This singer songwriter has an unmistakable voice and is known for her own unique style on the kora - West African harp, the guitar as well as her songwriting, She draws her influences from far and wide - having spent long periods of time studying traditional music in West Africa with local musicians including celebrated kora player Toumani Diabate.
Playing an instrument - the kora that is, even in Africa rarely played by women, her songs carry a feminine perspective reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. Singing also of the wild beauty of the Australian land and seascape in which she grew up, her songs are infused with African rhythms and Wanderlust. Miriam tours both as a soloist and with her trio Lara Goodridge and Susie Bishop. They add soaring string arrangements and luscious vocal harmonies.
Miriam and her trio have been busy touring the latest album Full Circle around the country - A work that Rhythms magazine described as “A thing of intoxicating beauty” (Nov 2016) Miriam’s previous album Birds Of The Moon (Nov 2014) made Album Of The Week on Radio National. She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally including at festivals in Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, Mali, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
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“African-influenced and Australian-based Miriam Lieberman’s latest is a gorgeous, world-wise journey that channels the best and bluest of Joni Mitchel... 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.” 4 stars - Nic Addenbrooke (The Music)
“Wikipedia’s explanation of world music includes a cited description as ‘someone else’s local music’. In Lieberman’s case, it’s ours. “ 4 stars - Jeff Glorfeld (SMH)
“Simply brilliant.. 4.5 stars – 4.5 STARS - Jeff Glorfeld (The Age)