Miriam Lieberman Trio

7pm, Saturday 14th September 2019

Miriam Lieberman

Miriam Lieberman is a singer songwriter who knows how to tell a story. With her soulful vocals, kora (21 string African harp) and percussive styled guitar, her music is both lyrical and uplifting. Added are the violins and rich vocal harmonies of Susie Bishop and Lara Goodridge.

Susie Bishop is a prominent vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in the Sydney music scene. Extensively educated, she holds an MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music in opera and a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Drama in addition to her rigorous classical training on violin.  She is a founding member of Chaika – A Balkan Jazz  fusion ensemble and sought after performer on the Australian live music scene.

Lara is not only singer/violinist of Baby et Lulu and FourPlay, she is an established session player, having performed with such luminaries as Glen Hansard, Brian Wilson and more. She has opened shows for the likes of The Corrs, Savage Garden, Youssou N’Dour, Art Garfunkel and Luka Bloom.

There is a strong musical chemistry between these players that effortlessly bridges the unconventional mix of kora (African harp) and Western classical instruments. Together they build lush harmonies and soaring string arrangements around Miriam’s songs.

Visit Miriam's web site.

“Something of a renaissance woman… Somehow she achieves the almost impossible in blending patterned western-ed pop writing with the earthy mystique of African rhythms and freaky world instruments.” – Sydney City News

“You couldn’t help but smile and be uplifted by their subtle yet joyous rhythms”

"African-influenced and Australian-based Miriam Lieberman’s latest is a gorgeous, world-wise journey that channels the best and bluest of Joni Mitchell. It’s a collection of placidly wrenching stories, delicately worked by the trio’s interplay of violin, cello and Lieberman’s signature kora. There’s a wary strength grounding these tales, shored up by silken harmonies, Lieberman delivers her narration with a hopeful spark that lightens even the darkest parts of the album. Full Circle travels through some spectacular peaks and troughs, and leaves you with a wistful sort of reminiscence that’ll make you want to take the trip all over again." - Full Circle 

"Miriam Lieberman is often bundled into the “world” music category, probably because along with guitar she plays the kora, a 21-string instrument from West-Africa, which she uses to weave beautiful, exotic patterns and textures into her music. On the Sydney musician’s latest record, though, the lead instruments are Kate Adams’ cello and the violin of Lara Goodridge, setting a stage for Lieberman’s amazing voice. She has a knack for giving her songs a feeling of significance, even while they float with effervescent pop pleasure. Wikipedia’s explanation of world music includes a cited description as “someone else’s local music”. In Lieberman’s case, it’s ours." - SMH

"From time spent in Mali, Mexico and India, it’s obvious that Lieberman is a musical sponge with the ability to master any instrument she fancies. Her skilled execution of the kora, a 21-stringed West African harp, and acoustic guitar complement her rhapsodic lyrics and unadulterated voice on what proves to be a stellar fourth album from the Sydney local. Along with Kate Adams on cello and Lara Goodridge on violin, Lieberman mixes traditionally classical instrumentation with contemporary folk, resulting in an album encompassing everything from the stark pop melodies in Varanasi to lilting ambience in Incantation." - The Music

"Take a heavy dose of West African musical sensibility, add a dash of Brazilian rhythms with folk music stylings and you get an idea of what Sydney based singer songwriter Miriam Lieberman brings to the table. Having been given the opportunity to live in West Africa, and study under Malian music great Toumani Diabete, she takes her audience on a journey to far away lands with her soulful vocals accompanied by her guitar & most interestingly, the Kora (21 string African harp), an instrument which is not only beautiful and intriguing in sound, but also in appearance." - Kristie Nicolas (Camelot Show)


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