August Newsletter

Hope this newsletter finds you well, with the promise of spring just around the corner.
It’s been a month bursting with musical happenings for me. It started with the
of Birds of the Moon on the 2nd of August.  Accompanied by Lara Goodridge and Kate
Adams, we have continued with mainly sold out launches around the state and shortly
around the country. – Next stop Bellingen and Byron this weekend!


Aside from Birds of the Moon being album of the week on both Radio National and
Radio, Lara, Kate and I have also done several live to air sets – Most notably with
Ford on The Music show. You can see the video of this performance here


And speaking of videos, this month I also began the shooting of a stop-start
animation film clip. It was for a song from the album called Garden in your Heart.
 The idea for the
clip was inspired by one of my favourite iconic Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo.
 It wascertainly a collaborative effort, starring film maker Martin Guinness,
wonderful body
paint artist Lainie Cann as well as some other amazing people bringing the whole
thing together.  Stop-start animation involves sitting still sometimes for hours at a
time, as frame by frame the painting appears. Have to say that being completely still
certainly took some will power!  I think the final result however is going to be
something special.  The last day of the shoot, Kate and I had a residency gig at The
Art Gallery of NSW (last one tomorrow night), so I decided to stay in costume and
body paint. Somehow it felt befitting to be dressed up and painted as a painter in
such a space. Here are some pics from the shoot.



Looking forward to another road trip up the East Coast this weekend for our gigs in

Bellingen and Byron, before we fly North to beautiful Darwin and Katherine then way

back South to Melbourne for our last trio gig of the tour.   I plan to take a break from gigs

for the month of October for a much  anticipated trip to study with a family of Sufi musicians

in Rajasthan India.  Lara Goodridge however will be back on the road touring with her comrades

in FourPlay as they release their stunning new album This Machine.

That’s all from me for now.  Be much appreciated if you can spread the word on the remaining

gigs of the tour listed below.

Leaving you with some Sufi words of beauty

“we come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust” – Rumi

Thanks for reading.

🙂 Miriam


5th July 2014 – Tony Hillier – 4 STARS

Birds of the Moon

4 stars

DISTINGUISHING Sydney sider Miriam Lieberman from a veritable assembly line of local singer-songwriters

is the fact

she accompanies herself on kora as well as guitar. The 21-string West African harp adds distinctive colouring

to her

melodious, travel-inspired songs. On Birds of the Moon, her fourth album, Lieberman’s kora works

symbiotically with

her associates, violinist Lara Goodridge and cellist Kate Adams.

Employing glissandos, her accompanists add subtle Indian flavouring to several tracks, most notably

 Benta, a traditional

Guinean song that Lieberman, who has studied in West Africa, sings in language over a basic kora figure.

In Incantation,

her unusual instrument sounds closer to that of a Celtic harp. Kora intertwines sublimely with the other

strings in the

bluesy title track. It lends an apposite Mexican lilt to Butterfly Boy — given that song’s geographic setting

— without

resorting to pastiche. Adopting a lower vocal register provides a nice contrast to preceding tracks,

while the phrasing

and tone brings to mind Joni Mitchell. Welcome vocal harmony bookends a poetic paean to the return

of summer

(Summertime Again): “Like a lover you warm my skin/ Open the window, I breathe you in”.

Encased in a catchy

African rhythm, Sweet the Rain exudes similar sensuality.

Based on a drum ‘n’ bass groove, Varanasi has a more forbidding lyrical thrust. The combined

production and

multi-instrumental acumen of Josh Schuberth (Josh Pike, Alex Lloyd, Tim Freedman) adds

value to Lieberman’s

finest album, one in which her beautiful voice is rightfully front of the mix.

Tony Hillier

Birds of the Moon will be available from my website on  Music PlugItunes and through MGM at all good

record stores.


Wednesday 27th August
AGNSW last residency gig of August (duo)
Main gallery, Art Gallery of NSW sydney

Friday 29th August 
Bellingen Album launch (trio) – No 5 Church St Bellingen NSW

Saturday 30th August
Byron Bay Album Launch (trio) -Byron Theatre, Byron Bay NSW

Thursday  4th November
Solo set – Absolute photography

Thursday 11th September
Darwin Album Launch – Darwin Railway Club
Darwin, NT

Saturday 13th September
Concert at Woman of The World Conference
Katherine NT

Sunday 21st September
Melbourne Album Launch -The Flying Saucer,
Supported by Melbourne Djembe
Elsternwick Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 27th September
Kiama Album Launch (solo show) – Folk By Sea Festival, Kiama NSW

Saturday 1st November
Camelot Lounge Film Clip Launch