a curious, musical, academic, funny family had Anna performing for parents and friends from an early age. Unfortunately, reciting comedy records in high school got her expelled and she never graduated. During her childhood and adolescence the family (minus papa) moved frequently. After studying art history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Domino's mother took her children to live in Florence Italy while she researched her dissertation, and then on to work in Ottawa Canada. The ignominies of high school sent Anna and her best friend off for several years of hitch-hiking through the US and Mexico, followed by several years studying electronics and sound recording at Toronto's Ontario College of Art and Design. In 1977 Anna travelled to New York City for a two week visit and stayed for 20 years. It was a great time to arrive as the city was cheap, open and full of young, ambitious kids with imagination and no need of sleep. The food was terrible but the possibilities endless.
Early in her career, Domino sang with a number of New York City bands, but didn't catch the attention of American record labels until she had released several albums with the Belgian record label Les Disques du Crépuscule, releasing a single in 1983, Trust In Love. Two E.P. releases, East and West and Rythm, followed in short order. In 1986, her first complete album Anna Domino was released. In 1987, she met Michel Delory, guitarist for Bel Canto and Univers Zéro, and they collaborated on her second album This Time, which received positive critical attention and airplay in Japan. In 1989, Domino released another E.P., Colouring In the Edge and the Outline followed by her third album Mysteries of America in 1990. Since then Domino has not release any further albums under her own name- other than compilations, re-releases on the label LTM and a few new songs- due to intractable disputes with publisher.
In 2010 Anna Domino released two new songs on a compilation that included a number of her Crepuscule colleagues. The album was called "After Twilight" and the songs are, The Light Downtown, Wonderkey and a new version of the song 'Rhythm'.
On January 2012, she collaborated with producer/remixer Dub Mentor on the single Johnny - which is based on the traditional When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya (also released on EnT-T). Domino also made the video clip for the song.
A short tour of Europe in early 2013 sparked new interest in Domino's work, giving her the opportunity to record again and the hope of realizing projects in theatre and film. A few months later, the death of a good friend, a surprise legacy and a number of other shocks and demises, followed by the loss of her mother in early 2014, sidelined these ambitions temporarily. Once the dust has settled, Anna Domino will be back on track and in the studio.
In 1999 Domino and Delory formed the folk rock alternative outfit Snakefarm and released the album Songs From My Funeral, a collection of traditional American ballads in the public domain. Their second album My Halo At Half-Light was released on October 11, 2011.
They continue to collaborate on new music and life in general.
- East and West (Crépuscule, 1984)
- Anna Domino (Crépuscule, 1986)
- This Time (Crépuscule, 1987)
- Colouring in the Edge and the Outline (mini album, Crépuscule, 1988)
- L'Amour fou (compilation, Crépuscule, 1989)
- Mysteries of America (Crépuscule, 1990)
- Favourite Songs from the Twilight Years (US-compilation - Janken Pon, 1997)
- Dreamback: Best Of (LTM, 2004)
- Blood Makes Noise (EnT-T, 2010)
- Johnny (EnT-T, 2012)
- Trust in love / Repeating (Crépuscule, 1983)
- 'Rythm' / Target (Crépuscule, 1984)
- Take that / Koo Koo (Crépuscule, 1985)
- Lake / Hammer (Crépuscule, 1987)
- Tempting / Always Always (Crépuscule, 1988)
Vinyl releases on Factory Records
- FACT 165 Anna Domino LP
- FAC 158 Summer (Arthur Baker Remix) / Summer (Arthur Baker Instrumental) 12"
- FAC 158/7 Summer (Arthur Baker Remix) / The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game 7" (A side is edited version)
- Songs From My Funeral (Kneeling Elephant, 1999)
- My Halo At Half-Light (Fledg'ling Records 2011)
- Anna Domino biography at LTM Recordings
- Anna Domino at AllMusic
- Ectophile Guide to Good Music entry
- Official Facebook page
- Anna Domino on EnT-T