Miriam caught up with Steph Papas on OneSpaceLove, sharing about her journey, and how she came to birth her latest album and new release “Infinite We Are ” a celebration of our own imagination.
“A thing of intoxicating beauty.” Rhythms magazine
(Miriam) has a knack for giving her songs a feeling of significance, even while they float with effervescent pop pleasure.“ The Music
“Her songs are beautifully melodic, richly textured but can have pointed themes…. Simply brilliant” 4.5 stars, Jeff Glorfeld, The Age
African influences blend seamlessly with blues-infused melodies and soaring vocal harmonies in the music by Sydney singer song-writer Miriam Lieberman. Her albums are soulful collections of stories, beautifully told through strings, African kora and Lieberman’s unmistakable voice. The stories speak of Lieberman’s musical journey, which has taken her from Guinea and Mali, where she studied the kora – a west-African harp with a beautiful, evocative tone – to central India, Indonesia, Mexico and South America. These places have left an imprint on Lieberman’s musical style as well as a catchiness and contemporary tone that is entirely her own.
The Miriam Lieberman Trio is a combination of players, adding luscious vocal harmonies and soaring string arrangements. Regular members of the trio are Lara Goodridge (Baby et Lulu, FourPlay) on violin and harmonies, Susie Bishop (an opera singer and member of Chaika and guest for other bands) also on violin and harmonies, Carl St Jacques (Miami Symphony) on viola. Earliest member of the trio with Miriam was Kate Adams on cello.
Miriam is a multiple awardee of grants such as the John Butler Seed grant, Australia Council, Create NSW, APRA, Music NSW and the Australian Songwriters Association Award. She has regularaly featured at festivals around Australia including Woodford, The National Folk Festival (as the NSW showcase act), Fairbridge (WA), Yungaburra Folk Festival (QLD), Shir Madness, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Four Winds Festival, The Multicultual Festival (Canberra), Paramasala (Parramatta), Cygnet (TAS), Denmark Festival Of Voices (WA) and many more. Internationally, she has featured at The Guinean Jazz Festival, Hakodate World Music Festival (Japan), Voix des Femmes (Mali) and The Bali Spirit Festival.
“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