This Sydney based singer songwriter is known not only for her unmistakable voice and songwriting, but for playing the 21 string West African harp, known as the kora. Miriam draws her influences from far and wide – having most notably spent long periods of time studying traditional music in West Africa where she studied with local musicians including celebrated kora player Toumani Diabate, and has now created her own unique style.
Her songs seamlessly blend African influences with folk infused melodies. In essence, they are a collection of stories, beautifully told through strings, powerful lyrics and her emotive voice. Playing kora as well as acoustic guitar, Miriam is joined by exceptional string players – violinist Lara Goodridge (FourPlay/ Baby et Lulu) and cellist Kate Adams. Adding their sublime strings and lush vocal harmonies, there is a chemistry between these musicians and their instruments that melds into a soaring beautiful soundscape.
Miriam’s most recent album ‘Birds Of The Moon’ (released in November 2014) made Album Of The Week on Radio National, had rave reviews in the Herald, The Age, The Music and The Australian. It was also used in the score for Australian feature film All About E. She has toured extensively with her trio around the country and performed at festivals internationally including Japan, Mali and Guinea. Along with her trio, Miriam will be releasing her anticipated fifth album in October 2016.“Lieberman is a robust singer with a sensual yet brittle undertone. Her songs are beautifully melodic, richly textured but can have pointed themes.